A Basic Guide to DVD Studio Pro

Here is a basic guide to DVD Studio Pro to help you get started creating your own DVD movies and/or slide shows. DVD Studio Pro is an easy-to-use program that you can use to create and edit DVD movies and slide shows, duplicate them, and distribute them. Follow these easy steps to create fabulous DVDs:

  1. Plan your project: Figure out what type of content you are going to use for your DVD or slide show. Then you should have enough information to name your project. Naming a project is very important, you will want a title that helps the audience know instantly what your DVD or slide show is about.
  2. Create File Directory:
    To get started with DVD Studio Pro, you will first need to create a new project and save it to a folder on your computer to keep your files in. Since you cannot copy your files directly to DVD Studio Pro, a different folder will be needed. In this new folder, you can add or move any files that you want to use when creating your DVDs. Create this folder in a location that will be easy for you to locate on your computer, such as the "Shared Folder." In this folder, make a new folder and name it "My DVDs" or something to that effect. You can also save your DVD Studio Pro folder to this same location. Save your project to this file and give it the title that you picked out earlier.
  3. Open DVD Studio Pro:
    When you open DVD Studio Pro, you will first want to start a new project. When it first opens, you will want to choose the "Advanced Configuration." Pick NTSC, then choose either SD DVD or HD DVD; most people choose SD DVD. Next, choose what default language you want. After these few steps, go ahead and save your project.
  4. Create your menus:
    You can create menu buttons for the people that are viewing your slide show or DVD to use. The easiest way to do this is with a template. This will make creating menus a lot easier. Templates are available in the menu bar. Next, bring in the content you are going to use, either videos or photos, by importing them from the Assets section. You can then add text in various fonts for the title of each slide show.
  5. Create your time line:
    You may want to create a time line to your project. Every slide show needs a time line. And every DVD will need chapters. An easy way to create time lines is to first create a story line on a sheet of paper. This way, you can choose what photos go where. If you're creating a DVD with multiple videos, you will want to plan a heading for each. All of these can be created easily by bringing audio and video sections from your asset section into your menu.
  6. Prepare to burn to DVD:
    After you build your slide show or DVD with menus, chapters, and a time line, you will need to insert a blank DVD into your computer's CD/DVD drive. Multiple DVDs may be needed for extra long movies or slide shows. You will then need to wait for the prompts to insert blank DVDs as needed.
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