General DVD Limitations

Following are some general limitations you may run into while authoring your DVD project with DVD Studio Pro. Most of these limitations are due to DVD-Video specification requirements.

Note: With the exception of the number of buttons on a menu, the same limits apply to both SD and HD projects.

Project

Following are the limitations within a DVD Studio Pro project.

  • Maximum number of tracks, stories, and slideshows in a project: 99
  • Minimum number of menus in a project: 0
  • Minimum number of tracks or slideshows in a project: 1
Menus

Following are the menu-related limitations.

  • Maximum number of menus in a project: 10,000
  • Menu aspect ratio support: 4:3 and 16:9 menus can be used in the same project.
  • Maximum number of buttons on an SD-based DVD 4:3 menu: 36
  • Maximum number of buttons on an SD-based DVD 16:9 menu: 18, unless Pan Scan & Letterbox is selected, which then sets the maximum to 12
  • Maximum number of buttons on an HD-based DVD 4:3 menu: 48
  • Maximum number of buttons on an HD-based DVD 16:9 menu: 24, unless Pan Scan & Letterbox is selected, which then sets the maximum to 16
Tracks

Following are the track-related limitations.

  • Maximum number of video streams in a track: 9
  • Minimum number of video streams in a track: 1
  • Maximum number of audio streams in a track: 8
  • Maximum number of subtitle streams in a track: 32
  • Maximum number of cell markers in a track: 255
  • Maximum number of chapter markers in a track: 99 (Each chapter marker is also a cell marker.)
  • Maximum combined number of chapter markers and individual chapter end jump settings in a track: 106 (See Setting Chapter Marker End Jumps for more information.)
  • Maximum number of buttons on an SD-based DVD 4:3 track’s button highlight marker: 36
  • Maximum number of buttons on an SD-based DVD 16:9 track’s button highlight marker: 18, unless Pan Scan & Letterbox is selected, which then sets the maximum to 12
  • Maximum number of buttons on an HD-based DVD 4:3 track’s button highlight marker: 48
  • Maximum number of buttons on an HD-based DVD 16:9 track’s button highlight marker: 24, unless Pan Scan & Letterbox is selected, which then sets the maximum to 16
Stories

Following is the story-related limitation.

  • Maximum number of segments: 98 (must all be from the same track)
Slideshows

Following are the slideshow-related limitations.

  • Maximum number of slides in a slideshow: 99
  • Minimum number of slides in a slideshow: 1
Scripts

Following are the script-related limitations.

  • Maximum number of scripts in a project: 10,000
  • Maximum number of command lines in a script: 124
  • Minimum number of command lines in a script: 1