Avid DVD by Sonic ReadMe

Avid® DVD by Sonic v5.1 ReadMe
for the Windows XP Operating System
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Avid recommends that you read all the information in these release notes thoroughly
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This document describes compatibility issues with previous releases, hardware and
software requirements, software installation instructions, and summary information on
system and memory requirements. This document also lists fixed bugs and all known
remaining bugs or limitations.
New for Avid DVD by Sonic v5.1
New for Avid DVD by Sonic v4.6
Software Requirements
Supported Operating System
Minimum System Requirements
Hardware and Software Limitations
Importing and Previewing
Accessing Avid Online Support
Technical Support Information
New for Avid DVD by Sonic v5.1
Avid DVD by Sonic v5.1 includes the following feature enhancements and fixes:
An Import File command (Control+I) has been added to the File menu. You can use
it to add files to the project (just like the Add Files To Project command in the
Palette window’s Right-click menu).
The shortcut for Timeline > Import Subtitle has been changed to Control+Shift+I.
An option called “Load Sample Media On New Project And Application Startup”
has been added to the Preferences dialog. When it is enabled, sample assets
(installed into the Content folder in the Avid DVD by Sonic program folder) are
automatically added to new projects.
An option called “Automatically Use Associated Audio When Creating Movie” has
been added to the Preferences dialog. When it is enabled, audio is automatically
added to a movie when it is created, if an audio asset shares the same root name (for
example, Trailer_Movie.mpg and Trailer_Movie.ac3).
When a menu is created, it is now automatically opened in the Menu Editor window.
When a movie is created, it is now automatically opened in the Timeline window.
The Video Preview window is now the frontmost window when previewing assets
and simulating the project.
New for Avid DVD by Sonic v4.6
Avid DVD by Sonic v4.6 included the following feature enhancements and fixes:
Avid DVD by Sonic now supports Windows XP Service Pack 2.
Avid DVD by Sonic now ships with version 5.42.1 of the Sentinel dongle driver. If
you have an older version of this driver installed, you must remove it with the
Add/Remove Program control panel and restart your computer before installing the
new version of Avid DVD by Sonic.
When you simulate motion menus or still menus with audio, the menu or audio now
loops correctly, even if the audio is longer than the Menu Duration and was added
after the Menu Duration was set.
When you write a project to disc, the progress bar no longer appears to be stuck (at
either 0% or 100%) for up to several minutes.
You can now output a dual-layer project to DLT from a disc image.
New for Avid DVD by Sonic v4.6
When you output a project that contains audio that was transcoded, you no longer
hear portions of the audio during the build process.
Asset files with long filenames or that are buried deep within folders no longer
intermittently appear as missing in the Palette window (with a red X icon).
Software Requirements
The following section describes the Avid DVD by Sonic software requirements. For the
most up-to-date information about hardware and software requirements, go to
Supported Operating System
Avid DVD by Sonic supports the Windows® XP operating system.
Minimum System Requirements
Avid recommends a minimum 1.5 GB of RAM with Avid Xpress® Studio.
At least 512 MB of memory is recommended using Avid DVD by Sonic standalone.
Hardware and Software Limitations
The following section describes hardware and software limitations for your Avid DVD
by Sonic application.
Avid DVD by Sonic ships with version 5.42.1 of the Sentinel dongle driver. If you have
an older version of this driver installed, you must remove it with the Add/Remove
Program control panel and restart your computer before installing the new version of
Avid DVD by Sonic.
Apple® QuickTime® is required by Avid DVD by Sonic and you must install this before
installing Avid DVD by Sonic.
Avid DVD by Sonic requires Windows Media Player 7.0 or later. If this version of
Windows Media Player is not installed, you will not be able to start Avid DVD by Sonic.
If DVD Producer is installed on your system, you must first uninstall DVD Producer
before you install Avid DVD by Sonic.
Hardware and Software Limitations
Importing and Previewing
In the Palette window, if you right-click a Photoshop file that contains layer to delete it,
an error message occurs.
Workaround: Press Control+Delete when you select the Photoshop file to delete it.
Avid DVD by Sonic does not support graphic images with alpha channels.
AVI and QuickTime video files larger than 1 GB cannot be dragged to the Menus
column in the List window to create motion menus.
Workaround: First transcode these files to MPEG-2, so they are smaller.
Do not delete the Transcodes folder in the Avid DVD by Sonic folder inside the Temp
directory. This might result in not being able to open projects that contain menu audio
that was not DVD compliant (and required transcoding).
Make sure a project’s asset files are not moved or deleted from their hard drive location.
Before you move or delete an asset file, first delete any references to them in the Avid
DVD by Sonic project. To do this, delete the menus and movies from the List window,
as well as any assets from the Palette window.
When you import large media files (at least 60 minutes or longer) that were not encoded
with an SD-1000, they might continue to process even after the Status Bar displays
If you preview MPEG-2 still images with the file extension .m2v in the Palette window,
it displays the image for only an instant (1 frame).
It is possible to import the same asset to a project multiple times. Once imported
however, it is only possible to delete duplicate assets from the project if they are not in
When you attempt to open a project that uses Photoshop files that you have renamed,
moved, or deleted, you are not prompted to locate the file.
