DVD Studio Pro: DVD Menu Drop Zones

Drop zones are very similar to buttons, except they do not count toward the menu's button count. When you create drop zones, you can assign an asset to them, move them around, and change their size. The purpose of drop zones is that they allow you to add graphics to a menu without the use of external video editing software. The guideline below will go over how to create drop zones and how to convert drop zones to buttons and vice versa.

Creating a Drop Zone by Dragging an Asset

To create a drop zone by dragging an asset, you will need to drag a video clip, still image, or shape to an empty part of the Menu Editor. These assets can be dragged from the Assets tab, the Palette, or the Finder window. From the Drop Palette, you will need to select Create Drop Zone. A rectangle that is 120 pixels high by 180 pixels wide will appear on your screen. The asset that you dragged will be located within the rectangle. As you would with a buttons active area, you will be able to position and change the size of the drop zone.

Creating a Drop Zone by Drawing a Rectangle 

You can also create drop zones by drawing rectangles. To do this, you will need to hold down the Option button while dragging the mouse. You will need to be in the Menu Editor in order to create the rectangle. Using the Drop Zone Inspector, you will be able to assign an asset to the rectangle and resize the drop zone rectangle. 

Converting a Button to a Drop Zone

In order to convert a button to a drop zone, you will need to click the Project tab and then Convert Button to Drop Zone. While holding the Control button on your keyboard, click the Convert Button to Drop Zone button. That button will be located in the shortcut menu that appeared when you clicked the Convert Button to Drop Zone option. The button will automatically be converted to a drop zone.

Converting a Drop Zone to a Button 

To convert a drop zone to a button, you will again need to click the Project tab. After you have clicked the Project tab, you will need to click the Convert Drop Zone to Button option. While holding the Control button on your keyboard, click on the Convert Drop Zone to Button option. That button will be located in the shortcut menu that appeared when you clicked the Convert Drop Zone to Button option. The drop zone will be automatically converted to a button and that button will count toward the menu's button count.

Drop Zone Properties

After you have created a drop zone, the Drop Zone Inspector will appear. The Drop Zone Inspector allows you to configure the basic settings of the created drop zone. The first thing that you will need to do is enter a name for your drop zone. You will then assign any available asset to the drop zone. Using the Start Frame slider, you will set the time that the drop zone is to appear within your project.

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