Menu - How do you add Chapters?

Mr.Gadget

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On the main DVD Menu, you can add "Titles" for various programs, but how can I EASILY make the Menu show the CHAPTERS for a single program?

In other words, I would like to start at the beginning of the program (Chapter 1), or jump right into Chapter 5, and continue play through the end. Can each Chapter have it's own description i.e. "Car Chase".

Do I have to make each "chapter" a seperate program source, and add each program title for the Menu?

If you can only do it with individual program files, it seems like alot of extra work. I would use NERO for this, but I hate that Nero does not allow for Chapter Mark import, it must be done manually (inside the little tiny timecode box). VRD already has the timecode marks (or chapters) and should easily select these for the menu.

Thanks,
- Chris
 

Danr

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Staff member
There is no facility in TVSuite to create sub-menus. That was by design.
 

Mr.Gadget

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Can't you treat each "title" as a Chapter?

Without knowing how exactly your program is built, but can't you treat each "title" as a chapter? Or is it upto the user to create individual files (from scene cuts or markers), then building a menu from individual files (as chapters)? In this case, would it be possible to play the entire disk from start to finish in succession (including all "Titles"/Chapters)?

Just a thought for the future.

Thanks again.
 

vinod

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There is no facility in TVSuite to create sub-menus. That was by design.
I think Mr.Gadget has a valid point. Chapters sub-titles would make navigation so much easier and practical. Having to resort to make separate titles within one movie sounds like defeating the purpose of Chapters. And, what if there are multiple movies on one DVD? I really can't think of motivation for essentially forgoing the concept of Chapters, as a design goal.
 

Anole

Moderator
On a DVD, "chapters" are something you can jump to with the >> key on your remote.
Chapters don't have a menu.
TV Suite is a low cost program (a very nice one) that will do chapters just dandy. - ;)

I can do what you described in a $200+ DVD authoring-only program, but it won't edit a frame!
What does TV Suite sell for? - :rolleyes:

When I need to do more fancy stuff, I use the expensive program.
When I have a simple project that TVSuite will do, I use it instead, because it's so fast and easy.
So, I'd say it's boils down to using the right tool for the job. - :cool:
[...and I wouldln't want to see VRD/TVS grow into a $200 program]
 
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Mickey

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Chris, one way you could possible handle this but isn't the simplest thing to do is, break your video up into separate clips (chapters) and save them. Next import them into the prgm and place them in the join list. Editing the join list you can add titles. Next join the clips with the added titles. Next load the joind file, manually add/edit the chapter marks and create a DVD.

The output should be your complete video with the inserted titles at the beginning of the scene and can be quickly accessed using the >>| |<< control on the DVD player.

Not as quick/simple as it could be but it gets the job done.
 

Steve614

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On a DVD, "chapters" are something you can jump to with the >> key on your remote.
Chapters don't have a menu.
Most commercial DVDs have a menu with the chapters listed.
I think if we were able to do this with VRD TVS it could only add value to the product.
 

Liam

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Most commercial DVDs have a menu with the chapters listed.
I think if we were able to do this with VRD TVS it could only add value to the product.

Absolutely agree..to be able to navigate by chapters is basic with nearly all DVDs..really would be worth VRD thinking about adding this feature
 

billgate

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If you can only do it with individual program files, it seems like alot of extra work. I would use NERO for this, but I hate that Nero does not allow for Chapter Mark import, it must be done manually (inside the little tiny timecode box). VRD already has the timecode marks (or chapters) and should easily select these for the menu.

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Danr

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Staff member
When you open a file with chapters it should automatically display those as scene markers. Are you sure there are chapter markers in the source file?
 
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