DVD Studio Pro 4 All Lessons Review

  1. (1) 1. All Video files on a finished DVD-Video disc must be in what format?
    MPEG-2 Video.  In fact, every image asset, including still images, get transformed into MPEG-2 when the final disc is compiled.
  2. (1) 2. What is the main function of the Inspector?
    It updates to show you the unique properties of any item selected in the workspace.
  3. (1) 3. True or False: The Built-in Apple Templates cannot be modified in the Menu Editor.
    False.  You can change button positions, text, and even the images in Drop Zones.
  4. (1) 4. How do you play a motion menu in the Menu editor?
    Click the Motion button in the bottom right corner of the menu editor.
  5. (1) 5. How do you create a copy of a menu element?
    Hold Option and drag the menu element to a different part of the Menu editor.
  6. (1) 6. True or False: You can add audio to a Slideshow.
    True.  However, the audio does not play seamlessly under the slideshow and if you skip from slide to slide using the remote control's Next and Previous chapter buttons, you also skip forwards and backwards in the audio stream.
  7. (2) 1. Which key do you press to launch the Extended window configuration?
    The F2 Key.  F1 launches the Basic Window Configuration, and F3 launches the Advanced Window Configuration.
  8. (2) 2. True or False: DVD Studio Pro allows you to customize the look of the Toolbar.
    True.  In fact, you can customize almost every aspect of the workspace, from the number and size of quadrants, to the arrangement of tavs inside the individual quadrants.
  9. (2) 3. How do you create a chapter marker?
    Move the playhead to the place in the track where you want the chapter marker, and then press the "M" key on your keyboard.
  10. (2) 4. True or False: Transitions can only be assigned to menus, and not to buttons inside those menus.
    False.  Separate transitions can be applied to every button on the menu.
  11. (3) 1. What's a storyboard?
    A simple flow chart that shows you how your project's buttons, menus, tracks, and other items link together, giving you a good idea of your finished DVD-Video's navigation structure.
  12. (3) 2. True or False: DVD Studio Pro allows you to print the graphical view.
    True.  You can even use the print dialog to "print" a PDF version of the menu to email to your client.
  13. (3) 3. What is the PAL frame dimension?
    PAL video frams are 720x576 pixels (NTSC is 720x480 for DVD-Video).
  14. (3) 4. True or False.  You must set all of your chapter markers by hand inside DVD Studio Pro.
    False.  You can import a plain text file (.txt) that lists your markers using timecode values and names.
  15. (3) 5. True or False: You can drag assets in the Outline view to move them from folder to folder.
    True.  The outline view works much the same way as your computer's Finder window, so you can drag assets from folder to folder, and even create new folders to group similar assets together.
  16. (4) 1. How do you create a button in DVD Studio Pro?
    Open the menu editor, then click and drag to drag out the button's outline.
  17. (4) 2. Can buttons be round?
    No.  Buttons in the DVD-Video must be rectangular or square.
  18. (4) 3. How do you add a drop shadow to button text?
    Open the Button Inspector and click the Drop Shadow check-box, located in the General tab's Text area.
  19. (4) 4. What is the title safe area?
    Title safe represents an area that is outside of the visible area on most picture tube TVs.  Anything outside of the title safe area is not guaranteed to display in the finished DVD-Video.
  20. (4) 5. What is the Key command for enabling the Title Safe area?
    Command-Shift-E (Command-Option-E enables the action safe area).
  21. (4) 6. True or False: You can mix both AC-3 and AIFF audio in a single project's menus.
    False.  All audio in every one of your projects menus must be exactly the same type.
  22. (5) 1. True or False: You can apply button styles to only one button at a time.
    False.  If you select multiple buttons, you can add the same style to all the selected buttons at one time.
  23. (5) 2. In a chapter menu, what does the _PREV_ button do?
    If more than one chapter menu is created, the _PREV_ button links back to the previous chapter menu.
  24. (5) 3. True or False: DVD Studio Pro will only create chapter menus from previously saved templates.
    True.  You must create a menu template before DVD Studio Pro will automatically create a chapter menu for you.
  25. (5) 4. How does DVD Studio Pro name new chapter menu buttons?
    When DVD SP creates a chapter menu, it automatically gives each button the same name as the chapter marker of the Chapter it represents.
  26. (6) 1. True or False: You can concatenate (add together) multiple audio streams in a single slideshow.
