Investigating Existing DVDs

A very effective way to start planning your project is to spend some time viewing existing DVDs. This process provides you with examples of ways others approached various aspects of their DVD projects, such as using slideshows or providing language selections. It can also help you understand how frustrating the viewing experience can be when a disc has poorly conceived menus or confusing interactivity.

Not all DVD titles are Hollywood releases—be sure to look at a variety of titles, especially those that best match the goals of your project.

Keep in mind that, while DVD Studio Pro provides the tools needed to create highly complex DVDs, most Hollywood-style titles have teams of specialists who work on each project. Before you set out to create a complicated DVD, make sure you understand all aspects of what is involved, and are prepared to deal with them.