About the Assets Tab

The Assets tab displays a list of all assets imported into the project, whether they were directly imported to the Assets tab or dragged to the Menu or Track Editor from the Palette or a Finder window.

About QuickTime Files

QuickTime files often contain a video and audio stream. When you import a QuickTime file with both video and audio, it is displayed in the Assets tab as two files, each with the same name, one with the video icon and the other with the audio icon. The Type column lists them as QuickTime Video or QuickTime Audio. In most cases, these files are encoded with the integrated MPEG or AIFF encoder. You can re-encode the video files by Control-clicking them, then choosing Encoder Settings from the shortcut menu.

An exception is the HDV and H.264 QuickTime files you can import into HD projects. These QuickTime files do not require encoding with the integrated MPEG encoder and cannot be re-encoded.

Note: Subtitle text files and shapes do not appear in the Assets tab.

Figure. Assets tab showing the Import, New Folder, and Remove buttons as well as the different icons used by each item.

The Assets tab can contain up to 15 columns. For information on choosing which columns appear, see Managing Columns in the Assets Tab.

The Assets tab also has three buttons you can use to manage the assets.

  • Import: Opens the Import Assets dialog so you can choose assets to import. See Using the Import Asset Feature for more information.
  • New Folder: Creates a new folder in the assets list. If you have an existing folder selected, the new folder becomes its subfolder. See Creating Asset Folders for more information.
  • Remove: Removes the selected asset or assets, including folders, from the assets list. A message appears if you try to remove assets that are currently in use by the project. This does not affect the asset’s actual file—it just controls whether it appears in this list. See Removing Selected Assets for more information.

Default Columns in the Assets Tab

The following columns appear by default in the Assets tab. You can remove these, change their order, and add additional columns as needed. See Managing Columns in the Assets Tab for more information.

  • Name: Applies to all asset types. Displays the asset’s name and an icon that represents the asset type. By default the asset name is the same as the asset filename, but you can rename the asset to make it easier to identify within your project. See Renaming Assets for more information.

    The Name column also displays folders, with disclosure triangles, which you can use to organize your assets.

  • Status: Applies to all asset types. Displays whether the asset is being encoded, parsed, or is ready to use.
    • Progress bar: Appears while the asset is encoding or parsing.
    • Yellow: The asset has not been encoded (applies to assets to be encoded with the integrated MPEG or AIFF encoder). If the setting in the Encoding pane of DVD Studio Pro Preferences is set to “Encode on build,” the yellow dot appears for any assets that will be encoded once you build the project.
    • Green: The asset has been encoded (applies to assets encoded with the integrated MPEG or AIFF encoder only).
    • Red: The asset encountered an error while encoding or parsing.
  • In Use: Applies to all asset types. Shows a checkmark next to all assets currently in use within the project.
  • Type: Applies to all asset types. Displays the type of asset (QuickTime video, AC-3 audio, and so on).
  • Length: Applies to video and audio asset types. Displays the length (in hours:minutes:seconds:frames) of the asset.
  • Size: Applies to all asset types. Displays the file size of the asset. In the case of QuickTime assets, shows the size of the original QuickTime file. You can select the asset to see its encoded file size in the Asset Inspector.
  • Rate: Applies to video and audio asset types. For video assets, displays the original frame rate. For audio, displays the original sample rate (typically 48000 or 96000).

Additional Columns You Can Add

You can add the following additional columns to the Assets tab.

  • Location: Applies to all asset types. Displays the asset’s actual filename and location within your system.
  • Timestamp: Applies to video and audio asset types. Displays the timecode value of the first frame.
  • Channels: Applies to audio assets. Displays the number of audio channels contained in the file.
  • Dimensions: Applies to video and still assets. Displays the size of the image in pixels (before rescaling, if applicable).
  • Layers: Applies to still assets. Displays the number of layers the still contains.
  • Bit Depth: Applies to still assets. Displays the number of bits the still contains.
  • Aspect: Applies to video and still assets. For video assets, displays the aspect ratio of the asset (4:3 or 16:9). For still assets, shows whether the asset is being rescaled to fit the video aspect ratio (Retain) or is displaying actual pixels (blank).
  • Markers: Applies to video assets. Displays the number of chapter markers the video contains.

Managing Columns in the Assets Tab

DVD Studio Pro lets you customize the columns in the Assets tab, making it easy to display only the information you want.

To display a hidden column
  • Control-click the column name to the left of where you want the hidden one to appear, then choose the column’s name from the shortcut menu.

    All columns that are currently displayed have checkmarks next to their names.

To hide a column
  • Control-click in the column name area, then choose the column’s name from the shortcut menu.

    You can choose to display as few or as many of the columns as you like.

To change the order of the columns
  • Drag a column’s name to a new position.

    Figure. Assets tab showing how to drag a column to rearrange their order.
To change a column’s width
  • Position the pointer on its right edge. When the pointer changes to a double arrow, drag to the new size.

    Figure. Assets tab showing the pointer when you adjust a column's width.

Managing the Contents of the Assets Tab

As you add assets to your project, you will want to keep them organized to reduce the potential for confusion. There are several tools you can use to organize and keep track of your assets:

  • Folders: Folders are the most powerful organizing tool for managing your assets. For added flexibility, you can create subfolders (folders within folders), import assets directly into a folder, and move assets between folders. You can also drag a folder to a new location.
  • Sorting: You can sort the assets based on any of the columns.
  • Asset information: You can select any asset to see its properties in the Asset Inspector.

Creating Asset Folders

You can create folders in the Assets tab at any time—before or after you have imported your assets.

Important: Folders in the Assets tab help you organize your assets in your project. They do not affect the actual media files on your hard disk.

Figure. Assets tab showing the folder disclosure triangles.
To create and name a folder
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Project > New Asset Folder (or press Command-Shift-N).

    • Control-click anywhere within the Assets tab, then choose Create New Folder from the shortcut menu.

    • Click the New Folder button in the Assets tab.

  2. Select the folder, click the folder’s name, then type a new name.

To create a new folder within an existing folder
  • Control-click the existing folder, then choose Create New Folder from the shortcut menu.

Sorting Assets

You can sort the assets in the Assets tab by any of the columns.

To sort the assets
  1. Click the name of the column by which you want to sort the assets.

    The assets sort in the order of that column’s contents, and a triangle appears next to the column’s name to indicate it is controlling the sort and to show the sort’s direction (up or down).

    Figure. Assets tab showing the sort direction triangle in a column heading.
  2. Click the name of the column a second time to change the sort’s direction.

Scrolling Through the Assets List

Once you have added a number of assets to your project, DVD Studio Pro provides a variety of methods for scrolling through them.

To scroll through a list of assets
Do one of the following:
  • Drag the scroller located on the right edge of the Assets tab. Hold down the Option key to scroll slowly through the list (useful with long lists).

  • Press the Up Arrow and Down Arrow keys to scroll through one asset at a time.

  • Press Option–Up Arrow to jump to the first asset in the list.

  • Press Option–Down Arrow to jump to the last asset in the list.

  • Press the Page Up and Page Down keys or hold down the Option key while clicking the scroller’s arrows to scroll through the list one page at a time.