Audio and Video Assets

Audio and video assets can come from a wide variety of analog and digital sources. You must have an equally wide variety of ways to capture these sources on your authoring system. When bringing your assets into DVD Studio Pro, you should keep in mind the following issues.

Have the Assets Been Edited Yet?

DVD Studio Pro is not an editor. You can use it to link assets together on a timeline, as with an editor, and even trim an asset’s start and end, but you cannot add effects, such as dissolves and text credits, or perform any audio mixing. Your assets need to be already edited using an application such as Final Cut Pro. If you are editing the assets on your authoring computer, you need to capture them in a format required by your editing software. Once edited, the assets can be imported into DVD Studio Pro (if they are in a QuickTime-supported format) or encoded into DVD-compliant MPEG and audio formats, using either Compressor or third-party applications.

Capturing from an Audio or Video Player

Often your assets will be edited at a post-production facility and you will capture them directly from a video- or audiotape player. In this case, you must have a third-party capture card that supports the video and audio formats used. This video must be captured using Final Cut Pro (or a similar application) in a QuickTime format that the DVD Studio Pro integrated MPEG encoder can convert to DVD-compliant formats, or captured directly as DVD-compliant MPEG and audio sources.