In Search of a DVD Authoring Solution pt.II

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Before I made this posting I purchased "Let's Create DVD" from Canopus
and unfortunately it doesn't do what I want. I looked at the specs for
DVD lab as well, and also DVD Author and didn't see anything referring
to what I stated. Perhaps I didn't fully explain what I am in search
of.

OK, every DVD authoring program I have tried will not allow me to
insert multiple video files into the timeline with each video
representing its own chapter. For instance if I insert 5 videos into a
timeline, I would like to see chapters 1 - 5 assigned instead of each
video being assigned chapter 1. This is what I encountered in DVD Lab
and DVD Workshop. What I ended up doing was rendering all 5 video files
into 1 big video file and then assign the chapters that way which is
very time consuming. There's got to be a program that will allow me to
assign consecutive chapters to multiple video files before burning to
DVD, basically eliminating the need to render multiple files together.

Thanks to those who previously replied to the last posting.
rich
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    "Rockroll" <kingdom@urgentmail.com> wrote in message
    news:1112155121.285648.281330@o13g2000cwo.googlegroups.com...
    > Before I made this posting I purchased "Let's Create DVD" from Canopus
    > and unfortunately it doesn't do what I want. I looked at the specs for
    > DVD lab as well, and also DVD Author and didn't see anything referring
    > to what I stated. Perhaps I didn't fully explain what I am in search
    > of.
    >
    > OK, every DVD authoring program I have tried will not allow me to
    > insert multiple video files into the timeline with each video
    > representing its own chapter. For instance if I insert 5 videos into a
    > timeline, I would like to see chapters 1 - 5 assigned instead of each
    > video being assigned chapter 1. This is what I encountered in DVD Lab
    > and DVD Workshop. What I ended up doing was rendering all 5 video files
    > into 1 big video file and then assign the chapters that way which is
    > very time consuming. There's got to be a program that will allow me to
    > assign consecutive chapters to multiple video files before burning to
    > DVD, basically eliminating the need to render multiple files together.
    >
    > Thanks to those who previously replied to the last posting.
    > rich
    >

    You explain it well. NOW DOWNLOAD THE DVD AUTHOR TRIAL.

    If it does NOT do what you want, give us another thread, really explaining
    what you really want to do.

    DVD author does this NATIVELY.

    What do you not understand here?? What is beyond your cognitive grasp?
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    "Rockroll" <kingdom@urgentmail.com> wrote in message
    news:1112155121.285648.281330@o13g2000cwo.googlegroups.com...
    > Before I made this posting I purchased "Let's Create DVD" from Canopus
    > and unfortunately it doesn't do what I want. I looked at the specs for
    > DVD lab as well, and also DVD Author and didn't see anything referring
    > to what I stated. Perhaps I didn't fully explain what I am in search
    > of.
    >
    > OK, every DVD authoring program I have tried will not allow me to
    > insert multiple video files into the timeline with each video
    > representing its own chapter. For instance if I insert 5 videos into a
    > timeline, I would like to see chapters 1 - 5 assigned instead of each
    > video being assigned chapter 1. This is what I encountered in DVD Lab
    > and DVD Workshop. What I ended up doing was rendering all 5 video files
    > into 1 big video file and then assign the chapters that way which is
    > very time consuming. There's got to be a program that will allow me to
    > assign consecutive chapters to multiple video files before burning to
    > DVD, basically eliminating the need to render multiple files together.
    >
    > Thanks to those who previously replied to the last posting.
    > rich
    >

    If you add a file to a "Track"/title in TMPGEnc DVD Author (TDA)
    it will be Chapter 1. If you then add a file it will be Chapter 2, ect....
    If you add five files to a track they will be Chapters 1 through 5.
    If you use control-A to select a folder full of .mpg files; you will
    add them in the order they are in the folder, each one a Chapter.
    (If you want to change the order or add more Chapter points you
    can.)

    Is this not "a program that will allow me to assign consecutive
    chapters to multiple video files before burning to DVD" ?

    By the way, there should never be any need to "render into one
    big file".

