In this guide you will need dvdauthorgui for our menu creations , pgcedit for authoring all commands , and imagetools too burn final compilation dvd
This is how to menu and author 6 preview titles I ripped from various dvds , and a basic menu to navigate it all
In dvdauthorgui we will need to include one of our main titles or it wont do anything with the menu's , so in short here is my way of creating the menu first , this relates to VTSM menu items , where as I was using title 1 as the menu beforehand
So lets create our menu
In this example I will use 6 menu's , and add 1 title just to make dvdauthorgui happy
Note : For those trying too run this program under windows 98 , you will need to have a dvd player software installed , and vb runtime 6 files installed
Please visit dvdauthorgui site for 2 special plugins you might also require
Now back in dvdauthorgui we click that film looking icon
As this needs to use the first title in your dvd compilation you will need to use vobedit to demux the video and audio stream from the vob so they can be used here
If your first title is an mpeg , please visit my mpeg too dvd easy guide as it explains the operation in detail as to how to demux mpegs and convert the audio to ac3 format
this link is provided at the end of this guide down below
Ok , back in dvdauthorgui we now have
My video and audio streams from my first title , just to make it happy
Now we click this
Here I will select my first menu , it is already converted into an m2v , as for audio , just cancel that one , and go from there
As you can see , I have added 1 button
Dvdauthorgui version 1.01 is now capable of showing users where there buttons will be as in
Very nice work liquid217 , I'm a happy spud now , and it saves me explaining it to people here (those I teach how to use pcs here where I live)
On with the rest of the guide ...
Oops , you can now also skip the usage of pixel ruler to see where buttons lign up , again , thanks liquid217
But the rest of the information tied up with pixel ruler is still valid in moving things and how to use certain buttons .
Now just click accept button
I will now add my other 5 menus in the same manner
Then after all have been added
And here they are
Now sellect the first one , and we need to add the button area's , so double click the first one and I'll show you how this works
As this menu needs another button , hit
As you can see in this next picture I am using pixel ruler to get best alignment , just grab that lower slider , move it a tad to the right , and use that little arrow button to slowly adjust it too the left until the black above the button touches pixel ruler
Now move pixel ruler over to the right , and to adjust the length , use the slider where the hand cursor is to bring it close to pixel ruler , not on it , when close , you can now tap at the right arrow key on your keyboard till the black just touches pixel ruler
Now to deal with the height , just grab that slider and drag it below where pixel ruler is , and where the arrow cursor is in my picture , this is the adjustment for height , so bring this adjuster down to about 40 everytime you go to a new button as it just makes it easier to grab
To bring this button up to our upper most line for the button , keep tapping this next button till that black hits pixel ruler
Now place pixel ruler into a position thats just right below where we want this button to be and click this slider , then use the up arrow key on the keyboard to adjust it until the black is just touching pixel ruler again
Now repeat these steps for button two , but remember , you must click this first before you start editing , or you will be messing with that previous button
When you have completed this you click ACCEPT
Now go back and this time sellect menu 2 , and repeat the previous button knowhow
Remember , all menus for this guide from menu 2 to menu 6 have 3 buttons each
After you have added 3 buttons to menu 2 , you repeat the process till you complete menu 6 , remember always use the ACCEPT button when you have completed each menu
Well now , there's only one thing to do now , hit
In the next window , give it a name and hit save
This name will be used to create a folder , and the dvd will be compiled and placed inside that folder , so let it rip , and trust me , it dose what I say its about to do
Now that thats been completed , you can close dvdauthorgui and we go over to pgcedit , so do that now and select open dvd from the menu
Locate , in this case folder called newdvd , in there will be two folders called AUDIO_TS and VIDEO_TS , you just select the folder VIDEO_TS , and hit the ok button
This appears now
Check that box for VTS , and select scan button , then when thats done hit that close button
Now we have this , you might want to check out those commands that from what I can guess , came from dvdauthorgui , but I'll be making changes in those things later anyway , I prefer to delete every pre and post command found
The next thing I would do is bring in my other titles , as each of my menu's dose have 1 button that plays a title , so I need to bring in another 5 titles
Before we see this , about each menu I have
All menu's have a thumbnail of the title it relates too
Menu1 has play title 1 button , and 1 button for next menu
Menu2 has same as prior menu , but includes 1 button too return to previous menu
Menu 3 , Menu 4 , Menu 5 and Menu 6 are the same as Menu 2
Menu 6 next button , returns to Menu 1
Hope thats not too complicated for you too understand
Now to import my 5 other titles
Now we locate our second title and when we do , we get this box
Repeat till all titles are imported until we get here
Now is the best time to do this
The buttons have been correctly made in dvdauthorgui , so we done need to move those about .
