Q: How do I Create a Continuous Playback DVD ?

Answer: To do this you will need to use Sony DVD Architect Studio or DVD Architect Pro.

Most of the magic in DVD Architect is controlled by the Properties Box in the top right corner of the desktop. So I will walk you through what to do with a series of screen shots from the program. I will assume that you already have made a project in Vegas Movie Studio or Vegas Pro, ready to be turned into a DVD. If you haven't got a clue how to use DVD Architect, then at the bottom of this page I will list five tutorials I have already made explaining the basics.

1. Import Your Media

Boot up DVD Architect to get started.
Right-click on Untitled and select Insert Media, then navigate through your computer and select your video. Repeat process if you have more than one video to import. 

dvda cont playback-1

dvda cont playback-2

2. Create a Playlist

Right click on the blue Menu 1 screen and select Insert Playlist.

dvda cont playback-4

On the next screen press Select All to group all your videos together as a playlist and then press OK.

dvda cont playback-5

Your screen should now look like this in the centre.

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3. Setting the Playlist Button Properties

At this stage you can right-click on the Playlist 1 box and then select Button Style to change the look - Text Only, Image Only or Text & Image.

Now press on top of the Playlist 1 button so that it is highlighted and then press Action in the Button Properties box, which is located in the top right corner of desktop.

Set Auto Activate to equal Yes.

dvda cont playback-7

4. Setting the Menu Screen Properties

Go back to the Menu 1 blue screen and press anywhere outside of the Playlist 1 button area. This will now change the Properties box (top right corner) to say Menu Page Properties.

dvda cont playback-8

Now press End Action.

Next select Command and set mode to Activate button.

dvda cont playback-9

Select Timeout then move your mouse pointer to far right of time value and press the triangle to open up the slider. You are now going to set the time down to the lowest value possible of 00:00:01.000dvda cont playback-11

Final setting to change is Button. Set this to Link - Playlist 1.

dvda cont playback-10

You are now finished with all the settings to make a DVD playback continuously. Next you can press Preview to check that everything is working properly before you burn a disc.

If you need more help with understanding the basics of DVD Architect, then please watch my older tutorials below. Some of the methods I show in the "How to make a Basic DVD" videos, I have now updated. An example of that is how I Imported the videos into the project that I just showed you. The method you have just learnt is the best way to import video if you have already made videos with Sony Vegas Movie Studio.

How to make a Basic DVD Part 1
How to make a Basic DVD Part 2
How to make a DVD with Menu's Part 1
How to make a DVD with Menu's Part 2
How to Add Chapter Points to a DVD

 