    Luck;
    Ken
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    Rockroll wrote:
    > Before I made this posting I purchased "Let's Create DVD" from Canopus
    > and unfortunately it doesn't do what I want. I looked at the specs for
    > DVD lab as well, and also DVD Author and didn't see anything referring
    > to what I stated. Perhaps I didn't fully explain what I am in search
    > of.
    >
    > OK, every DVD authoring program I have tried will not allow me to
    > insert multiple video files into the timeline with each video
    > representing its own chapter. For instance if I insert 5 videos into a
    > timeline, I would like to see chapters 1 - 5 assigned instead of each
    > video being assigned chapter 1. This is what I encountered in DVD Lab
    > and DVD Workshop. What I ended up doing was rendering all 5 video files
    > into 1 big video file and then assign the chapters that way which is
    > very time consuming. There's got to be a program that will allow me to
    > assign consecutive chapters to multiple video files before burning to
    > DVD, basically eliminating the need to render multiple files together.
    >
    > Thanks to those who previously replied to the last posting.
    > rich
    >
    Not sure exactly what you are after, but with DVDit Version 5, you can
    put 5 or however many videos either on a menu or without a menu, and
    have the disc play them consecutively or have them stop each time or
    return to the menu. Please describe exactly what you want the disc to do
    when you stick it in the player, and maybe I can be more specific.

    Gary Eickmeier
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    Many thanks to the replies that were received on this posting....

    I want 2 menu pages, with 5 thumbnails on each page. Each thumbnail
    representing a chapter of course and therefore upon clicking on any one
    of them will play that particular video file. So as you can see I am
    working with 10 video files. I am used to rendering these files into
    one file where I would have to make 10 chapter points. Hope this makes
    sense.
    rich
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    Yes I would like to go from one chapter to the next automatically. But
    the user can always choose to go to the menu and play a specific video.
    I have been able to do this aspect. The part that I am trying to cut
    down on is the time it takes to insert chapter points, finding the
    exact point where one video ends and where the next one starts. And
    this is the result of rendering these video files into one large file
    and then bringing it into DVD workshop for the DVD creation process. I
    was hoping that a program could recognize the multiple video files (in
    MPEG-2) and assign chapters to them automatically without me having to
    insert chapter points. Thanks for taking the time.
  6. Archived from groups: rec.video.desktop (More info?)

    Yes I have 10 videos which I would like to 10 chapters
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    Yes I would like each video to be selectable in the menu as well. When
    I inserted videos in the past, it would assign each video chapter 1.
    Thus when looking at the DVD player screen the first chapter is 1 and
    then when I forward to the next it would still say 1 instead of 2., and
    so on...
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    So be it, I will download the trial of TMPGEnc DVD Author and see how
    it works it. Many thanks to you all for taking the time to answer my
    questions and concerns.
    Respectfully,
    rich
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    "Rockroll" <kingdom@urgentmail.com> wrote in message
    news:1112155121.285648.281330@o13g2000cwo.googlegroups.com...
    > Before I made this posting I purchased "Let's Create DVD" from Canopus
    > and unfortunately it doesn't do what I want. I looked at the specs for
    > DVD lab as well, and also DVD Author and didn't see anything referring
    > to what I stated. Perhaps I didn't fully explain what I am in search
    > of.

    <--SNIP-->

    >
    > Thanks to those who previously replied to the last posting.
    > rich
    >

    Try this, Rich. Don't describe to us what you think should happen, describe
    what you want the DVD to look like when it hits the player. You seem to be
    focusing on the process much more than the result.

    I personally don't care if there are 1500 files so long as it plays the way
    I want it to in the player.

    There are several authoring packages and several techniques that can get the
    result you want. Maybe using a package you have with a different twechnique
    will get what you want.

    So tell us what you want the DVD to look like, we'll tell you the process.

    Tom P.
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    What you are asking for is probably not what most people want. DVD authoring
    software does not automatically create a "chapter" just because the user
    places a video in the project. The nature of DVD authoring is to have a
    single long format video and then "chapters" are chosen from certain points
    in the video by the user. Anyone can place single video files in a project
    and then have a button to choose which of these to play. For any program to
    automatically do what you are asking would require the programmers to write
    the program the way you think, which is not the normal convention for
    creating a DVD. Sorry, but even in this case you have to do at least "some"
    of the work. Is it really that difficult to do "some" of the work on your
    own?

