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DVD Authoring Under Linux?

Cliff posted more than 10 years ago | from the creating-your-own-media dept.

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phorm asks: "After getting a much-awaited DVD-burner for Christmas, I've yet to use it to actually burn a video DVD. The main reason thus far: I've yet to find decent DVD-authoring software (either for Linux or Windows) that does what I want and doesn't have a high pricetag. So far, Freshmeat projects seem to be extremely alpha/beta quality, with not much support for buttons, animated menus/backgrounds, and all the other things that make commercial DVD's truly beautiful. Does anyone know of any affordable/free DVD authoring software that has these features? Preference to open-source or Linux software, but Windows software will do if there's nothing better." phorm is not alone in this quest, read on for another query on this topic.

To add on to phorm's query, smz420 asks: "A few months ago, I acquired a DVD burner and have had a lot of fun creating discs. While they come out well, they're very much cookie-cutter, due to the software I've been using to create them. There just doesn't seem to be a lot of flexibility built into the consumer level authoring systems out there, and I'd like to take my discs to the next level. Can anyone in Slashdot-land recommend books, links or software packages that could lead me down the road towards 'prosumer' DVD authoring? I'd like to be able to take full control over authoring: design my own button shapes and structures; place text where-ever I want on a menu page; create custom navigation structures, and possibly plant an easter egg or two. So far, I've tried Pinnacle Studio 8, Sonic MyDVD and Nero on Windows 2000. While each had very good aspects to them, all of them fell short of enabling 'next level' DVD authoring. Any advice would be most appreciated."

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You may find this link useful (5, Informative)

agm (467017) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538637)

great (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8538697)

slashdotted

Some Questions Every Business Should Ask (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8538762)

About the GNU General Public License (GPL)

On May 3, 2001, Microsoft publicly described its "Shared Source" approach to source code licensing. Shared Source covers Microsoft's spectrum of source access and licensing programs for its customers and partners. Microsoft has contrasted Shared Source with various open source software approaches, highlighting both similarities and differences. We encourage companies and individuals to consider carefully to what degree open source solutions make sense for them. While Microsoft does not oppose the concept of open source development, we do question the advisability of organizations' dependence on the products of a non-commercial community rather than commercially developed products that have a sustainable business model behind them.

The general use of the term "open source" describes both the different community development processes and the vastly differing licenses under which these products are developed, modified and distributed. In particular, we are concerned about the GNU General Public License (GPL) which covers some of the most popular open source software such as Linux. The GPL was developed specifically to discourage the development of commercial software and eliminate the creation of any long-term economic value in intellectual property that emerges from a community development process. This license diminishes, or even eliminates, the symbiotic relationship between academic and government research and the entire business community. There are benefits to having both an "intellectual commons" and businesses built on the premise of owning and profiting from intellectual property assets.

Microsoft encourages companies to read and evaluate the GPL. Based upon feedback we have received to date, it appears that many businesses do not understand the GPL or its potential implications for important business issues. To highlight those issues, we drafted this document to give businesses interested in GPL software a list of questions to ask themselves and their lawyers, as well as some background that may be useful.

Although many businesses may not be acquainted with the GPL, most (if not all) of the following questions will be familiar to people who have studied the GPL. In fact, many of these questions have been the subject of considerable discussion within the open source community. The Free Software Foundation (www.fsf.org) publishes the GPL and hosts a corresponding FAQ (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl-faq.html). The comments in this document are based upon the Version 2 GPL, Version 2.1 Lesser General Public License (LGPL) and the GPL FAQ posted as of 5/30/01.

One last introductory note: the GPL is a complicated agreement. To understand your potential rights and obligations, you need to interpret the many provisions of the agreement and apply them to your particular facts. We recommend that you obtain counsel from your lawyer as appropriate. This document does not, and cannot, offer any legal advice.

Important Stuff (-1, Offtopic)

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Re:Some Questions Every Business Should Ask (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8538880)

How are you using GPL software and what obligations does it impose? The obligations associated with the GPL vary substantially depending upon the way in which GPL code is used. Even limited or relatively obscure uses (e.g., including a few lines of GPL code in a commercial product or linking directly or indirectly to a GPL library) may have a dramatic effect on your legal rights and obligations. To understand the potential implications of the GPL, you need to have a detailed understanding of your use of GPL code. Basing any analysis upon a superficial understanding may present serious risks.