Ok , now to take care of some colour stuff
Place a dvd in your pc dvd drive , when player software fires up , close it , and run another instance of pgcedit , and aim it at that dvd in the dvd drive
An error will happen , just ignor it , and as soon as its loaded , double click on any menu with ?b on it (number) , and we get this in the next window , hit that copy button , then go back to your dvd in pgcedit , and double click one of your menu's , and paste this info in
Once you have got this far , you can now close that pgcedit that is showing the dvd drive contents
Now you can copy this info in your menu as it has already been safely pasted into it , too all other menu's , once completed , save the dvd again
Right click on the first VTSM menu , and select button's , then hit that EDIT button , now hit
As you can see , I now have colours to play with since I did that trick with a dvd in the dvd drive
So play with them , find ones that work well for highlight and sellected buttons , then click OK
Now thats done you need to do this
Before closing this window , you must change this in order for your colour scheme to become effective
You should use this slider to move from button to button and check the same colour sceme is being used
When thats done , hit ok , then hit close in the previous window , and repeat the process again for all menu's
When done , save dvd
Remember when you go into each menu editor from now on , you must go to Edit , Paste Colour Scheme first , and change all the buttons so they use this scheme
We have yet to make connections between titles and menu's so I'll start at the very top in this dvd
Ok , thats not ok , it should be changed to these
Now for here
This needs these
You might as well visit everything else and delete all commands as they are crap , and I'll give you working replacements
Now for each menu from here on , that mov thing gose up by 1
That link thing also gose up by 1
So in next menu it is (menu 2)
In menu 3 , they go up by 1 again
Hope your getting this , continue on
Now remember that yellow stuff in the above picture , notice how there are 6 white lines , followed by six yellow lines , this is a direct relashionship between ROOTM menu , and the actual number of menu's we have , 6 in total , so if there had been 7 , then you guessed correctly , there would have been 7 white , and 7 yellow lines , along with a 7th VTSM menu , plus a 7th title included
When completed this , save dvd again
Now we come to the title commands and these are also related to the above
Each title will have that second command
As for that one above , if you guessed the next title has that mov 2 thing , your correct
Title 3 dose the same thing , its mov is 3
And so on
when done save dvd
Ok , only two thing to fix now , so double click on your first menu and look here
There should only be one 255 specified here where the cursor is , if you have one in that big box above , set that one too "0"
Do this for all menu's and save dvd
Now before we forget something really important , lets tell our buttons what they actually do shall we
For the first menu , button 1 (plays first title - 1)
For button 2 (go to next menu)
Close that , and go to the next menu set of buttons
Menu 2 - button 1 is
Button 2 is (return to previous menu)
Button 3 is (go to next menu)
Now as you can see , each main button in the menu's play a title
Each button with the text RETURN on it gose back to previous menu
Each button with the text NEXT gose to next menu
You can see this if you move the button editor over to the right , add the command required to link to a menu , then click that button and the menu it is meant to go too will highlight itself in the main window for a few seconds , so you'll see if you have connected to the correct item or not
Now when you get to menu 6 , the next button (3) , now gose to menu 1 as in
Ok save the dvd , now having a sticky at all this work I have noticed we need something else
In order for this to really work and have those titles return to the respective menus they were called from when they end playing we need to create these 2 last items in this picture
To do this , just right click that VGM and select
And you get this
Now do that again only on that TITLEM
Now you gets it (dont worry about what I have in that previous picture , I was troubleshooting things)
Now to modify some commands to make it work as expected
These are to be added only to TITLEM
Now for that other dummy pgc
Now revisit each main title and replace that post command with this one
You need to do that for all the main titles , only the post command needs changing , sorry for that one
So in rapping it up you only needed to add these last two items
And the pre and post command I just mentioned
Now save the dvd , play it back and presto , when a title ends playback , it now returns to the menu that called it
Hows that for work ...
