DVD Studio Pro 4 - Technical Specifications

Minimum System Requirements

  • Mac computer with an Intel processor
  • 1GB of RAM (2GB of RAM recommended when working with compressed HD and uncompressed SD sources; 4GB of RAM recommended when working with uncompressed HD sources)
  • ATI or NVIDIA graphics processor. Integrated Intel graphics processors are not supported except the Intel HD Graphics 3000.
  • 128MB of VRAM
  • Display with 1280-by-800 resolution or higher
  • Mac OS X v10.5.6 or later
  • QuickTime 7.6 or later
  • DVD drive for installation
  • For writing finished projects to disc: an Apple SuperDrive or other DVD recorder
  • For writing finished projects to a double-layer disc: a double-layer-compatible recorder and double-layer media
  • For transporting projects that contain copy-protection or dual-layer features to a replicator: a DLT drive, external drive, or Internet transfer of the project’s disk image

Graphical View

  • View flow of DVD graphically
  • Print or save to PDF
  • Use Macro view to navigate easily through large projects
  • Flag elements for more attention
  • Fit all elements in window, zoom in/out
  • Organize tiles with Auto layout command


  • Add transitions to menus, menu buttons, slideshows, and timeline-based stills
  • Choose from more than 30 prebuilt transitions such as Blur, Dissolve, Droplet, Fade through Color, Melt, Motion Dissolve, Rotate, Rotation Blur, and Zoom
  •  Create additional Alpha transitions

Jacket Picture

  • Shows picture of choice when user stops playback of DVD on supported DVD players
  •  Creates all necessary files for jacket picture from any popular image formats

Automatic MPEG-2 Encoding

  • Encode video in the background while you work or while building the DVD
  • One- and two-pass variable bit rate (VBR) encoding for MPEG-2
  • Three levels of motion estimation
  • Support for PAL and NTSC formats
  • Support for 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios
  • DVD-compliant MPEG-2 streams from other encoders accepted
  • More advanced encoding options provided via Compressor (included)

Asset Management

  • Organize assets with folders
  • Open in Editor
  • View status of background encoding
  • View information on imported assets such as type, timestamps, length, encoding progress, bit rate, and more
  • Reveal the location of the asset in the Finder
  • Sort by name and information
  • Refresh assets that may have been updated with other applications
  • Re-encode source assets
  • Reconnect assets

Advanced Interactivity

  • Multistory feature for creating alternative versions (up to 98 stories)
  • DVD-ROM functionality using DVD@CCESS (for computer playback only); DVD-ROM input includes the ability to add photos, PDFs, or direct links to websites
  • Control actions for remote control buttons, including number offset
  • Enable/Disable user operations
  • Specify actions for First Play, Title button, Menu button, end jumps, pre-scripts, pre-script targets, Angle button, Chapter button, Audio button, Subtitle, and Return

Pre-mastering Options

  • Region encoding
  • Industry-standard analog and digital copyright management with Macrovision (Types 1, 2, and 3) and CSS for SD projects1
  • Test functionality with built-in Simulator
  • Test built projects with Apple DVD Player software
  • Allows burning first layer of DVD-9 project to DVD-5 media for testing
  • Supports 12- and 8-cm discs, single and double layer
  • Dual-layer options:
    • Choose between Parallel Track Path (PTP) and Opposite Track Path (OTP)
    • Specify the dual-layer break point
    • Specify a non-seamless or seamless dual-layer break point
  • Format existing builds to DVD-R and DLT
  • Burn DVD-9 projects to double-layer media for testing
  • Replication to red laser media
  • Replication to blue laser media (for HD DVD)


  • Maintains named chapter markers from Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, and iMovie
  • DVD Studio Pro 2 and 3 projects
  • iDVD 3 and 4 projects
  • AIFF
  • AVI
  • BMP
  • DV
  • JPEG
  • Macromedia Flash 5
  • MPEG-1
  • MP3 (MPEG-1 Layer 3)
  • MPEG-2
  • M4A, M4P (iTunes 4 audio)
  • PDF (Mac OS X)
  • Photoshop (with layers)
  • PICT
  • PNG
  • Targa
  • TIFF
  • WAV
  • Aspect ratios: 4:3 and 16:9
  • TV systems: PAL and NTSC
  • Frame rates: 29.97 fps (NTSC) and 25 fps (PAL)
  • Maximum GOP sizes: 18 frames (NTSC), 15 frames (PAL)
  • All QuickTime supported codecs — encoded to MPEG-2 (SD or HD DVD)
  • H.264 and HDV (supported natively in HD DVD projects)

