Setting Disc Properties

The Disc Inspector contains settings that affect your DVD title. Some settings, such as the disc’s name, its First Play action, and the video standard, can be set early in the project creation process. You do not have to make other settings until you are ready to burn a DVD, write to a Digital Linear Tape (DLT) drive, or write to a hard disk.

The top of the Disc Inspector and its General and Advanced tabs contain settings that affect the title’s playback. All of these settings (except the disc name and DVD-ROM settings) must be set before you build your project. You must also set the Macrovision setting in the Region/Copyright tab.

The remaining settings affect the format process. You can set them at any time, even after you start the format process.

To open the Disc Inspector
  • Select the disc’s name in the Outline tab or click an empty area in the Graphical tab.

Settings at the Top of the Disc Inspector

There are three settings at the top of the Disc Inspector.

Figure. Top part of the Disc Inspector.
  • Name: This is the name that appears when the DVD is played on a computer. It’s also the name that appears in the Outline tab. The default name is Untitled Disc. You can enter a name with a maximum of 32 characters. While you can enter any characters you wish, the only permissible characters for the formatted disk image are the 26 uppercase English characters, numerals 0 through 9, and the underscore (“_”). DVD Studio Pro automatically converts lowercase letters to uppercase and removes unsupported characters when you use the format feature.

    The disc name does not need to be set before building the project. You can set it during the formatting process.

  • Est. Size: This displays the amount of disc space that DVD Studio Pro estimates will be required for the build, including any DVD-ROM files you may be adding. This size uses the same convention as used by DVD media—one MB is equal to 1,000,000 bytes. See Making Sure Your Content Will Fit for information on how much data a 4.7 GB disc can actually hold.

General Tab in the Disc Inspector

All of the settings in the General tab except the DVD-ROM settings must be set before building a project.

Figure. General tab of the Disc Inspector.
Standard Settings
  • DVD Standard: Shows the DVD standard for this project.
    • SD DVD: When set to SD DVD, you can convert the project to HD-based DVD by clicking the HD DVD button.
    • HD DVD: When set to HD DVD, however, you cannot change the project back to SD DVD. See Setting the DVD Standard for more information.
  • Video Standard: Select the type of video used in this project, NTSC or PAL. This must be set before you import any video assets. See Setting the Video Standard for more information.
Remote Control

See About DVD-ROM Discs for details on using these settings and creating DVD-ROM discs.

  • Content: Specifies whether this is a DVD-Video or DVD-ROM title. Selecting Content enables the DVD-ROM content settings (Location and Joliet Extension Support).
  • Size: Shows the size of the files the folder chosen as the Location contains. This size uses the same convention as used by DVD media—one MB is equal to 1,000,000 bytes. The size is also shown in actual bytes.
  • Location: This setting is active only when you select Content. The Location setting lets you choose the folder to include as the DVD-ROM contents for the disc. All files and folders at this location (but not the actual folder specified with the Location setting) are added to the root of the DVD.

    For example, if you want several PDF files to be in a folder named PDFExtras at the root of the DVD, you would have to create the PDFExtras folder, place the PDF files in it, then place that folder in the folder you specify as the Location (DVDROMContent in the example below).

    Figure. Finder window showing an example DVDROMContent folder with a PDFExtras folder containing PDF files to be added to the DVD.
  • Joliet Extension Support: This setting is active only when you select Content. Selecting Joliet Extension Support affects the filenames allowed in the DVD-ROM content when using red laser media. See Joliet Volume for more information.

Disc/Volume Tab in the Disc Inspector

These settings do not need to be set until you format your project. However, choosing the disc media, size, and layer options will ensure the toolbar’s disc meter is correct.

Figure. Disc/Volume tab of the Disc Inspector.
  • Disc Media: Available for HD projects only (SD projects can only use red laser media). Choose the type of media your project will be distributed on. Red Laser refers to the media used with SD projects, although HD projects can also use it. Blue Laser refers to media used with HD projects.

    Important: This setting affects the scale of the toolbar’s disc meter and the type of disc (red laser or blue laser) the replicator will create if you are using DDP or CMF when formatting your project. It does not affect what happens when burning a general media disc on your system.

  • Layer Options: Choose either single- or dual-layer for the media.
  • Track Direction: Use this control to select either PTP (Parallel Track Path, in which the second disc layer plays from the inner track to the outer track as the first layer does) or OTP (Opposite Track Path, in which the second layer plays from the outer track to the inner track, the opposite of the first layer). The advantage of the OTP method is that it minimizes the amount of time the DVD player spends seeking the next track when switching layers. See About Dual-Layer Discs for more information and tips on creating dual-layer discs.
  • Seamless: Select Seamless to configure the dual-layer break point as seamless.

    Important: An alert appears when you select Seamless. Do not select Seamless unless your project specifically requires it. See Choosing Seamless or Non-Seamless Layer Changes for more information.

  • Number of sides: Choose whether this is a one- or two-sided disc.

    Note: A two-sided disc requires two separate projects—one for each side.

  • Disc Side: Choose Side A or Side B for this project. This is for the replication facility.
  • Disc Size: Choose either the standard 12 cm or the smaller 8 cm disc size.
  • Maximum Size: Based on the above settings, shows the maximum amount of disc space available.

Region/Copyright Tab in the Disc Inspector

The only setting in the Region/Copyright tab that you must set before building a project is the Macrovision setting.

Figure. Region/Copyright tab of the Disc Inspector.
  • Playable Region Codes: Select the checkbox next to the regions in which you want to be able to play the disc (all are enabled by default). All DVD players (standalone and computer) must be assigned a region code. This code divides the world into six regions, with an additional region for discs played on airplanes. These region codes allow you to have some control over where a disc can be played.

    So that you can easily emulate on any DVD player the VIDEO_TS or HVDVD_TS folder created by the build process, the folder defaults to having all regions enabled (except “7-Reserved”). Region code settings are applied during the formatting process.

    Important: If you change the region code settings and burn a DVD using general media, some DVD players that should be prevented from playing it will play the disc. This issue does not occur with replicated discs originating from either general or authoring media. Additionally, you must have at least one playable region selected.

  • Copyright Management: Select the checkbox to enable either digital-based or analog-based (Macrovision) copyright protection of the disc. Selecting this checkbox enables the Copy Generation setting.

    Note: This setting affects the number of bytes in each sector of the disc. With copyright management disabled, each sector has 2048 bytes. With copyright management enabled, each sector has 2054 bytes.

  • Format for CSS: Available in SD DVD projects only. Only available when Copy Generation is set to No Copy Permitted. The Content Scrambling System (CSS) provides digital-based copyright protection. Selecting Format for CSS alerts the replication facility to apply CSS encryption to the disc (if it is licensed and authorized to do so).

Advanced Tab in the Disc Inspector

All of the settings in the Disc Inspector’s Advanced tab must be set before you build a project. These settings apply to specialized features used on advanced projects.

Figure. Advanced tab of the Disc Inspector.
  • Embed Text Data: This checkbox is automatically selected if you use the DVD@CCESS feature within your project. You can also select it if you want to add the names you assigned to the tracks, slideshows, and menus to the DVD disc. This text can be displayed on DVD players designed to support the Text Display extensions of the DVD-Video specification (version 1.1).