Digital Video Editing - Creating Video Tracks in DVD Studio Pro

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Play a Movie

The goal of any DVD is to play a video file. All the fancy aspects of DVD authoring can create a great document, but without the video file there is no reason for it to exist. To make sure this gets done in Final Cut Pro you need to make sure you have the correct files and they are placed on a track.

Correct Compression

The first thing you need to do is make sure that your video file is compressed into the proper format for DVD authoring. When using DVD Studio Pro you will most likely be using the other programs associated with the Final Cut Suite such as Compressor. When compressing with Compressor select an DVD format, ideally DVD Best Quality: 90 Minutes. Once it is in this format it will have a file for the video and a file for the audio. Import both of these into DVD Studio Pro.


Go to the graphical view and right click, then select Add and then Track. A new track will appear in the graphical view. Open this track and there will be a Timeline on the bottom half of the screen, similar to one in an editing program like Final Cut Pro. Drag and drop both the video and audio files from the Asset list into the Timeline. Once in there the video has been set to that track.

Chapter Markers

To add chapter markers all you have to do is select a point on this Timeline where you would like it to be and then click on the timescale. A chapter marker will be immediately put there. Now when the audience is watching the DVD they will be able to hit the skip button and move through that video track.

End Jump

Always make sure that you set the DVD to go back to the menu that linked to the video track once the video track is done playing. To do this you go to the Track menu when the video track is open. Here you go to the top of the menu to the option labeled End Jump. Select this and you will be able to select menus or tracks that are part of the DVD project. Select the menu from where the track was linked. This way once you go to a menu and play that video, the DVD will return to that menu once the video has finished playing.


This is a basic function of DVD Studio Pro, and probably the most important one. As long as you get this to work then you will be able to create a DVD copy of your digital video project.

This post is part of the series: DVD Studio Pro

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  1. The DVD Studio Pro Workflow
  2. Creating Video Tracks in DVD Studio Pro
  3. Using Menu Templates in DVD Studio Pro
  4. Creating a Base Menu in DVD Studio Pro
  5. Adding Music to Menus in DVD Studio Pro
  6. Using Menu Transitions in DVD Studio Pro
  7. Using Keyboard Shortcuts in DVD Studio Pro
  8. Creating Photo Slideshows in DVD Studio Pro
  9. Using Pictures or Video in Your DVD Studio Pro Menu Templates
  10. Reasons to Choose DVD Studio Pro
  11. Removing Deleted Assets in Your DVD Studio Pro Project