The Palette provides easy access to the templates, styles, and shapes used to create menus. Additionally, the Palette includes three media tabs—Audio, Stills, and Video—that can make it easier to locate the assets you want to import.

Figure. Templates tab of the Palette.

Hiding and Showing the Palette

With the exception of the Inspector, the Palette always has the highest viewing priority of the DVD Studio Pro windows—it is never covered by any other DVD Studio Pro window. (If the Palette and Inspector are in the same area of the screen, the one last selected will cover the other.) Because it is always on top of the other interface elements, you may find it useful to keep the window closed until you need it.

To hide the Palette
Do one of the following:
  • Choose View > Hide Palette (or press Command-Option-P).

  • Click the close button in the upper-left corner of the window.

  • Click Palette in the toolbar.

To show the Palette
Do one of the following:
  • Choose View > Show Palette (or press Command-Option-P).

  • Click Palette in the toolbar.

Templates and Styles Tabs

A template comprises up to five styles that define most aspects of a menu. You can create your own templates and styles or use those that DVD Studio Pro provides. You can apply all or just selected parts of a template or style to a menu or a selected part of a menu. This makes it easy to create a series of menus using an identical button layout and background.

See Using Templates, Styles, and Shapes to Create Your Menus for details on using templates and styles to create your menus.

Figure. Styles tab of the Palette.

Shapes Tab

Shapes are graphics elements that you can add to your menu as either a button or a drop zone. You can drag them directly from the Shapes tab to your menu background or choose the shape to use in the Button Inspector’s Style tab or in the Drop Zone Inspector. You can use the shapes that DVD Studio Pro provides, or you can create and import your own.

See Creating Shapes for details on creating shapes and Adding Shapes to a Menu for details on using them in your menus.

Figure. Shapes tab of the Palette.

Media Tabs

The Palette includes a set of three media tabs—labeled Audio, Stills, and Video—that display DVD Studio Pro–compatible assets located in folders that you specify. You can add these assets to your project by dragging them from the Palette to the Assets tab, Menu Editor, or anywhere else you can directly add assets.

Figure. Video tab of the Palette, showing the folder and asset viewing areas.

The media tabs, and the folders assigned to them, are available to all DVD Studio Pro projects. They provide an additional method to organize your assets, and are especially useful for accessing assets you use often.

Important: Assets that appear in the media tabs are not automatically part of a project in DVD Studio Pro. You must add them to a project by dragging them to it. You should think of the media tabs as being a specialized Finder window.

Adding Folders to the Folder List

The folder list appears at the top of the three media tabs. Before you can see your assets in any of the media tabs, you must add one or more folders to the folder list.

To add a folder to the folder list
  1. Click the tab of the asset type to add a folder to (Audio, Stills, or Video).

  2. Add a folder by doing one of the following:

    • Drag a folder from a Finder window to the folder list.

      Note: If you click outside of DVD Studio Pro without dragging a folder to a media tab, the Palette disappears and you will need to reselect DVD Studio Pro to see the Palette again.

    • Click the Add (+) button. A folder selection dialog appears. Select the folder or folders to add and click Add.

    • Control-click in the list where you want the added folder to go, then choose Add Folder from the shortcut menu. A folder selection dialog appears. Select the folder or folders to add and click Add.

The folder appears in the folder list. You can now select the folder to see a list of its assets.

Note: Only assets in the selected folder appear. Assets in subfolders (nested folders) are ignored.

Managing the Folder List

There are different ways to make the folder list easier to use:

  • You can change the folder list display order to have folders you use frequently appear at the top.

  • You can remove folders that are no longer needed, such as those specific to a project that is completed.

To change the folder list display order
  1. Click the tab whose display order you want to change (Audio, Stills, or Video).

  2. Drag the folder to be moved slightly to the right or left, then up or down to its new location. A black line appears to show where the folder will be placed when you release it.

Note: Dragging straight up or down does not move the folder—it selects the folders the pointer moves over and shows their contents in the assets area.

To remove a folder from the folder list
  1. Click the tab to remove the folder from (Audio, Stills, or Video).

  2. Select the folder or folders to remove in the folder list.

  3. Do one of the following to remove the folder:

    • Click the Delete button.

    • Control-click the folder, then choose Remove Folder from the shortcut menu.

    • Press the Delete key.

The folder is removed from the folder list.

Note: This does not delete the folder or its assets from your hard disk and has no effect on assets that may have been added to your project from this folder.

Viewing and Using Assets

Once you have added folders containing compatible assets, you can show the assets and drag them to your project.

To show a folder’s assets
  • Select the folder that contains the assets you want to see. You can select multiple folders by dragging the pointer over a group of folders, holding down the Shift key and clicking the folders (if they are contiguous), or holding down the Command key and clicking the folders (if they are not together).

You can change the Palette’s size to control how many assets you can see. You can also drag its separator bar to control the sizes of the folder list and assets area.

There are five columns in the Audio tab (Name, Artist, Length, Sample, and Type) that show additional information about each asset. Similar to the columns in the Assets tab, you can change the column order and size, and sort the list based on the column heading you click. See Managing Columns in the Assets Tab for more information.

To play a folder’s video or audio asset
  • Click the Play button in the bottom-right corner of the Audio or Video tab. Click it a second time to stop playback.

Audio assets play through your system’s audio setup.

Video assets play in their thumbnail image. The General pane in DVD Studio Pro Preferences contains a setting that allows you to choose small or large thumbnail images, which may make viewing the video easier. Also, audio will play along with the video if it is a QuickTime file with video and audio together or an MPEG file with an audio file in the same folder with the same root name.

To use the assets in your project
  • Drag the asset to the Menu Editor, Assets tab, or to any other project element within DVD Studio Pro that allows you to drag assets in.

You can select and drag multiple assets. You can also drag a folder from the folder list to the project element to create a slideshow.

Depending on the “Find matching audio when dragging” setting in the Track pane in DVD Studio Pro Preferences, when you drag an MPEG video asset to an element, DVD Studio Pro can automatically add the companion audio asset to the element as long as it is in the same folder and has the same root name as the video asset. Press the Command key after you start dragging to override the preferences’ setting for dragging a video file. When you drag a QuickTime asset that also has audio from the Video tab, it is treated like a video/audio pair.