You may get some problems in playback in nero as I have , but this has been burn tested and works accordingly without problems
I prefer to use ifoedit to play test all my compilations as its free , so long as you have the appropriate required addon files for directshow and audio ac3 handling , it dose all I need , and a great trouble shooter as well for menu's
IMAGETOOLS - BURNING DVD
Prior to burning those files contained in you VIDEO_TS folder on you hard drive , please delete that pgcedit backup folder first
Under xp with nero 6 api installed , its simple to use imagetools to burn our project with , only 3 things to do here and all have a hand cursor on them
1 : Slow your burning down
2: Locate our project dirrectory
Now place a blank dvd in the unit
3: Hit that burn button , and burn this project
4: be happy
Imagetools may also work with other api that support dvd burning , but I personally have not tested it
Hope you enjoy this as much as it drove me nutts
For help , you can pm me on this guide
PS : I noticed I mixed widescreen with normal , pgcedit seems to be the only program that dosent worry about this , which is cool
More Guides coming your way
1: How to create a menu using an actual title
2: How to create those menu pics as in Blair Witch Project a diferent way
This second one dosent do them the way its expected , but my way allows any graphics and 32 thousand colours , nice
I prefer to use an icon as the default "your butt is here mate" , nice effect , and unlimited possibilities , especially for all you vehicle crazed people .... Hows a holden monaro in the menu sound
3: Dvd's with selectable audio stream via submenu
4: Dvd's with selectable subtitles via sub menu
5: creating stackable menu's
Users may have seen where a menu item seen in pgcedit has 36 or more buttons , but spread over a number of cells .
These I edit using vobedit .
6: Motion menu's (avisynth + the gimp + virtualdub + bbmpeg)
Its motion menu's with either still or motion buttons my way
That should just about cover 85% of the required guides for pgcedit
Alot of work just to help newbies
Other Guides :
Frameserving correctly from virtualdub to bbmpeg
Mpeg demultiplexing , audio conversion
All this should keep newbies moving in the right dirrection
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nice guide (at least the dvdauthorgui part. Im not very experienced with pgcedit). You may want to revise the dvdauthorgui part in the near future, since i have added an overlay to the preview screen. See the new test version: http://www.videohelp.com/~liquid217/dvdauthorgui.pl?p=news
Well , its installed , the new version , and its happy , mind you I still have a problem with 98 even with vbruntime 6 installed and power dvd on the other system , it just dose not want too play that pc ... A reload I thinks is in order for it ...
As for a few members , thanks for all the chearfull remarks on the guide , just happy it gets results ...
And , while the name dose have "easy" in it , it refers to the ability to reuse those commands in pgcedit more than anything else , so it would seem to be , maybe a little misleading ..
I am sure if newbies were to take it slowly , they would beable to perform the tasks required in the guide ..
As for that green ruler question , you have a pm waiting for you ..
I noticed one has mention pro's and con's , and beter ways of doing it , but none mentioned I see , or atleast free , but I'll give that a shot ...
How about buy the dvd ...
That raps it up ... new guide ... another 2 thursday , my bov guide and motion menu with motion buttons will be completed ... then only about 6 more to go .
It won't be possible to allow the gui to continue to the authoring step without adding at least one title. That is a stipulation in dvdauthor that at least one title be present. I might make a suggestion and simply create a single small vob file, that you can add for a title.
DVDAuthorGUI 1.002 (non test release) should be out within the next few days.
Nice guide but I wouldn't call it easy.
Cons: Way too complicated!
There are easier ways to do all this.
Hey, where can I find that groovy green pixel ruler?
Nice guide. I like to find free ways to do everything, and I always like learning more about PgcEdit. Thanks for your work!
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I need help I never burned DVD before. I need to know how to burn multiple dvd on one dvd disk.
I would like to inform the best way to burn Image is ti use ISO-burner free util. It is extremely easy to use and yet never failed me
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