Emulating Your Project Using DVD Player

Once you have successfully built your project and have a VIDEO_TS or HVDVD_TS folder, you can test it using the Apple DVD Player. This process allows you to verify your project using the actual compiled files.

An advantage of using the Apple DVD Player is that it can play directly from a VIDEO_TS or HVDVD_TS folder. It also allows you to select which VIDEO_TS or HVDVD_TS folder to play, if there are multiple folders on your system.

Important: You must use DVD Player v4.6.6 or later with Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger to play the HVDVD_TS folder.

In addition to testing with DVD Player, it is also recommended that you try your project on other DVD players. Some computer DVD players will play from the VIDEO_TS or HVDVD_TS folder, but may require the folder to be at the root level of your disk. To test on a standalone DVD player, you must go through the format process and create a DVD disc. This is the most comprehensive test you can perform on your project and is highly recommended.

The Apple DVD Player works well as an emulation tool. It is provided with Mac OS X on computers with a DVD drive. It can play from a disc or from a specified VIDEO_TS or HVDVD_TS folder. It also processes any DVD@CCESS links you have added to your project.

Note: To avoid conflicts, be sure to quit DVD Studio Pro before opening DVD Player. Once you have finished with DVD Player, be sure to quit it before opening DVD Studio Pro.

To emulate your project with DVD Player
  1. Quit DVD Studio Pro.

  2. Open DVD Player by double-clicking its icon in the Applications folder.

  3. To select a VIDEO_TS or HVDVD_TS folder, choose either File > Open DVD Video Folder or File > Open VIDEO_TS Folder (depending on your version of DVD Player), or press Command-O.

  4. Use the navigation dialog to locate the VIDEO_TS or HVDVD_TS folder, then click Choose.

  5. To play the VIDEO_TS or HVDVD_TS folder, do one of the following:

    • Click the Play button.

    • Press the Space bar.

The title starts playing, based on its First Play action.

Emulating DVD@CCESS Links

DVD Player can process your DVD@CCESS links. You must first enable its DVD@CCESS capability.

To emulate DVD@CCESS links with DVD Player
  1. Choose DVD Player > Preferences.

  2. Click the Disc tab.

  3. Select the Enable DVD@CCESS Web Links checkbox.

  4. Click OK.

There are two types of DVD@CCESS links: those that use network access (such as connecting to a URL or sending an email) and those that open a file. When emulating a VIDEO_TS or HVDVD_TS folder, you can’t process links that open a file because the path you entered when setting the link most likely does not match the file’s current path (especially if the file is intended to be included on the DVD disc). To verify DVD@CCESS links that open a file, you must actually burn a DVD disc and emulate directly from the disc.

See DVD@CCESS for details on using the DVD@CCESS feature.

Emulating Dual-Layer Projects

The build process for dual-layer projects is the same as for single-layer projects—it creates a single large VIDEO_TS or HVDVD_TS folder and compiles the files. You can emulate the project using DVD Player, but you will not be able to emulate the action at the dual-layer break point because it has not yet been set. (That happens in the format process.)

Note: You can burn your dual-layer project to a double-layer disc to test the break point action.