Automatically Pause DVD Chapters on Last Frame

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Junk, Nov 7, 2006.

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    Junk Guest

    Here is a strange question...

    Can anyone tell me how to (or even if I can) make a DVD which first
    plays a short video chapter, then pauses on the last frame waiting for
    me to hit the "play" button (or something else) then continues to play
    the second chapter and so on to the end...?

    I understand how to make a DVD with all my chapters, and then have
    each end back with the main menu, even automatically highlighting the
    next chapter ready for play, but that's not what I want.

    I'm trying to create a multi part movie that will accompany a
    presentation. While talking, the first segment will play and stop on
    the last frozen frame until the speaker is ready to continue, upon
    which they press "play" and the video continues where it left off. I
    do understand I must have my video segmented into the chapters, but I
    don't know any way to freeze the last frame and automatically pause
    waiting for user input, then continue on command...

    Any creative ideas?

    Thanks in advance!!

    Junk, Nov 7, 2006
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    Ken Maltby Guest

    Basically you would need to program such performance with
    the VM (Virtual Machine) Command Set. There are registers
    setup within the DVD Specifications that allow you to do things
    like you describe. You would use the System Parameter
    Registers (SPRM) and the General Parameter Registers (GPRM)
    and a special VM command: "SetNVTMR".

    To apply such commands you could use "PgcEdit" or
    "DVDReMakePro" or an authoring program that allows
    applying the commands as you author your DVD.
    ("DVD-Lab Pro 2" for instance, )

    While you are at MediaChance check out their "Multimedia
    Builder", for a way to make more professional Kiosk and other
    programs (often setup as autorun CDs or DVDs). I'm looking
    at it for a sophisticated HTPC front-end.

    Ken Maltby, Nov 7, 2006
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    Mike Kujbida Guest

    What authoring software do you have access to? I did something similar
    using Sony's DVD Archtect and it worked just fine. In a nutshell, what I
    did was freeze the last frame of the video for a second or so and then have
    the software's 'end action' jump to a still image that looped until the user
    pressed 'Next'.

    Mike Kujbida, Nov 8, 2006
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    Junk Guest


    Thanks, but this seems like a bit more than I'm comfortable
    learning. I agree it looks like it could be the exact solution I'm
    looking for, but for a project I'm working on at home for the office,
    for no extra pay, it's a bit more than I'm willing to learn...

    I have already been experimenting with another option that just
    happened to be mentioned below, and for now I think I'll pursue that
    one as the easiest.

    Thanks again,

    Junk, Nov 8, 2006
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    Junk Guest

    Hi Mike,

    Funny you should mention this, as I have already been toying with
    this idea and experimenting on it with Sony's DVD Architect too. Using
    some test videos and unrelated slides, the actions seem to work well.
    What I haven't yet tried is capturing the last frame of each chapter's
    video to use as the still slide (simulating a pause at the end). Did
    you do this, and if so, did it appear seamless and without apparent
    jumps on screen? If so, what is the best way to capture the final
    frame of video for the still slide?

    Thanks again!

    Junk, Nov 8, 2006
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    Mike Kujbida Guest

    Sorry for not getting back to you much sooner but things have been a bit
    crazy lately :)
    I'd do the still frame grab in Vegas. Position it on the last frame of good
    video, set the Preview window to Best/Full and click the floppy disk icon in
    the top right corner of the preview window. You can save this as either a
    jpg or png. This is the frame that you'll use in DVD Architect.
    Due to the nature of the way a DVD player works, I don't think the jump will
    be seamless.
    What you could try is to have the presentation go to an animated looping
    company logo (5 sec. or so would be enough) at each point. With some help
    from a DVDA wizard, I did this about a year ago for a 5 segment DVD for a
    banquet. Here's the procedure:

    1. Create a menu that is the looping logo. Have 5 menu options there. Make
    sure the FIRST one is the first interview.
    2. Set the "End Action" of the interview back to the menu but set the SECOND
    interview as the button to be highlighted.
    3. Set the "End Action" of the SECOND interview back to the menu but set the
    THIRD interview as button to be highlighted.
    4. Repeat with the remaining interviews.
    5. Now it should behave as you are wanting EXCEPT you'll hit ENTER each time
    instead of NEXT.

    And if you just want to link to a still image but have it stay there for
    longer than the 5 sec. default, try this:

    Instead of linking to a picture, link to a SUB MENU and make the picture the
    background image. By default, it will have a "return" button to go back to
    the main menu.

    Mike Kujbida, Nov 12, 2006
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