How Many Tracks Should You Have?

Depending on your intended result, your project may have one long track, or you may choose to divide your material into multiple tracks that can be played separately or linked together.

For example, if you are working on a long project that you expect the viewer to watch from beginning to end, using one long track is the best option. This eliminates any pauses that the viewer may encounter while the DVD player jumps from one track to another. Even if your project contains several independent segments that the viewer would not watch one after the other, you can still use a single track and set actions on the markers to break the track into the smaller segments. Or, you can create separate tracks for each segment—whichever method is easiest for you to manage.

In some cases, such as a track with a mixture of still images and motion clips, you may need to use multiple tracks to work around the 99 chapter marker-per-track limit.

If you think you may need to replace some segments in your project later on—for example, to customize for various countries or to update outdated sections—you may find it easier to replace these segments if they are separate tracks.