richard-courtney wrote on 2/14/2006, 6:54 AM
You will need to break up the presentation into separate video files.
Place a menu for each break with the only button to proceed to next section.
The beauty of this is you can place a question on screen for review at each break.

I would have a scene selection as your first main menu in case of problems
so the presenter can quickly get to the section he/she needs.
johnmeyer wrote on 2/14/2006, 8:23 AM
You could make menus that consists of nothing but the last frame from each chapter. Put a hidden button on each one that goes to the next chapter. Have the end action for each segment to point to one of these menus.

You can do this with either separate video for each chapter or you can do it with one big video file with chapters, and just re-use that video over and over with the end point set differently for each instance.
fixler wrote on 11/19/2006, 7:07 AM
At a recent VASST seminar I asked Spot the question and he seemed to think it was possible with the use of Architect's new scripting features. Any ideas?
ScottW wrote on 11/19/2006, 10:10 AM
Scripts give you access to low level operations of the DVD, but do not allow you to modify the attributes of a chapter in this fashion. This type of feature would have to be something you can tell DVDA to set in the chapter as it's preparing the project. Scripts can get executed only when the DVD is played.

While the DVD specification does appear to allow this type of chapter pause (that is to say, I can do this in DLP - what's not clear is whether this is a feature in the spec or whether DLP is doing something for me behind the scenes), as far as I know, DVDA doesn't provide access to the feature in any fashion.

fixler wrote on 11/20/2006, 3:24 AM
I actually emailed the DVD Guru, and heard this from him:

"I do not know DVDA 4 much, but you can try to check it to see if there's a way to put a PAUSE attribute on a Chapter point - this function exists in many DVD programs*, as it is a function of the DVD spec, and pretty usual to use.

Hope this helps - Bruce"

*DVD Studio Pro, Scenarist, and Sonic DVD Creator/Fusion
but MOST authoring apps should be able to do this...

Any ideas if we could get this to happen. I would hate to have to move to another app.
GeorgeW wrote on 11/20/2006, 5:07 AM
As ScottW mentioned, DLP 2.x does allow for it (and does it within the DVD Specs). It can do it on a chapter and/or at the Title level.

I haven't found the option in DVDA4, but you can easily add the pause post-authoring (i.e. burn the DVD to folders on your hard drive, then use a free utility called PGCedit to modify the Chapter Still times).

fixler wrote on 11/20/2006, 8:07 PM
Thanks George. I have done that and loaded it up into that app but when I am in the toolbox what do I set the CELL STILL TIME to, to hold the image until action is taken on the DVD? Must I change anything else?

Thanks again. You are a huge help!
GeorgeW wrote on 11/20/2006, 8:43 PM
0-254 seconds, or 255 for an infinite pause
fixler wrote on 11/21/2006, 9:16 PM
Is there a way I can set it so that the play button will take it out of that infinite pause? I still want the user to have control over how long that pause remains for...
GeorgeW wrote on 11/21/2006, 9:27 PM
set it to 255 -- it should continue playback when they hit play. Although you might want to set it for 254-seconds in case the viewer never hits play (think "screen saver" for your computer monitor)
fixler wrote on 11/21/2006, 9:36 PM
I would have thought so but when I did 255 and tested the files on my comp it would not move no matter what I did...
GeorgeW wrote on 11/21/2006, 9:43 PM
I use PowerDVD on the computer -- what software are you using?

Have you tried it in a set-top dvd player?

And did you make any other modifications within pgcedit (some changes might mess up playback)

btw, does your dvd have multi-angles?
fixler wrote on 11/22/2006, 4:09 AM
I actually used Nero Showtime and I didn't burn. If it has worked for you I would say it was my software. I'll give it a go in another app or on my set top.

Thanks again!
GeorgeW wrote on 11/22/2006, 4:20 AM
Try the NEXT button (I think I remember someone saying that worked for them using some other type of software dvd player).