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A 'Remote Rollover' in DVD Studio Pro

Swapping out video and still assets in menus By Dave Nagel
Does DVD Studio Pro allows for remote button rollovers in its menu? In other words, is it possible to swap out video and still assets in a menu in DVD Studio Pro based on the selection of different buttons within that menu? It's a question I get asked fairly often. And, as is fairly often the case with DVD questions, the answer is this: "No, but there's a fairly simple workaround."

Now, I know we're coming up on the end of DVD Studio Pro 2 here, with the release of version 3 just days away. But I get asked this question quite often, so I thought I'd go ahead and address it now. Although I can't say for certain, this technique will likely apply to DVDSP 3 as well, though in version 3 you'll be able to spice things up a bit with transitions. Although this technique isn't difficult--it certainly doesn't require the kind of invasive hacking that our last technique required--it can be a bit cumbersome in terms of repetition. It will also require some basic understanding of DVD STudio Pro. Therefore, if you haven't done so already, you might benefit from going back and reading some of our previous DVD Studio Pro tutorials, listed below.

Review and Overview
DVD Studio Pro Walkthrough
DVD for Designers
Highlights and Overlays, Part 1
Highlights and Overlays, Part 2
Custom Button Masks, Part 1
Custom Button Masks, Part 2
Color Shift in Still Menus
Motion Button Masks

For this tutorial, our menu will consist of five buttons and one "preview area," and we'll set up our project so that when the view is navigating through the buttons in the menu, a new piece of video footage will appear in the preview area. (Click the Play button on the QuickTime movie below to see the effect.)

This effect, of course, has to be faked. And, while it can be faked in probably three of four different ways, I'll show you what I consider to be the easiest.

Menu creation
To make things easy, I'll be starting with one of Apple's built-in templates, "Frames Cover." This template uses eight buttons, so I'll just delete some of them to get to my desired number (five, in my case), and rename them to suit my needs.

Next, as per usual, I'll drag my assets over my buttons and link the buttons to their respective tracks.

And then I'll drag my track from Button 1 into the big drop zone on the left of the menu.

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