Applying a Template or Style

When you select a template or style in the Palette, it does not affect the menu until you click the Apply button. Before you click Apply, it is important to make sure that the Menu Editor is displaying the correct menu, and in the case of some of the styles, that the correct items in that menu are selected.

Note: The Menu Editor always has a menu assigned to it, and it is that menu that templates and styles are applied to. Templates and styles can be applied to a menu even if you are working on a different element, such as a track. The Menu Editor does not even have to be visible.

You do not need to select anything in the menu before applying templates or layout styles. These items can be applied to an existing menu or a new empty one.

Important: Applying a template to a menu changes the menu’s resolution and display mode to match the template (if they are different). Applying layout styles (or any of the other styles) does not change the menu’s resolution or display mode. In the case of layout styles, the layout is scaled to match the menu’s current resolution.

For the button, text, and drop zone styles, you can either select one or more items in an existing menu before applying the style, or you can drag the style to an item. Styles are applied only to selected items in an existing menu, so you can actually use multiple versions of these styles on a single menu. For example, if you want the buttons on a menu to use different shapes, you can set up several different styles to provide those shapes.

Note: Applying a template or style to a menu is a one-time action—the menu does not become locked to the template or style. You can make changes to the menu just as if you had manually configured it.

Using the Palette’s Apply Button

The Palette includes an Apply button that you can use to apply the selected template or style to a menu. When applying button, text, or drop zone styles using the Apply button, the style is applied to all selected items at once. When dragging, you can only apply the style to one item.

To apply a template or style using the Apply button
  1. Make sure the Menu Editor is displaying the correct menu.

  2. In the case of the button, text, and drop zone styles, select the item on the menu to apply the style to.

  3. Select the template or style to apply to the menu.

  4. Click Apply.

The Apply button is unavailable if more than one template or style is selected. You can also apply a template or style by double-clicking it.

Dragging Templates and Styles to a Menu

In addition to the Palette’s Apply button, you can apply templates and styles by dragging them to the menu. The Menu Editor’s Drop Palette appears when you drag templates and styles to it. The Drop Palette provides options not available when using the Apply button. For example, you can drag a button style to an empty area of the Menu Editor and create a new button with it. With the Apply button, you need to select an existing button before the style can be applied.

The area to which you drag the template or style determines the options available to you. For example, if you drag a template to an empty part of the menu, you have the options of applying it to the menu, applying it to the menu and adding all buttons, and creating a submenu. If you drag a template to an existing button, your only option is to create a submenu and apply this template to it. See Drop Palette for Standard Menus—Dragging Templates and Styles for a complete list of options.

To apply a template or style by dragging
  1. Make sure the Menu Editor is displaying the correct menu.

  2. Select the template or style to apply to the menu and drag it to the Menu Editor. Be sure to drag it to an empty area or to an existing item, depending on how you want to apply the template or style.

If you select more than one item before dragging, only the item you actually drag gets applied to the menu—the others are ignored.

Applying Templates or Layout Styles to a Menu with Buttons

When you apply a template or layout style to a menu that already has buttons, you are given the option of adding only enough buttons to replace the existing ones, or of adding all template or layout style buttons. If the menu has more buttons than the template or layout style, all buttons are added with the extra ones on the menu remaining unchanged.

When replacing existing buttons, DVD Studio Pro first looks at their names to see if they match the names of any buttons in the template or layout. If an existing button and a new button have the same name, the link and asset of the original button are copied to the new button. By carefully naming your buttons, you can apply one template after another to a menu and still maintain the original button settings.

To be able to switch templates easily while using the templates and layout styles supplied with DVD Studio Pro, you need to name the buttons on your menus according to the button-naming convention used by DVD Studio Pro.

In the Apple templates and layout styles provided with DVD Studio Pro, button names fall into two categories: general-purpose buttons and special-purpose buttons.

General-Purpose Buttons

General-purpose buttons use the DVD Studio Pro default naming structure for buttons, starting with “Button 1.”

Additionally, the Apple templates and layout styles can have assets and text assigned to each of the general-purpose buttons. When you create a chapter index menu, DVD Studio Pro checks each button to see if it has an asset assigned—if it does, the asset is changed to match the marker’s video. Similarly, if the button has text assigned, it is replaced with each marker’s name.

Special-Purpose Buttons

Any buttons not intended to link to chapter markers have underscores before and after their names—this causes DVD Studio Pro to ignore them when assigning chapter markers to buttons. The Apple templates and layout styles include three of these: _NEXT_ (to link to the next chapter index menu), _PREV_ (to link to the previous chapter index menu), and _UP_ to link to the original menu (if applicable). These three buttons automatically link to the appropriate menus when used to create a chapter index menu.

See About Chapter Index Menus for more information on chapter index menus.