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The Play All Button in DVD Studio Pro

Combining tracks to create playlists in 7 easy steps By Dave Nagel
For some reason, you have 17 separate video assets in your DVD Studio Pro project, and you need to create buttons to play each one individually, as well as a button to play all of them in sequence. Reencoding all of these assets is out of the question. So what options do you have? A few, actually. We'll take a look at the simplest method in Part 1 of this tutorial series.

There are several ways to create a "play all" button in DVD Studio Pro. But the easiest way is simply to merge them all into a single track within DVD Studio Pro itself (rather than, say, merging them together in an editing program, reencoding them and then bringing the combined footage back into your project). From there, it's a simple matter of adding chapter markers and then building stories from the merged track.

The benefit of this technique is that it allows you to get the job done without any scripting whatsoever. The disadvantage is that all of your footage must be in the same format. If your video assets are not all in the same format, you won't be able to use this method. But don't fret. We'll get to you next week.

Merging the assets
Before you do anything else, you should merge your assets into a single combined track. It's better to do it now, rather than later, because if you create all of your buttons and connections prior to this process, you'll need to relink everything again later. With this method, you will use but a single track, then link everything to your buttons via Stories.

Step 1. So, to begin, you first need to merge your assets. To do this, import all of the video assets you plan to use into the Assets bin in DVD Studio Pro. If necessary, rename any of the assets so that they appear alphabetically in the order in which you want them to appear. (There is an alternate to this. See Step 3.)

Step 2. Now, in the Outline tab, if there is not already a blank track there, right-click (or Control-click) in the window, and select Add > Track from the contextual menu that appears. (Keyboard shortcut: Command-Control-T)

Step 3. Now select all of your assets in the Assets bin, and drag them into the new track you created in the Outline tab. When you're doing it correctly, you'll see the entire track surrounded by a black rectangle (as seen below). The track will be renamed to match the first track in alphabetical order.

An alternative to this, if you haven't renamed your assets to appear in the proper order alphabetically, is to drag them in one by one in order, first to last.

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