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Apple DVDSP 101: An Introduction to DVD Studio Pro 4

  • Price £695.00
  • Duration 3 day(s)
All major credit cards accepted


This two day course delves into the world of DVD authoring using DVD Studio Pro 4. In this course you will learn everything they need to create a professional DVD title. This course guides students through every aspect of DVD authoring, from initial storyboarding to burning and replication. Using compelling media and a real-world production workflow, students will learn how to create amazing MPEG 2 video with Compressor as well as how to create eye-popping motion menus directly in DVD Studio Pro. Students will also author a DVD by creating buttons, interactive links, slideshows, playlists and even adding alternate audio stream and camera angles.

This course covers the partial requirements necessary to successfully become an Apple Certified Pro, Level 1.


This is a beginners course so there are no pre-requisites other than being able to use a computer.


A good, thorough understanding of DVD Studio Pro. DVD Studio Pro Level 1 certification also counts towards the new Final Cut Studio (FCS) Master Pro certification. FCS Master certification recognises a Certified Pro's skills with the entire Final Cut Studio product suite.

Course Content

Your FIRST DVD Project - DVD Creation Process ; DVD Specification Basics ; About Configurations ; Media for DVD Authoring ; The palette ; The Inspector ; Using the Basic Menu Editor ; Menus and Templates ; Creating Simple Buttons ; Using Drop Zone ; Using Text Elements in Menus ; Simulating ; Burning a DVD ; and Recordable Media.

USING the Interface - Outline Tab ; Connections Tab ; Quadrants and tabs ; Track Editor ; Slideshow Editor ; Story Editor ; Script Editor ; Asset Tab ; and Creating a Simple One-track DVD.

Setting Up NEW Projects - Storyboarding a DVD ; Creating a New Project ; Importing Assets ; Asset Info ; Simple Encoding ; and Using Compressor to Encode a File.

TRACKS AND MARKERS - Creating Tracks ; Creating Chapter Markers ; Track End Jumps ; Setting Audio Stream Language Tags ; and Adding an Alternate Audio Stream

Creating STANDARD menu - Adding a Background ; Creating Buttons ; Linking Buttons to Tracks ; Creating a Menu Template ; Creating Button Shapes ; Adding Button Styles ; Adding Text Objects ; Adding Text to a Menu Background ; Creating Drop Zones ; Adding Graphics and Still Images ; and Creating an Overlay and Button Highlights.

MOTION MENUS CHAPTER INDEX - Converting a Still Menu to a Motion Menu ; Authoring a Motion Menu ; Motion Menu Loop Points ; Chapter Index Menus ; Creating a Scene Index Menu ; Connecting from Menu Buttons ; Add Audio to Menus,Using Transitions from Menu Buttons.

WORKING WITH SLIDESHOWS - Slideshow Basics ; Slideshow Still Images ; Creating Slides ; Adding Audio ; Adding Individual Audio to One Slide ; Slideshow Navigation ; Using Transitions and Converting a Slideshow to a Video Track.

WORKING WITH STORIES - Defining Stories ; Story Marker Entry Points ; Story End Jumps ; Applying the 99-item Limit to Stories ; and Using Transitions from Story Ends.

SUBTITLES & CLOSED CAPTIONS - Burn ; Build ; Format ; Building the DVD Volume ; the Log Tab ; Emulating the DVD Volume from Hard Drive ; Output Options ; Adding Copy Protection ; Burning a Single DVD ; Writing a DLT Tape ; and Formatting CMF Volume.

ADVANCED MENU DESIGN - Types of Menus ; Creating a Menu in Photoshop ; Refreshing Assets ; Advanced Menu Audio ; Using Advanced Overlays ; Creating Layered Menus.

FINISHING YOUR DVD - Testing Your Project ; Building and Formatting a DVD ; Using the Apple DVD Player ; Burning a Disc Using the Burn Command ; Choosing a Recordable DVD Media ; Distribution of Your Completed DVD ; Designing Disc Labels and DVD Case Inserts.

CREATING TRANSITIONS - Applying a Transition ; Using a Video Transition ; Using Alpha Transitions ; Exploring the Asset Movie ; Exploring the Background Matte Movie

MARKERS & STORIES - Alternate Angles ; Creating Multi-Angle Tracks ; Creating Mixed-Angle Tracks ; Targeting Alternate Angle Streams ; About Alternate Angle Errors ; Exploring Final Cut Pro Markers.

ENCODING VIDEO/AUDIO - Bit Budgeting ; Encoding with DVD Studio Pro ; Encoding with Compressor ; Exporting MPEG-2 ; ACS via Compressor ; Dialogue Normalization ; Compression Profiles ; Surround Sound & Downmixing & Exporting Intermediate Files ; Audio Formats for DVD Video ; Using Digital Audio Files ; AC-3 Files ; Encoding AC-3 with Compressor ; Dialogue Normalization ; Compression Profiles ; Surround Sound

SCRIPTING - Basics ; Scripting Simple Functions ; Building a Play-all ; Return-to-Menu ; Menu Loop ; Programming the Title Button ; Scripting Audio Streams ; Checking Aspect Ratio ; & Using Jump Indirect.

HD DVD AUTHORING - About HD DVD ; Upconverting and SD Project to HD DVD ; Encoding for HD DVD ; Building an HD DVD Project ; Building an HD DVD Project ; Formatting and HD DVD Project ; and Playing an HD DVD Project.

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