Workaround: Before you rename, move, or delete these files, make sure they are no
longer in use by any of your Avid DVD by Sonic projects.
When you import a Photoshop file that contains an Overlay layer with a transparent
background, the overlay image size is reported incorrectly in the Palette window. In
addition, the overlay images might become distorted. Refer to the Avid DVD by Sonic
User’s Guide for information on preparing menu layers in Photoshop files.
If the Palette window is resized so that the vertical scrollbar appears, if you delete one of
the media files toward the bottom of the window, it might cause some media files to
display the wrong thumbnails.
Workaround: To fix this redraw problem, simply resize the Palette window.
It is possible to import MPEG-2 files (with GOP lengths of 16 and 17) that are not DVD
compliant to a PAL project. When you output the project, the files will not be transcoded
to make them DVD compliant.
Workaround: When you prepare MPEG-2 files for PAL projects, make sure the GOP
lengths are DVD compliant (for 1 B-Frame, GOP lengths of 7, 9, 11, 13, or 15; for 2
B-Frames, GOP lengths of 7, 10, 13, and 16).
Audio Transcoder does not currently support bit rates of 96 kbps or 112 kbps.
Imported subtitles are written to PGC time, starting at 00:00:00:00.
Workaround: When you prepare subtitle scripts, make sure that the subtitle timecode
locations correspond to the locations in the Avid DVD by Sonic project, and not the
timecode locations on the source tape.
If you set the Normal color to white when you set the Highlight Color for a menu, the
highlights are invisible when simulating or when playing the final project from disc.
When you add or change a button link in the Menu Editor window, the button’s
properties are not immediately displayed in the Properties window.
Workaround: To display the button’s properties, click another button or the menu
background and then click the button again.
A button’s playlist is automatically lost (without warning) when you clear or replace a
button’s link, or when you delete the button.
Hardware and Software Limitations
Chinese characters are not supported and cannot be entered with the Text tool in Avid
DVD by Sonic.
When a menu contains a video background, animated buttons, or audio, the End Frame
Still option is not available.
If after you remove an audio file from a menu you then add another audio file, the new
file is not immediately displayed in the Properties window.
Workaround: You must open and close the Properties window to see the menu’s new
audio file displayed in the Properties window.
If you select the Redo command multiple times, it might cause First Play to be
If you delete a selected subtitle track (with the Delete Subtitle Track command from the
Right-click menu) when an audio track is also selected, the system deletes the audio
track in addition to the subtitle track.
When you use the Order command to move menu objects to the front or back, the result
is not immediately visible in the Menu Editor window.
Workaround: Select a different menu in the List window, and then reselect the edited
menu to display the results in the Menu Editor window.
When you use a system with two computer monitors, Avid DVD by Sonic dialogs are
split between the two monitors when you first open a project.
When you select 5.1 Dolby Digital audio clips in the Movie Timeline window, the files
are incorrectly displayed as “Multichannel 2/1” in the Properties window.
An error message appears when you cancel the Rendering Motion Menus when you
press Enter (during Simulation mode).
Workaround: Click Cancel.
An error is encountered when you simulate projects with MPEG movies that contain
audio imported from an AVI video file. These projects are successfully written to disc,
since the files are automatically transcoded before building the project.
When you use Software Simulation with video that was encoded with Picture Structure
set to Field, video and audio might become out of sync when you jump to chapter points.
This problem does not occur when you play projects written to disc.
When you use Software Simulation with projects that contain Dolby Digital audio or
MPEG-1 Layer 2 audio, the audio might drop out when you resume playback after you
When you simulate a project with audio tracks that contain MPEG-1 Layer 2 audio clips,
the audio track is incorrectly identified as “PCM” in the Remote Control window.
In Simulation mode, after you play a movie with PCM audio followed by a movie with
no audio, the Remote Control window indicates that the movie contains Dolby Digital
It is not possible to simulate movies that contain Dolby Digital audio streams with
embedded time code. It is also not possible to preview these streams from the Palette
When you set the Number of Copies option in the Build dialog to anything other than 1,
subsequent discs (after the first) will fail.
The process might fail if you attempt to write a DVD folder to a project folder.
Workaround: Write to the default location of the DVD folder (to a Builds subfolder in
the project folder).
If after you output to a DVD Volume (Build > Make DVD Folder) and disc (Build >
Make DVD Disc) you delete the volume and then attempt to output to another DVD
Volume, the output will fail with an error message.
When you view 16 x 9 movie tracks on final discs, if the track contains multiple subtitle
streams, only the first stream is viewable in Letterbox mode. In Wide mode, all streams
are viewable, though their numbering may be offset.
An error message is encountered when you build a project that contains buttons that
almost overlap (within 1–2 pixels). Since the buttons do not actually overlap, you can
continue to output the project without any problems with the final disc.
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When you write ROM content, files larger than 1 GB become corrupt.
After you use the Save As command, the default destination paths for disc images and
DVD Volumes are still set to the previous project folder.
Workaround: When you write disc images or DVD Volumes, make sure to
update their destination paths if you use the Save As command.
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