  27. (6) 2. Can you mix audio formats inside a slideshow?
    No.  All of the audio streams in a single slideshow must be exactly the same format.
  28. (6) 3. If you import a multilayer Photoshop file into a slideshow, which layers display?
    Only the layers that were enabled the last time the multilayer file was saved.
  29. (6) 4. How do you change the order of slides in a slideshow?
    Open the Slideshow editor, and drag slides up and down the list to reorder them.
  30. (6) 5. When you fit a slideshow to an audio stream, what happens?
    DVD Studio Pro divides the total duration of the audio stream by the number of slides in the slideshow to determine the duration of each slide.
  31. (6) 6. What happens when you convert a slideshow to a track?
    Each slide becomes a clip in the new track, and chapter markers are automatically created for each clip so you can navigate between them using the remote control's Next and Previous chapter buttons.
  32. (7) 1. How many subtitle streams can each track hold?
  33. (7) 2. True or False: Viewers must always choose the subtitle stream they want to view from a subtitle selection menu.
    False.  If you tag the subtitle stream with a language setting, the DVD Video player will automatically display the correct subtitle stream (provided the DVD-Video player is properly set-up, of course).
  34. (7) 3. Why should you add outlines and/or dropshadows to subtitle text?
    To make the subtitles easier to view.
  35. (7) 4. Can subtitles be imported as a text file?
    Yes, but they must be saved in a properly formatted plain text file (.txt) before they are imported.
  36. (7) 5. True or False: You can use images and graphics other than text in a subtitle stream.
    True.  This is how you make buttons over video, for example.
  37. (8) 1. What's the name of a DVD-Video disc that has DVD-ROM content on it?
    A Hybrid DVD.
  38. (8) 2. What does DVD@ccess do?
    It launches web links from your DVD-Video, on computers that have DVD@ccess installed.
  39. (8) 3. What is the file path to link to the Internet?
  40. (8) 4. What is the file path to link to an email address?
  41. (8) 5. What is the file path to link to a file on the DVD-Video disc's ROM section?
  42. (9) 1. Before outputting a project, what should you always do?
    Simulate the project inside DVD Studio Pro, and check every button on every menu to ensure your navigation structure does not contain any errors.
  43. (9) 2. What is the name of the folder where DVD Studio Pro records all the DVD-Video formatted files?
    The VIDEO_TS folder.
  44. (9) 3. Why is it a good idea to format a copy of your project to a folder on your hard drive before you burn a DVD disc?
    Because you can open the project in the Apple DVD Player and test it in an actual DVD-Video player before burning to a disc.  If it works in the Apple DVD Player, it will work on a set top DVD-Video player.
  45. (9) 4. Which command allows you to build, format, and burn a disc all in one step?
    The Build and Format command.
  46. (9) 5. What's a DVD-9?
    A disc with two data layers on one side that holds 8.54 GB of data.
  47. (9) 6. How do you set a dual layer disc break point?
    Find a marker in one of your tracks where you want to make the break point, select it, and select the Dual-Layer Break Point check box.
  48. (10) 1. What's the difference between variable bit rate (VBR) and constant bit rate (CBR) encoding?
    In VBR files, the data rate can vary over time.  In a CBR encode, the data rate stays constant at all times and never varies.
  49. (10) 2. What is the benefit of VBR versus CBR encoding?
    VBR encoding provides better picture quality at a lower average data rate because scenes of higher visual complexity (action scenes, fast fades, or pans) can use a higher data rate than scenes with low visual complexity (a tripod mounted shot of a person speaking).  In a CBR encode, the data rate never varies.  Consequently scenes with high visual complexity suffer in quality, while scenes with low visual complexity have a higher data rate than needed to maintain a good image.
  50. (10) 3. True or False: You can encode MPEG-2 files using Compressor, directly from a Final Cut Pro Timeline.
    True.  You can, and you should, because encoding files directly from the Final Cut Pro timeline saves you from rendering out a finished movie, and then encoding.
  51. (10) 4. What's a droplet?
    A droplet is a Compressor preset packaged into an icon you can keep on your desktop (or any other folder).  To encode a file, just drop it on the droplet.
  52. (10) 5. True or False: You can create your own custom Compressor presets.
    True.  While the default presets are great for fast encodes, to configure exactly the type of encode settings you need, you have to create your own preset.
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DVD Studio Pro 4 All Lessons Review
All Lesson Reviews from the DVD Studio Pro 4 training book.