DVD Studio Pro: Introduction to DVD Scripting

DVD scripting is a very powerful language that increases the interactivity between you and your DVD player. The scripting capabilities provided by DVD Studio Pro allow you to add specialized features, have the title of your DVD automatically customize itself to match the configurations of your DVD player, and add subtle features. When you create a script in DVD Studio Pro, it is created as a separate element within your project, which means you can easily assign the script to any other element located within your project.

Throughout this guideline, you will see the term scripting command lines used often. When you are building a script, there are 10 scripting commands available. Commands are generally used to tell a script when to jump playback to a new location or to select a different stream of media.

DVD Studio Pro Scripting User Interface

You can only view scripts when you have either the Outline or Graphical tabs open. By double clicking on a script, you will be opening the Script Editor and the Script Inspectors. These tools can also be accessed by clicking the Script tab.

The Script Editor will display the command lines of the script. To add a command line to a script, you simply click on the Add button. The Script Editor also contains reorder tools that can be used to change the order of the command lines. The command lines must be in the exact order you want them executed, as scripts will execute the command lines starting with number one.

The Script Inspector will appear when there are no selected command lines in the script. The main purpose of the Script Inspector is to display how many command lines have been used and how many command lines are still available. DVD Studio Pro only allows you to use up to 124 command lines within a single script. The Script Inspector also allows you to name your script.

Creating a Script

To create a script, you will need to go to the toolbar and select Project, then Add to Project, then Script. You can also create a script by pressing Command + Shift + '. The script that you have created will be added to the Outline or Graphical tab. You will need to name the script, which can be done by double clicking on the script to open the Script Inspector. Once you have named the script, close the Script Inspector and double click on the script again to open the Script Editor. Once you have the Script Editor open, you will need to select the default Nop command line. 

The Script Command Inspector will then appear on your screen. The Script Command Inspector displays the command configurations. Using the Script Command Inspector, you can change the command line settings to suit your needs. If you forget to remove the default Nop command line, the script will automatically skip to the next available command line.

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