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Media Storage in DVD Studio Pro

Assigning destinations to encoded assets By Dave Nagel
In the past, we've explored DVD Studio Pro's advanced functionality in considerable detail, including techniques you won't find anywhere else. But I thought it would be helpful to step back and take a look at some of the "little things" that can help make your authoring experience in DVD Studio Pro a bit easier. So I'm starting a new series of quick tips covering workflow basics in Apple's DVD Studio Pro, kicking it off with a look at "destinations" for encoded assets.

Ever wonder why you find stray folders all over your hard drive labeled "PAR" or "MPEG?" Or why you know exactly where some of your encoded assets are located, while others seem to disappear? Both of these issues relate to your "destinations" settings in DVD Studio Pro, and, if this sort of thing is causing you trouble, there's a quick and easy way to resolve it to save yourself some time and hassle in your authoring projects.

First to the issue of PAR and MPEG files appearing all over your hard drive. By default, DVD Studio Pro places encoded assets in the same location as the original assets. Depending on the type of asset or data being stored, it will appear in a folder labeled either MPEG or PAR. (PAR folders, containing parse data for assets, always reside within another folder called MPEG.) And this means that any time you drag a file into DVD Studio Pro, you'll see an MPEG folder spawned in that file's original location. Aside from the nuisance of having those files and folders appear all over your hard drive, you also encounter the nightmare of managing your encoded assets if you don't keep all of your source files in one location.
Your humble narrator finds 15 stray PAR folders scattered across his hard drive.
Perhaps--just perhaps--there's something he can do about that.

The other issue for some--but not all--users is that of disappearing encoded assets. Of course, the assets aren't really disappearing. But in the case where the original files are stored in a location to which you do not have appropriate permissions for storing the encoded assets--such as on a network drive or in a read-only folder--DVD Studio Pro moves these files to something called a "fallback folder." The fallback folder, by default, is located at /Users/[your name]/Library/Caches/DVD Studio Pro Files. Not a very handy place to get to should the need arise.

That's a long way to go to get to a file.

The solution to both of these issues can be solved simply by changing the default "Destinations" settings in DVD Studio Pro. To do this, open up DVD Studio Pro. From the application menu, choose Preferences. In the dialog that pops up, click on the button labeled "Destinations."

At the top of this preference pane, you'll see a pull-down menu. This will allow you to set the destination for your encoded assets, including stills, video and parse data, along with a default location for your builds.

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