How does your use of GPL software affect your intellectual property rights? One of the most significant impacts of the GPL is its potential effect on your intellectual property rights. The GPL is widely referred to as "viral" because it attempts to subject independently-created code (and associated intellectual property) to the terms of the GPL if it is used in certain ways together with GPL code (see Sections 2 and 3 of the GPL). For example, a business that combines and distributes GPL code with its own proprietary code may be obligated to share with the rest of the world valuable intellectual property (including patent) rights in both code bases on a royalty free basis. Other uses of GPL code may also create obligations for the user. It is important to perform a careful legal and technical review of this issue before using GPL software.

Re:You may find this link useful (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8538839)

Does anyone know of any affordable/free DVD authoring software that has these features?

Get a fucking job and pay for stuff!

I might... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8538842)

Except it's slashdotted! Wow, linuxjournal slashdotted and it's not even on the front page!!

Is this a record?

Re:You may find this link useful (-1, Flamebait)

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Re:You may find this link useful (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8538936)

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iMovie (2, Funny)

fredistheking (464407) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538643)

works great. Oh linux or windows? Nevermind. =)

-

Re:iMovie (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8538700)

whats with all this pro linux bashing ? i say go windows or mac if your interested in dvd authoring

Re:iMovie (1, Flamebait)

thelasttemptation (703311) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538819)

To be honest, give up on linux support. The main players don't even support dvd menus so why should they support the creation of them?

Mplayer's devs have just given up tring to support them, xine I'm not sure about, but last I knew, libdvdmenu wasn't updated for the longest time and that's what xine used.

Re:iMovie (0, Offtopic)

DarKrow (252112) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538887)

Before my DVD drive blew out, I used ogle for my DVD playing needs. Ogle supports menus FLAWLESSLY.

Re:iMovie (2, Funny)

Baldorg (758327) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538904)

That is because we actually care about having good Video and Audio quality, not retarded menus. Menus aren't part of movies, thus they are useless.

Re:iMovie (2, Interesting)

thinkliberty (593776) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538917)

With MOL (mac on linux) you can run imove and idvd it works great and it runs in linux! It doesn't run on X86 though, LOL and you still need to buy a mac to use OS X (legally)

You pay for software??? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8538644)

What kind of slashdot reader are you?

First TACO IS A FUCKHEAD post (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8538650)

Thanks for sharing (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8538655)

Wow this is amazing thanks for posting such an interesting read. *Yawn* Ill wait another hour for an SCO article

Re:Thanks for sharing (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8538838)

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it wont help your problem... (-1, Offtopic)

tsunamifirestorm (729508) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538660)

Macintosh's imovie and idvd allowed me, a relatively less-informed nerd, to create some cool looking menus. Does apple make any software like this for pcs?

Re:it wont help your problem... (0, Offtopic)

Trillan (597339) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538748)

I bought a DVD burner a year ago and never could get it working. I burnt my first DVD with my new Mac two days ago, and it worked perfectly first try (well, first try I waited long enough instead of deciding it had crashed -- it hadn't, the progress bar had just stopped updating for some reason).

I think the product Apple turned into Final Cut Pro used to have a Windows version, but it was dropped. No Linux version, though.

Re:it wont help your problem... (0)

Trillan (597339) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538759)

Beg pardon! I meant DVD Studio Pro, not Final Cut Pro. At least, I think I did. Apple's video products are hella confusing...

sorry for more of the obvious (1, Offtopic)

PanamaCongress (632634) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538661)

Apple is really ahead of the game here -- iDVD is very reliable and easy to use, though simplistic. Apple's DVD Studio Pro gives excellent authoring support for more sophisticated authoring. MacOS X is an excellent UNIX alternative.... and you won't ever have to pay SCO licensing fees for OSX... =)

.... and you won't ever have to pay SCO licensing (1)

syousef (465911) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538689)

Oh yeah? For how long?

