Sony Media Software
Release Notes
DVD Architect Studio™ 3.0
December 2005
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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 Studio 3.0 software. This document contains information about installing and using DVD Architect Studio software on your computer.
2.0 What’s New
Notable Fixes/Changes in Version 3.0a
  • When you use the Make Movie Wizard in Vegas Movie Studio to send a project to DVD Architect Studio, the Vegas Movie Studio project properties are now inherited by the DVD Architect Studio project.
  • A problem has been fixed that could cause problems when reading AVI files with MP3-encoded audio.
  • A bug has been fixed that caused theme export to fail when overwriting an existing theme.
  • A bug has been fixed that could cause a crash when deleting files from the Project Overview window with a track selected in the Timeline window.
  • A bug has been fixed that could prevent some DVD Architect projects from opening.
  • An Enable progressive render of DVD menus check box has been added to the General tab of the Preferences dialog:

    When the check box is selected, all noncompliant menus in your project will be rendered as progressive-scan video.

    When the check box is cleared, all noncompliant menus in your project will be rendered as interlaced video.

    If you use a background video in your menus, we recommend rendering the video in progressive-scan format before adding it to your project and leaving the Enable progressive render of DVD menus check box selected. Progressive-scan menus will provide the sharpest-looking text and highest level of DVD player compatibility.

    Note: Some DVD players will not display the last frame of a menu correctly when using interlaced background video.

    If you change the setting of this check box after preparing your project, the change will not take effect until you clear the Enable smart prepare check box.
What's New in Version 3.0
  • Smart Prepare technology to reduce project preparation time
  • Playlists
  • Dual-layer mastering and burning support
  • Ability to write multimedia content to your DVD
  • Antiflicker filter (on the General page of the Menu Page Properties, Music Compilation Properties, Picture Compilation Properties, and Media Properties windows)
  • Menu entry and loop point
  • Automatic button actions
  • Theme export (support for grid and positional themes)
  • Menu button navigation tool
  • Optimize dialog enhancements
  • Ability to view and edit media-level properties
  • Copy and paste attributes (button frame, media effects, text properties, size, and position)
  • Ability to edit a media file's source project. 
  • Erase DVD (accessible from the File menu)
3.0 Known Issues
  • 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.
  • What'sThis Help is available for many controls in the DVD Architect workspace. For complete documentation, please refer to the online help or User Manual. 
  • If you open a DVD Architect 1.0 or 2.0 project in DVD Architect 3.0, please save it immediately with a new name. DVD Architect 3.0 projects will not open in early versions of DVD Architect software.
  • If you connect an external DVD burner while DVD Architect is running, the drive will not be available until you restart the application.
  • 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.
  • To ensure themes are available in DVD Architect Studio, start the application with a user account that has Administrator privileges once after installation. After that point, themes will be available to non-Administrator user accounts.
4.0 System Requirements
The following lists the minimum system requirements for using Sony Media Software DVD Architect software:
  • Microsoft® Windows® 2000, XP Home, or XP Professional
  • 800 MHz processor
  • 60 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
  • Supported DVD- R /- RW /+ R /+ RW drive (for DVD burning only)
  • Microsoft DirectX® 9.0c or later (included on CD-ROM)
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 SP1 (included on CD-ROM)
  • Internet Explorer 5.1 or later (included on CD-ROM)

    Please note: Some features may require product registration.

    *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 CD
  1. Place the DVD Architect CD-ROM in the drive. The setup screen is displayed (if CD-ROM AutoPlay is enabled).
    If you have disabled the CD-ROM AutoPlay feature, click the Start button and choose Run. Type D:\setup.exe, where D is the drive letter of your CD-ROM 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 CD 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 CD.
Installing Adobe Reader
In order to view the manual, you will need to install the Adobe Reader. It has been included on the CD in the \Extras\Adobe Reader 6.0 folder for your convenience. To install Acrobat Reader, follow these steps:
  1. Place the DVD Architect CD in the drive. AutoPlay launches an installation menu.
    If you have disabled the CD-ROM AutoPlay feature, click the Start button and choose Run. Type D:\Extras\Adobe Reader 6.0\English\AdbeRdr60_enu_full.exe, where D is the drive letter of your CD-ROM drive, and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
  2. Choose Browse CD, and then browse to the D:\Extras\Adobe Reader 6.0\English\ folder.
  3. Double-click the AdbeRdr60_enu_full.exe icon and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
7.0 Demos
If you would like information or demos of other products from Sony Media Software, please visit our Web site. You will always find the latest technical information, demos, and product announcements from Sony Media Software there.
Commercial distribution of the Sony Media Software 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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