Setting Marker Properties

When you select a marker, the Marker Inspector appears. It has two tabs: General and User Operations.

See User Operations for details on the settings in this tab. Also see Getting Consistent Previous and Next Button Behavior for information specific to user operations and markers.

Settings at the Top of the Marker Inspector

The following settings are at the top of the Marker Inspector.

Figure. Top section of the Marker Inspector.
  • Name: Enter the name for the marker. See Track Preferences for information on how DVD Studio Pro can automatically assign names to markers. A number is automatically appended to the name you enter if a marker with that name already exists on that track.

General Tab in the Marker Inspector

The following settings are in the General tab of the Marker Inspector.

Figure. General tab of the Marker Inspector showing the marker's thumbnail image.
  • Thumbnail: The thumbnail is the video frame where the marker is located. You can drag the slider beneath the thumbnail image to move the marker to a new position.
  • Save Still: Click to save the thumbnail image as a video resolution TIFF file. You can import this file for use as a menu background or shape asset. This is useful as a way to create a still image from a frame of a video asset.
  • Zero-Based: Shows the marker’s timecode based on the timeline’s zero-based mode (based on the timeline’s first frame being 00:00:00:00). You can reposition the marker by entering a new value or using the arrows. The new position must correspond to a GOP boundary—the arrows jump one GOP at a time.
  • Asset-Based: Shows the marker’s timecode based on the timeline’s asset-based mode (based on the timecode of the timeline’s first clip or a value entered in the Track Inspector’s Other tab).
  • Type: Select the function to assign to the marker. You can select one or all functions. See About the Marker Types for information.
  • Wait: Use this control to set how long the DVD player displays the last frame of the marker’s video before exercising the End Jump setting.
    • None: Immediately jumps to the End Jump setting.
    • Seconds: Shows the marker’s last frame for the number of seconds you enter.
    • Infinite: Shows the marker’s last frame indefinitely.
  • Pause after each VOBU: Select if you want playback to pause until the viewer presses the Play button, when it plays to the next VOBU (Video Object Unit) and pauses again. This is a way to pause the track’s playback and wait for the viewer to start it again.

    The length of a VOBU varies depending on whether it is a still image or full-motion video. When you place a still image in the video stream, it lasts for one VOBU regardless of its duration. With video, a VOBU can be from 0.4 to 1 second long. For this reason, “Pause after each VOBU” is generally only used on markers at still boundaries. You should avoid using it on markers with video because it will cause the playback to stop about once a second.

  • DVD@CCESS: Select to make the name and URL settings available for this marker, which allows you to add functionality to your title when played on a computer. See DVD@CCESS for more information.