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DVD Studio Pro 1.5

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Anyone who has purchased a new Mac tower in the last year probably purchased one with the Mac Superdrive, an internal DVD burner. Also included with these new systems is Apples iDVD, a consumer based DVD authoring system. While iDVD is nice, and does generate a very nice DVD to play in most home systems, it just doesnt give the user the versatility and freedom to create the DVD the professional user really wants. Apples DVD Studio Pro gives the content creator that power, but until the recent 1.5 release it only worked in Classic.

DVD Studio Pro 1.5 is a full featured authoring system. DVD Studio Pro allows for just about every feature one could want in todays DVD disc. DVD Studio Pro allows for multiple audio and video angles (up to nine). Adding a directors commentary or alternate language track is as simple as dragging and dropping a media into the Assets container. A word of caution if you want to incorporate multiple audio or video angles; all the streams must be the same length, with the same resolution and frame size.

After becoming familiar with the DVD Studio Pro 1.5 interface, authoring DVDs become a snap.

For those who are authoring for larger distribution or with the home theatre afficionado in mind, you can also encode your work in Dolby Digital by using A.Pack to encode AC-3 sound. DVD Studio Pro 1.5 also allows you to embed web links for those playing your product on a DVD drive on their laptop or computer.

In addition to multiple angles, tracks, and web links, DVD Studio Pro 1.5 also has the ability create subtitles for your projects. I found that while subtitle creation is very easy, it might be better to use a separate program to create the subtitles, and then use the subtitle import option to bring it into your project.

At first glance, the system may seem a bit confusing and frustrating, but within ten minutes, youll be up and running and on your way to creating a professional DVD in no time. I was really impressed by how easy and powerful this application is for creating DVD discs that will work in nearly every DVD player.

When it comes to importing assets into DVD Studio Pro 1.5, Apple has wisely continued to use QuickTime in many of its products. With the QuickTime, converting media using the MPEG Encoder is a snap. The QuickTime MPEG Encoder outputs MPEG-2 video streams using variable bit rate (VBR), with a fixed GOP size and closed pattern. If you are using a NLE system from Avid, Media100, or Adobe, the enhanced version of QuickTime is installed when you install DVD Studio Pro 1.5.

If you are working in Final Cut Pro 3.0.2 the encoder is part of the QuickTime export options. The integration between these Final Cut Pro 3 and DVD Studio Pro makes for solid workflow that takes you from final edit to delivery.

While DVD Studio Pro allows you to scroll through a video clip and set markers, if the user has a length project it can become difficult to scroll through the clip, or even remember the timecode information for each chapter. In Final Cut Pro 3.0.2, all the editor has to do is set markers on the timeline and then export the movie. The markers become imbedded in the final movie and are recognized by DVD Studio Pro. It is then a simple matter of creating the appropriate links to the chapter markers.

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