DVD Workshop vs. DVD Architect

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Charles Goodman, Oct 30, 2003.

  1. I've been trying to select a good mid-range (prosumer?) DVD authoring package and have narrowed it down to these two options. I am now stuck and even after reading all the threads, I really can't find compelling reasons to go one way vs. the other. They both seem to be strong packages. I realize DVDA only comes with Vegas 4, and I've decided to move to Vegas regardless. So, using/not using Vegas isn't part of the equation...neither is cost. Vegas 4 + DVD Workshop is close enough in price to Vegas 4+DVDA that I don't consider any price difference to be material. I realize its not a complete wash, but to me its close enough.

    Can anyone give me a summary of the pros/cons of these packages, how they stack up against each other, and perhaps a personal opinion of which way to go. Is there perhaps an argument for getting both authoring packages and using them for different projects depending on my needs?

    Thanks in advance for any help.

    Regards,
    Charles Goodman
     
    Charles Goodman, Oct 30, 2003
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    BaDiTuP Guest

    personally, I prefer DVDA, muahahahaha
    I've been trying to select a good mid-range (prosumer?) DVD authoring
    package and have narrowed it down to these two options. I am now stuck and
    even after reading all the threads, I really can't find compelling reasons
    to go one way vs. the other. They both seem to be strong packages. I
    realize DVDA only comes with Vegas 4, and I've decided to move to Vegas
    regardless. So, using/not using Vegas isn't part of the equation...neither
    is cost. Vegas 4 + DVD Workshop is close enough in price to Vegas 4+DVDA
    that I don't consider any price difference to be material. I realize its
    not a complete wash, but to me its close enough.

    Can anyone give me a summary of the pros/cons of these packages, how they
    stack up against each other, and perhaps a personal opinion of which way to
    go. Is there perhaps an argument for getting both authoring packages and
    using them for different projects depending on my needs?

    Thanks in advance for any help.

    Regards,
    Charles Goodman
     
    BaDiTuP, Oct 30, 2003
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    Will Dormann Guest

    How about DVD-Lab? I've used it and the above two programs, and I
    find it significantly better than both. And significantly cheaper, if
    I'm not mistaken.


    -WD
     
    Will Dormann, Oct 30, 2003
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  4. I got the impression that DVD-Lab was somewhat complicated; I realize the
    upside is more control. I also didn't want to have to mess with an external
    MPEG encoder. Not for cost reasons, just trying not to have too many SW
    programs to capture/edit/author DVDs.

    Thanks for the reply.

    Charles
     
    Charles Goodman, Oct 31, 2003
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    Will Dormann Guest


    Sure thing. Although it doesn't have wizards to hold your hand from
    start to finish, I've found that it's got a great balance of being easy
    to use but also powerful at the same time. Wizards are nice, but I
    always find myself wanting more control!

    If no integrated MPEG encoder is a showstopper, that's fine.
    Otherwise, give it a shot. They've got a free trial version available.


    -WD
     
    Will Dormann, Oct 31, 2003
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    Sanman Guest

    The nice thing about using Vegas and DVDA is that they work well together. You can create your chapter points right on the Vegas timeline (markers) which is much easier than fiddling with chapters in ANY authoring program. DVDA also used .ac3 audio for maximum compatibility with DVD players. The two programs pair up quite well.

    Sanman
    I've been trying to select a good mid-range (prosumer?) DVD authoring package and have narrowed it down to these two options. I am now stuck and even after reading all the threads, I really can't find compelling reasons to go one way vs. the other. They both seem to be strong packages. I realize DVDA only comes with Vegas 4, and I've decided to move to Vegas regardless. So, using/not using Vegas isn't part of the equation...neither is cost. Vegas 4 + DVD Workshop is close enough in price to Vegas 4+DVDA that I don't consider any price difference to be material. I realize its not a complete wash, but to me its close enough.

    Can anyone give me a summary of the pros/cons of these packages, how they stack up against each other, and perhaps a personal opinion of which way to go. Is there perhaps an argument for getting both authoring packages and using them for different projects depending on my needs?

    Thanks in advance for any help.

    Regards,
    Charles Goodman
     
    Sanman, Oct 31, 2003
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    Bariloche Guest

    If you don't bother about quality, then your do-it-all software option
    is allright. But be warned you are not going to get the same results
    from each encoder. I use Tmpgenc, in its slowest mode, because it is
    very easy to customize, and gives very high quality. Others believe in
    Canopus Procoder, Cinemacraft Encoder, or MainConcept, which are
    faster. You should get hight quality from any of these. But I would
    not swore on other encoders.
     
    Bariloche, Oct 31, 2003
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