Audio Formats

  • STAP (Soundtrack audio file) support
  • MPEG-1 Layer 2 (64 to 384 Kbps)
  • Dolby Digital AC-3 (mono to 5.1 surround using 64 to 448 Kbps)
  • DTS — mono to 5.1 surround at 48kHz; DTS ES — 6.1 at 96kHz at 754 Kbps or 1509 Kbps
  • Stereo PCM (16 bit/48kHz at 1536 Kbps)
  • Stereo PCM (24 bit/96kHz at 4608 Kbps)
  • Other QuickTime audio formats automatically transcoded to AIFF/PCM

DVD Standards

  • Author traditional DVDs using SD assets
  • Author HD DVDs using SD and HD assets

Output Formats

  • DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, double-layer media
  • Double-layer media support
  • DLT drive (required for DVD-9 projects)
  • DDP 2.0 and 2.1
  • CMF 1.0
  • CMF 2.0
  • DDP 3.0
  • Disk Image
  • Video_TS to hard drive
  • HVDVD_TS to hard drive


  • Choose from a wide variety of automatic transitions
  • Create your own transitions
  • Includes several theme-based royalty-free Apple-designed templates that can be user-customized
  • Supports up to 36 buttons per menu (18 for 16:9 aspect ratio)
  • Templates in both NTSC and PAL formats
  • Allows still menus and buttons to be made from layered Photoshop files
  • Allows motion menus to be made from video streams
  • Set the loop point on motion menus to avoid replaying intro transition
  • Add effects to menus and buttons with shapes and drop zones
  • Built-in action-safe and title-safe areas
  • View menus with rectangular or square pixels
  • Use grayscale and chroma color mapping
  • Create language-localized versions of the same menu


  • Automatically assign functionality to assets with one click using over 60 combinations of context-sensitive drop palettes
  • Automatically create movie scene indexes based on chapter markers

User Interface

  • Mode-free interface for workflow efficiency
  • Rearrange interface tabs to different quadrants to create different workflows
  • Save user-defined workspace configurations (three preset configurations)
  • Customizable toolbar


  • Manage up to 9 video angles, 8 audio streams, and 32 subtitle streams per track
  • Add, modify, and delete chapter markers in the Timeline
  • Trim audio and video clips interactively or with timecode
  • Combine multiple video clips and slides into one track
  • Stills in Timeline are added to DVD as space-saving stills, not generated video
  • Add up to 99 tracks in a project
  • Import Line 21 files for closed caption support, for NTSC SD projects only
  • Two types of angles:
    • Multiple angles add another full-length segment to track
    • Mixed angles add only video that is different from the first video angle


  • Integrated subtitler
  • Add up to 32 subtitle streams per track
  • Set position, font, size, style, and color, fade in and fade out
  • Enter timecode or drag in Timeline to set start, stop, and duration
  • View built-in title-safe and action-safe areas
  • Use graphics in subtitles
  • Import subtitles in .son, .stl, .txt, and .scr formats
  • Use buttons over video


  • Choose from a wide variety of automatic transitions
  • Create your own transitions
  • Fit slideshow to audio
  • Apply audio to individual slides
  • Convert slideshow to a track
  • Set a slide duration or choose manual advance
  • Use PSD (8-bit RGB), TIFF, JPEG, BMP, Targa, PICT, and any other QuickTime-based image format

VTS Editor

  • Automatic allocation of project’s assets to VTS folders
  • Automatic placement of menu’s assets into VTS folders
  • Manually move elements between multiple VTS folders
  • Up to 99 VTS folders per project


  • Jump to motion menu loop point
  • Advanced scripting controls to program the DVD to play back from the correct location on the disc; switch audio, video, and subtitle streams depending on context; and temporarily change parental controls
  • Access to 8 GPRMs with partition options to 112
  • Add pre-script commands to menus, tracks, and slideshows
  •  Use up to 124 commands per script
  • 10 scripting commands, including Jump, Set GPRM, Goto Set System Stream, Resume, GPRM mode, Exit, Exit Pre-script, and Jump Indirect
  • Machine-level control
  • View values of GPRM and SPRM registers in Simulator
  • Bit-wise operations


1. Copy protection requires that you output your project to a replicator. Macrovision requires that users work with a Macrovision-certified replication facility or execute a Macrovision usage agreement. Check with your replicator for costs and minimum quantities.

Published Date: Jul 26, 2017