DVD Authoring Software Recommendation?

 
Old 12-31-03, 11:04 PM
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DVD Authoring Software Recommendation?

I'm not sure if this is the right forum to ask so my apology if this is off-topic.

Do you have a recommendation of a DVD authoring software that will let you produce something on the par of commercial DVDs if you have the talent and the will?

I've only tried ULEAD VideoStudio 7 and it lacks a lot of important features such as setting anamorphic flags, adding subtitles, creating complex menu trees, and many others.
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Old 12-31-03, 11:19 PM
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I use Final Cut Pro! It is very powerful and very easy to use. However, it is not cheap.
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Old 12-31-03, 11:21 PM
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Originally posted by SCHMEGGA
I use Final Cut Pro! It is very powerful and very easy to use. However, it is not cheap.
I keep hearing praises for Final Cut Pro. Maybe the answer to the question is buy a Mac
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This is a computer-related question, and so it really belongs in the computer forum.

Final Cut Pro has nothing to do with DVD-authoring. It is a video editor. The Mac does have a powerful DVD authoring program in DVD Studio Pro.

Personally, I use a PC and Adobe Encore DVD. I really love it, and it produces some very professional looking discs.
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Personally, I use a PC and Adobe Encore DVD. I really love it, and it produces some very professional looking discs.
But is it as hard to use as it looks...?

hell, I haven't even come anywhere near close to learning half of Photoshop yet...
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Old 01-01-04, 10:47 AM
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I like DVD Architect by Sonic Foundry... couldn't be easier to produce near professional quality discs... however, it's only available as part of the $400 package with vegas video now. I still need to give encore a whirl to see if I like it... sounds pretty good.
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Old 01-01-04, 11:45 AM
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Originally posted by Rogue588
But is it as hard to use as it looks...?
Adobe Encore and DVDS Studio Pro will are the closest thing you'll get to commercial DVD production without spending thousands on Sonic Scenarist. I found DVD Studio Pro to be more "user friendly" than Encore.
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But is it as hard to use as it looks...?
If you're at all familiar with the Adobe interface, you've got a head start. Basically, it took me about an hour to get aquainted with the program.

Granted, I already knew a lot about DVD authoring from using DVD Maestro, so, for me, it was just a matter of getting used to a new of doing things.

I don't think Encore is any more difficult to learn than any other of Adobe's programs.
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Old 01-03-04, 03:06 AM
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Of the Adobe Difficulty Scale, I found Encore to be easier to learn than Photoshop and perhaps on par with Premiere.

But that's just my personal opinion. It honestly didn't take me long to get good quality results with Encore. It was fairly intuitive to use.

And now that I've played with it for a little while, I have to say that I love it.
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I geuss the real question is how much are you looking to spend and what quality (Professional or just for fun) discs are you looking to produce?

A inexpencive program ($99.99) that is a editing program with DVD Authoring in it is MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2004.

It's not bad and the discs come out pretty good.
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DVD-lab. Unless you're a professional dvd author there's no other. It's cheap and it's easy to use even though it's features are quite advanced.
Much better than Encore which looks good but just doesn't deliver IMO.

www.mediachance.com
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this is an interesting topic.
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Originally posted by Gunde
DVD-lab. Unless you're a professional dvd author there's no other. It's cheap and it's easy to use even though it's features are quite advanced.
Much better than Encore which looks good but just doesn't deliver IMO.

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I'm curious - what makes you say Encore "doesn't deliver?" I haven't spent too much time with it, but the one disc I have made has been very nice.
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DVD-lab. Unless you're a professional dvd author there's no other. It's cheap and it's easy to use even though it's features are quite advanced.
Much better than Encore which looks good but just doesn't deliver IMO.

www.mediachance.com
Nice stuff, especially considering it's basically the work of one man. The menu transitions are an interesting touch. This absolutely buries any of the mid range products (DVD Workshop, DVDit!, etc.) I'll have to d/l the new version and give it a try. The biggest drawback is lack of multiple audio tracks and no subtitles.
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Wow. I didn't realize there're so many out there. I got hold of Encore and so far, I like it. I'm already familiar with Photoshop interface and objects. I'm going to look at DVD-lab and ULEAD DVD Workshop as well.

Thanks for the suggestions.
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