Configuring a Button over Video Subtitle Clip

To configure a button over video subtitle clip, you first add the text or import the graphic to use for the button or buttons, and then configure the buttons much as you would when creating a menu.

Using an Overlay Graphic

The first step to creating a button over video subtitle using an overlay graphic is to import the overlay graphic into the subtitle.

To import an overlay graphic for a button over video
  1. Select the subtitle clip that you previously created to configure for buttons over video.

  2. Click Choose in the General tab in the Subtitle Inspector.

  3. In the dialog that appears, select the graphics file to use, then click Choose.

The graphic appears in the Viewer tab, using the current settings in the Colors tab.

Using Text Buttons

The first step to creating a button over video subtitle using subtitle text is to enter the text in the subtitle. You need to set its font and position before proceeding with creating buttons from it. See Formatting Subtitle Text and Positioning Subtitle Text over the Video for more information.

Creating the Buttons for Button over Video Subtitles

Once you have imported the overlay graphic or entered the button text, you can create the buttons. To create the buttons, you create active area rectangles by dragging over each button’s area. See Adding Overlay-Based Buttons for details on this process.

The number of buttons you can have depends on the track’s aspect ratio setting, set with the Display Mode pop-up menu in the General tab in the Track Inspector.

See Choosing an Aspect Ratio for more information on these modes. Also see What Happens with Different Aspect Ratios? for issues that occur when creating buttons over video on a 16:9 track.

SD Projects
  • 4:3: You can have up to 36 buttons.
  • 16:9 Pan Scan: You can have up to 18 buttons.
  • 16:9 Letterbox: You can have up to 18 buttons.
  • 16:9 Pan Scan & Letterbox: You can have up to 12 buttons.
HD Projects
  • 4:3: You can have up to 48 buttons.
  • 16:9 Pan Scan: You can have up to 24 buttons.
  • 16:9 Letterbox: You can have up to 24 buttons.
  • 16:9 Pan Scan & Letterbox: You can have up to 16 buttons.

Configuring the Buttons for Button over Video Subtitles

Once you have created the buttons, you need to configure them. There are three areas to configure:

  • Button navigation: Sets how a viewer jumps from one button to the next using the remote control’s arrow buttons.
  • Button targets: Sets the connection for each button (what is jumped to when the button is activated).
  • Color mapping: Sets the colors that appear for the normal, selected, and activated button states.

Button Navigation

Configuring button navigation with buttons over video is exactly the same as configuring the navigation in menus. By default, the navigation is assigned continuously, with DVD Studio Pro automatically setting the arrow button actions for each button. You can disable this function and set the navigation manually if you prefer.

See Configuring Button Navigation for details on the methods you can use.

Button Targets

Configuring the targets for each button with buttons over video is almost exactly the same as configuring the button targets in menus. You have the option of setting them in the Connections tab (the buttons appear as marker items), in the Subtitle Inspector, or by using a shortcut menu in the Subtitle Editor.

The difference is that a button within a track cannot select a specific stream in a different track. For this reason, the stream settings for buttons in subtitles are inactive if the target is set to anything other than “not set.”

If you need a button within a track to select a specific stream in another track, you can set the target to run a script that’s configured to jump to the desired stream.

See Setting a Button’s Connection for details on each method.

Color Mapping

Configuring the color mapping for the buttons with buttons over video is similar to configuring the color mapping for an advanced overlay with a menu.

The biggest difference is that you don’t have the option of using a simple overlay. You can accomplish a similar effect by setting the color and opacity settings for the three nonwhite overlay colors to the same values, and setting the white overlay opacity to 0, making it completely transparent.

Another difference is that the overlay colors have pre-assigned functions if you are typing subtitle text. See Setting the Subtitle Color for more information.

See Using Advanced Overlay Color Mapping and Colors Tab in the Menu Inspector with Advanced Selected for more information.

Copying Buttons in a Subtitle Clip

You are able to copy buttons within a subtitle clip or to a different subtitle clip. The buttons retain all of their settings, including their target setting.

You are not allowed to copy buttons to a subtitle clip if it causes that clip to exceed the maximum number of buttons allowed. See Creating the Buttons for Button over Video Subtitles for details on the maximum number of buttons allowed.

Copying Buttons by Dragging

You can copy one or more buttons within a subtitle clip by selecting them, then dragging them to a new location.

To copy one or more buttons within a subtitle clip by dragging
  1. Select the buttons to be copied.

  2. Press the Option key, then drag the buttons to their new position.

If multiple buttons are selected, they all move as a group, maintaining their relationships to each other.

Using Copy, Cut, and Paste

You can use the Copy and Paste commands to copy buttons within a subtitle clip and between subtitle clips. You can even copy buttons from a menu to a subtitle clip. However, any shapes, button styles, button text, and button assets that the menu’s button might have are not copied to the subtitle.

Important: If you copy a button to a subtitle clip that is not configured for buttons over video, DVD Studio Pro automatically converts the subtitle clip to support buttons by adding a button highlight marker (named “Button Marker _,” where “_” is the button marker number on that track) to the timeline at the clip’s beginning, and a cell marker (named “Marker _,” where “_” is the cell marker number on that track) at its end.

To copy one or more buttons using copy and paste
  1. Select the buttons to be copied.

  2. Choose Edit > Copy (or press Command-C).

    This copies the selected buttons to the Clipboard. The selected buttons are not affected.

  3. Select the subtitle clip to which you want the copied buttons to be pasted.

  4. If the insertion point is active in the Viewer tab, click an empty area to deactivate it.

  5. Choose Edit > Paste (or press Command-V).

If there are no buttons selected in the subtitle clip before you paste the copied buttons, the copied buttons are placed in the same locations as the originals. If a button is selected in the subtitle clip before you paste the copied items, the copied buttons are positioned relative to the selected button with a small offset.

You can use the Paste command multiple times after using the Copy command. This makes it easy to add a button to multiple subtitle clips.

To move one or more buttons using cut and paste
  1. Select the buttons to be moved.

  2. Choose Edit > Cut (or press Command-X).

    This copies the buttons to the Clipboard and removes the buttons from the current subtitle clip.

  3. Select the subtitle clip to which you want the cut buttons to be pasted.

  4. If the insertion point is active in the Viewer tab, click an empty area to deactivate it.

  5. Choose Edit > Paste (or press Command-V).

This is most useful when you are moving buttons from one subtitle clip to another.