Add Chapter Markers in DVD-Studio-Pro...

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by ZballZ, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. ZballZ macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2006
    I do a lot of video-editing, but not so much dvd-authoring.

    Now I am authoring this project in DVD-studio-pro, and I realize that I forgot to add chapter markers in FCP. Now, since I have already compressed all my material to mpeg2 - took about 7 hours - I cant start over. Unfortunately the client asked for some very specific chapter markers, and I am puzzled that there seems to be no way of adding these directly in DVD-studio-pro... Or am I wrong?

    Help appreciated!!

  2. -DH macrumors 65816

    Nov 28, 2006
    Nashville Tennessee
    Look in the DVD-SP timeline. See the tick marks above the tracks? Click in the area right above that to add chapter markers. One note: since the footage has already been compressed to a GOP structure (MPEG-2) you can only add a chapter marker at an I-Frame ... so you may not be able to place them precisely where you want them. Zooming all the way in on the timeline helps.

  3. bigbossbmb macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2004
    you can also add them by hitting "M" while on the timeline and DVDSP will place a chapter marker where the playhead is (well technically the nearest I-frame as DH said)
  4. Poeben macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2004
    You can also import chapter markers from a text file. See Here.

    Might save you some effort.
  5. ZballZ thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2006

    Problem solved. Sometimes the simplest things are the hardest to work out :)

  6. bobmane macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2009

    so if i want to leave space in the nle (vegas pro) that will let me put chapter markers at "the nearest I-frame " how much space per segue do i need?
  7. cgbier macrumors 6502a

    Jun 6, 2011
    Bob, a GOP sequence is 15 frames long.
    I know Vegas edits long GOP natively, but it is better to use an intermediate codec like Cineform. Prevents some headaches.
  8. bobmane macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2009

    got it, sounds like if i leave 30 - 40 frames per segue i should be able to place the chapter markers in dvdsp

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