I have been using Adobe Encore, on a PC, to author my DVD's for many years. Since Adobe has stopped developing the software, I am looking for a replacement.
Specifically, there are two requirements that I need.
1) I want to be able to have multiple audio tracks.
2) When the main menu links to submenu pages, I must have the ability to set what button gets linked to (defaulted to) on the next submenu page. For example, on the main menu there will be two links, "Play" and "Scenes". Play will just start playback at Ch1. Scenes will link to submenu pg1 with the default selection on the "next" button. Then hitting enter will bring you to sub pg 2, again with the default selection on the "next" button. This would continue until when you link to the last sub page the default selection would then be on the "prev" button, since there are no more "next" pages to go to. This is hard to explain, but the idea is that once you select the "scenes" button from the main menu, you can navigate through all the sub menu pages by just hitting the "enter" button. You'd get to the end of the sub pages then the prev buttons would be the default all the way back to the first sub page, which would then have the next button highlighted again.
Anyway, I have tried Sony DVD Architect, but the demo keeps crashing on me. I also tried Magix Video Pro X5, but it did not allow the custom navigation. Most consumer level authoring packages don't allow either of these requirements.
Can anyone give me suggestions on other authoring tools that will give me this level of customization, perhaps TMPGEnc Video Mastering Works 5?
I would rather ask now, then waste lots of time downloading trials, etc.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
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Thread: Replacement for Adobe Encore?
Why do you need a replacement ?
It's not as if there is going to be some new developments to the DVD-video standard.
Encore has remained largely unchanged in terms of DVD authoring for the last few versions.
Yeah, I agree with poisondeathray. Unless Adobe eventually rolled out scripting for Encore for advanced effects like resume, there is no need to switch to any alternative program for DVD authoring. Even their basic Blu-Ray authoring is decent.
I would just stick with it.
I thought about that.
The one issue I always had with Encore is the encoding. The quality is just not very good. I ended up doing the encoding to a mpeg2 file in my editor (Pinnacle Studio 15), then not having Encore "transcode" it. But that limits me to only author to DVD spec, and not have the option to author to Blu-Ray. I would rather import the HD file into the authoring tool, author the menus, navigation, and chapters, then be able to choose DVD or Blu-Ray from there.
So I figured I would see what else is available that would meet all my needs.
You can expand on what you're doing -- move all of the encoding -- BR and DVD to a tool outside of Encore. (I'm not sure Pinnacle is actually much of an improvement)
You can create your structure in Encore, and when you're ready to flip from DVD to BR, just right click and replace the existing media file in Encore to the proper one, and switch the project type. Encore will repopulate your timelines with the new media.
BTW, as much as I like the higher functions of Encore, AVStoDVD is a good tool for basic DVDs.
I know its hard to believe, but Pinnacle creates a much higher quality encode than I could ever get out of Encore.
Thanks for the suggestion on just replacing the media file. I will have to try that.
I'm still interested in hearing if there is something else that could replace Encore.