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Delaying Button Highlights in DVD Studio Pro 3

Setting the delay and creating a highlight overlay file By Dave Nagel
Is it possible to add a delay to button highlights in DVD Studio Pro? This is a question I get fairly frequently because it's not immediately obvious how to do it. The answer is that, yes, it is possible--even simple--to add a delay to highlights in a menu. But there are some complications involved. So we'll take a quick walkthrough of the process and also look at how to address these complications.

Adding the delay
Before we get to the problems involved, let me show you quickly how to put a delay on your highlights. Begin my selecting the menu in question in the Outline tab.

Now, in the Inspector palette, change the position of your loop point. This is where your button highlight will kick in.

And that's all there is to it ... unless, of course, the option to adjust the loop point is grayed out.

This happens whenever you have buttons that include shape files or assets. You simply can't add a highlight delay to menus that contain those types of elements. And this, in turn, means that the only way you can add a highlight delay as of the current (3.0.1) version of DVD Studio Pro is when you're using a highlight overlay, rather than highlights contained in individual button shape files. In other words, any graphics you're using for your buttons need to be a part of the background file used for the menu, and the highlights need to be contained in a separate file.

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