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the good tools --> for DVD authoring
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so, what is really good to create DVD menus?

DVD LAB PRO: http://www.videohelp.com/tools/DVD-lab_PRO ($250)
a great authoring tool that can do it all: still and animated menus of all kinds, chapter menus, subtitles, languages, transitions between menus, seamless branching, etc.
Expensive but great.

Sony DVD architect ($40): http://www.videohelp.com/tools/DVD_Architect
another great authoring tool that can do about all of it: animated and still menus, multiple audio and subitles, transitions, etc
Affordable. Probably the best you can buy for the price.

freeware:
DVD author: http://www.videohelp.com/tools/dvdauthor
with DVD author GUI http://www.videohelp.com/tools/DVDAuthorgui
or GUI for DVDauthor: http://www.videohelp.com/tools/GUI_for_dvdauthor
once you get used to it, you can do a lot of sweet things with this freeware tool. Unfortunately it will never reach the quality of the upper 2.
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I use Sony DVD Archhitect 4, and I really love it. I used to use Ulead DVD Workshop which was so limited, now I can do whatever I want, and being able to design menus and overlays in Adobe Photoshop and directly import the .PSD files is huge for me.

Another thing to consider is if you buy any Vegas package (the basic or pro) it comes with DVD Architect. I think you can get the basic combo for around $50, which is really a bargain.
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#3
i can chime in on dvdauthor and GUI apps for linux. these are NOT good quality. i've made a few menus and they ALWAYS turn out a bit disappointing.
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#4
is DVDFlick any good? i'm just looking to make a dvd of a couple of fanedits using the avi's. Not really looking into having a stylistic menu or anything. Just something very very simple.
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steelio2006 Wrote:is DVDFlick any good? i'm just looking to make a dvd of a couple of fanedits using the avi's. Not really looking into having a stylistic menu or anything. Just something very very simple.
I used to use it quite regularly, but have not touched it in years. The quality was reasonable considering, and if there is no DVD of the edit available - which I assume is the case - and you have no DivX player, you will probably find DVD Flick serves your purpose adequately.

EDIT: I am not sure that this is what the thread is meant to be about though....
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I use Encore. I get the whole adobe suite free through my school. I also have an older version I picked up and it was only around $100. It makes dvd authoring a snap once you figure out the interface which only took me a day or two to learn on my own through Youtube videos. If you have a .edu email address you should definitely look into getting a student package of Adobe CC.
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ThrowgnCpr Wrote:I use Sony DVD Archhitect 4

Six-years-younger Throw was a bit of a dummy. :-P
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Ken Poirier Wrote:I get the whole adobe suit free through my school.

Google Wrote:Did you mean Adobe Suite?

No, Google, I did not.
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Typos sure don't last long around here...
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