Defining the Menu Loop Point

When you configure a looping menu, you have the option of setting the loop point (the point playback jumps to once the end of the menu’s video is reached) to be different than the menu’s first frame of video. For example, the menu’s video may have an introduction that plays before the buttons become active—you would not want the introduction to play each time the menu loops.

In addition to setting the loop point manually in the Menu Inspector, you can add a chapter marker, named “MenuLoopPoint,” to the background video while you are editing it in Motion or Final Cut Pro. DVD Studio Pro automatically sets the menu’s loop point to match this marker when you assign the video to the menu’s background using one of the dragging methods, such as dragging the video to the Menu Editor and choosing Set Background from the Drop Palette. See Configuring Motion Menu Settings for more information.

In Final Cut Pro, you add the chapter marker exactly as you would add a chapter marker for use in a track. The only requirement is that it be named “MenuLoopPoint.” See Adding Markers to Your Video for more information. In Motion, you need to select the Menu Loop Point option when you add the marker to the video. See the Motion documentation for more information.