Sony Creative Software Inc.
Release Notes
DVD Architect™ Pro 5.0
May 2009
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 DVD Architect 5.0 software. This document contains information about installing and using DVD Architect on your computer.

2.0 What's New

Notable fixes/changes in version 5.0b

  • Fixed a bug that prevented markers from being saved to .m2ts files.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented subtitles from being turned off via end actions in Blu-ray Disc projects.

Notable fixes/changes in version 5.0a

  • Added support for markers rendered in AVC by Vegas Pro 8.0c.
  • Improved stability when working with projects containing a large number of files.
  • Fixed a bug that caused In/Out points to be ignored within Blu-ray Disc projects.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Initial audio track, Initial subtitle track, and Initial video angle settings from working properly within Blu-ray Disc projects.

New features in version 5.0

  • Burning to Blu-ray Disc
  • Full-screen previewing to secondary Windows display
  • Support for opening MPEG-2 and AVCHD video files
  • Support for using AC3 and PCM audio with HD video
  • Support for creating .iso files and burning to DVD or Blu-ray Disc
3.0 Known Issues
  • If you save a project from an earlier version of DVD Architect software in DVD Architect 5.0, it will be unusable in DVD Architect version 3.0 or earlier. Use the Save As dialog to save the project with a new name after editing it in DVD Architect 5.0. DVD Architect versions 4.0 and 4.5 can open version 5.0 projects; however, any Blu-ray Disc settings in the project will be lost.
  • Some Blu-ray Disc players will not support playback of 192 Kbps PCM audio. For increased compatibility with these players, you can provide a secondary audio track using lower-sample-rate PCM audio or AC-3 audio.
  • Attempting to access your DVD or Blu-ray Disc 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.
  • 16:9 Full Height Anamorphic (FHA) QuickTime files do not render as anamorphic.
  • DVD Architect supports only 2-channel MXF files.
  • Your DVD Architect version 4.5 preferences will not persist when you update to version 5.0.
  • When using media that was rendered outside of DVD Architect, video buffer underflow errors can occur during project preparation if portions of a video stream exceed the project's bit rate. You can use the Optimize Disc dialog to force recompression (re-encoding) of the media file, and the project will prepare without error.
  • We recommend that you do not adjust the Windows paging file size below the setting recommended in the Windows Virtual Memory dialog. Doing so could cause errors during the render process when working with large files.
  • Waveforms for AC-3 files rendered from Vegas Movie Studio Platinum Edition will not draw correctly. The left-channel audio will appear as a flat line and the left channel will not preview. DVDs created from these files will, however, play back correctly.
  • Using noncompliant 5.1 surround audio can result in changes in channel levels after burning your project. Please refer to the DVD Architect manual or online help for more information about rendering compliant files.
4.0 System Requirements
The following lists the minimum system requirements for using DVD Architect software:
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP or Windows Vista™
  • 1 GHz processor
  • 250 MB hard-disk space for program installation
  • 1 GB RAM
  • OHCI-compatible i.LINK® connector*/IEEE-1394DV card (for external-monitor preview)
  • Windows-compatible sound card
  • Supported DVD-R/-RW/+R/+RW or BD-R/-RE drive
  • Microsoft DirectX® 9.0c or later
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 (included on application disc)
  • Apple® QuickTime® 7.1.6 or later

    *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 DVD-ROM drive).
  2. 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 DVD drive, and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
  3. 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 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
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8.0 Contacting Sony Creative Software Inc.
Sony Creative Software Inc. can be contacted in the following ways:
Mailing Address:
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Madison, Wisconsin 53704
Customer Service/Sales:
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Telephone support during normal office hours:
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  • +608-204-7703 for all other countries.
  • Fax: 1-608-250-1745.
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