    "Rockroll" <kingdom@urgentmail.com> wrote in message
    news:1112155121.285648.281330@o13g2000cwo.googlegroups.com...
    > Before I made this posting I purchased "Let's Create DVD" from Canopus
    > and unfortunately it doesn't do what I want. I looked at the specs for
    > DVD lab as well, and also DVD Author and didn't see anything referring
    > to what I stated. Perhaps I didn't fully explain what I am in search
    > of.
    >
    > OK, every DVD authoring program I have tried will not allow me to
    > insert multiple video files into the timeline with each video
    > representing its own chapter. For instance if I insert 5 videos into a
    > timeline, I would like to see chapters 1 - 5 assigned instead of each
    > video being assigned chapter 1. This is what I encountered in DVD Lab
    > and DVD Workshop. What I ended up doing was rendering all 5 video files
    > into 1 big video file and then assign the chapters that way which is
    > very time consuming. There's got to be a program that will allow me to
    > assign consecutive chapters to multiple video files before burning to
    > DVD, basically eliminating the need to render multiple files together.
    >
    > Thanks to those who previously replied to the last posting.
    > rich
    >
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    > "Rockroll" <kingdom@urgentmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:1112155121.285648.281330@o13g2000cwo.googlegroups.com...
    >> Before I made this posting I purchased "Let's Create DVD" from Canopus
    >> and unfortunately it doesn't do what I want. I looked at the specs for
    >> DVD lab as well, and also DVD Author and didn't see anything referring
    >> to what I stated. Perhaps I didn't fully explain what I am in search
    >> of.
    >>
    >> OK, every DVD authoring program I have tried will not allow me to
    >> insert multiple video files into the timeline with each video
    >> representing its own chapter. For instance if I insert 5 videos into a
    >> timeline, I would like to see chapters 1 - 5 assigned instead of each
    >> video being assigned chapter 1. This is what I encountered in DVD Lab
    >> and DVD Workshop. What I ended up doing was rendering all 5 video files
    >> into 1 big video file and then assign the chapters that way which is
    >> very time consuming. There's got to be a program that will allow me to
    >> assign consecutive chapters to multiple video files before burning to
    >> DVD, basically eliminating the need to render multiple files together.
    >>
    >> Thanks to those who previously replied to the last posting.
    >> rich
    >>
    >

    "Digital Video Solutions" <video@digitalvideosolutions.com> wrote in message
    news:DMy2e.33427$Fz.24562@tornado.tampabay.rr.com...
    > What you are asking for is probably not what most people want. DVD
    > authoring software does not automatically create a "chapter" just because
    > the user places a video in the project. The nature of DVD authoring is to
    > have a single long format video and then "chapters" are chosen from
    > certain points in the video by the user. Anyone can place single video
    > files in a project and then have a button to choose which of these to
    > play. For any program to automatically do what you are asking would
    > require the programmers to write the program the way you think, which is
    > not the normal convention for creating a DVD. Sorry, but even in this case
    > you have to do at least "some" of the work. Is it really that difficult to
    > do "some" of the work on your own?
    >

    Hello...<Knock> <Knock> ....Anyone there???

    How many times do you need to hear this? What you
    are describing is exactly what TMPGEnc DVD Author
    does.

    When you add clips to a title (in TDA they are called tracks)
    they are automatically Chapters.

    If you want 5 thumbnails per page select a "track" menu layout
    with 5 thumbnails. The first 5 chapters will be on the first menu
    page and the next 5 on the second. (If one is not shown just
    click on the "New theme..." text at the bottom of the list. Then
    select the track menu layout you want.)

    If these are all you want then select no main menu, just a Track
    Menu.

    The track/title will play "from one chapter to the next automatically.
    But the user can always choose to go to the menu and play a specific
    video."

    There is a free trial at www.pegasys-inc.com give it a try.

    Luck;
    Ken
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    "Rockroll" <kingdom@urgentmail.com> wrote in message
    news:1112192836.450397.309060@l41g2000cwc.googlegroups.com...
    > Many thanks to the replies that were received on this posting....
    >
    > I want 2 menu pages, with 5 thumbnails on each page. Each thumbnail
    > representing a chapter of course and therefore upon clicking on any one
    > of them will play that particular video file. So as you can see I am
    > working with 10 video files. I am used to rendering these files into
    > one file where I would have to make 10 chapter points. Hope this makes
    > sense.
    > rich
    >

    Great! Do you want to continue from one "chapter" to the next or is it
    sufficient to simply play the chapter and return to the menu?

    This looks pretty simple and now that we understand some of the guys here
    should be able to give you step-by-step instructions on how to do this.

    I'd like to help more but I use Encore DVD and that may be a bit more than
    you want to spend ($550 or so) just to get this done. I'm sure there are
    free tools that do this.

