|Tutorial: Single video
looping without a menu
looping without a menu
-For DVD Studio Pro
by Alex Alexander
You may wish to create
a DVD that works a lot like a VHS player. No menus, just insert
the DVD and it repeat plays. This is the most simplistic of DVDs
to create and since the question comes up often enough, here
is a brief on exactly how to do this with Apple's DVD Studio
The objective here is
to create a track asset that repeats play over and over again.
In order for this to take place, you must set what is called
the First Run, of the DVD to your single track asset. In turn,
that track will play, then check its End Jump property which
we will set to wait for 3 seconds then play the same track again.
You may also want to
re-route some of the remote control functions and disable others
since creating a simple looping DVD will have no menu. The default
property of the remote functions such as Title, Menu, and Return
will all be re-routed back to the track asset rather than the
default created Menu 1 asset.
Using the assets tab,
import your video and audio assets.
Once imported, drag-n-drop
your video and audio into the V1 and A1 sections of the track
Select the DVD asset
at the top of the Outline tab. We'll be setting properties with
the property inspector for the UNTITLED_DISC asset and the Track
1 asset. Select the Property button the top menu and leave it
open as you will use it often.
[ Disc Asset ]
Note that the UNTITLED_DISC
in the name property of the asset Disc has a First Play pull
down option. Pulling this down will reveal assets you have in
the outline tab. Set the First Play to Track 1 > Track 1 >
Go back to the Outline
tab and select the Track 1 asset. This changes the property inspector
which now details the properties of the Track 1 asset. Here you
will set several functions including the end jump of the track,
a wait state after play, and the properties of the remote control
of the set-top boxes remote functionality.
[ Track 1 Asset ]
Note that the Track 1
property for Name is Track 1. The End Jump is set to not set.
Click on the not set pull down and select Track 1 > Track
1 > [TRACK] just as you did with the First Play of the Disc
asset. Just as the DVD is told to First Play the track asset,
the track itself also is told to play the track.
General Tab [ Track
1 - Property Inspector ]
Set the Playback Options
to Seconds: 3. This will create a small pause between repeat
playback of the track asset.
Click on the UNTITLED_DISC
asset in the Outline tab, as we are going to now modify the some
remote control functions of the DVD itself.
Set the Title, Menu,
and Return options each to Track 1. This sets the interaction
between the remote control and the DVD. Without this change from
default, selecting Menu or Title from the remote would cause
the DVD to go to the blank Menu 1 asset which is not configured
in this example. You would have no way to exit that menu causing
you to eject the DVD from the player and re-start it.
User Operations [
Now lets click on the
Track 1 asset in the Outline tab and modify remote functionality
for this asset.
Select the User Operations
tab of the Track 1 property using the property inspector and
select the Disable All button at the bottom. Now un check the
Stop box. This allows the user to Stop, and Play but disabled
other common functions since you will not need them.
Check the simulator and
make sure your DVD plays continuously. Test the buttons and make
sure they are satisfactory. Note the remote has many of the common
buttons dimmed as they are no longer user choices.
Now Build and Format
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