Re:.... and you won't ever have to pay SCO licensi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8538845)

for 'ever'

can't read your own subject? :P

Re:.... and you won't ever have to pay SCO licensi (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8538886)

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Lameness filter encountered. Post aborted!
Reason: Don't use so many caps. It's like YELLING.

NEWSFLASH (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8538783)

iDVD doesn't run on Linux or Windows. Not that I'd expect a Mac user to know that.

Re:sorry for more of the obvious (5, Interesting)

Blic (672552) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538787)

Not trying to flame or troll, but I mean, seriously, if you posted asking about a software solution for your Mac and people started posting about all sorts of Windows and Linux software, wouldn't you be annoyed? Why is it that Mac people feel compelled to do this all the time? =)

That said, there's lots of packages for the PC like iDVD that work very well. The Nero tools are very well done, but I think have the same limitations as iDVD - very simplistic and template driven for the average user, with a lot of limitations as to what you can do.

DVD Studio Pro looks very nice, but aside from it not running on his computer, it's $500... =)

Personally I'm interested in what people say in this thread as I recently got a DVD burner and ran into the same problem. Of the few packages I've looked at, they all work very well, and I can make a nifty DVD with an animated menu with a few mouse clicks and drag-n-drop, but I'd be interested in hearing about tools that provide a lot more power and flexibility, specifically as regards menu creation.

Roxio Easy Media Creator 7 (5, Informative)

wo1verin3 (473094) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538668)

I'm pretty happy with this, although it was a bit on the pricey side (59.99 after 20 dollar rebate at best buy). the dvd builder app allowed me to add images or video clips (quicktime, mpeg1/2, etc) to my project, has a selection of 10+ themes I can use, you can choose your own background, button style from pre-defined themes, move the buttons anywhere you want on the main page, resize the buttons, create chapter menus by defining chapter points. When I created a longer movie, the auto detect scene automatically created chapter points at scene changes which was pretty sweet...

It's just damn cool :)

Re:Roxio Easy Media Creator 7 (4, Informative)

AresTheImpaler (570208) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538713)

you might want to see the gentoo forum (specially the "Documentation, Tips & Tricks" part.. of interest: http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic.php?t=117709 http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic.php?t=141710 http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic.php?t=71032

Re:Roxio Easy Media Creator 7 (3, Funny)

HisMother (413313) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538763)

> although it was a bit on the pricey side (59.99 after 20 dollar rebate at best buy)

$60 is pricey? Jesus, man, no wonder so many IT jobs are being offshored if that's too much to pay for software.

Re:Roxio Easy Media Creator 7 (1)

wo1verin3 (473094) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538848)

well for someone asking for something free, 60 dollars can seem pricey, especially if you only need it for one or two dvds.. but it was way cooler then 6 which I had a lot of problems with, including out of sync audio/video which isn't happening for me anymore...

Re:Roxio Easy Media Creator 7 (1)

dasmegabyte (267018) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538913)

Either way, this is no solution for a guy asking for "prosumer" features. I wouldn't be surprised to find that this was the "cookie cutter" software he was talking about...

Re:Roxio Easy Media Creator 7 (3, Interesting)

Up'emInIrons (723680) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538786)

That sounds a lot like the Rioxio Easy Media Creator 6 I have... which is adequate for a DVD n00b, but the OP was asking about the next level. Unless there is some phenominal improvements in version 7 over v6, which there apparently isn't [roxio.com], then there's no way I'd recommend it.

Re:Roxio Easy Media Creator 7 (4, Informative)

wo1verin3 (473094) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538835)

easy cd 6 stuck you to 6 items on a main menu and you couldn't move the items around.

Now you can put as many as you want, move them anyway, resize them. That was a big seller for me.

Also, you can now attach as many music files as you want to slides, add a bajillion different transitions, add special effects (like so the movie looks like it's playing in a camcorder view finder) or other cool things. you can add great text effect to it.. it really is leaps and bounds over verison 6. i also like the export to divx they now support..

