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Old 08 August 2005   #1
Windows Based DVD authoring tools

I just bought my first DVD burner and was looking to author and burn my own reel. I understand I need a program to burn the DVD with, but also one to auther the DVD?

I'd like to a simple intro menu so you could pop it into a regular set top DVD player and it would give you the play option, or another option such as contact info.

Could someone give me pointers as to what tools are good and affordable for this? I bought the burner as an OEM piece, so it did not come with any software or even cables.

Thanks for your help.
 
Old 08 August 2005   #2
for $69.99 you can get MyDVD Studio - http://www.sonic.com/products/Consu.../quicklook.aspx

for 4-5x that much you can get more pro software like Adobe Encore DVD - http://www.adobe.com/products/encore/main.html


Originally Posted by daddyo: I just bought my first DVD burner and was looking to author and burn my own reel. I understand I need a program to burn the DVD with, but also one to auther the DVD?

I'd like to a simple intro menu so you could pop it into a regular set top DVD player and it would give you the play option, or another option such as contact info.

Could someone give me pointers as to what tools are good and affordable for this? I bought the burner as an OEM piece, so it did not come with any software or even cables.

Thanks for your help.
 
Old 08 August 2005   #3
Originally Posted by whalerider: for $69.99 you can get MyDVD Studio - http://www.sonic.com/products/Consu.../quicklook.aspx

for 4-5x that much you can get more pro software like Adobe Encore DVD - http://www.adobe.com/products/encore/main.html



Yeah, Encore is good, only down side is it crashes a lot if you create subtitles directly in the program but once you create the subs on an external app and import, you'll have zero prob.
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Old 08 August 2005   #4
Hi,
I used a 30 day trial version of DVD Lab Pro for creating menus (and authoring) and Nero for burning the actual DVD.
I found DVD Lab really easy to use, lets you import all your own files as buttons/backgrounds, create transitions, etc and as far as I understand it does the whole authoring automatically. Ive burnt my showreel on DVD (with menus n stuff) and it works fine in any dvd player (tv or pc). plus its free for a while
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Old 08 August 2005   #5
Hi!

How about Vegas + DVD Architect? Any good? Compared with?

nikki
 
Old 08 August 2005   #6
I work on a Mac system at work, and use Apple's DVD Studio Pro 3. I have been unable to find a PC program that rivals it for ease of use and functionality. Primarily, the importing of photoshop layered files to create normal, rollover and select states for buttons; menus that are not reliant of thumbnail buttons, and the ability to look under the bonnet at the connections made between menu items and tracks.

If anyone knows a good one, speak now! I'll go out and buy for PC at home.
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Old 08 August 2005   #7
Maybe check out www.doom9.org theres plenty of freeware based dvdr authoring toold there, but for a really higher end kind of soultion i'd surgest encore as mentioned before
 
Old 08 August 2005   #8
yeah I also recommend DVD Encore, easy use to learn but great complexity.
Downside is you pay a lot for it
and it usually works better with photoshop, but not inheritantly
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Old 08 August 2005   #9
i recommend Ulead 'DVD Workshop2' the interface is very intuitive.
 
Old 08 August 2005   #10
If you just need something basic I highly reccomend TMPGEnc DVD Author. It's inexpensive, and very easy to use. It also has a high degree of compatibility with many players. (In my experience.) Use a seperate burning app (like nero) though if you want to have your DVDs professionally duplicated. http://www.pegasys-inc.com/en/index.html

I also use their MPEG encoder.

In the future I plan to get Vegas +DVD.
 
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