    Go easy on him guys.

    Tom P.
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    In article <1112197325.536261.208890@f14g2000cwb.googlegroups.com>,
    kingdom@urgentmail.com says...
    > Subject: Re: In Search of a DVD Authoring Solution pt.II
    > From: "Rockroll" <kingdom@urgentmail.com>
    > Newsgroups: rec.video.desktop
    >
    > Yes I would like to go from one chapter to the next automatically. But
    > the user can always choose to go to the menu and play a specific video.
    > I have been able to do this aspect. The part that I am trying to cut
    > down on is the time it takes to insert chapter points, finding the
    > exact point where one video ends and where the next one starts. And
    > this is the result of rendering these video files into one large file
    > and then bringing it into DVD workshop for the DVD creation process. I
    > was hoping that a program could recognize the multiple video files (in
    > MPEG-2) and assign chapters to them automatically without me having to
    > insert chapter points. Thanks for taking the time.
    >
    >
    >

    So do you have seperate files for each chapter or not?
    --
    _________________________
    Chris Phillipo - Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
    http://www.ramsays-online.com
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    In article <1112199247.227705.109440@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com>,
    kingdom@urgentmail.com says...
    > Yes I have 10 videos which I would like to 10 chapters
    >
    >

    Well in most programs I've used you would just load each video as a
    chapter or a title. Sounds more like you want each one to be a title
    with a "play all at once" button. Do you want each video to be
    selectable in the menu?
    --
    _________________________
    Chris Phillipo - Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
    http://www.ramsays-online.com
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    Not to be a jerk but this is very possible with Encore and some other
    authoring tools.

    It's the Play All button. In Encore 1.5 they have a playlist you can assign
    to a button and it will play the list from top to bottom.

    However, I think $550 for Encore is more than this project calls for... but,
    considering how specialised this is, it might be the only option.

    The question then becomes not "Is it really that difficult to do some of the
    work on your own?" but rather "Is it really worth $550 or so to have a
    program do the work for you?"

    Tom P.

    "Digital Video Solutions" <video@digitalvideosolutions.com> wrote in message
    news:DMy2e.33427$Fz.24562@tornado.tampabay.rr.com...
    > What you are asking for is probably not what most people want. DVD
    > authoring software does not automatically create a "chapter" just because
    > the user places a video in the project. The nature of DVD authoring is to
    > have a single long format video and then "chapters" are chosen from
    > certain points in the video by the user. Anyone can place single video
    > files in a project and then have a button to choose which of these to
    > play. For any program to automatically do what you are asking would
    > require the programmers to write the program the way you think, which is
    > not the normal convention for creating a DVD. Sorry, but even in this case
    > you have to do at least "some" of the work. Is it really that difficult to
    > do "some" of the work on your own?
    >
    > "Rockroll" <kingdom@urgentmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:1112155121.285648.281330@o13g2000cwo.googlegroups.com...
    >> Before I made this posting I purchased "Let's Create DVD" from Canopus
    >> and unfortunately it doesn't do what I want. I looked at the specs for
    >> DVD lab as well, and also DVD Author and didn't see anything referring
    >> to what I stated. Perhaps I didn't fully explain what I am in search
    >> of.
    >>
    >> OK, every DVD authoring program I have tried will not allow me to
    >> insert multiple video files into the timeline with each video
    >> representing its own chapter. For instance if I insert 5 videos into a
    >> timeline, I would like to see chapters 1 - 5 assigned instead of each
    >> video being assigned chapter 1. This is what I encountered in DVD Lab
    >> and DVD Workshop. What I ended up doing was rendering all 5 video files
    >> into 1 big video file and then assign the chapters that way which is
    >> very time consuming. There's got to be a program that will allow me to
    >> assign consecutive chapters to multiple video files before burning to
    >> DVD, basically eliminating the need to render multiple files together.
    >>
    >> Thanks to those who previously replied to the last posting.
    >> rich
    >>
    >
    >
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    In article <1112202195.523006.237570@o13g2000cwo.googlegroups.com>,
    kingdom@urgentmail.com says...
    > Subject: Re: In Search of a DVD Authoring Solution pt.II
    > From: "Rockroll" <kingdom@urgentmail.com>
    > Newsgroups: rec.video.desktop
    >
    > Yes I would like each video to be selectable in the menu as well. When
    > I inserted videos in the past, it would assign each video chapter 1.
    > Thus when looking at the DVD player screen the first chapter is 1 and
    > then when I forward to the next it would still say 1 instead of 2., and
    > so on...
    >
    >
    >