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    Manuel · 02:21 14/11/2016
    Hi, I followed the steps outlined and in the preview mode I get the expected continuous playback. However, when the burned DVD starts with a blinking playlist button that i must click to activate the movie and after running the movie, it stops again at the blinking playlist button. What I'm missing? Thanks.
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      Derek
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      · 00:41 15/11/2016
      Hi Manuel
      I cannot understand what you have done, because there should be no "blinking" playlist buttons - Playlist buttons do not blink.
      If you want further help with this, you will have to email me a copy of your DVD Architect .dar project file, so that I can see your settings. This file is very tiny and does not contain any videos, but it will show me how you have set up your menus.
      Email to help@moviestudiozen.com
      Regards
      Derek
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    Annette Colledge · 06:52 13/11/2016
    THANK YOU! I have been trying for years to get a successful looped dvd and could never quite do it when I imported the file directly from Sony Vegas. I greatly appreciated your tutorial!
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      Derek
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      · 00:38 15/11/2016
      Glad to help
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    Beatlesfan
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    · 03:27 13/09/2016
    GOOD NEWS I tried something new and put all the files in to soundforge and saved them all as 96khz 24bit in one file, then loaded this in to Architech with a picture for the video part and burned it on to a DVD that idea worked the CD played flawlessly in my Sony blu ray player in 24 bit 96khz as it stated, my first successful DVD-Audio burn. It sounded pretty good. Just wanted to share this with others as am sure there will be plenty of people with this problem. I wll try those settings with my amp too next.
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      Derek
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      · 18:17 13/09/2016
      Thanks for the report back
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    Beatlesfan
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    · 11:19 07/09/2016
    Why am I getting a loud hissing from the playback of my DVD-Audio burns, the first track seems to play ok then the next one this loud hissing starts at the beginining of the next one or one of the other tracks/chapters on the disc. Tried so many different settings dosen't help.
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      Derek
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      · 18:47 07/09/2016
      Are you saying that you are creating AUDIO ONLY DVDs, with no video ?
      Which Audio Format and Template did you render with ?
      Which programs are you using ?
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        Beatlesfan
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        · 04:11 08/09/2016
        Not quite Derek, I am using a jpeg image all the way through the audio tracks/chapters, I dont render it as if I do it saves it as 16 bit instead of 24 bit. I use uncompressed PCM and pu the tracks straight into Architect
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          Derek
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          · 15:44 08/09/2016
          I would still like to know which version of ALL your programs do you have ?
          Movie Studio Platinum 13? Movie Studio Suite 13? Vegas Pro?
          If you have definitely set your Project Properties correctly in DVDA, then I can only assume your problem has something to do with your Source Audio Files. If you own a Suite version of Movie Studio, you can import your audio files into Sound Forge Audio Studio, which does support 24 bit. Then [b]Save As[/b] Sony Wave 64, 48000 Hz, 24 Bit, Stereo, PCM. Then import this into DVDA.
          It is also probably a good idea to post this question into the MSZ Forum, where more people can help you besides myself. On the forum you are more likely to find others who may have experienced the same thing and know another solution.
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            Beatlesfan
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            · 10:36 10/09/2016
            Movie Studio Suite 13 is what am using, I did try Soundforge and re saved them using both 48 and 96 to no success. I am thinking about puttin ALL the files in to a wav editor and saving as one big file then importing this into Sony Architect and seeing if that works. I will let you know how I get on. Thanks
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              Derek
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              · 17:53 10/09/2016
              I just did a quick Google Search about your problem and think it may not have anything to do with DVD Architect, but instead the device settings you are using to play back the DVD.
              Read this: http://arstechnica.com/civis/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=421453
              If your playback device is set to DTS or something similar, it will not be able to decode audio signal correctly. You need to set to normal everyday Stereo Settings.
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                Beatlesfan
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                · 03:28 13/09/2016
                Thanks for this too I will try that with my other two discs and see what happens. J
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    William Farrell · 12:00 28/01/2015
    Hi Derek,

    I'm trying to make a continuous playing DVD. After creating the play list, the menu "End Action" for "Timeout" say N/A.

    Any help would be appreciated.
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      Derek
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      · 18:42 28/01/2015
      Hi William

      My deepest apologies.
      I just reviewed my own instructions and they were not very clear at all. I have edited the article so that it now includes two extra steps, instead of assuming that people can mind read. Carefully follow all the instructions at Step 4 and it will work for you.

      If you need any further help, please don't hesitate to reply.
      Now I am off to the naughty corner for 1/2 and hour.

      Regards
      Derek :blush:
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        William Farrell · 01:14 29/01/2015
        Derek,

        Thanks so much for taking the time to take care of this. It works perfectly.

        In trying to build a continuous running DVD for a client, I built a long playlists (repeating each of the 12 clips using cut and paste) but nothing worked until I created one playlist in the menu and then designated that it link back to itself.

        This will work.

        I've been a big fan of yours for three years...you're a great educator!
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          Derek
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          · 01:36 29/01/2015
          Excellent ! :lol:
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    hughdemand
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    · 22:45 14/10/2014
    [quote name="Derek"]

    What is the total length in time of all your videos ?
    [/quote]

    The total time of the .MTS videos is about 75 minutes. Sorry for omitting this information in last reply.

