DVD Architect: Title Play
by Rich Malcolm on Jul 29, 2012 at 1:29:52 am
First post here though I've utilized the Cow many a time... these forums are indispensable!
Okay so I joined the CC forums in the hopes of getting an answer to my question. I've Googled, searched forum after forum, scoured the help menu and prayed to the gods of video production all to no avail. Despite a video background spanning a dozen years or so, at this point, I almost feel dense.
In DVD Architect (still using 3.0), what exactly IS Title Play?
All I've been able to come up with is that if you don't disable it then the Next/Prev buttons can trigger the next title as opposed to the next chapter. Okay. So, for that reason alone, I'm leaning towards disabling it on all menus and titles. However, I don't know what other effects that may have since that's all I know about the function. I've read some conflicting info on how it may be connected to the Top Menu function (despite there being a separate field for that under Remote Buttons). I also read that it may be connected to First Play media (of which I have none).
In short, I want to disable Title Play completely (all menus and video titles), but fear it may interrupt things in an unexpected way. If my project weren't so huge with dozens of titles and a hundred plus menus, I'd gladly burn discs and go through the entire DVD but alas, that's a lot of ground to cover and I simply don't have enough time. Besides, information such as this shouldn't take an odyssey to discover.
So, would anyone happen to have a good handle on what Title Play actually does?
Re: DVD Architect: Title Play by Rob Strobbe on Aug 2, 2012 at 4:17:41 pm
In this context, "Title Play" refers to a function of the DVD player. Some remotes (and software-based players) have a feature to display an on-screen menu to jump between movies and menus on the disc. The setting you're looking at lets you decide whether or not this function is available to the user. It should have zero effect on the behavior of the Next / Previous buttons.
To confuse matters a bit, some DVD player remotes (instead or in addition) have a Title Menu button or even just a Title button that is programmed to return to the main menu of the disc. There are, unfortunately, some button actions that the DVD player manufacturers differ on, which I think makes it a bit difficult for developers like Sony to write software that creates a disc that performs consistently across all players.
As for the issue you had with the Next / Previous buttons, it exists independent of any remote button settings and stems from the cause I describe above. The player manufacturers don't appear to agree on what should happen if the Next button is pressed at the end of a title or the Previous button at the beginning. I guess they were mostly concerned with its the buttons' primary function, moving between chapters within a title.