    Well it sounds like what you want is seperate titles, you can divide the
    titles up into chapters for easier skipping ahead but it's titles that
    will show up in a scene selection menu. In TMPGEnc DVD Author I would
    just make a new title for each file and tell it to divide each file into
    5 minute chapters. It would take about 10 minutes in all. Then you can
    have it make a menu with animated icons like the scene selection portion
    of a commercial DVD, you just have to type in the labels, and you would
    also have a "play all button" with the option of setting the DVD to play
    all or go tot he menu automatically on insertion.
    --
    _________________________
    Chris Phillipo - Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
    http://www.ramsays-online.com
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    But apparently this users does not want to have to do anything other than
    bring the videos into the authoring software. He wants them to automatically
    be given buttons, chapter lists, and everything without having to actually
    build a single menu. Forget the fact that nearly any software can do what he
    wants with a little effort in his part.

    "Ken Maltby" <kmaltby@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
    news:yvOdnc3L74wTftffRVn-2Q@giganews.com...
    >
    >> "Rockroll" <kingdom@urgentmail.com> wrote in message
    >> news:1112155121.285648.281330@o13g2000cwo.googlegroups.com...
    >>> Before I made this posting I purchased "Let's Create DVD" from Canopus
    >>> and unfortunately it doesn't do what I want. I looked at the specs for
    >>> DVD lab as well, and also DVD Author and didn't see anything referring
    >>> to what I stated. Perhaps I didn't fully explain what I am in search
    >>> of.
    >>>
    >>> OK, every DVD authoring program I have tried will not allow me to
    >>> insert multiple video files into the timeline with each video
    >>> representing its own chapter. For instance if I insert 5 videos into a
    >>> timeline, I would like to see chapters 1 - 5 assigned instead of each
    >>> video being assigned chapter 1. This is what I encountered in DVD Lab
    >>> and DVD Workshop. What I ended up doing was rendering all 5 video files
    >>> into 1 big video file and then assign the chapters that way which is
    >>> very time consuming. There's got to be a program that will allow me to
    >>> assign consecutive chapters to multiple video files before burning to
    >>> DVD, basically eliminating the need to render multiple files together.
    >>>
    >>> Thanks to those who previously replied to the last posting.
    >>> rich
    >>>
    >>
    >
    > "Digital Video Solutions" <video@digitalvideosolutions.com> wrote in
    > message news:DMy2e.33427$Fz.24562@tornado.tampabay.rr.com...
    >> What you are asking for is probably not what most people want. DVD
    >> authoring software does not automatically create a "chapter" just because
    >> the user places a video in the project. The nature of DVD authoring is to
    >> have a single long format video and then "chapters" are chosen from
    >> certain points in the video by the user. Anyone can place single video
    >> files in a project and then have a button to choose which of these to
    >> play. For any program to automatically do what you are asking would
    >> require the programmers to write the program the way you think, which is
    >> not the normal convention for creating a DVD. Sorry, but even in this
    >> case you have to do at least "some" of the work. Is it really that
    >> difficult to do "some" of the work on your own?
    >>
    >
    > Hello...<Knock> <Knock> ....Anyone there???
    >
    > How many times do you need to hear this? What you
    > are describing is exactly what TMPGEnc DVD Author
    > does.
    >
    > When you add clips to a title (in TDA they are called tracks)
    > they are automatically Chapters.
    >
    > If you want 5 thumbnails per page select a "track" menu layout
    > with 5 thumbnails. The first 5 chapters will be on the first menu
    > page and the next 5 on the second. (If one is not shown just
    > click on the "New theme..." text at the bottom of the list. Then
    > select the track menu layout you want.)
    >
    > If these are all you want then select no main menu, just a Track
    > Menu.
    >
    > The track/title will play "from one chapter to the next automatically.
    > But the user can always choose to go to the menu and play a specific
    > video."
    >
    > There is a free trial at www.pegasys-inc.com give it a try.
    >
    > Luck;
    > Ken
    >
    >
    >
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    "Digital Video Solutions" <video@digitalvideosolutions.com> wrote in message
    news:kJB2e.33749$Fz.23107@tornado.tampabay.rr.com...
    > But apparently this users does not want to have to do anything other than
    > bring the videos into the authoring software. He wants them to
    > automatically be given buttons, chapter lists, and everything without
    > having to actually build a single menu. Forget the fact that nearly any
    > software can do what he wants with a little effort in his part.
    >

    I am still hoping that that's not the case, and his mention of
    "eliminating the need to render multiple files together", suggests
    that there may be more to his post.

