AUGUST 18, 2003
Apple DVD Studio Pro 2.0
Professional DVD Authoring and encoding suite
by David Nagel
And the rest
I've spent the last 2,500 words or so providing you with just the most scant details of this feature-rich 2.0 release, and I haven't even touched on everything it has to offer. Still, I hope I've hit on most of the major points. Here are some of the leftovers you might be interested in.
- DVD Studio Pro includes a built-in Simulator for testing projects prior to build, and the main canvas window includes title and action safety guides.
- Custom scripts can be attached to buttons or menus, markers, stories and tracks.
- [email protected] technology provides the ability to create Web links and other forms of interactivity, such as opening an external image.
- Supported file formats include any QuickTime-compatible video, audio or still image, including Photoshop still images, as well as MPEG-2, Dolby Digital AC-3 and stereo PCM.
- It can import iDVD projects directly and supports chapter markers from Final Cut Pro and Express.
- As mentioned earlier, the break point for dual-layer DVDs can be set manually, as can the track direction.
- It can write to (and read from) DLT using DDP 2.0 and write to authoring drives using CMF 1.0. (It can also burn directly to DVD-R, of course.);
- It offers the ability to set display conditions (for parental controls or language settings).
- It has analog and digital copyright management, including support for Macrovision (also known as the broken link in all modern home theater setups) and CSS.
- And, overall, you'll find that DVD Studio Pro 2.0 is a smooth-running, intuitive application with tons of contextual functionality and quick keyboard access to virtually every feature.
[an error occurred while processing this directive]The bottom line
DVD Studio Pro 2.0 isn't just a reworking of an earlier version. It's a complete overhaul. And I, for one, can't spot a single flaw that makes me regret this course of development. In every respect, DVD Studio Pro 2.0 provides a richer and more intuitive authoring experience than earlier releases, with a revamped interface that enhances the experience just that much more. And the price point is just unbelievable. With this new release, Apple earns a Must Buy recommendation for DVD Studio Pro, which is our first Must Buy recommendation for a DVD authoring package and only our eighth for any piece of software in any category.
Apple DVD Studio Pro 2.0 is available now for $499 for Mac OS X. Upgrades from any previous version run $199. For more information, visit http://www.apple.com/dvdstudiopro.
Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at [email protected].
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