Sony Media Software
Release Notes
DVD Architect Studio™ 5.0
July 2015
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 Studio 5.0 software. This document contains information about installing and using DVD Architect Studio on your computer.
2.0 What’s New
Notable fixes/changes in version 5.0 (Build 186)
  • Added Simplified Chinese language support.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the installer from detecting whether the Microsoft .NET Framework was installed on Windows 8 or later.
Notable changes in version 5.0 (Build 178)
  • Slide length is no longer editable when Fit Compilation to Audio is selected for a picture slideshow.
Notable changes in version 5.0 (Build 157)
  • Fixed a bug that could cause audio synchronization problems on Blu-ray Disc projects when using some MPEG-2 source media.
Notable changes in version 5.0 (Build 156)
  • Fixed a bug that prevented DVD Architect Studio from opening AC-3 Studio files rendered by Vegas Pro and Vegas Movie Studio software.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause DVD Architect Studio to crash when opening some M2TS files.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the Show Me How tutorial index to be displayed in English when running localized versions of DVD Architect Studio.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause problems when setting the Destination value for an end in the Japanese version of DVD Architect Studio.
Notable changes in Version 5.0 (Build 150)
  • New Microsoft Image Mastering API (IMAPI) disc drivers
New features in Version 5.0
  • Burning to Blu-ray Disc
  • Enhanced window layout management — save, recall, and share custom window layouts.
3.0 Known Issues
  • 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.
  • 16:9 Full Height Anamorphic (FHA) QuickTime files do not render as anamorphic.
  • When using media that was rendered outside of DVD Architect Studio, 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.
  • Using noncompliant 5.1 surround audio can result in changes in channel levels after burning your project. Please refer to the DVD Architect Studio online help for more information about rendering compliant files.
  • DVD Architect Studio 5.0 requires QuickTime 7.1.6 or later. As a general rule, you are encouraged to use the most current version of QuickTime.
  • If you save a project from an earlier version of DVD Architect Studio software in DVD Architect Studio 5.0, it will be unusable in earlier versions of DVD Architect Studio software. Use the Save As dialog to save the project with a new name after editing it in DVD Architect Studio 5.0.
  • 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.
  • VR-mode camcorder discs are not supported for writing 8-cm discs to 12-cm discs.
4.0 System Requirements
The following lists the minimum system requirements for using Sony Creative Software Inc. DVD Architect Studio software:
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP (Service Pack 3 or later), Windows Vista® (Service Pack 2 or later), Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10
  • 1 GHz processor
  • 250 MB hard-disk space for program installation
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 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
  • Please note: You must provide your registration information to Sony Creative Software Inc. to activate the software.

5.0 Installation
The install utility creates any necessary folders and copies all files required by DVD Architect Studio software to your computer.
Installing from a boxed product
  1. Place the application disc in the drive. The setup screen is displayed (if AutoPlay is enabled for your 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 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 Studio 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 Studio for your computer. 
6.0 DVD Architect Studio Quick Start Guide
Included on the DVD Architect Studio application disc is a DVD Architect Studio Quick Start Guide in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. The Acrobat format allows easy printing of the text, should you need a hard copy. The Quick Start Guide is located in the Manual folder on the application disc.
Installing Adobe Reader
In order to view the Quick Start Guide, 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 Adobe Reader, follow these steps:
  1. Place the DVD Architect Studio 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\ to browse to the installation folder.
  2. Choose Browse Disc, and then browse to the D:\Extras\Adobe Reader\ folder.
  3. Browse to the installer for your language, double-click its 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:
Sony Creative Software Inc.
8215 Greenway Boulevard
Suite 400
Middleton, Wisconsin 53562
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.
  • +608-203-762 for all other countries.
  • Fax: 1-608-250-1745.
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