Sony DVD Architect studio - can't create "Play All" with multi clips

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Gary, Jun 17, 2005.

  1. Gary

    Gary Guest

    What I am doing is compiling various video clips onto a DVD. This
    program can create a menu with thumbnails you can navigate with the DVD
    player arrow keys - then you hit "enter" or "play" and it will play
    that clip, then return to the menu.

    The help file's suggestions regarding making a "play all" option as
    well as playing various clips is to make all clips into a single media
    file (AVI/MPG), then you can select the in/out points for each
    individual button. But that is an immense pain in the ***** to render
    everything together into one file and really limits flexibility.

    Anyone found a work-around for this issue? Any other low-end DVD
    layout package that can do this? The real pro version of DVD Architect
    is quite expensive and it's not obvious that it can do this (though I'd
    be real surprised).

    The real reason I want to do this is to send my aged father DVDs of the
    grandkids and he really can't manipulate a remote control very well.
    So I'd just as soon give him something that would run all the way
    through by default but if he really wanted to look at a particular clip
    he could.
    Gary, Jun 17, 2005
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  2. Gary

    Ken Maltby Guest

    Funny, that's just the opposite of how it's done in TMPGEnc
    DVD Author (TDA). You automatically get a "play all" button
    if you create a menu with more than one track (title). If you
    have your files all in the same track/title then each one would be
    a chapter and, of course, play one after the other. (All the clips
    in a title must have the same basic parameters) If your clips have
    different parameters then put each in their own track/title and use
    the play all button. (Click on the blue "Add new track..." text to
    start another track/title)

    If you are working with some flavor of "Architect" then DVDLab
    might be more to your liking, and it provides more control over
    menu functions. But for ease and reliability, it's hard to beat TDA.

    Ken Maltby, Jun 17, 2005
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  3. Gary

    Gary Guest

    Thanks for the tip on this package, I am checking it out now on the
    30-day trial. So far it does definitely solve the problem I was
    complaining about. I guess with many authoering packages in this price
    range, some are good at one thing, but I haven't found one yet that is
    good at everything (I want to accomplish).
    Gary, Jun 19, 2005
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