Remote Control Settings

An important part of authoring a DVD title is to assign functions to the DVD player’s remote control buttons. For most projects, you set these functions for the entire disc. However, you can override several of the disc settings for individual tracks, stories, markers, slideshows, and menus.

If an individual element has more than one remote control setting:

Note: All of these settings can also all be made in the Connections tab.

Remote Control Buttons

The disc’s remote control settings support seven buttons. Remote control settings for tracks, stories, markers, slideshows, and menus support only certain ones:

  • Title: Supported by the disc settings only. This button is typically linked to the primary menu so that, no matter where the viewers are in the title, when they press the Title button they will always go to the same place.
  • Menu: Supported by all elements that can set remote control settings (disc, track, story, marker, and slideshow) except menus. You should generally link this button to the last menu viewed.
  • Angle: Supported by the disc, track, and slideshow elements. You can link this button to a menu that allows the viewer to select the angle to view.
  • Chapter: Supported by the disc, track, and slideshow elements. Typically found only on specialized DVD players, you can link this button to a menu that allows the viewer to select the chapter to view.
  • Audio: Supported by the disc, track, and slideshow elements. You can link the Audio button to a menu that allows the viewer to select the audio stream to listen to.
  • Subtitle: Supported by the disc, track, and slideshow elements. You can link this button to a menu that allows the viewer to select whether subtitles appear and the subtitle stream to view.
  • Return: Supported by the disc and menu settings only. The Return button is usually used to provide an easy way for the viewer to navigate back through nested menus.

Beware of Similar-Sounding Buttons

The remote controls of most DVD players include stream select buttons labeled Angle, Audio, and Subtitle. These are not the same as the remote control buttons you can assign menus to. These three buttons allow the viewer to directly select the angle, audio, and subtitle stream without going to a menu first.

The Angle, Chapter, Audio, and Subtitle remote control buttons that you can assign menus to are in addition to these three stream select buttons, and are found only on a few remote controls, typically grouped in a “Menus” section of the remote control.

It is important to include alternative methods for viewers to get to these menus. You cannot count on all remote controls to have these buttons.

Configuring the Remote Control Buttons

You can configure the remote control buttons either in the Inspector or in the Connections tab.

To set the remote control buttons using the Inspector
  1. Select the element whose remote control buttons you want to set. You can select the element in the Outline tab, the Graphical tab, or use the pop-up menu in the appropriate editor.

  2. In the Inspector, open the pop-up menu for the button to be set, then choose the function to link to. All elements currently set in the project are available to be linked to.

    The remote control settings are in different Inspector locations for different elements:

    • Disc Inspector: The commonly used remote control settings (Title, Menu, and Return) are in the General tab. The Advanced tab contains the settings that are not often used (Angle, Chapter, Audio, and Subtitle).
    • Track, Story, and Marker Inspectors: All remote control settings are in their General tabs.
    • Slideshow and Story Marker Inspectors: All remote control settings are in its main area (there are no tabs).
    • Menu Inspector: Its only remote control setting (Return) is in its Menu tab.
To set the remote control buttons using the Connections tab
  1. Click the Connections tab. You can see all source elements in the project together, or see one element at a time:

    • To see the remote control buttons for all project elements at once: Select the disc in the Outline tab or click an empty area in the Graphical tab.
    • To see the remote control buttons for a single element: Select that element in the Outline tab, the Graphical tab, or use the pop-up menu in the appropriate editor.
  2. Use the View pop-up menu in the Connections tab to control which of the remote buttons are visible:

    • Basic: Shows the disc’s title button, and the track’s, story’s, and slideshow’s menu buttons.
    • Standard: Shows all basic buttons plus menu buttons for a track’s markers.
    • Advanced: Shows all possible remote buttons.
  3. Set the link for the remote button by either dragging the target to the source element or Control-clicking the button’s setting in the Target column, and choosing the element to link to from the shortcut menu.