I'd suggest DVDShrink (2, Redundant)

Operating Thetan (754308) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538669)

Grab DVD Shrink while you can. BTW, I love DVD Shrink. The latest version will burn on its own if you have Nero installed, so you don't even have to switch apps. The drag-and-drop reauthoring lets you cut out DVD extras so you can often fit just the movie on a 4.7GB DVD*R without recompression (but it has adjustable recompression built in, too). However, I don't believe the author is adding any new features--just bugfixes. (Wait, aren't "features" and "bugs" interchangeable words? Maybe there's hope yet! ;-) )

Damn. I should've phrased my question better- (2, Insightful)

purduephotog (218304) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538671)

- ask about any subject X and include 'Linux' and it'll get your answers posted to slashdot.

Frankly the best I've seen is for the Macintosh, which is unfortunate due to my high investment in PC hardware.

I currently make wedding 'dvds' from photographs using Studio 8.1 and, recently, have been experimenting making AVIs and converting them to MPGs. Just doesn't work well tho.

"Prosumer" (4, Funny)

Hatta (162192) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538678)

Prosumer? Come on now.

1992 called... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8538755)

they said your rightious indignation was overdue.

Re:"Prosumer" (2, Insightful)

Quarters (18322) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538869)

It's actually a valid and recognized term for video production equipment.

It's the level of equipment that, say, most wedding video producers use.

Re:"Prosumer" (2, Informative)

Eric Smith (4379) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538953)

It's a term Sony invented when their marketing department was trying to figure out how to get customers to pay $3000 for an ED-Beta VCR. They couldn't call it pro, so they came up with an intermediate level.

This thread required under the DMCA... (0, Flamebait)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538687)

Just what do our friends at the DVD CCA have to say about the "DVD Authoring" standard? Is this something home users who don't have thousands and thousands to spend will ever be able to do legally?

Re:This thread required under the DMCA... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8538741)

That's why iDVD is free and legal, right?

Thank you for trolling; please drive through.

Re:This thread required under the DMCA... (4, Informative)

TheWanderingHermit (513872) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538804)

CCA (and, by implication CSS), have NOTHING to do with being able to author DVDs at home -- or even doing professional authoring...

--UNLESS you want to scramble content so it can't be copied without using DeCSS.

I really don't see how the question even applies to home DVD authoring. I (and my friends) who do video production have been producing professionally authored DVDs for several years with no thought to DVD CCA at all.

And, while I'm here, in regards to software -- you're either going to have to pay >$400 for DVD authoring software on Windows, AND >$600 for true video editing software on Windows, as well, or go for a Mac.

It just doesn't exist yet in the FOSS world, or in the Linux world. While there are some capture and simple editing programs, there is nothing professional for either video editing or DVD authoring. The closest is Main Actor, put out by Main Concept, which is a pretty good editing program available for Linux or Windows. It's about $250.

Re:This thread required under the DMCA... (1)

MrResistor (120588) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538952)

Just what do our friends at the DVD CCA have to say about the "DVD Authoring" standard?

A whole lotta "nothin" as long as you aren't using CSS/region coding. Without that useless crap, it's basically just MPEG2 on a high capacity disc.

Is this something home users who don't have thousands and thousands to spend will ever be able to do legally?

Yes, right now. Even pro solutions are not so many thousands these days, unless you're talking serious mass-production. That's a little out of the scope of "authoring", though.

Ask your mac friend (4, Informative)

tedshultz (596089) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538690)

Author the DVD on your mac friend's computer, and then duplicate it on your own ;) IDVD and Imovie come free with Macs, and have a nice simplicity/power trade off. I know this is not useful for the person who posted, but is maybe something you want to think about when buying a new computer (plus, you know, chicks dig the mac).

Try DVD-Lab (5, Informative)

pcidevel (207951) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538691)

I recommend checking out www.vcdhelp.com [vcdhelp.com]. They have tons of links and guides and howtos on various tools. Here [dvdrhelp.com] is a link to their authoring page.

I use DVDLab to author dvd's myself, which you can find here [mediachance.com]. It works in most cases, but sometimes I use ifoedit [kewlhair.com] to do really advanced things. However, Ifoedit is not for the feint of heart.

