User Operations

You can disable various viewer operations in menus, tracks, stories, and markers. For example, you may want to prevent the viewer from skipping through the FBI warning.

By providing this ability for individual menus, tracks, stories, and markers, DVD Studio Pro allows you to be very specific about which elements have disabled operations.

Setting User Operations

To disable specific viewer controls for a menu, track, story, or marker, use the user operations settings.

Note: Selecting an item in the User Operations tab disables that item. Selecting an item does not enable it.

To set user operations
  1. Select the element you want to work with to display its properties in the Inspector.

  2. Click the User Operations tab in the Track, Marker, or Story Inspector or the Advanced tab in the Menu Inspector.

  3. Select each item you want to disable. See User Operations Properties for a description of all the items.

Figure. User Operations tab of the Track Inspector showing partially and fully selected groups of settings.

You can also click Disable All to disable all items. You can then deselect any items to enable them. The Enable All button enables all items.

When working with markers, you can also select Same as Track. This allows you to customize just those markers that require it.

User Operations Properties

The user operations are broken into four groups: Playback Control, Stream Selection, Menu Call, and Button. The following sections describe what happens when you select each item.

Playback Control

The Playback Control group contains the following settings.

Figure. User Operations tab of the Track Inspector.
  • Title Play: Available only in tracks, menus, and stories. Prevents jumping to a different title by entering a title number using a DVD player remote control.
  • PPT Search/PTT Play: Available only in tracks. Prevents jumping to or playing from a new chapter marker by using a remote control’s numeric keypad. PTT stands forpart of titleand corresponds to track sections defined by markers.
  • Time Search/Time Play: Available only in tracks. Prevents jumping to or playing from a new time by using a remote control’s numeric keypad.
  • Stop: Available in tracks, menus, stories, and markers. Prevents stopping movie playback before the end of the movie while a selected menu is displayed or until the next track, marker, or story is reached.
  • Resume: Available only in menus. Prevents resuming movie playback while a selected menu is displayed or until the next track, marker, or story is reached.
  • Time/PTT Search: Available only in tracks and markers. Prevents locating specific points in a video stream by entering an exact time.
  • Still Off: Available in tracks, menus, stories, and markers. By default, disabled in menus. Disables the ability to prevent a still image from stopping in a slideshow. In other words, allows a still image to be paused.
  • Pause On/Off: Available in tracks, menus, stories, and markers. By default, disabled in menus. Disables the pause on/off function during track playback until the next track, marker, or story is reached.
  • Forward Scan: Available in tracks, menus, stories, and markers. By default, disabled in menus. Prevents scanning forward through the disc.
  • Backward Scan: Available in tracks, menus, stories, and markers. By default, disabled in menus. Prevents scanning backward through the disc.
  • Next Program: Available in tracks, menus, stories, and markers. By default, disabled in menus. Prevents skipping forward through chapters.
  • Previous Program: Available in tracks, menus, stories, and markers. By default, disabled in menus. Prevents skipping backward through chapters.
  • Go Up: Available only in menus. Prevents using the Return button on a remote control.
Stream Selection

All items available in tracks, menus, stories, and markers.

Figure. Stream Selection settings in a User Operations tab.
  • Audio Stream Change: Prevents changing to an alternate audio track during movie playback until the next track, marker, or story is reached.
  • Subpicture Stream Change: Prevents viewing an alternate subpicture stream (another name for the subtitle stream).
  • Angle Change: Prevents viewing different camera angles of the same material.
  • Video Presentation Mode Change: Prevents switching between 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios or switching between pan-scan and letterbox presentations.
Menu Call

All items available in tracks, menus, stories, and markers.

Figure. Menu Call settings in a User Operations tab.
  • Root Menu (DVD Menu): Prevents using the Menu button on a remote control to access a DVD menu that you have previously set up in the Connections tab.
  • Title Menu: Prevents using the Title button on a remote control to access a DVD menu that you have previously set up in the Connections tab.
  • Subpicture Menu: Prevents accessing the subtitle menu during movie playback.
  • Audio Menu: Prevents accessing the audio menu during movie playback.
  • Angle Menu: Prevents accessing the angle menu during movie playback.
  • Chapter Menu: Prevents accessing the chapter menu during movie playback.
Button

There is only one item in the Button group.

Figure. Button settings in a User Operations tab.
  • Selection/Activation: Available only in tracks, menus, and stories. Prevents selecting and activating button highlight areas.

Getting Consistent Previous and Next Button Behavior

The action that happens when a viewer uses the Previous or Next button to skip through chapter markers on a track and reaches the first or last marker can vary, depending on the DVD player. For example, if the viewer is at the last marker in a track and presses the Next button one more time, different DVD players will do different things. There are two common approaches that DVD players take:

  • The viewer is constrained to that track: Additionally, the Previous or Next button (depending on whether you have reached the first or last marker, respectively) is disabled.
  • The viewer is not constrained to that track: Additionally, the DVD player jumps to the previous or next track (which could also be a story or slideshow) and allows the viewer to continue skipping through that track’s markers.

You can use user operations to force consistent behavior in these situations, ensuring that the viewer has the same experience regardless of which player they are using.

To ensure consistent Previous and Next button behavior
  1. Select a track in either the Outline or Graphical tab, or in the Track Editor.

  2. Select the first marker in the Track Editor.

    The Marker Inspector appears, displaying that marker’s properties.

  3. Click the User Operations tab.

  4. Select the Previous Program checkbox.

    This disables the remote control’s Previous button for this marker, which prevents the viewer from skipping to a marker on a different track.

  5. Select the last marker in the track.

    The Marker Inspector now displays that marker’s properties.

  6. Click the User Operations tab.

  7. Select the Next Program checkbox.

This disables the remote control’s Next button for this marker, which prevents the viewer from skipping to a marker on a different track.

Note: The same issue can occur with slideshows; however, you cannot correct it unless you convert the slideshow to a track.