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About DVD Studio Pro 4

This document provides updated information about DVD Studio Pro 4 and covers these topics:

ÂLate-Breaking News About DVD Studio Pro 4.0.3 (p. 1)

ÂPrevious Release Information About DVD Studio Pro 4.0.1 and 4.0.2 (p. 7)

ÂPrevious Release Information About DVD Studio Pro 4.0 (p. 7)

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Late-BreakingNews About DVD Studio Pro 4.0.3

The following information is late-breakingnews about DVD Studio Pro 4.0.3.

DVD Studio Pro 4.0.3 Complies With the HD DVD-VideoSpecification

HD DVD projects authored with DVD Studio Pro 4.0.3 fully comply with the 1.0 version of the HD DVD-Videospecification, which defines the new HD DVD standard.

DVD Studio Pro versions 4.0, 4.0.1, and 4.0.2 complied with the 0.9 version of the HD DVD-Videospecification, which was the most current available at that time.

The 1.0 version of the HD DVD-Videospecification includes some changes that will affect how you create HD projects in DVD Studio Pro.

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Important: HD discs created with DVD Studio Pro versions 4.0, 4.0.1, and 4.0.2 are not compatible with any DVD players that conform to version 1.0 of the HDDVD-Videospecification.

Note: You can open the older projects in DVD Studio Pro 4.0.3 and use its Build and Format features to create discs that are compatible with DVD players that conform to version 1.0 of the HDDVD-Videospecification. Build files (in HVDVD_TS folders) created with DVD Studio Pro versions 4.0, 4.0.1, and 4.0.2 cannot be formatteddirectly—youmust create them again using the Build function.

HD DVD Playback on Apple DVD Player

You must update to Apple DVD Player version 4.6.5 or later, included with Mac OS X v10.4.4, to play HD DVD discs created with DVD Studio Pro 4.0.3. DVD Player 4.6.5 also plays HD DVD discs created with DVD Studio Pro versions 4.0, 4.0.1, and 4.0.2, which conform to the 0.9 version of the HD DVD-Videospecification.

Note: This change affects the text on page 570 of theDVD Studio Pro 4 User Manual.

HD DVD Filename Changes

Version 1.0 of the HD DVD-Videospecification has changed the filenames used in the HVDVD_TS folder that gets created when you build an HD project. (The file ID letterI, M, orT now separates thethree-digitVTS block number from thetwo-digitfile number, making sorting of the files on a computer more useful.)

The files in the video manager group are renamed as follows:

New name format

Old name format

HV000I01.IFO

HVI00001.IFO

 

 

HV000I01.BUP

HVI00001.BUP

 

 

HV000M01.EVO

HVM00001.EVO

 

 

The files in the track content group are renamed as follows:

New name format

Old name format

HV001I01.IFO

HVI00101.IFO

 

 

HV001I01.BUP

HVI00101.BUP

 

 

HV001M01.EVO

HVM00101.EVO

 

 

HV001T01.EVO

HVT00101.EVO

 

 

See the DVD Studio Pro 4 User Manual for more information about the groups and file contents.

Note: These changes affect the text on pages 568, 569, and 580 of theDVD Studio Pro 4 User Manual.

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Dual DVD Standard Discs No Longer Supported

You can no longer format dual DVD standard discs (red laser discs that contain both a VIDEO_TS folder from an SD project and an HVDVD_TS folder from an HD project). Creating dual DVD standard discs was allowed in pre-1.0versions of the HDDVD-Videospecification, but changes in the specification have made this impractical.

If you build or format your project and DVD Studio Pro detects a situation where there will be both a VIDEO_TS and an HVDVD_TS folder in the same build folder, a dialog appears instructing you to remove one of the folders before continuing.

Note: This change affects pages 20, 38, 563, 580, and 581 of theDVD Studio Pro 4 User Manual.

Red Laser and Blue Laser Buttons Changed

When you author an HD project, the red laser and blue laser disc media buttons in the Disc Inspector’s Disc/Volume tab affect the scale of the toolbar’s disc meter and the type of disc (red laser or blue laser) the replicator will create if you are using Disc Description Protocol (DDP) or Cutting Master Format (CMF) when formatting your project.

The red laser and blue laser buttons do not affect what happens when burning a general media disc on your system.

Previously, the red and blue laser buttons also defined whether the formatted files would conform to the UDF 1.02 volume standard (as required by SD projects) or the UDF 2.50 volume standard (as required by HD projects). The type of folder being written (VIDEO_TS folder for an SD project or HVDVD_TS folder for an HD project) now determines whether a UDF 1.02 or UDF 2.50 volume is created.

Note: UDF 2.50 volumes cannot be mounted on computers using Mac OS X v10.3 Panther. A warning appears with “no mountable file systems” as the reason for the mounting failure. UDF 2.50 is compatible with Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger.

See the DVD Studio Pro 4 User Manual for more information about UDF volumes.

Note: This change affects the text on pages 555 and 573 of theDVD Studio Pro 4 User Manual.

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About HD Projects and Red Laser Discs

You can put an HD project onto a red laser disc in two ways: using a replicator or burning the disc with your system.

ÂWhen using Disc Description Protocol (DDP) to format HD projects for replication to a DLT drive or your hard disk with red laser selected as the disc media, the resulting files are formatted for 3x-speed DVD-ROM media.

3x DVD-ROMmedia is red laser media specially designed for playback in HD DVD players, as an approved alternative to blue laser media. Physically, the disc is the same as other red laser media; however, it includes a setting instructing the HD DVD player to spin at three times the normal red laser rate. This is to ensure that the player reads the data at a high enough speed to maintain smooth video playback.

Important: At this time, 3xDVD-ROMmedia is available only through a replicator that is licensed by Doug Carson and Associates (DCA). Make sure to verify that your replicator can master red laser media for use in HD DVD players.

