Newbie on Mac: Menu background, button and image quality issues

Discussion in 'DVD Video' started by Danny Boy, Jan 1, 2006.

  1. Danny Boy

    Danny Boy Guest

    Hi,

    I am trying to make a DVD with stills only, using DVD Studio Pro 3 on
    Mac OS X (10.4.3) and a G5 with 2Gb SDRAM. The images I use are 768 x
    576 tiff images 72dpi. I have two problems I hope someone here can shed
    some light on:

    1. Trying to make the menu have a background that goes from pitch black
    and transitioned into an image. I have set the parameters in the menu
    palette to do this, but nothing happens when I "simulate". The black
    never changes.
    I have also tried making a slideshow of this, using a black tiff as
    first image and then a transition, but can't use the show as background,
    neither "as is" or if making a track of it.

    I also tried making a clip to use instead. Used Final Cut Pro, iMovie,
    PhotoToMovie and Still Life in my feeble attempts, but all of them made
    clips with extremely poor quality of the stills I used. Maybe I made
    something wrong.....

    Anyway: If someone can suggest a way to do this, I would be grateful...

    2. I also made a button in DVDSP using the styles that shipped with the
    app. But when simulating, half the button is discolored. I have no clue
    where I went wrong. I'd be as happy for tips about this...

    3. In general, how would I go about to achieve best possible quality
    when using still images? Which pixel size and/or resolution? File type?
    Color depth? Which app is best in handling stills and making clips of
    them? Which format should I use when converting (I need PAL 4:3, but
    then there are at least half a dozen options I don't know squat about)?
    Do I need to blur in some direction? If so, which and how much? Or are
    there other trix?

    I've spent the best part of Christmas and New Year holidays fiddling and
    testing and both I and the family are approaching road's end, so I thank
    you in advance for any tips you can give....

    Cheers,
    Dan
     
    Danny Boy, Jan 1, 2006
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  2. Danny Boy

    Danny Boy Guest

    Bumping this as it's kind of urgent.
    Hope that's OK?

    D
     
    Danny Boy, Jan 2, 2006
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  3. Danny Boy

    markymark Guest

    "Danny Boy" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Bumping this as it's kind of urgent.
    > Hope that's OK?
    >
    > D



    You'd have better luck searching/posting on Apple's discussion boards.
    Although you may get lucky and find a user here who knows the answer to your
    questions, this NG doesn't really deal with what you're asking. Best to go
    here for a quicker response:
    http://discussions.apple.com/index.jspa

    -mark
     
    markymark, Jan 2, 2006
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  4. Danny Boy

    Danny Boy Guest

    markymark wrote:

    > You'd have better luck searching/posting on Apple's discussion boards.
    > Although you may get lucky and find a user here who knows the answer to your
    > questions, this NG doesn't really deal with what you're asking. Best to go
    > here for a quicker response:
    > http://discussions.apple.com/index.jspa
    >
    > -mark
    >
    >


    Thanks Mark,

    As a matter of fact, I posted there a day before I posted here. And I
    posted here because I haven't received any reply there. :-\

    I can understand that there are few using Mac here. But what about the
    last of the three questions?:

    3. In general, how would I go about to achieve best possible quality
    when using still images? Which pixel size and/or resolution? File type?
    Color depth? Which app is best in handling stills and making clips of
    them? Which format should I use when converting (I need PAL 4:3, but
    then there are at least half a dozen options I don't know squat about)?
    Do I need to blur in some direction? If so, which and how much? Or are
    there other trix?

    Can someone give some tips?

    TIA
    Dan
     
    Danny Boy, Jan 2, 2006
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  5. Danny Boy

    Confused Guest

    In article <>,
    Danny Boy <> wrote:

    > markymark wrote:
    >
    > > You'd have better luck searching/posting on Apple's discussion boards.
    > > Although you may get lucky and find a user here who knows the answer to
    > > your
    > > questions, this NG doesn't really deal with what you're asking. Best to go
    > > here for a quicker response:
    > > http://discussions.apple.com/index.jspa
    > >
    > > -mark
    > >
    > >

    >
    > Thanks Mark,
    >
    > As a matter of fact, I posted there a day before I posted here. And I
    > posted here because I haven't received any reply there. :-\
    >
    > I can understand that there are few using Mac here. But what about the
    > last of the three questions?:
    >
    > 3. In general, how would I go about to achieve best possible quality
    > when using still images? Which pixel size and/or resolution? File type?
    > Color depth? Which app is best in handling stills and making clips of
    > them? Which format should I use when converting (I need PAL 4:3, but
    > then there are at least half a dozen options I don't know squat about)?
    > Do I need to blur in some direction? If so, which and how much? Or are
    > there other trix?
    >
    > Can someone give some tips?
    >
    > TIA
    > Dan


    Dan, this forum is good for asking DVDSP (and general Mac video)
    questions. You'll probably get some quick responses.

    http://forum.videohelp.com/viewforum.php?f=9&sid=1064576386ad2dc041a2e7b2
    27fab0c5
     
    Confused, Jan 3, 2006
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