Creating black videos

Black videos are used as placeholders for our DVD Architect templates. When we create them, they are rendered using the settings defined on the DVD tab or the Blu-ray tab, depending on which type of black video you create.

The black videos we create are replaced with the customer's video on every single project. DVD Architect will shrink the time-line to fit the shorter videos but will not expand the time-line to accommodate longer videos. This means we have to create black videos of sufficient length to allow for any video you are likely to produce.

Creating black videos for DVD templates

First and foremost, double check your DVD settings.

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The default location and rendering templates for the DVD video and audio files.

The default rendering templates are set to PAL Widescreen and Dolby Digital AC3. If you are in the US, you need to change this to "DVD Architect NTSC Widescreen video stream".

While you can change these rendering templates, you should avoid double rendering. With these default settings, the video file is rendered once by Sony Vegas and imported without change into the DVD Architect project. Altering the rendering templates is for advanced users and beyond the scope of this document.

The list of available rendering templates will pick up customised templates as well as the built in Sony Vegas templates so fine tuning is fully catered for.

The default locations for the rendered files are "Instance aware" so be careful if you change these defaults. You cannot have separate instances pointing to the same physical file.

These files are over-written for every customer and the new files are picked up automatically by DVD Architect.

You don't actually need to create two separate files but the recommended technique is to have a separate audio file for DVD Architect projects. When the files have the same name, DVD Architect will load them as linked files. No extra work is required.

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On the Test tab, enter the maximum expected length in minutes for your customer videos and click the Create DVD button.

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Click Yes on the confirmation Dialogue and your 15 minute black video for DVDs will be rendered.

This process takes a considerable amount of time so you may wish to save the files under a different name for future use if you ever need to change your templates.

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The black video files have been created ready to load into your DVD Architect project.

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The two files have been created in the Instance 01 folder.

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Create copies for later use to avoid needing to render them again.

Creating black videos for Blu-ray templates

First and foremost, double check your Blu-ray settings.

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The default location and rendering templates for the Blu-ray video and audio files.

The default rendering templates are set to "Blu-ray 1920x1080-50i" and Dolby Digital AC3 Pro. If you are in the US, you need to change this to "Blu-ray 1920x1080-60i".

While you can change these rendering templates, you should avoid double rendering. With these default settings, the video file is rendered once by Sony Vegas and imported without change into the DVD Architect project. Altering the rendering templates is for advanced users and beyond the scope of this document.

The list of available rendering templates will pick up customised templates as well as the built in Sony Vegas templates so fine tuning is fully catered for.

The default locations for the rendered files are "Instance aware" so be careful if you change these defaults. You cannot have separate instances pointing to the same physical file.

These files are over-written for every customer and the new files are picked up automatically by DVD Architect.

You don't actually need to create two separate files but the recommended technique is to have a separate audio file for DVD Architect projects. When the files have the same name, DVD Architect will load them as linked files. No extra work is required.

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On the Test tab, enter the maximum expected length in minutes for your customer videos and click the Create Blu-ray button.

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Click Yes on the confirmation Dialogue and your 15 minute black video for Blu-ray projects will be rendered.

This process takes a considerable amount of time so you may wish to save the files under a different name for future use if you ever need to change your templates.

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The black video files have been created ready to load into your DVD Architect project.

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The two Blu-ray files have been created in the Instance 01 folder.

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Create copies for later use to avoid needing to render them again.

We now have our black video placeholder files ready for import into our DVD Architect project. Continuing with our tutorial we'll use these files to create a DVD Architect project in the DVD Templates topic.