Importing Assets

DVD Studio Pro provides several methods for importing assets into a project.

See Media Tabs for information on using the Audio, Stills, and Video tabs in the Palette.

Note: To help organize your assets, it’s a good idea to create folders in the Assets tab before you import your assets, although you can create folders and move assets into them at any time.

Importing Assets That Are Not DVD-Compliant

When you import video and audio assets that are not DVD-compliant, DVD Studio Pro uses its integrated MPEG encoder to convert them. In DVD Studio Pro Preferences, you can specify whether the encoding happens immediately, in the background, or waits until you build your completed project. See Using Video and Audio Assets That Are Not DVD-Compliant for more information.

Once the encoding starts, a progress bar appears in the Status column of the Assets tab.

Using the Import Asset Feature

You can import assets directly from within the Assets tab by using the Import button or by using the Import Asset icon in the toolbar. You can import single assets, multiple assets, or entire folders of assets.

Note: The “Find matching audio when dragging” setting in the Track pane of DVD Studio Pro Preferences does not apply when you use the Import Asset dialog. Only the files you select are imported into the Assets tab.

To import assets from within the Assets tab
  1. Select the folder in the Assets tab that you want to import the assets into (if applicable).

  2. Open the Import Asset dialog by doing one of the following:

    • Choose File > Import > Asset (or press Command-Shift-I).

    • Control-click the folder or an empty area of the Assets tab, then choose Import from the shortcut menu.

    • Click the Import button in the Assets tab.

    • Click Import Asset in the toolbar.

    • Double-click an empty area of the Assets tab.

  3. Locate the assets or folder to be imported, then click Open.

The assets are imported into the Assets tab. If you select a folder, the folder and all recognized asset files in it are added to the Assets tab. Any subfolders within the imported folder are also imported. A message appears if the folder contains assets that are not supported by DVD Studio Pro.

Note: An asset cannot be imported more than once, and it can only appear once in the Assets tab. However, any asset in the Assets tab can be used multiple times in a project.

Dragging Assets to the Assets Tab

You can drag one or more assets from the Palette or a Finder window to the Assets tab and place them directly in folders if desired.

To import assets from the Palette or a Finder window
  1. In the Palette or a Finder window, select the assets to be imported.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To import them at the root level of the Assets tab: Drag the assets to an empty area of the tab.
    • To import them into a folder in the Assets tab: Drag the assets directly to the folder.

If you select a folder in the Finder window and drag it to the Assets tab, the folder and all recognized asset files in it are added to the Assets tab. Any subfolders within the imported folder are also imported. A message appears if the folder contains assets that are not supported by DVD Studio Pro.

The Track pane of DVD Studio Pro Preferences includes a “Find matching audio when dragging” setting. When this checkbox is selected and you drag a video asset or group of video assets, DVD Studio Pro automatically looks for audio assets with the same base name in the same folder, and imports them as well. This does not happen if you drag a mixture of asset types, such as video and still images. It also does not happen when you use the Import Asset dialog. You can temporarily override the preferences setting by holding down the Command key after you start dragging video assets.

About Dragging Assets Directly to a Project Element

You can drag an asset from the Assets tab, the Palette, or a Finder window directly to the element that is going to use it. Assets dragged from the Palette or a Finder window are also added to the Assets tab. See Dragging Assets to the Menu Editor, Dragging Assets to the Track Editor, Dragging Assets to the Slideshow Editor, and Dragging Assets to the Outline and Graphical Tabs for more information.

As is the case when you drag video assets to the Assets tab, the “Find matching audio when dragging” setting in the Track pane of DVD Studio Pro Preferences controls whether audio assets automatically follow the video assets when they are dragged to an element.

Dragging Assets to the Menu Editor

You can drag video, audio, and still images to the Menu Editor. You can drag multiple assets, but they must all be of the same type (video or still image). You can drag a folder that contains still images to create a slideshow.

  • If you drag the asset to the Menu Editor and drop it immediately: It uses the default action for that asset type.
  • If you drag the asset to the Menu Editor and pause: The context-sensitive Drop Palette appears so that you can choose the asset’s action. The choices available depend on the type of asset you are dragging and whether you are dragging it to an empty part of the Menu Editor, a button, or a drop zone. See Options in the Drop Palette for Standard Menus and Options in the Drop Palette for Layered Menus for a complete list of the actions available.
  • If you drag video assets to the Menu Editor: DVD Studio Pro automatically looks for audio assets with the same base name in the same folder and imports them as well. This does not happen if you drag a mixture of asset types, such as video and still images.

You can also drag templates and styles from the Palette. Any assets used by the template or style, such as a background video or an asset assigned to a drop zone, are also added to the list in the Assets tab, in a folder named Templates. See Using Templates, Styles, and Shapes to Create Your Menus for more information on using templates and styles.

Dragging Assets to the Track Editor

You can drag video, audio, and still images to streams in the Track Editor. You can drag multiple assets, but you cannot drag a folder. See Adding Video and Audio Assets for details on how the assets are placed in their streams.