    You appear to be familiar with "Encore" and as "Alpha" has
    repeatedly pointed out it operates, in this regard, totally
    differently from TDA. TDA does automatically create Chapter
    points at the start of each clip added to a Title/"track".

    By the way this is exactly the way I like it, it fits my workflow
    perfectly. I capture my favorite TV shows with them playing in a
    portion of my PC screen. When the commercials start I stop
    recording, use my DirecTiVo remote to skip most of the rest of
    the commercials then restart the capture. This gives me 5 or 6
    ..mpg clips in my capture folder for an hour of TV.

    I open the frame accurate VideoReDo and trim the clips to
    be all ready to author. I move these 5 or 6 trimmed clips to the
    appropriate folder of a directory that holds the episodes that
    will be authored into a DVD.

    When I have enough episodes ready on my "capture" hard
    drive, I bring each episode into TDA as a title composed of
    the 5 or 6 .mpg files. I do this by using TDA's "Add file"
    button to navigate to the episode folder (named "Track1"
    through however many episodes I am fitting on the DVD)
    Then I use Control-A to select all 5 or 6 .mpg files and
    add them to that "track"/title. Now the title has 5 or 6
    Chapters corresponding to the 5 or 6 .mpg files.

    These automatically created Chapter points are a the
    break points the makers of the TV show intended, the
    commercial breaks. If there were a point of interest at
    some other point, it's a simple click to add another one.

    I can then "Add a new track" and do the same for the
    next trimmed episode, in the "Track2" folder. So on,
    until the DVD is full.

    This is a most simple and intuitive approach.

    Luck;
    Ken
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    FYI: in Adobe Encore DVD 1.5, I *think* you can add a video clip to a
    project and it automatically makes it a "timeline" with a chapter marker at
    the beginning - similar to the other software being discussed here.

    Encore really is very easy... drag and drop. If you want to do more, it has
    more advanced functions built in.

    Hey, the trial's free... test it! I'm continuously impressed by it.

    C.


    "Ken Maltby" <kmaltby@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
    news:YMudnQYnA5otY9ffRVn-1A@giganews.com...
    >
    > "Digital Video Solutions" <video@digitalvideosolutions.com> wrote in
    > message news:kJB2e.33749$Fz.23107@tornado.tampabay.rr.com...
    >> But apparently this users does not want to have to do anything other than
    >> bring the videos into the authoring software. He wants them to
    >> automatically be given buttons, chapter lists, and everything without
    >> having to actually build a single menu. Forget the fact that nearly any
    >> software can do what he wants with a little effort in his part.
    >>
    >
    > I am still hoping that that's not the case, and his mention of
    > "eliminating the need to render multiple files together", suggests
    > that there may be more to his post.
    >
    > You appear to be familiar with "Encore" and as "Alpha" has
    > repeatedly pointed out it operates, in this regard, totally
    > differently from TDA. TDA does automatically create Chapter
    > points at the start of each clip added to a Title/"track".
    >
    > By the way this is exactly the way I like it, it fits my workflow
    > perfectly. I capture my favorite TV shows with them playing in a
    > portion of my PC screen. When the commercials start I stop
    > recording, use my DirecTiVo remote to skip most of the rest of
    > the commercials then restart the capture. This gives me 5 or 6
    > .mpg clips in my capture folder for an hour of TV.
    >
    > I open the frame accurate VideoReDo and trim the clips to
    > be all ready to author. I move these 5 or 6 trimmed clips to the
    > appropriate folder of a directory that holds the episodes that
    > will be authored into a DVD.
    >
    > When I have enough episodes ready on my "capture" hard
    > drive, I bring each episode into TDA as a title composed of
    > the 5 or 6 .mpg files. I do this by using TDA's "Add file"
    > button to navigate to the episode folder (named "Track1"
    > through however many episodes I am fitting on the DVD)
    > Then I use Control-A to select all 5 or 6 .mpg files and
    > add them to that "track"/title. Now the title has 5 or 6
    > Chapters corresponding to the 5 or 6 .mpg files.
    >
    > These automatically created Chapter points are a the
    > break points the makers of the TV show intended, the
    > commercial breaks. If there were a point of interest at
    > some other point, it's a simple click to add another one.
    >
    > I can then "Add a new track" and do the same for the
    > next trimmed episode, in the "Track2" folder. So on,
    > until the DVD is full.
    >
    > This is a most simple and intuitive approach.
    >
    > Luck;
    > Ken
    >
    >
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    I do this week in and week out with ULead DVD Workshop Disc Creator.

