DVD@CCESS

The DVD@CCESS feature allows you to add additional interactivity to your DVD title when it is played on a computer. For example, you can set a marker so that when it is reached, the computer’s web browser opens and is directed to the specified URL, which can be a website on the Internet or an HTML file on the DVD.

DVD@CCESS is compatible with both Macintosh computers and most Windows-based computers. See Configuring Computers for DVD@CCESS Playback for details on configuring both types of computers.

While the most common use of DVD@CCESS is to link to a website, you can also use it to open a program to view other types of files, such as PDF, PICT, or JPEG files. You can use DVD@CCESS links for:

Creating DVD@CCESS Links in Your Project

There are three elements within DVD Studio Pro that can include DVD@CCESS links:

  • Menus: Each menu can have a DVD@CCESS link. The link is activated as soon as the menu is displayed. While you cannot assign a DVD@CCESS link directly to a button, you can assign the link to a menu that appears only when you click that button.
  • Markers: Each marker within a track can have a DVD@CCESS link. The link is activated as soon as you reach the marker while playing the track.
  • Slideshow slides: Each slideshow slide can have a DVD@CCESS link. The link is activated as soon as the slide starts playing.

The DVD@CCESS settings appear in the Inspector of each element.

To enter a DVD@CCESS link
  1. Select the item to add the link to.

    Its Inspector appears.

  2. Select the DVD@CCESS checkbox to enable the link for the item.

    Figure. DVD@ccess section of an element's Inspector.
  3. In the Name field, enter text to help you remember what the DVD@CCESS link is for. This text is not seen by the viewer and is only for your use while authoring the title. It can be helpful because the link text is often difficult to interpret directly.

  4. Enter the link text in the URL field. This is the text that gets processed during playback.

See Rules for Entering DVD@CCESS Links for guidelines on entering the links.

Note: The Embed Text Data checkbox in the Advanced tab in the Disc Inspector is automatically selected when you add DVD@CCESS links to your project.

Configuring a DVD@CCESS link to a file included on the DVD requires some additional steps.

To enter a DVD@CCESS link to a file on the DVD
  1. Select the item to add the link to.

    Its Inspector appears.

  2. Select the DVD@CCESS checkbox to enable the link for the item.

  3. In the Name field, enter text to help you remember what the DVD@CCESS link is for.

  4. Enter the link text in the URL field. This is the text that gets processed during playback. To link to a file located on the DVD, you would enter:

    file:///DVDName/FolderName/FileName

    where DVDName is the name of the disc entered in the Disc Inspector, FolderName is the folder the file will be in on the DVD, and FileName is the file (the name must include an extension such as .pdf or .jpg).

  5. Do one of the following to open the Disc Inspector:

    • Click an empty area in the Graphical tab.

    • Click the disc icon in the Outline tab.

  6. Click the General tab in the Disc Inspector.

  7. Select the Content checkbox.

  8. Choose the folder that contains the folders and files you want to include on the DVD.

    Note: The actual folder you choose is not included on the DVD—only the folders and files contained within it are added to the root level of the DVD.

Rules for Entering DVD@CCESS Links

Enter your links in the following format:

Note: The entry cannot contain any spaces.

  • Internet links: Enter the entire link. For example:

    http://www.apple.com

  • File links: To view a file you have placed in a folder on the DVD, enter:

    file:///DVDName/FolderName/FileName

    where DVDName is the name of the disc entered in the Disc Inspector, FolderName is the folder the file will be in on the DVD, and FileName is the file (the name may include an extension such as .pdf or .jpg).

    The file path information is case-sensitive. Be sure you enter it exactly right. Additionally, what you enter for FolderName is not the same folder you enter as the DVD-ROM Location in the General tab of the Disc Inspector—it is actually the name of the folder that is placed at the root of the disc. See DVD-ROM for more information.

    Important: Filenames and paths using double-byte characters may not work correctly on systems configured for single-byte characters.

  • Email links: Enter the email link as:

    mailto:yourname@yourplace.com

Testing DVD@CCESS Links

It is important to test the DVD@CCESS links you add to your project before committing the title to replication. The Simulator and the Apple DVD Player application can test most DVD@CCESS functionality.

Using the Simulator

You can use the Simulator to test DVD@CCESS links that rely on Internet access or email; you can also see the text of each link when it is reached during playback in the Simulator’s information drawer.

The Simulator pane in DVD Studio Pro Preferences contains a setting that allows the Simulator to process DVD@CCESS links. See Simulator Preferences for more information.

Using the Apple DVD Player

You can use the Apple DVD Player application to test DVD@CCESS links that rely on Internet access or email. You must first build your project, creating the VIDEO_TS folder that DVD Player can open and play.

Note: Be sure to select Enable DVD@CCESS Web Links in the Disc tab of DVD Player Preferences.

Testing DVD@CCESS Links to Files with the Apple DVD Player

Because the files you intend to include on the DVD for access by DVD@CCESS links are not in their actual locations until you create the DVD, you cannot test these links as easily as the others with the Apple DVD Player.

To test DVD@CCESS links that rely on opening files located on the DVD, you can either:

  • Build and format the title and burn it to a disc: You can then test the disc on a variety of computers to verify that the links work as expected.
  • Build and format the title and write it as a disk image to your hard disk: The disk image contains the specified DVD-ROM content in addition to the VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS folders. Using the Apple DVD Player, you can play the disk image as if it were a burned DVD, and the DVD@CCESS links that rely on the DVD-ROM files can be tested.

Configuring Computers for DVD@CCESS Playback

Any DVD discs burned by DVD Studio Pro that include DVD@CCESS links also include an Installer for a small program that allows Windows computers to process the links. This program needs to be installed only once on a computer—it is not specific to that DVD title and will work with all DVD titles that use DVD@CCESS.

The Installer is located on the DVD in the DVD@CCESS folder, along with installation instructions.

Macintosh Computers

In the Apple DVD Player version 2.4 and later, DVD@CCESS playback functionality is built in.

When using version 2.4 or later of the Apple DVD Player, you need to configure it to process the links. Select Enable DVD@CCESS Web Links in the Disc tab in DVD Player Preferences.

Windows Computers

The DVD@CCESS Installer for Windows installs a program that works with most DVD player applications and Windows computers to process the DVD@CCESS links in the DVD title. See DVD Studio Pro Late-Breaking News, accessible through DVD Studio Pro Help, for specific information on known issues.

Including the DVD@CCESS Installer with a DVD

The DVD@CCESS Installer is automatically added to a DVD when you burn it directly from DVD Studio Pro.

When you need to burn your DVD using another method, the Installer is not automatically added. You can manually add the Installer to the disc by copying it from the DVD Studio Pro application package.

Important: Be very careful when working within the DVD Studio Pro package. You can easily corrupt the data, lose custom settings, and be forced to reinstall DVD Studio Pro. This procedure should only be followed if you understand the concept of opening an application’s package and working within it.

To copy the DVD@CCESS Installer manually
  1. Locate the DVD Studio Pro application icon in your computer’s Applications folder. (This is the default location; the application may be located elsewhere depending on how it was installed.)

  2. Control-click the icon, then choose Show Package Contents from the shortcut menu.

    The package opens in a Finder window.

  3. Open the Contents folder, then the Resources folder. The DVDccess folder is in the Resources folder.

  4. Copy the DVDccess folder to your desktop by holding down the Option key and dragging. This leaves the original in place and makes a copy you can add to your DVD.

  5. Close the package’s Finder window.