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DVD Studio Pro 3: In the Studio by Marc Loy

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Chapter 10. Templates and Styles

In the first few chapters, you got to see how quickly you can create an aesthetically pleasing DVD project using Apple-supplied templates as a normal part of the DVDSP installation. But what if three sappy wedding themes aren’t enough? Well, you’ve come to the right place. In this chapter we’ll look at how you can build your own style and template objects for reuse in your projects. We’ll even look at how to bundle a standalone template and make it available for others to use in their projects as well.

Palette Redux

Before we get started building our own styles and templates, let’s review the Palette. Once you start building your own menus and buttons, the Palette tends to slip into the background. As we prepare our custom pieces, though, it will be very much in the foreground. Figure 10-1 shows the Palette and its tabs. If you’re using DVDSP 2, you’ll see slightly larger icons (and slightly fewer of them—DVDSP 3 added a batch of new templates). But don’t worry. Everything we discuss in this chapter works in both versions of DVDSP.

Palette tabs

Three of the tabs (Audio, Stills, and Video) merely provide convenient access to your media. They provide some default locations to look for things (the Video tab, for example, automatically loads the Movies folder in your home directory), but you can add others. Each tab also has a handy search form ...

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