    One ongoing project sounds exactly like this, only we have 13 short videos
    each quarter.

    The authoring process takes about 1.5 hours, not including transfers.

    Steve


    "Rockroll" <kingdom@urgentmail.com> wrote in message
    news:1112192836.450397.309060@l41g2000cwc.googlegroups.com...
    > Many thanks to the replies that were received on this posting....
    >
    > I want 2 menu pages, with 5 thumbnails on each page. Each thumbnail
    > representing a chapter of course and therefore upon clicking on any one
    > of them will play that particular video file. So as you can see I am
    > working with 10 video files. I am used to rendering these files into
    > one file where I would have to make 10 chapter points. Hope this makes
    > sense.
    > rich
    >
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    "Steve Guidry" <steveguidry@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    news:MnE2e.11725$S46.627@newsread3.news.atl.earthlink.net...
    >I do this week in and week out with ULead DVD Workshop Disc Creator.
    >
    > One ongoing project sounds exactly like this, only we have 13 short videos
    > each quarter.
    >
    > The authoring process takes about 1.5 hours, not including transfers.
    >
    > Steve
    >

    It takes me, maybe, 10min to do my part making a DVD in
    TDA, then TDA takes about 20min to output a full DVD
    structure, with motion menus, to my hard drive. If I burn at 6X
    instead of 8X, the burning of the finished DVD takes about
    13min.

    I could add the 7 or 8 min that it takes to update the Episode
    numbers and print the artwork on the DVD+R, using my new
    Epson R200.

    I have Menu Themes with all the motion menu clips for each
    of the TV Shows that I am saving up. In TDA it's just a matter
    of selecting the appropriate theme and the "Track"/title labels (I
    use the official title of the episode.) I've entered are automatically
    my text selection items in the main menu. I update the title at the
    top of the menu page, arrange and size the text selection items, as
    I want on the page, and that's it. That's all I need do to make the
    menu.

    I described the process I use to add the episodes in another
    post, in this thread. That takes up most of the 10min.

    Luck;
    Ken
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    Rockroll <kingdom@urgentmail.com> wrote:
    : I want 2 menu pages, with 5 thumbnails on each page. Each thumbnail
    : representing a chapter of course and therefore upon clicking on any one
    : of them will play that particular video file. So as you can see I am
    : working with 10 video files.

    I do this all the time in DVD-Lab. Am I missing something?

    Scott
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    "Rockroll" <kingdom@urgentmail.com> wrote in message
    news:1112192836.450397.309060@l41g2000cwc.googlegroups.com...
    > Many thanks to the replies that were received on this posting....
    >
    > I want 2 menu pages, with 5 thumbnails on each page. Each thumbnail
    > representing a chapter of course and therefore upon clicking on any one
    > of them will play that particular video file. So as you can see I am
    > working with 10 video files. I am used to rendering these files into
    > one file where I would have to make 10 chapter points. Hope this makes
    > sense.
    > rich

    As others have noted, there is no need to render the separate files inton
    one file.

    I'm not too familiar with low-end authoring programs. Adobe Encore (which
    may be overkill for your application) can certainly do what you want, i.e.
    create two menus, each with thumbnails linked to chapter points, and
    multiple files on a timeline.

    >
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    Depending on the volume of DVDs you need to author, you may want to
    consider DVD SelectNet from Pulse Digital (www.pulsedigital.com). The
    application integrates media asset management with automated DVD
    authoring and production. Not only does it place a chapter mark at the
    beginning of each clip as you request, but it will also automate the
    entire process of transcoding, menu page building, multiplexing,
    recording and printing the disc label.

    The system is completely automated and can complete author and record a
    professional-quality DVD (with motion video buttons, sub-menu pages,
    hybrid DVD-ROM data and more) in under 10 minutes. Best of all, the
    interface is web-based and the system can be used by multiple people
    simultaneously.

    The only issue is that it might be overkill for your needs.
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