Any good DVD Authoring programs...

mark0326

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Can anyone suggest any good DVD Authoring programs that are capable of motion backgrounds (.mpg or .avi) and that don't cost a fortune?
Thanks
 

mark0326

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Thanks for the replies, I'm particularly looking for ones that don't try to re-encode your footage, GUI for DVDAuthor (and similar) look promising. I will look into them thanks.

Didn't Lester get shot?
 

Anole

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DVD Labs won't reencode, but it probably doesn't meet your price point.
It and the Pro version are very much top of the line.
They also have their own forum.

I took a look at the link above for the freebie (hadn't looked into it recently), and it appears to have come a long ways.
If I were starting from scratch, I might just give GUI for DVDAuthor a try.
 

mark0326

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Thanks, for the amount of use it will get I really can't justify paying out too much but like you say, GUI for DVD Author is looking good, I will try it.
The last program I tried restarted the motion background every time a button was selected on the menu or chapter pages, that made it look awful!
 

Lester Burnham

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mark0326 said:
Thanks for the replies, I'm particularly looking for ones that don't try to re-encode your footage, GUI for DVDAuthor (and similar) look promising. I will look into them thanks.
GUI_for_dvdauthor doesn't re-encode.

mark0326 said:
Didn't Lester get shot?
Indeed he did. Can't keep a good man down, though! ;-)
 

Lester Burnham

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mark0326 said:
Thanks, for the amount of use it will get I really can't justify paying out too much but like you say, GUI for DVD Author is looking good, I will try it.
The last program I tried restarted the motion background every time a button was selected on the menu or chapter pages, that made it look awful!
Probably the major reason I've made so much use of GUI_for_dvdauthor, being that when I first started to author DVDs - like many - I was interested in making DVDs look more like commercial products, and being able to include things like preview footage, motion menus, and animated thumbnails.

As I already had two authoring packages that were payware, and one of them was capable of the features I wanted to use, but was more restrictive and template based, I quickly found GUI_for_dvdauthor.

Especially used in conjunction with VideoReDo for being able to find and edit (and demux) clips to use for animated menus, it's possible to make some very impressive looking DVDs, very quickly, with little effort.
 

neumannu47

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Lester, since you know what you're doing, GFD is probably a great utility. However, I can tell you that I'm still struggling with Nero and TDA. GFD requires a good understanding of DVDs, which you have.

Having said that, I'm trying to find a way to create menus that are only text. NVE and TDA want to put thumbnails on the menus. GFD appears to offer that capability, if I can figure out how to use it. NVE and TDA may do it, too, but the way to do so escapes me. It is as if I don't have all of the templates or something.
 

BaysideBas

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Lester, thank you for the pointer to GFD. Just started using it last night and it appears to be a most flexible and fast DVD authoring utility.
 

Lester Burnham

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BaysideBas said:
Lester, thank you for the pointer to GFD. Just started using it last night and it appears to be a most flexible and fast DVD authoring utility.
You're very welcome - but it's really Borax who deserves any thanks on that matter :)
 

MrVideo

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mark0326 said:
The last program I tried restarted the motion background every time a button was selected on the menu or chapter pages, that made it look awful!
Welcome to the world of extremely limited functionality of DVDs. Tons of capabilities have been added to the two competing HiDef DVD formats.

Everytime you click on a menu item, it goes to the new menu that the button points to and starts the background assigned to that menu. You have to design your motion menus extremely carefully, taking into account that the background starts from scratch at the new menu, even if the two backgrounds are the same.

If the user waited 10 seconds before clicking on a menu item, the DVD program does not start 10 seconds into the background of the menu it was told to start. How is the DVD authoring package supposed to know that the two menu background are exactly the same? What about those people who have designed their motion menus so that flow is better when the next menu selection starts from the beginning. There isn't a flag in DVD authoring that says to start from scratch or continue from same time point. That might be a feature of HD, but not in today's DVD standard.

Look at professional made motion menus and see what happens when the menu starts, what happens when the buttons activated (you can set the delay from the time the motion starts until the selections appear) and when a button is selected. Normally during the time the use can select a button, the background is fairly inactive. When the use selects a button that goes to another menu, or even plays a video piece, the next motion that starts takes up from where the previous menu stopped, which makes it look a lot smother.

That is the main reason I do not create DVD with motion menus. They are a pain to line up.

In other words, you are trying to do more than what the DVD standard allows.
 

Datastream

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neumannu47 said:
Lester, since you know what you're doing, GFD is probably a great utility. However, I can tell you that I'm still struggling with Nero and TDA. GFD requires a good understanding of DVDs, which you have.

Having said that, I'm trying to find a way to create menus that are only text. NVE and TDA want to put thumbnails on the menus. GFD appears to offer that capability, if I can figure out how to use it. NVE and TDA may do it, too, but the way to do so escapes me. It is as if I don't have all of the templates or something.
I second that: I have struggled for days to get GUI for DVD to work but it won't. Several good people have tried to sort me out but frankly it's just not understandable!
 
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