Equally Spaced Chapter Marks

neumannu47

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How do I include equally spaced chapter marks (included only if no other chapter marks) in each show on a DVD? Do I have to edit each show in VRD, save the file, and then add it to the DVD burn list, or can the equally spaced chapter marks be added when the DVD is being burned? My guess is that the separate chapter files have to already be present in the folder that contains the source mpg files that are in the list to be burned to the DVD.
 

Danr

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You can setup equal spaced chapter marks on the Tools>Options>Chapter page. When the file is added to the DVD, it will create the chapters automatically. You can preview the chapter marks before hand by pressing the "P" (preview) key. The green markers will be at your chapter points.
 

neumannu47

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Thanks. That's good news. It works well.

New question. If I go to File | Open, select five video files, Add to DVD, DVD | Create DVD from List, is there a way to save the DVD authoring "project" file? There does not seem to be a selection to save the DVD layout such that I could re-open it if I have already closed TVS but I want to burn the disk again.
 
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djnikos

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When you are at the DVD...'Edit list of DVD Titles' dialog (see attachment);

click 'file' in the top left hand corner of the dialog box and chose load or save...

you can do this after setting the text and background of the Create DVD menu and clicking return to list button, then saving it from there...

hope this helps
 

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neumannu47

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Something ain't right. Here are the options set in VRD:

Chapter Marks
At cut points
Use equal spacing (only if no other chapter marks)

Automatically create a chapter file
Entry type: %N
Import chapter marks on file open

The last DVD that I made (last night) had equally spaced chapter marks even though I wanted the chapters to be at the cut points. For this particular series, here is what I want:
  • Edit commercials out of TV show
  • Save the file as .mpg with chapter marks at cut points
  • Burn to DVD with chapter marks at cut points only
Where am I going wrong?
 

Danr

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Where am I going wrong?
Don't know. What values are you using for equally spaced chapter marks?

When you switch to preview do you see the green chapter marks on the timeline?
 

neumannu47

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The equal spacing is set to 3 minutes. When I edited out the commercials, the green chapter marks corresponded to the cuts. If I open the saved file now, the green marks are at 3 minute intervals.

I have done something wrong and am probably confused, so I'll try it again and pay closer attention.

EDIT: I just edited a TV show and saved the file. The only chapter mark setting is cut marks. After I edited the show, saved it, and closed TVS, I re-opened the file. The chapter marks are shown at the cut marks. Then I burned the single show to DVD. There are no chapter marks on the DVD. Hitting the next button advances to the end/beginning of the show. What's wrong?
 
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Danr

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EDIT: I just edited a TV show and saved the file. The only chapter mark setting is cut marks. After I edited the show, saved it, and closed TVS, I re-opened the file. The chapter marks are shown at the cut marks. Then I burned the single show to DVD. There are no chapter marks on the DVD. Hitting the next button advances to the end/beginning of the show. What's wrong?
When you opened the edited file you should see red scene markers at what were the cut points. Then press preview are the green markers where the scene markers now are?

You'll need the following options checked for this to happen:

1. At cut points. - to get the initial chapter points.
2. At Scene markers - for the re-opened file.

The equal spacing won't matter if you check "Only if no other chapter marks".

Finally, if you using AdDetective to assist with the cut points, you may need to remove them before saving the file if any of the AdDetective scene markers fall outside the cut areas.
 

kira13

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Can anybody suggest a solution or try to duplicate the problem?
I don't have a solution, but the last time I made a DVD with VRD TVS, I lost my chapter marks as well. (This was the non-beta version; 564, is it?) So you are not alone.

I had my chapter marks set up to only be the cut points, and the cut points showed up during editing just fine, but when I finished the DVD (it was a DVD-RW) and played it back, there were no chapters. I just didn't have time at the time to troubleshoot it. (I have never used the preview mode, so I can try that the next time I edit something. Although part of my problem with troubleshooting is that I don't get around to editing something very often.)

(Make that cut points *and* scene markers. But no equally-spaced chapters.)
 
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neumannu47

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When you opened the edited file you should see red scene markers at what were the cut points. Then press preview are the green markers where the scene markers now are?
The markers are red before I press "P" and the top triangular portions of the markers switch to green when I press "P". I'll now try burning the DVD with a single show again as I had turned off scene markers, since I'm not clear what it does.

You'll need the following options checked for this to happen:

1. At cut points. - to get the initial chapter points.
2. At Scene markers - for the re-opened file.

The equal spacing won't matter if you check "Only if no other chapter marks".

Finally, if you using AdDetective to assist with the cut points, you may need to remove them before saving the file if any of the AdDetective scene markers fall outside the cut areas.
All they should do is create extra chapters, isn't it?
 

neumannu47

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With "At Scene markers" checked, the DVD indexed at the right points. I will not pretend to understand why, but I will now try to author the project again and hope for the desired result.
 

neumannu47

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With "At Scene markers" checked, the DVD indexed at the right points. I will not pretend to understand why, but I will now try to author the project again and hope for the desired result.
EDIT: When I re-authored the DVD, the chapter marks are in (approximately) the correct place. This technique will be my favored one for editing and burning TV shows for the near future. The problem appears to have been "At Scene markers" not being checked. Clarification from DRD would be helpful.
 
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