Best software for basic DVD creation?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by HHB, Dec 2, 2003.

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    HHB Guest

    I'm looking to create some DVDs from converted VHS tapes (using a
    Canopus ADVC 100). It's about 90 minutes of continuous video, no edits
    necessary. All I want to do is insert about 12-15 chapter marks in the
    video, and add an opening and a menu with some video clips in it at
    the start. Any suggestions for some good software that will fit the

    Thanks in advance.
    HHB, Dec 2, 2003
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    Ken Maltby Guest

    If you have captured to a DVD compliant MPEG format or
    converted an AVI capture to a DVD compliant MPEG; then
    you can just use TMPGEnc DVD Author to do all that. You
    can even have motion menus if you want. It's a very intuitive
    program, for the most part, just don't be afraid to see what's
    behind all the tabs and buttons.

    Ken Maltby, Dec 2, 2003
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    Not so quick Guest

    I agree.
    Not so quick, Dec 2, 2003
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    Jim Gunn Guest

    Me three. TMPEG makes good software for MPEG encoding and DVD
    Jim Gunn, Dec 2, 2003
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    Enough Guest

    iDVD, of course.
    Enough, Dec 2, 2003
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    HHB Guest

    Me three. TMPEG makes good software for MPEG encoding and DVD
    Thanks for the advice, but I discovered that the Canopus only provides
    DV AVI output. I understand that TMPEG makes an AVI->MPEG converter,
    but will I lose sound quality, and more importantly -- a/v synch
    (which is why I got the Conaopus in the first place)?

    Is it better to edit in AVI? And is there something as easy as TMPEG
    for AVI?
    HHB, Dec 2, 2003
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    Ken Maltby Guest

    It's my understanding that it is better to edit in AVI unless all
    you want to do is "cut & join" and make menus; in which case
    MPEG files can be so "edited" during the DVD/mini-DVD (CD)
    author process.

    There are many that claim a Quality improvement using the
    AVI capture - DeMux - Edit - Audio processing - Mux -
    Encode to MPEG - Author - Burn; process. I have no doubt
    that is possible, assuming no human, or other, errors.

    I just want Enjoyable normal TV viewing of captured Movies,
    TV Series, and VCR tapes. I find that a Quality that matches my
    normal (non-digital) TV display is good enough for me. I can get
    this with DVD compliant MPEG captures that just need to be
    authored and burned. Other than the capture, which takes as long
    as the source plays; none of the steps take more than ~5min. No
    lengthy encoding or reencoding.

    While I cannot correct an out-of-synch source,(without a reMux)
    my capture is always in-synch as I use a PCI hardware MPEG
    encoding card that captures the audio along with the video.
    (it can copy the audio and video as separate files though, if I needed
    to reMux a bad source)

    I'll leave it to all those who go the "Better" DV capture route to
    explain how it's done.

    Ken Maltby, Dec 2, 2003
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    luminos Guest

    The most idiotic answer of the century, clearly showing no clue as to the
    luminos, Dec 2, 2003
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    luminos Guest

    Movie Factory 2 from ULEAD. Simple as will transcode your .avi.
    luminos, Dec 2, 2003
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    Jerry Jones Guest

    Jerry Jones, Dec 2, 2003
  11. Why? The original poster did not specify what OS he was talking about.
    Why would iDVD be a ridiculous answer as opposed to lets say.. DVD lab
    or DVDit?

    Personally having a Mac, PC, and a Linux machine myself, I think iDVD
    was a very good answer. I personal don't use iDVD, but I think it's an
    exceptional program meeting basic needs. Your reply clearly indicates a
    preconceived bias against an OS. People that answer this way are
    usually speaking from opinion, and not from experience..

    Richard Ragon, Dec 3, 2003
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    kay & wand Guest

    thanks one and all for all the suggestions....

    i have now downloaded and played with nearly all of them, and decided that
    dvdlab seems to be the best option for me.

    i haven't really put any of them through their paces to any major degree,
    but lab's help was great, uleads sucks, adobe's seem to think i knew
    everything already, and sonics told me what to do, but the program wouldn't
    do it?

    as i wrote, so far, dvd lab.

    next, which is the best desktop dvd player,

    all the best to you all,

    kay & wand, Dec 3, 2003
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    Samuel Paik Guest

    MPEG-2 encoding:

    TMPGEnc: <> (free version, time limited for MPEG-2)
    <> (commercial version)

    Cinemacraft CCE Basic: <>

    MainConcept: <>

    DVD Authoring:

    TMPGenc DVD Author: <>

    MediaChance DVD-lab: <>

    Ulead DVD MovieFactory 2: <>
    Ulead DVD Workshop
    Samuel Paik, Dec 3, 2003
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    erratic Guest

    Canopus ProCoder finally has a less expensive little brother:
    ProCoder Express ($59.95). It should be added to this list.
    But there is no trial version yet, unfortunately.

    German website for PCE:
    erratic, Dec 3, 2003
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    David Chien Guest MyDVD DVD Workshop
    David Chien, Dec 3, 2003
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