You can also drag one or more still images, as well as a folder containing multiple still images, to a subtitle stream. Each still image creates a subtitle clip. See Importing a Graphics File for more information.

Dragging Assets to the Slideshow Editor

You can drag one or more still images, as well as a folder, to the Slideshow Editor. The still images are automatically added to the slideshow. See Creating Slideshows for more information on slideshows.

Dragging Assets to the Outline and Graphical Tabs

You can drag video, audio, and still images to the Outline and Graphical tabs. How the assets are used depends on where you drag the assets. The only difference between dragging to the Outline or Graphical tab is that only the Outline tab has section titles for each element type. The following tables list the supported actions.

Note: Most of the following actions work with the Outline tab’s By Type and By VTS displays. The exceptions are dragging assets to the Tracks and Slideshows sections, because the By VTS display does not have these sections. Additionally, with the By VTS display, all menus created by dragging assets to the Menu section of a VTS are automatically assigned to that VTS. See Showing the VTS Editor for more information on the By VTS display.

The following table lists the actions when you drag assets to an empty area or the disc’s name.

Assets
Action
One video asset
Creates a track and adds the video to stream V1.
Multiple video assets
Creates a track for each and adds the video to stream V1.
One audio asset
Creates a track and adds the audio to stream A1.
Multiple audio assets
Creates a track for each and adds the audio to stream A1.
One video/audio asset pair
Creates a track and adds the video to stream V1 and the audio to stream A1.
One still image
Creates a menu and sets the still image as its background.
Multiple still images
Creates a slideshow and adds the still images to it.
One multiple-layer PSD file
Creates a standard menu and sets the file as the background with all layers selected.
One folder
Creates a slideshow and adds the still images to it.

The following table lists the actions when you drag assets to the Menus section title in the Outline tab.

Assets
Action
One video asset
Creates a menu and sets the video as its background.
Multiple video assets
Creates multiple menus and sets the video as their backgrounds.
One audio asset
Creates a menu and assigns the audio to it.
One video/audio asset pair
Creates a menu and sets the video as its background and assigns the audio to it.
One still image
Creates a menu and sets the still image as its background.
Multiple still images
Creates multiple menus and sets the still images as their backgrounds.
One multiple-layer PSD file
Creates a standard menu and sets the file as the background with all layers selected.

The following table lists the actions when you drag assets to a specific standard menu.

Assets
Action
One video asset
Sets the video as the menu’s background.
One audio asset
Assigns the audio to the menu.
Multiple audio assets
Assigns the audio to the menu.
One video/audio asset pair
Sets the video as the menu’s background and assigns the audio to it.
One still image
Sets the still image as the menu’s background.
One multiple-layer PSD file
Sets the file as the menu’s background with all layers selected.

The following table lists the actions when you drag assets to a specific layered menu.

Assets
Action
One still image
Sets the still image as the menu’s background.
One multiple-layer PSD file
Sets the file as the menu’s background with all layers selected.

The following table lists the actions when you drag assets to the Tracks section title in the Outline tab.

Assets
Action
One video asset
Creates a track and adds the video to stream V1.
Multiple video assets
Creates a track for each video asset and adds the video to stream V1 on each track.
One audio asset
Creates a track and adds the audio to stream A1.
One video/audio asset pair
Creates a track and adds the video to stream V1 and the audio to stream A1.
One still image
Creates a track and adds the still image to stream V1.
Multiple still images
Creates a track and adds the still images to stream V1.
One multiple-layer PSD file
Creates a track and adds the still image to stream V1, using only the layers set as visible in Photoshop.

The following table lists the actions when you drag assets to a specific track.

Assets
Action
One video asset
Adds the video to stream V1, at the end of any existing video.
Multiple video assets
Adds the videos to stream V1, at the end of any existing video.
One audio asset
Adds the audio to stream A1, at the end of any existing audio.
Multiple audio assets
Adds the audios to stream A1, at the end of any existing audio.
One video/audio asset pair
Adds the video and audio to streams V1 and A1, at the end of any existing video and audio.
One still image
Adds the still image to stream V1, at the end of any existing video.
Multiple still images
Adds the still images to stream V1, at the end of any existing video.
One multiple-layer PSD file
Adds the still image to stream V1, at the end of any existing video, using only the layers set as visible in Photoshop.

The following table lists the actions when you drag assets to the Slideshow section title in the Outline tab.

Assets
Action
One audio asset
Creates a slideshow and assigns this as its overall audio.
One still image
Creates a slideshow and adds the still image to it.
Multiple still images
Creates a slideshow and adds the still images to it.
One multiple-layer PSD file
Creates a slideshow and adds the still image to it, using only the layers set as visible in Photoshop.
One folder of images
Creates a slideshow and adds the still images to it.

The following table lists the actions when you drag assets to a specific slideshow.

Assets
Action
One still image
Adds the still image at the end of the slideshow.
Multiple still images
Adds the still images at the end of the slideshow.
One multiple-layer PSD file
Adds the still image at the end of the slideshow, using only the layers set as visible in Photoshop.
One folder of images
Adds the still images at the end of the slideshow.