Recommended software to create DVD/BluRay with menu?

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Ulrich W.

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Recommended software to create DVD/BluRay with menu?

PostMon Dec 06, 2021 8:39 pm

DaVinci Resolve lacks functions to master a DVD or BluRay with menus (as commercial discs have).
Is there a recommendation for such software that preferably integrates nicely with Resolve?
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Re: Recommended software to create DVD/BluRay with menu?

PostMon Dec 06, 2021 11:09 pm

For the mac - you are limited to a few choices - I think for doing higher end BluRay - your only choice is really Adobe Encore.

I like to use Episode to do my DVD encodes because I think it's still the best there ever was for this. I still use DVD SP to make my DVD's - only cuz I know the software well, and the authoring is solid with it.

I have encore but to be honest, most of my clients are happy with a simple BluRay and I just use toast.

I know you can use Encore to do both though... but Toast is about as simple as it gets.

people care more about the quality of the video than flashy splash screens (in my experience) - but I guess for high end production for Replication - Encore would be it. (I would still use Episode to encode with - just cuz)

Im also interested in other replies esp for mac users on this topic - maybe there is a hidden gem that I don't know about either...
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Re: Recommended software to create DVD/BluRay with menu?

PostTue Dec 07, 2021 8:55 pm

Resolve has not much to do with Blu-ray or DVD. You have no direct exports and even no complaint DVD or BD stream exports.
You just export intermediate master (ProRes, DNxHR etc.) and do rest in external apps. There is nothing special about it.

Most consumer DVD/BD tools are gone. Not many options there. I would probably recommend:
https://tmpgenc.pegasys-inc.com/en/product/taw6.html
one of the last maintained tools. On Mac- no idea. Toast ?

Encore is a prosumer tool- no one uses it for real mastering. It's dead product as well.
Professional BD tool still cost quite a lot of money.
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Re: Recommended software to create DVD/BluRay with menu?

PostWed Dec 08, 2021 1:35 am

Encore was horrible, one of the worst softwares ever made for DVD authoring.
On the Mac Toast is a solution with limited options, for DVD their old DVD Studio Pro is still a good software for professional work if you can find an old Mac with an old MacOS.
Final Cut Pro X can make simple BluRays too.

Are you German (guessing from the name)? Then PM please and I can send you my book on DVD authoring.

To get DVD-compliant streams out of DR, there is the newest version of the MainConcept plug-in now (1.2).
I have not tested it yet, but here is the news from them:
"The new DVD render profiles enable you to create streams that are compliant with common DVD authoring tools on all platforms—Windows, Linux and macOS systems (Intel as well as M1-based)."
Don't approach Resolve with your expectations from other NLEs! They are all different.
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Re: Recommended software to create DVD/BluRay with menu?

PostWed Dec 08, 2021 1:25 pm

Streams is one thing but actual DVD is another. If you don't need menus then it's easier, but if you want menus then not many solutions exist.
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Re: Recommended software to create DVD/BluRay with menu?

PostWed Dec 08, 2021 1:31 pm

Yep, needs some time warp.
Don't approach Resolve with your expectations from other NLEs! They are all different.
Resolve Studio 17.4.3 , macOS 12.1
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