    Thanks

    Whit
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      Derek
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      · 02:00 15/10/2014
      It is very easy to do what you want to do.
      This tutorial will teach you everything you need to know:
      [url]https://www.moviestudiozen.com/free-tutorials/dvd-architect-studio-50/528-how-to-render-video-dvd-bluray-menus-sony-movie-studio-platinum[/url]

      #1 Read/watch tutorial in link provided.
      #2 Import your 5 videos into Movie Studio.
      #3 Butt them up against each other.
      #4 Add a Marker point at the beginning of each video by pressing [b]M[/b].
      #5 Follow the rest of the instructions from tutorial in link to make your DVD.

      [i]If you ever use the Comment section again, please note the following:[/i]
      This is the third time you have started a new message thread for the same topic.
      This is how you use the Comment System.
      #1 Ask a question.
      #2 Someone replies to your question by pressing the REPLY link at the bottom of your ORIGINAL MESSAGE.
      #3 If you want to reply further, press the REPLY LINK at the bottom of MY REPLY TO YOU.
      #4 Always press the REPLY link at bottom of LAST MESSAGE in the thread, then all the replies will follow in sequence one after the other.

      Regards
      Derek.
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    hughdemand
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    · 04:24 14/10/2014
    Thank you Derek

    I want to concatenate the 6 .mts files on a [b]BluRay[/b] disk and have it (auto) play as one file. [b]No menu[/b]. It is a complete hockey game video.

    I am using Sony Vegas Pro 12 (build 770) 64 bit and DVD Architect 6.0 (Build 237).

    Any hints as to how to accomplish this would be appreciated. I tried "linking" the files in DVDA but there is a noticeable bump when it moves from one file to the next, which I would like to avoid.

    Thanks

    Whit
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      Derek
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      · 18:15 14/10/2014
      [i]You can reply to the original message instead of starting a new thread.[/i]

      What is the total length in time of all your videos ?
      I need to know this important information before I give you a reply.
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    hughdemand
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    · 00:25 13/10/2014
    WOW, what a collection of tutorials.
    I am having problems with this concept---- I have 6 .MTS files (1280x720) which I want to burn a DVD with (HD).
    DVD Architect has settings for DVDs with 1280 x 720 (in both formats) but SVP 12 doesn't offer the option for 1280x720, when burning a disc.
    Am I forced to use DVDA to accomplish this?
    If I use your excellent tutorial on No Menu DVDs (playlists) will the 6 files concatenate and play as 1 file on the finished DVD?

    I don't know if I have made this question more confusing then inteneded. Please excuse.

    Thanks

    Whit Prophet
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      Derek
      • Moderator
      · 13:46 13/10/2014
      Hi there

      #1 DVDs can only store 480i Standard Definition video. There is definitely no 720p option - never has been. Of cause you can add 1080p or 720p video to a DVD, however it will always be re-rendered to 480i.

      #2 If you want to store true 720p video onto a disc, you must burn a Blu-ray disc. The Blu-ray disc format was created specifically for HD video storage.

      #3 Are you using Movie Studio Platinum or Vegas Pro ? Which exact version ?
      Before you proceed any further, what is the total length in time for your 6 .mts videos ? You can only store about 1:20 minutes of high quality video on a standard 4.7GB DVD. If the total length in time is much greater than this, you need to follow this tutorial:
      [url]https://www.moviestudiozen.com/free-tutorials/dvd-architect-studio-50/493-how-to-compress-a-long-video-onto-a-dvd[/url]

      #4 If you want to create a DVD with "no menus", everything can be done in Movie Studio or Vegas Pro. You can add Marker "Chapter Points" on the timeline at the beginning of each new video. When you press the NEXT button on your remote, it will jump to the next Chapter Point. I will wait to hear back from you before saying anything else. I need to know which program you are using.

      Regards
      Derek.

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