Subtitle Inspector

The Subtitle Inspector contains settings applicable to all subtitle clips. It shows the settings of the currently selected subtitle clip. The Subtitle Inspector contains three tabs: General, Button, and Colors. There is also the Text entry area at the top of the Inspector.

Text Entry Area in the Subtitle Inspector

You can use the Text area to enter subtitle text for the current subtitle clip. The Text area also displays any text you enter directly in the Subtitle Editor. If you have imported the subtitle as a graphic, the Text area does not show any text contained in the graphic.

Figure. Top section of the Subtitle Inspector showing the text entry area.

Click within the Text area to enter text. You can even combine text with an imported graphic. Press Return to insert a line break.

General Tab in the Subtitle Inspector

Following are the settings in the General tab of the Subtitle Inspector.

Figure. General tab of the Subtitle Inspector.
Clip Info
  • Start: The timecode where this clip appears. You can change a clip’s start time by entering a new value here or by dragging the clip’s leading edge in the Track Editor. Changing the start time also affects the clip’s end time, but not its duration.
  • Duration: The length of the clip. If you enter a new duration here, the clip’s end time changes to fit it. You can also change a clip’s duration by dragging its edges in the Track Editor.
  • Stop Time: The timecode where the clip stops appearing. You can change a clip’s stop time by entering a new value here or by dragging the clip’s trailing edge in the Track Editor. Changing the stop time also affects the clip’s duration.
  • Fade In: You can enter a value (in frames) that controls how long the clip takes to dissolve on. The fade in starts at the clip’s start time.

    Note: The Fade settings are unavailable when you are working with a subtitle clip configured to provide buttons over video.

  • Out: You can enter a value (in frames) that controls how long the clip takes to dissolve off. The fade out finishes at the clip’s stop time.

    Note: Because there are only 16 opacity levels, setting fades longer than 20 frames produces noticeable “stepping” as the subtitle dissolves in and out.

  • Force display: Select this checkbox to force specific subtitle clips to appear, even if the viewer has disabled subtitles. Subtitle clips set to force their display only appear if their subtitle stream is currently selected.
  • Apply to Stream: Click to apply the fade in and out settings to all subtitle clips in this stream.
Formatting
  • Horizontal: Sets the horizontal justification of the text. Click the appropriate icon for left, center, or right alignment.
  • Horizontal Offset: Trims the horizontal position of the text, in pixel steps, from the selected justification setting. Positive values move the text to the right and negative values move it to the left. A value of 0 positions the text at its justification setting.
  • Vertical: Sets the vertical justification of the text. Click the appropriate icon for top, center, or bottom alignment.
  • Vertical Offset: Trims the vertical position of the text, in pixel steps, from the selected justification setting. Positive values move the text down and negative values move it up. A value of 0 positions the text at its justification setting.
  • Apply to Stream: Click to apply the formatting settings to all subtitle clips in this stream.
Graphic
  • File: Shows the name of the graphics file assigned to this subtitle clip. You can enter the path and name for a graphics file or click the Choose button to open a file selection dialog.
  • Offset X and Y: Use to trim the graphic’s position.
    • Offset X: Trims the horizontal position. Positive values move the graphic to the right and negative values move it to the left. A value of 0 positions the graphic at its default position.
    • Offset Y: Trims the vertical position. Positive values move the graphic down and negative values move it up. A value of 0 positions the graphic at its default position.
Stream
  • Import Subtitles: Click this button to import a subtitle file. This file affects the entire subtitle stream. See Importing a Subtitle File for more information.

    Note: Importing a subtitle file deletes any existing subtitle clips from the stream.

Button Tab in the Subtitle Inspector

The Button tab in the Subtitle Inspector is empty unless the subtitle is configured to provide buttons over video. See Creating Buttons over Video for more information.

You use the Button tab to configure the buttons to add to the subtitle.

Figure. Button tab of the Subtitle Inspector.
  • Name: By default, buttons are named “Button _,” where “_” is the button number in that menu. To reduce confusion when viewing a list of the menu’s buttons, it is helpful to rename the buttons based on their functions.
  • Highlight: Select the color mapping set (1, 2, or 3) to use for this button.
  • Button Offset: You can use this to offset button numbers so they make sense to a viewer who wants to select a button by entering its number. For example, you may have a set of scene selection menus with numbered scenes. One of the menus may have scenes 23 to 34, with the button for scene 23 being the first button on the menu. If you enter an offset value of 22 for this menu, when the viewer enters 23 on the remote control, 22 is subtracted from it, with the result being 1—the button’s actual number.
  • Coordinates & Size: This area lets you set the location of each edge of the button’s active area, plus the area’s height and width. The upper-left corner of the menu is at pixel 0, line 0. You can enter values for each edge, allowing you to precisely position and size the button’s active area. (You can also drag the area and each of its edges with the pointer.)
  • Auto Action: If you select Auto Action for a button, the button activates automatically as soon as it is navigated to, without the viewer needing to press Enter. This is useful in menus, such as scene selection menus, in which you use Next and Previous buttons; you can assume that if viewers navigate to the Next or Previous button, they want to activate it.

    With overlay-based buttons, if you select this option, only the activated color mapping appears when the button is navigated to, skipping the selected color mapping.

    Important: When viewed with most software-based DVD players, such as the Apple DVD Player, auto action buttons must be clicked if a mouse is used to select buttons. If you use the computer’s arrow keys, however, auto action buttons activate automatically as with set-top DVD players.

  • Invisible: Applies to overlay-based buttons. Allows you to have a button that does not display highlights in the normal, selected, or activated state. This is useful when you want to have a menu with text and no visible buttons. The text could tell the viewer to press the Enter button to go to the next menu or start playback (or whatever the button is set to jump to).

Colors Tab in the Subtitle Inspector

The Colors tab in the Subtitle Inspector is very similar to the Colors tab in the Menu Inspector.

Figure. Colors tab of the Subtitle Inspector.
  • Mapping Type: Select the colors used to create the overlay graphic. This setting only applies to imported graphics files.
    • Chroma: Uses black, red, blue, and white
    • Grayscale: Uses black, dark gray, light gray, and white.
  • Selection State: Unless you have configured this subtitle clip to provide buttons over video, only the Normal setting is available. When configured for buttons over video, you can select the button state you want to configure, and that state’s colors and transparencies are displayed.
  • Set: Active only when you have configured this subtitle clip to provide buttons over video. Select the color mapping set (1, 2, or 3) to configure. All new buttons use set 1. See Color Mapping Sets for more information.

    Note: These sets apply only to the selected and activated button states. The normal state color mapping setting applies to the entire overlay graphic unless a button’s active area is selected or activated.

  • Key: Displays the overlay file’s colors as selected with the Mapping Type. The names to the left of the key colors (Text, Outline 1, Outline 2, and Background) show which settings apply to subtitle text entered in DVD Studio Pro.
  • Color: Select the color for each of the four overlay colors from the current Color Palette. If this subtitle is configured to provide buttons over video, you must do this for all three button states.
  • Opacity: Set the transparency for each of the highlight colors. You can use the slider or enter a value from 0 (completely transparent) to 15 (completely opaque).
  • Apply to Stream: Click to apply the color and opacity settings to all subtitle clips in this stream.
  • Save As Default: Click to save this color mapping configuration as the default to be used on all new subtitles you create.

    Note: This is not the same palette used by the Menu Editor.

  • Restore Default: Click to replace the existing settings with those of the default subtitle color mapping configuration.
  • Edit Palette: Click to display the Color Palette dialog, which you can use to change colors within the palette. See Color Mapping Palette for more information.