Sony Media Software
Release Notes
DVD Architect® 4.0
September 2006
This document contains information on the following topics:
Applicable to boxed products only. If you've purchased a downloadable product, an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) version of the product documentation is available from our Web site.
1.0 Welcome
Thank you for purchasing Sony Media Software DVD Architect 4.0 software. This document contains information about installing and using DVD Architect on your computer.
2.0 What’s New
Notable Fixes/Changes in Version 4.0a
  • DVD Architect can now detect MPEG-2 files with an .mpv extension.
  • Resolved an issue with the Button Overlap colors not resetting when the Default All button button was clicked.
  • Resolved an issue with scene selection menus improperly inheriting the keyframe transformation information from the parent menu.
  • Resolved an issue in the Crop and Adjust dialog where adding a keyframe at the end of the timeline would clear the Crop and Adjust Properties.
  • Resolved an issue with scene selection menus where the first chapter name was not displayed properly.
  • Resolved an issue where inserting a keyframe via the shortcut menu did not properly update the cursor position.
  • Resolved an issue with thumbnail images not displaying properly in scene selection menus when using certain themes.
  • Resolved an issue where altering the order of assets within the Project Overview would cause the Button Order functionality to behave unpredictably.
  • Resolved an issue with Pioneer BD-101 drives not appearing as a selectable drive within the drive list.
  • Resolved an issue with the sample rate of Cinescore-authored audio.
  • Resolved a crash that occurred if the DVD Architect detected certain Matsushita Blu-Ray drives.
What's New in Version 4.0
  • Application scripting
  • Generate slideshow animation for picture compilations
  • Button Order dialog to help you easily edit button order for menus and video
  • Order DVD Titles dialog to help you fine-tune layer breaks and playlists
  • Ability to add buttons to video titles for more DVD interactivity
  • Ability to add subtitle graphics
  • Support for opening ATRAC™ files (2-channel unprotected OMA and 2-channel AA3 files)
    for use in your project
  • Integration with Sony Cinescore™ plug-in (available for purchase) for automatic soundtrack
  • Improved Crop and Adjust dialog to adjust the appearance of video or graphics
  • Adjustable markers in picture compilations to control picture slide duration
  • Additional marker types for media on the timeline
  • Ability to animate objects using keyframes
  • Ability to burn 8-cm camcorder DVD discs to 12-cm standard DVD discs
  • Ability to burn previously mastered files to DVD
  • Support for burning DVD-R dual-layer discs
  • Simulate preview on 4:3 and 16:9 monitors
  • Ability to specify random playback order for playlists
  • Improved DVD size estimation
3.0 Known Issues
  • To address permission issues in Windows and allow all users to export themes, themes are now installed in a folder at C:\Documents and Settings\Your Username\Application Data\Sony\DVD Architect\4.0\Themes. If you exported themes in DVD Architect 3.0 and want to use them in version 4.0, copy the theme file (.thm) from the original location (by default, C:\Program Files\Sony\DVD Architect 3.0\Themes) to the new theme location.
  • If you have a USB SmartMedia reader device installed on your PC, you may experience problems when you attempt to access your CD drive from DVD Architect software for extracting audio or burning CDs. This is due to an error in the SmartMedia reader driver. Using the Unplug or Eject Hardware Wizard to remove the reader should allow DVD Architect software to function normally. 
  • If you save a project from an earlier version of DVD Architect software in DVD Architect 4.0, it will be unusable in earlier versions of DVD Architect software. Use the Save As dialog to save the project with a new name after editing it in DVD Architect 4.0.
  • Attempting to access your DVD burner (by browsing with Windows Explorer, searching the drive, or starting an application that scans for available drives, for example) while burning your project can cause burning to fail.
  • External monitor output is for visualizing colors, menu layout, and safe areas only and is not an indication of playback synchronization of the final burned disc.
  • The Macromedia Flash (SWF) reader plug-in does not read files saved as Flash 6.0 or higher. Please save your files in the Flash 5 format.
    Flash files that contain Actionscript or motion video will not be interpreted correctly by the Flash reader plug-in.
  • Not all DVD players can play all types of recordable DVD media. For example, some players cannot read +RW discs, and some players are unable to read the second layer on dual-layer discs. To confirm media compatibility, please refer to your DVD player's documentation/specifications.
4.0 System Requirements
The following lists the minimum system requirements for using Sony Media Software DVD Architect software:
  • Microsoft® Windows® 2000 SP4 or XP
  • 800 MHz processor
  • 200 MB hard-disk space for program installation
  • 256 MB RAM
  • OHCI-compatible i.LINK® connector*/IEEE-1394DV card (for external-monitor preview))
  • Windows-compatible sound card
  • DVD-ROM drive (for installation from a DVD only)
  • Supported DVD- R /- RW /+ R /+ RW drive (for DVD burning only)
  • Microsoft DirectX® 9.0c or later (included on application disc)
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 (included on application disc)
  • Internet Explorer 5.1 or later (included on application disc)

    *i.LINK is a registered trademark of Sony Electronics, used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394 connector. All products with an IEEE 1394 connector may not communicate with each other.

5.0 Installation
The install utility creates any necessary folders and copies all files required by DVD Architect software to your computer.
Installing from a boxed product
  1. Place the DVD Architect application disc in the drive. The setup screen is displayed (if AutoPlay is enabled for your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive).
    If you have disabled the drive's AutoPlay feature, click the Start button and choose Run. Type D:\setup.exe, where D is the drive letter of your CD or DVD drive, and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
  2. Click Install, and then follow the on-screen prompts to install the appropriate version of DVD Architect for your computer.
Installing from the Web
  1. Download the install utility from our Web site.
  2. Double-click the file, and then follow the on-screen prompts to install the appropriate version of DVD Architect for your computer. 
6.0 DVD Architect User Manual
Included on the DVD Architect application disc is a complete DVD Architect User Manual in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. The Acrobat format allows easy printing of the text, should you need a hard copy. The manual is located in the Manual folder on the application disc.
Installing Adobe Reader
In order to view the manual, you will need to install the Adobe Reader. It has been included on the application disc in the \Extras\Adobe Reader folder for your convenience. To install Acrobat Reader, follow these steps:
  1. Place the DVD Architect application disc in the drive. AutoPlay launches an installation menu.
    If you have disabled the drive's AutoPlay feature, click the Start button and choose Run. Type D:\Extras\Adobe Reader\English\AdbeRdr707_en_US.exe, where D is the drive letter of your CD or DVD drive, and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
  2. Choose Browse Disc, and then browse to the D:\Extras\Adobe Reader\English\ folder.
  3. Double-click the AdbeRdr707_en_US.exe icon and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
7.0 Trials and Demos
If you would like information or trial/demo versions of other products from Sony Media Software, please visit our Web site. You will always find the latest technical information, trials, demos, and product announcements from Sony Media Software there.
Commercial distribution of the Sony Media Software trials and demos requires written permission from Sony Media Software.
8.0 Contacting Sony Media Software
Sony Media Software can be contacted in the following ways:
Mailing Address:
Sony Media Software
1617 Sherman Ave.
Madison, Wisconsin 53704
Customer Service/Sales:
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Telephone support during normal office hours:
  • 1-800-577-6642 (toll-free) in US, Canada, and Virgin Islands.
  • +608-204-7703 for all other countries.
  • Fax: 1-608-250-1745.
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