Re:Try DVD-Lab (1)

Groove Holmes (723834) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538926)

Since you mentioned MediaChance - I've been using their image editing software PhotoBrush [mediachance.com] for a long time and have been very happy with it. Easy to use and a ton of useful tools. It isn't entirely off topic - you need something to make those button and menu images :)

Licensing problems (2, Interesting)

RenHoek (101570) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538693)

I believe the problem with DVD authoring is, that to write a decent program for it, you'll have to pay like $50.000 to get the specs.

Otherwise you'll have to painstakingly reverse the entire format. There is already great progress with this I presume since there are some nice open source programs.

But no professional grade software under Linux as far as I know..

Unfortunately (0, Offtopic)

2nd Post! (213333) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538694)

And I'm sure the anti-Apple mods will say this is overrated, flamebait, or whatnot, but there is a *reason* Apple's been spending big bucks on DVD production software.

$1,100 eMac and you get iDVD4, the *best* DVD software I have ever seen. For an additional $300, you can get DVD Studio Pro, which offers *everything* in DVD production (literally, since it can make professional level DVDs!)

Unfortunately those solutions *require* a Mac.

But if you want to make the best DVDs, *hands down*, and simply, you need a Mac.

Re:Unfortunately (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8538784)

True, and that's good info for people who haven't invested any money yet and are looking to start fresh with DVD authoring. I'm sure I'd think hard about a Mac if that was my goal...

But if the question is "I want to do better authoring under Linux, or Windows if I have to" then "get a Mac" is a piss poor answer to the question, and only serves annoy the person asking the question. As such, it probably DESERVES to be modded down, especially when its the 4th or 5th such answer given.

Re:Unfortunately (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8538899)

there is a reason you will get modded down,

because the question wastn "convince me to get a mac for dvd authoring"

it was explicity, i want to use linux.

RTFS (summary)

its not antimac, its that you are just reallly really pro mac, when all you have is a hammer .......

Re:Unfortunately (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8538909)

Adobe Encore is going to change that one, not quite as simple as DVD Studio Pro on Mac I don't think though I've never used that one. But it offers all the power you could imagine. You can get it bundled with Adobe Premiere Pro, and Adobe Audtion (formerly CoolEdit Pro), with a nice firewire card that includes analog to DV bridging for input and output for about $500. Beat that MAC people :P

Install Linux (+4, Informative) (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8538711)

install Linux in your computer (is shiny?) to burn teh DVDs and get rid of teh Evil Windoze. windoze crashes evry 15 minuten anyways --; this will likely help you, becuase Linux fixes everething. For exampel, a friend of my cousins' sister former roomnate uncle told me that a firend of him heard that this 1 dude took a Knoppix CD to this, like, village? to Zambodia or some country with monstrers and stuff,, andd teh CD caused teh wine or) water and bread &cookies to come out of teh dri solied. or something like that. thats' teh impressivel!

so, install Linux. Preferebaly a very free version like, Debian, and all yuor problems will be gone and M$ will be defeated and kylled completely; againn.

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KARMA WHORING ADVICE (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8538712)

Just invent some bullshit application, make something up about it's capabilities and get modded up +5 Informative. This guy doesn't have a fucking clue about DVD software, so why should the mods?

Mac? (0, Offtopic)

nacturation (646836) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538718)

No, really. If you're just doing this for fun and you don't want to spend anything (other than your time), then perhaps there's some Open Source project you can work with to help develop it to the level you need.

But if you're doing this to make money, there's no substitute for getting a Mac. Final Cut Express [apple.com] + DVD Studio [apple.com] is the combination you're looking for. Extremely professional results, all the flexibility you want, and support for the full range of DVD authoring options.

How about... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8538807)

if he's doing it because he has PC hardware and recieved a DVD writer as a gift?

Or how about you read the f'ing questions?

Or barring that, how about you read the f'ing comments so there aren't 15 people with the same answer that doesn't address the same questions they none of them read?

How about I adjust my expecations to the shockingly low standards of the enviroment? Yeah... It's working, I can feel it tingling.

