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DVD Studio Pro 3 Review 22

Alex_Alexzander writes "A new review / tutorial of the major new features inside DVD Studio Pro 3 is on OSXWORLD, covering transitions, alpha transitions, the new graphical view, support for DTS audio, improved integration with Adobe Photoshop, and more."
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DVD Studio Pro 3 Review

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  • DVD SP3 and iDVD (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Hungus ( 585181 ) on Tuesday June 08, 2004 @02:39AM (#9363367) Journal
    The tutorial seems nice, I ran through the section on alpha transitions just a moment ago and am now snagging a local copy to go over later. Considering what DPD SP3 can do it is a remarkably easy program to use. It is nowhere nearly as user friendly for newbies as iDVD, and I do not t hink the average home use ever needs to even look at it but for the small media shop or company that would like to do in house DVDs at a fraction of the external cost it is supurb. I am personally waiting for my copy of SP3 to arrive alone with FCP 4.5HD.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    nice review, though.
  • Using it now (Score:3, Informative)

    by sakusha ( 441986 ) on Tuesday June 08, 2004 @09:07PM (#9372833)
    I've been using DVDSP 2 for a while, it's probably overkill for some of my projects, but at the time, it was the only way to achieve some specific things, like putting more than 120 min on a DVD using greater compression, iDVD wouldn't do that, AFAIK it still doesn't. I've been archiving some broadcast and cable TV shows from my TiVo and old VHS tapes onto DVDRs, the image quality isn't that great to start with, so they aren't greatly damaged by high levels of compression.
    But I've found the DVDSP 3 interface a little daunting after using DVDSP1 and 2, I haven't quite gotten off the ground with it yet. I suppose I should RTFM, but this is a Mac app, we don't have to read manuals, right? Hmmm..
    • The latest iDVD does let you have about 120 minutes of video using the DVD SP compressor.
      • Right, like I said, iDVD doesn't allow you to put OVER 120 min on a disc. 180 min is the target for a lot of my projects.
        • Re:Using it now (Score:3, Interesting)

          by HTH NE1 ( 675604 )
          Sure it does; it just doesn't let you encode your content at the necessary bit rate to do it. If your >120min video is already MPEG-2 encoded at a bit rate that would fit, iDVD would indeed let you put it on a disc.

          They won't sell Compressor with the necessary variable bit rate encoding with iDVD at that price. So you need to buy the more advanced software to enable that ability, or third party software that will do it for you.

          You should try my problem: I want to put together a seamless 6 hour epic
          • Create 3 seperate sequences and pause the VCR (while it's recording) in between each sequence.

            Or, export all of your sequences as stand alone DV files and put them into a playlist in Quicktime Player. Redirect the DV output through the bridge.
            • Create 3 seperate sequences and pause the VCR (while it's recording) in between each sequence.

              Unfortunately the resulting epic has no convenient places whence to pause where timing won't be critical. At least, not until the final unified credits sequence.

              Or, export all of your sequences as stand alone DV files and put them into a playlist in Quicktime Player. Redirect the DV output through the bridge.

              Now that's a thought. QuickTime Pro does have basic editing ability. Simple concatenation of the cl
      • Really? I thought it was only 90 minutes if you use the "Better Performance" option.
  • by Xyde ( 415798 ) <slashdotNO@SPAMpurrrr.net> on Wednesday June 09, 2004 @04:54AM (#9375039)
    Uhh, wrong menu option guys...

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