Creating a Template or Style

While creating a template or style is not difficult, it is worth spending some planning time so that you can make the templates and styles as useful as possible.

To create a template or style
  1. Configure a standard menu to match what you want the template or style to be. If you’re creating a template or a layout style, use care to name the buttons and create them in the correct order. See About Button Numbers and Applying Templates or Layout Styles to a Menu with Buttons for details.

  2. If you’re creating a button, text, or drop zone style, select the specific item on the menu whose settings you want to include in the style. For templates and layout styles, you do not need to select anything on the menu.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Project > Create in Menu > Template or Project > Create in Menu > Style.

    • Click Create in the Palette.

    The Create Template or Create Style dialog opens.

    Figure. Dialog for creating a new template or style, showing the thumbnail and name areas and the Project and Self-Contained checkboxes.
  4. Enter a name for the template or style.

  5. Select the Project checkbox if you want the template or style to be available only to this project. Leaving this unselected makes this template or style available to all projects on this system.

  6. Select the Self-Contained checkbox to copy the assets used by this template or style into its file. This makes it easier to copy the file to another system where it can be imported by another project.

  7. Click Save.

The template or style is now saved and appears in the Palette.

About Self-Contained Templates and Styles

A template or style can use a surprising number of assets. Motion backgrounds and assets assigned to the button thumbnails can be very large files. In many cases, templates and styles you create that use motion assets will be specific to a particular project. In these cases, there is no reason to save them as self-contained.

If you are creating a template or style and want to be sure it will always have the assets it requires, you can save it as self-contained. In this case, the assets are added to the template or style’s file. This makes it possible to copy the file to a different system and still have a working version of it. The drawback is that the file may be very large.

Locations of Template and Style Files

Template and style files are placed in different locations based on whether or not they are project-exclusive. When you import template and style files, they are also copied to these locations.

Custom Template and Style Files

When you save a template that is not specific to a project, it is placed at the root of your disk, in this location: /Library/Application Support/DVD Studio Pro/Templates. All template files have a “.dsptemplate” extension.

Style files are placed at the same location, in a Styles folder: /Library/Application Support/DVD Studio Pro/Styles. All style files have a “.dspstyle” extension, regardless of the type of style they are. To avoid confusion, be sure to indicate the style type when naming your style.

Project Template and Style Files

When you save a project template or style, it is added to the project bundle file (the file created when you save your project). Project templates and styles cannot be shared with other projects or systems. If you want to share them, you can add a menu to your project, apply the template or style to it, and then create a new template or style from the menu, setting it so that it is not specific to the project. This creates a new template or style file in the folders mentioned above.

Apple Template and Style Files

The Apple template and style files provided with DVD Studio Pro are at /Library/Application Support/Final Cut Studio/DVD Studio Pro/. Because these are the same for all DVD Studio Pro systems, there is no reason to copy these to another system.

Naming Buttons in Your Templates and Styles

If you create a template or layout style, you should follow a consistent button-naming convention. This will allow you to apply different templates or styles, one after the other, without having to reconfigure your buttons. For information on the button-naming conventions used in DVD Studio Pro templates and layout styles, see Applying Templates or Layout Styles to a Menu with Buttons.