Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor

macbook-pro-15-with-fcpIt’s been well over a year and no updates to DVD Studio Pro nor any sign of Blu-ray support.  So, what are your options? Adobe’s Encore fully supports Blu-ray and it’s not that difficult to learn. I have produced a couple of Blu-ray discs using Encore and the best bit is the tie in with Photoshop CS4.

In order to re-jig your menus you simply send it to Photoshop and send it back when finished, there is no such tie in with Studio Pro though you can import your own menus made in Photoshop but it’s no way near a slick as Encore.

I have been told that Apple are waiting to bring out Snow Leopard — the next advancement in Mac OS X — but this brings present Apple users to another abyss. The code will change making everything before redundant so as I see it it’s a new start and possibly a new MacPro otherwise all your previous applications won’t work. Now please correct me if I am wrong with this news.

Even with a new version of Final Cut Studio it looks unlikely that Apple are going to support Blu-ray so they must have some other solution up their sleeve ?

Some of the boys out there are transferring their HD footage onto media drives, allowing their clients to watch the HD footage via HDMI, this is not a bad idea and could actually make money if you hire your media drives out for talking sake to a pharmaceutical company showing off their new product at a trade show on a 60″ plasma.


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

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