I don't believe this (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8538719)

SCO_Employee asks: "After getting a much-awaited DVD-burner for Christmas, I've yet to use it to actually burn a video DVD. The main reason thus far: I've yet to find decent DVD-authoring software (either for Linux or Windows) that does what I want and doesn't have a high pricetag. So far, Freshmeat projects seem to be extremely alpha/beta quality, with not much support for buttons, animated menus/backgrounds, and all the other things that make commercial DVD's truly beautiful. Does anyone know of any affordable/free DVD authoring software that has these features? Preference to :::OPEN-SOURCE only::: or Linux software, but open source Windows software will do if there's nothing better."

Re:I don't believe this (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8538797)

Who the fuck is modding, damn man you fucking mod everything as flamebait you jerkoff

Why not buy it? (2, Funny)

fuzzy12345 (745891) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538727)

I haven't been able to find a decent car for free, either.

There's commercial software that does what you want, but you can't find anything for free. You could a) pay b) code c) whine to slashdot.

suprnova.org (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8538922)

The most free software available ANYWHERE. I got Adobe Premiere there. How does Adobe Premiere compare to Adobe Encore anyway?

There's no OSS to do [activity of interest] (0, Flamebait)

$javamaniac (310946) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538737)

This is your cue to start your own project or begin contributing to one of the "alpha/beta" ones. Or perhaps you think those of us who write software exist only to provide you with free toys?

Re:There's no OSS to do [activity of interest] (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8538743)

Er, yes. Do you actually have another purpose then?

Re:There's no OSS to do [activity of interest] (-1, Troll)

CurlyG (8268) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538766)

Um, fuck you, you whiny bitch? Is that the reply you're begging for?

The poster asked a perfectly reasonably question.

Re:There's no OSS to do [activity of interest] (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8538872)

And the javamaniac posted a perfeclty reasonable response.

Of course swearing and name calling help so much in having a civil discussion.

Some of us get a little sick of the 'gimmie' mentality. The poster asked a Gimmie, "I want 'high pricetag' software for free."

I think it is reasonable to suggest the lack of solutions is grounds for helping solve the problem rather than just asking for a handout.

Re:There's no OSS to do [activity of interest] (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8538866)

Oh wow, that's fantastic. This is why I love Open Sores so fucking much. I mean, you people are just so out there it's not even funny.

Next up, the world, eh? HAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Re:There's no OSS to do [activity of interest] (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8538906)

u sux cox

Depends... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8538738)

Copying DVDs? Use either DVD X Copy Platinum or DVD2One. Both can be found at alt.binaries.comp for $0, but.. they're for windows only. They might work under wine.

As for creating home movies and such.. DVD Maestro in alt.binaries.misc. You'll have to pay $0 though. You can afford that.

As for *good* linux versions, I haven't stumbled across one yet. There are a few okay versions, but they'll likely cause occasional glitches while burning.

I get more coasters when doing it through linux than windows, but I could have something configured wrong.

I can see where this is going... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8538752)

This is just going to degrade into one big "ooh, you really should get a Mac"-fest. Fuck that.

DVDRHELP and VCDHELP (5, Informative)

jonconley (749447) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538757)

http://www.dvdrhelp.com/ There are the guides, there are also several links to tools that you can use. You can go very expensive (scenarist, dvdmaestro), cheaper trialware (tmpg, spruceup) , or freeware tools (dvdauthor, ifoedit). Granted freeware isn't quite at the level of the others, but definitely a powerful improvement over the software that you have been using. You will probably learn alot more about the DVD format by using these guides/tools also.

Sigh (1, Insightful)

superpulpsicle (533373) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538761)

As much as I like linux. DVD authoring and fancy media stuff is really far better on mac and windows.

Re:Sigh (2, Funny)

null-sRc (593143) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538889)

As much as I like linux. "Linux is great, and I love it but " translation: linux sucks, but this is slashdot so putting it down will result in severe downmodding. I love gentoo BTW ;)

Re:Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8538948)

"Windows is great, but it's annoying having it crash every few hours, and getting all these viruses and worms on my computer, and paying a few hundred dollars every year or two for the obligatory upgrade"

Translation?

