DVD Authoring

Trick out home videos with a fun, featureful menu system that viewers can navigate from a regular DVD player.

Figures 6 and 7 show the DVD running on my iBook.

Figure 6. The DVD Running on My iBook, with the Secret Link Selected

Figure 7. One of the Slides Running on My iBook's DVD Player


Although dvdauthor doesn't have the easy-to-use interface of professional applications, it provides all you need to make DVDs to the same standards as Hollywood uses, merely for the price of DVD-R media. Hopefully, this article has shown you the basics of DVD authoring and provided you with some ideas for your own applications. Get creating!

Ian Pointer is an unemployed computer science graduate in the UK who has far too many DVDs in his house and now plans to make more. He can be reached at ian@snappishproductions.com.



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The tutorial was great, but I

JR's picture

The tutorial was great, but I am still confused about something. I wanted to know more about the process of authoring a DVD to work on as many players as possible. This was still about creating cool menus and stuff like that. Where do I read more about the authoring process? Thanks.

latest advancements

crackpipe's picture

Still one of the best tutorials out there, all these years later. I wonder if there is a similar tutorial written recently with the latest linux command line and gui front-ends for authoring and editing. I've found the devil is in the details with linux authoring. It takes several tools to get the background music and menus to be just right. Or wipes and graphics. These tools seem to be around in windows so I know there must be much better linux analogues?

Bake your own!

Marcus Brown's picture

You might like to check out an application I've written that does the work for you:

A other tutorial

Brunetton's picture

Here is a other tutorial, in French this time. May be usefull


Although dvdauthor doesn't ha

Anonymous's picture

Although dvdauthor doesn't have the easy-to-use interface of professional applications,

This is insulting. Although many new-media monkeys today use point and drool applications in a professional setting, a professional applications is quite likely to have a scriptable "small and sharp tool" interface that will allow it to be automated, pipelined or in some other way made to fit the working environment and methods.

The programmer(s) can't know how (another) user will use the tools and should make no assumptions! And it is particularly the professionals that need to be able to throw away repetitive wizards and other joe random user interfaces and make work after work happen the right way. Every time. And when a change is needed, you make the change and only the change and re-run the process etc.

Maybe Milk of Magnesia would

Anonymous's picture

Maybe Milk of Magnesia would help you.

DV tape w. DateTime > Subtitle in Linux ?

Anonymous's picture

Is there any programs for linux that grabs the datecode from a dvstream and creates subtitles accordingly ?

I've been using DV sub maker for windows to grab the datetime but would like to go linux.
- http://icqphone.ru/video2tv/


Re: DV tape w. DateTime > Subtitle in Linux ?

Anonymous's picture

You can try http://dv2sub.sf.net

Re: DVD Authoring

Anonymous's picture

I've posted a DVD Authoring on Linux primer at my website. It's still a work in progress but might be usefull to others as it is.

Anders Dahnielson

Re: DVD Authoring

ianpointer's picture

Just a couple of points:

I got mixed up between Japan's placement in Region 2 and what TV format it uses. Although the country is in Region 2 like Europe, it uses NTSC instead of PAL/SECAM. Apologies for that error.

Secondly, in the time since I wrote this article, the dvdauthor team have been busy improving the application. One of the main changes has been to switch to using XML to lay out the title information, thus eliminating some of the huge command-lines in my tutorial. They have a brief guide to the new format here.