DVD Studio Pro - Creating a New Project

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Creating a New Project

When you open DVD Studio Pro, a new project file is automatically created. You can also
create a new project at any time.

To create a new project


Choose File > New (or press Command-N).

A dialog asks whether you want to save the currently open project. Once you select an
answer, a new, empty project opens.


Choose File > Save, specify a name and location for your project file, then click Save.

Saving your project early ensures that if any files need to be saved to your project during
the authoring process, they have a place to be written to.

Once you have created and saved your project, there are four areas you might want to
configure before you begin.

Setting the video standard: DVD-Video titles are based on one of two video standards:

NTSC or PAL. You cannot create a DVD-Video title that supports both video standards.
DVD Studio Pro includes a video standard setting that applies to projects created after
the standard has been set. It’s a good idea to confirm this setting if this is the first
DVD Studio Pro project you are creating or if you author both NTSC and PAL titles on
this system. See

Setting the Video Standard

for more information.

Setting the DVD standard: You can author either SD or HD projects with DVD Studio Pro.

If you are authoring an SD project, you can change it to HD. If you are authoring an HD
project, you cannot change it to an SD project just by changing the DVD standard. See

Changing a Project’s DVD Standard

for more information.

Naming the project: Each project is given a name that can be seen by the viewer when

the finished DVD is played on a computer or on some set-top DVD players.
DVD Studio Pro automatically uses the project’s filename, created when you saved the
project, as the project name. See

Naming the Project

for information on how to change


Setting the disc size: By default, DVD Studio Pro is set to use a 4.7 GB disc. This setting

affects not only the disc burning process but also the toolbar’s disc meter. See


the Disc Size

for information on changing this setting if you intend to work with other

disc sizes.

Setting the First Play element: Each project must have an element designated as “first

play.” This is the element that appears when the viewer first starts playing the DVD. By
default, it is Menu 1. You can set this to be any element in your project. See


the Project’s First Play

for more information.


Chapter 9

Starting a Project