And for those who are stupid, Gentoo is a distribution of Linux, so you can't say (or imply) Gentoo is better than Linux.

stop with the mac comments (5, Insightful)

Siniset (615925) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538774)

Yes, we are all aware of how much better the mac is at dvd authoring, but for various reasons many of us are tied to x86 win/linux world. Many of us can only afford one computer, and have to work on that to get all our work done. If someone knows of some websites or programs that might be useful for someone using windows or linux.

mark me as -1 troll, but I get tired of this sort of thing on slashdot. He did not ask about what operating system would be best for dvd authoring, he's just looking for some software that'll work with his current OS.

dvdauthor (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8538782)

http://dvdauthor.sourceforge.net

it's lowlevel but you can do virtually anything you want -- custom nav, animated menu, etc. it'll even let you do some things that are illegal according to the spec. It works on many Unices and there's even a Cygwin port.

disclaimer: I wrote it.

dvdauthor (5, Informative)

skippy13 (174383) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538798)

A few links:
http://dvdauthor.sourceforge.net/
http:// dvd-slideshow.sourceforge.net/
http://www.pcxperi ence.org/james/dvd/presentations /20031016/medres/text0.html
http://www.tappin.me. uk/Linux/dvd.html
http://gecius.de/linux/dvd.html
http://www.dahnielson.com/primer.txt
http://pol idori.chapelperilous.net/
http://qdvdauthor.sourc eforge.net/
http://dvdstyler.sourceforge.net/

DVD-Lab (2, Informative)

sparkie (60749) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538799)

The best tool I've ever used for creating videos. Even supports making SVCDDVD's so I can burn my TV Episodes 5 at a time to a DVD can be found at http://www.mediachance.com/dvdlab/

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You're going to hate me... (5, Informative)

dspisak (257340) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538806)

Okay a few things to get out of the way.

First, most consumer oriented DVD authoring apps are absolute garbage and not worth your time if your looking to make something unique that is your own and you don't need templates written in stone to guide you.

On the PC side Ulead DVD Workshop was a decent app with some flexibility but it has its limitations. If you need something more powerful then DVD Workshop I would recommend Adobe Encore.

If you need something more advanced then Encore you are now entering the realm of Sonic Scenarist which is what is used by a lot of the pros for Hollywood movie DVDs. It comes with a very high pricetag depends on which version you opt for.

On the Mac side of things you've got iDVD 4 which is very nice for non-technical people. It has some nice features and flexiblity. If you need more then iDVD 4 skip ahead to DVD Studio Pro 2 which is IMHO one of the easiest to use fully featured DVD authoring apps I've had the pleasure to use. There are a very few things that DVDSP2 doesn't do that Sonic Scenarist does support and if you need them your usually in a postion to afford the cost of Scenarist.

Personally, if your going to be making money off DVD authoring I'd have a Mac around just for working in DVDSP2 and then use something like CinemaCraft SP on a very fast PC for MPEG-2 encoding (unless G5 encode speeds are fast enough for you, depends on your projects and turnaround time).

DVD authoring on Linux I have yet to try but this stuff is non-trivial to do even under Windows. DVDSP2 is great because it helps hide some of the underlying complexity, just enough so its not overwhelming but you do need to know a few things about the DVD spec. I suspect part of Linux's problem when it comes to DVD authoring packages is the mutli-application aspect of such a program. Remember an authoring package has to understand multiple media types for assest, be able to composite both 2D images and moving video as well as deal with sound, editing, compositing, not to mention DVD scripting and other things if it intends to allow you to do anything allowed withing the DVD-Video spec.

Keep in mind that some of these higher end authoring packages like Scenarist are so complicated that you have people whose whole job description can be summed up as "Sonic Scenarist Specialist" when it comes to DVD authoring.

Re:You're going to hate me... (2, Informative)

p24t (312611) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538881)

Adobe Encore is a great package. It's got 2 major drawbacks... First, it will only run under WinXP. (I had to install XP. grr) Secondly, its $549. That right there is enough to stop mostly anyone from buying it.