ÂWhen you burn your HD project to a red laser disc with your system, the resulting disc does not conform to the 3x DVD-ROM specification and may not play on all HD DVD players.

Important: A red laser disc containing an HD project burned on your system can be played by Apple DVD Player version 4.6.5 or later.

Note: This change affects the text on pages 20, 38, and 555 of theDVD Studio Pro 4

User Manual.

1440 x 1080 Resolution Supports the 16:9 Aspect Ratio Only

The 1.0 version of the HD DVD-Videospecification stipulates that the 1440 x 1080 resolution can only be used for anamorphic 16:9 aspect ratio video.Pre-1.0versions of the HDDVD-Videospecification included the ability to use the 1440 x 1080 resolution for both the 4:3 and anamorphic 16:9 aspect ratios.

This change to the HD DVD-Videospecification affects what happens when you import 1440 x 1080 resolution assets:

ÂMPEG-2 or HDV: These assets are identified as either 4:3 or anamorphic 16:9 by a flag contained in the MPEG stream. Any of these assets flagged as 4:3 cannot be imported into DVD Studio Pro.

ÂH.264 or QuickTime (other than HDV): These assets are not identified as either 4:3 or anamorphic 16:9. DVD Studio Pro imports these assets and treats them as anamorphic 16:9. Any of these assets that are actually 4:3 are distorted to fit the 16:9 aspect ratio.

The MPEG encoder embedded in DVD Studio Pro encodes all 1440 x 1080 QuickTime assets (other than HDV or H.264) as anamorphic 16:9.

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This change to the HD DVD-Videospecification also affects what happens when you open projects created with DVD Studio Pro 4.0, 4.0.1, and 4.0.2 that use 1440 x 1080 resolution assets:

ÂIf any tracks, menus, or slideshows are set to 1440 x 1080 with a 4:3 display mode, these assets are all automatically changed to a display mode of 16:9 letterbox.

ÂIf the assets are MPEG-2 or HDV, the project opens but shows any of these assets set as 4:3 as missing, reports them as having an incorrect format, and requires them to be replaced. To work around this, you need to note the names of the affected assets, close the project (without saving it), replace the assets with anamorphic 16:9 versions using exactly the same names, and then reopen the project. The project’s assets refresh, allowing them to be used.

ÂIf the assets are H.264, they are treated as if they are anamorphic 16:9 assets.This will distort any of these assets that are actually 4:3.

ÂIf the assets are QuickTime (other than HDV or H.264), their encoding aspect ratio setting is modified to 16:9. This will distort any of these assets that are actually 4:3.

Note: This change affects the text on pages 21, 22, 58, 63, 86, and 107 of the

DVD Studio Pro 4 User Manual.

Using DVD-RDual-LayerMedia

If your system contains a DVD drive that can write to the new DVD-Rdual-layermedia, you can burn your DVD project to it with DVD Studio Pro. However, there are several issues:

ÂSince there is no current way for DVD Studio Pro to identify DVD-Rdual-layermedia as having two layers, burning adual-layerproject to it results in a warning appearing telling you that the DVD media may have insufficient room to hold the project. This message is based on the assumption that the disc is single layer. Both layers of the disc will be written to as needed, however, when you click Continue.

ÂIf you are burning a dual-layerproject, the break point you set will not affect where the layer break actually occurs. Instead, the first layer is written to until filled, at which point the drive switches to writing to the second layer.

ÂThe switch between layers is a seamless layer change not supported by some DVD players, which may stop playing the disc when the switch point is reached.

Important: Do not useDVD-Rdual-layermedia unless these issues do not impact your project.

You can use DVD+R double-layermedia for burning yourdual-layerprojects. With DVD+Rdouble-layermedia, DVD Studio Pro places the layer break point and sets the switch point to be nonseamless as specified in your project.

 

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Sending HD Projects to Replicators

When mastering HD projects with DVD Studio Pro, you will use the DDP 2.0 or DDP 2.1 formats to write the DLT or hard disk files. To ensure your replicator will be able to successfully process the files, make sure they are licensed by Doug Carson and Associates (DCA).

Writing to DLT Now More Reliable

DVD Studio Pro now more reliably identifies when the DLT drive has insufficient space for the formatted project. Previously, when DVD Studio Pro was used with certain system configurations, it would incorrectly detect that the DLT drive had insufficient space.

Distributing Graphical Tab Tiles Now More Consistent

The By Type and Autolayout options for distributing tiles in the Graphical tab now function more consistently.

ÂIf no tiles are selected, choosing Arrange > By Type or Arrange > Autolayout affects all tiles.

ÂIf one or more tiles are selected, choosing Arrange > By Type or Arrange > Autolayout affects only the selected tiles.

See the DVD Studio Pro 4 User Manual for more information about arranging tiles in the

Graphical tab.

Referencing Graphics in an STL Subtitle File

The example on page 460 of the DVD Studio Pro 4 User Manual incorrectly shows spaces around the token name. The correct example is:

$SetFilePathToken = <<Graphic>>

00:00:12:04 , 00:00:14:12 , <<Graphic>>RabidLemur.tif

00:00:16:14 , 00:00:19:08 , <<Graphic>>MooseLemur.tif

It is important that you do not include any spaces either before or after the filename (RabidLemur.tif and MooseLemur.tif in this example).

Setting a GPRM’s Mode to Counter

The text on page 508 of the DVD Studio Pro 4 User Manual incorrectly defines what happens when a GPRM is set as a counter. The value counts up, not down. Additionally, switching the GPRM mode from counter to register causes the counter to pause, with the GPRM retaining the last value counted to. If you switch back to the counter mode, the counter starts with the existing GPRM value.

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