On the other hand, the DVDs you can make with Encore are absolutely phonemonal. I tried a bunch of windows software before Encore (cause I didn't want to install XP) and most have some major flaw or another. Nero wouldn't let me use an intro movie before the menu. Roxio wouldn't recompress the videos enough to fit what I wanted onto the DVD. Pinnacle and Intervideo also failed. Neither was all that great, or even easy to use. Standard 'consumer' apps always tend to fall short if you really want to do a nice job. Adobe will let you have multiple menus, menus with video/sound/still, you can make your own buttons with pictures/video, etc.

In the end, Adobe knows what they're doing, and they know that they can make people $550 if they really want a nice DVD.

For linux software to be great... (1)

47Ronin (39566) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538809)

Developers first need to see how successful ideas are implemented. Note Apple's iDVD page [apple.com] and the features [apple.com] that are provided. Note the attention to motion themes (demo requires QuickTime) [apple.com], chapter marking [apple.com] for scene selection, and slideshows [apple.com]. I'm sure linux developers know how to code this stuff. They just need a handle on what people WANT from an app, and implement it in a logical format.

In Linux - not too difficult. (5, Informative)

GiMP (10923) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538823)

First, please realize that the DVD menus are simply MPEG files. You can create a static menu with the gimp, or if you're into motion, use Cinelerra or another video editing program like MainActor, Final Cut Pro, or Adobe Premier.

Finally, you can add buttons to the menu with dvdauthor. There aren't many frontends for dvdauthor, but it is easy to use manually or you can kludge together your use of a video editor and qdvdauthor.

dvdlab for windows (1)

john collier (761466) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538833)

Check out dvd-lab. I have tried many windows packages. The free ones with the burner are junk. dvd workshop is ok, but it costs about $200. dvd-lab is $79 (last time I checked). It gives you great functionality (motion menus, ability to switch menus during navigation, ...) and a 30-day full demo.

This is not a drop-dead easy wizard oriented program but is easy enough to learn. Highly recommended. (and no, no personal interest). The menu that I wanted to do was have a video preview pane and 3 text listings of movies. As you scroll through the 3 items, the preview changes to the appropriate movie. Couldn't do it in any other program that I could find. www.mediachance.com [mediachance.com]

mac alternatives wasn't an option he needed (1)

spacepimp (664856) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538837)

is it just me or did the user ask about pc or linux applications? perhaps people should read a post before they reply. try the demo of roxio, if your looking to go on the cheap youll have to forgo a lot of the nice high end perks, of professional systems. and i fail to see how the buy a mac so you can get idvd installed makes sense.

Ulead DVDWS (2, Informative)

agslashdot (574098) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538901)

I've been using Ulead DVD Workshop [ulead.com] under Win2K, and I would heartily recommend it. Has customizable menus, buttons, text placement anywhere...works like a charm. Burned 50+ DVDs so far. Burns VCDs & SVCDs too. Cost - I got it free when I purchased my Pioneer DVR-A06 burner, maybe the cost is factored in the h/w. Dunno about easter eggs, I'm sure there must be a bunch of catholic folk at Ulead who can cater to that department :)

Some suggestions: (2, Informative)

Doppler00 (534739) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538912)

Ulead VideoStudio is about the best consumer grade DVD authoring application I've used on Windows. That's not saying much, but I think it's the best option. You can customize quite a few settings that more simplified programs don't have (such as bit rate, codec choices, etc). Roxio has DVD builder which is much simpler and you can't customize as much.

I've heard nothing but good things from my co-workers on DVD authoring on the Mac. I would consider buying one if I spent a lot of time doing DV video editing and such.

Everyone's busy bashing the Mac (1)

codemachine (245871) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538934)

But really, if you buy an eMac with a Superdrive, it will come with iDVD. If iDVD actually is good enough for what these people need, it *might* be cheaper to buy the new machine than it is to buy the equivalent Windows software.

If you're needing the professional Apple tools to meet the requirements though (the * Pro tools), then a Windows or Linux professional software solution is certainly cheaper.

Nero Vision and Adobe Encore DVD (1)

maxofthewell (696751) | more than 10 years ago | (#8538951)

Nero Vision is a very simple program to use with tons of features and the final product comes out looking real nice. If you are looking for something extremely advanced, then adobe encore dvd is the way to go. Both programs run on windows(obviously).
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