KDE DVDAuthor Wizard

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Description:

This wizard will allow you to create a DVD from one or more DVD compatible MPEG-2 files. It is designed to be very easy to use. All you need to do is add one or multiple files to the playlist and answer the questions that follow.

You can add a menu that will contain animated thumbnails of the files in the playlist. Creating a menu is optional.

Features include:

* Playlist editor
* DVD menu with multiple pages
* Animated thumbnails in the menu
* Customisable menu graphics
* Add soundtrack from OGG or MP3
* Antialiased graphics prevent flickering on TV
* Both Widescreen and standard 4 support
* ISO DVD Image creation
* MPEG2 DVD compatibility checking
* Support for both PAL and NTSC menus

Requirements:

* Kommander >= 1.0 (part of kdewebdev >= 3.3.0)
* ImageMagick 6.2 or 6.3
* MJPEGTools
* Sox
* DVDAuthor >= 0.6.11
* Transcode

Not required (but recommended):

* Xine-UI (for testing the DVD)
* K3B

How to Install:

Just unpack the archive and run the 'Installer.kmdr' script. That's it!


Please contact me if you experience a problem.


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*** IMPORTANT ***

Because ImageMagick developers keep changing the commandline syntax for every single version, the KDE DVD Authoring Wizard does not work with versions older than 6.1.0. Also, newer versions are not compatible with their predecessors. That's why you need to make sure that your DVDAuthor version is newer than ImageMagick, because it uses ImageMagick for menu processing.

Please send your complaints about this mess to the ImageMagick mailing list.
Last changelog:

14 years ago

VERSION 0.90 ( August 8th 2005 )

* Initial release

VERSION 0.91 ( August 10th 2005 )

* Improved Debug Output
* Running wizard without installing should really work now

VERSION 0.92 ( August 12th 2005 )

* Menu colors conform to Rec.601 specification
* Experimental support for generating NTSC menus
* Fix for syntax change in new MPlayer version
* Fixed selection highlights in DVD menu
* Add MPlayer output to debug output
* Detect MPlayer failures

VERSION 0.93 ( August 17th 2005 )

* Added dependency check for 'bc'
* Added more font search paths
* Make sure that Bash is used to run script

VERSION 0.94 ( August 29th 2005 )

* Fixed missing translations
* Added detection for ImageMagick problems
* Show DVDAuthor warnings, if any
* Fixed menus with > 9 pages
* Add character encoding to DVDAuthor XML file
* Return to menu after playing finished
* Force thumb title length limit

VERSION 0.95 ( September 5th 2005 )

* ImageMagick problem detection should really work
* Added workaround for mp2enc path length limit bug
* Don't fail when MPEG files are not DVD compatible
* Detect DVDAuthor failures
* Added button for DVD compatibility checking

VERSION 0.96 ( September 20th 2005 )

* Fixed detection of DVDAuthor problems
* Show DVDAuthor error message on failure
* Improve KDE path detection in Installer

VERSION 1.00 ( November 19th 2005 )

* Renamed version 0.96 to 1.0 Final.

VERSION 1.01 ( December 3rd 2005 )

* Generate proper 29.97 FPS NTSC menus
* Support DVD-ISO burning with K3B 0.12.x
* Improved MPlex/SPUMux error detection
* Fixed SPUMux problem with multipage NTSC menus
* Huge performance improvement in Playlist editor

VERSION 1.02 ( December 7th 2005 )

* Fixes to get wizard to work on KDE 3.5

VERSION 1.03 ( December 14th 2005 )

* Fix to work with old MJPEGTools (< 1.8.0) again

VERSION 1.04 ( December 17th 2005 )

* Add font paths for Ubuntu Breezy Badger

VERSION 1.04b ( Januari 18th 2006 )

* Detect buggy BASH version (BASH 3.1)

VERSION 1.05 ( February 10th 2006 )

* Work around BASH 3.1 problem
* Work around DVDAuthor bug in Debian Etch

VERSION 1.1 ( March 7th 2006 )

* Fix "file not found" issue in preview step
* Add support for defining chapters for each MPEG file

VERSION 1.2 ( April 9th 2006 )

* Major code cleanup, more readable now
* Drop mplayer dependency
* Automatic compatibility check of MPEG files
* Check if ISO will fit on DVD media
* Allow using any video file as menu background

VERSION 1.2.1 ( April 12th 2006 )

* Fix previews of fonts with spaces in filename

VERSION 1.2.2 ( May 5th 2006 )

* Fix handling of images with page information
* Also find personal fonts in $HOME/.fonts
* Check validity of soundtrack file before authoring
* Add second progress bar for multipage menus

VERSION 1.3.0 ( May 14th 2006 )

* Change directory structure, easier for distributors
* Allow user to customize DVDAuthor XML file
* Possibility to skip beginning of thumbnail animation
* Add 'washout' effect to animated menu background
* Improved responsiveness of wizard
* Creating menu preview is much faster now
* Fix trailing slash problem
* Several small fixes all over


VERSION 1.4.0 ( September 9th 2006 )

* Allow longer title, subtitle and movie titles in menu
* Better support for special characters
* Find more fonts
* Check MPEG files only before authoring step
* Improved wizard layout
* Check if user is mixing PAL and NTSC files
* Check if user is mixing 16:9 and 4 files

VERSION 1.4.1 ( September 9th 2006 )

* Fix a bug in aspect ratio checking

VERSION 1.4.2 ( December 1st 2006 )

* Fixed "Check Compatibility" button
* Read chapter info from DVDAuthor XML

VERSION 1.4.3 ( Januari 13th 2007)

* Work around problems in ImageMagick 6.3
* Refuse to run when DVDAuthor 0.6.12 installed
* Small improvements in wizard layout

VERSION 1.4.4 ( March 3rd 2007 )

* Support DVDAuthor 0.6.14
* Some minor little improvements here and there

VERSION 1.4.5 ( March 11th 2007 )

* Fix 'Add to List' button on Ubuntu Linux

VERSION 1.4.6 ( May 29th 2007 )

* 'Check Compatibility' button supports recent dvdauthor versions
* Include small label font fix, by Timo BuíŸhaus

gmontalbine

15 years ago

I have cetainly messed up this msg. The beginning lines in konsol should be:

[gary@localhost DVDAuthorWizard]$ ./Installer.kmdr
./Installer.kmdr: line 1: syntax error near unexpected token `

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gmontalbine

15 years ago

I am using ML2006 and KDE 3.4.2. First problem. When I unpacked it created this directory: "DVDAuthorWizard 0.96". Note the space between "d and 0". I could not cd into this directory. Konsole did not recognize the space. I renamed the directoy and eliminated the 0.96. Also the owner of the directory files was 1000. I changed that to gary. Made Installer.kmdr executable. My tries:

[gary@localhost DVDAuthorWizard]$ ./Installer.kmdr
./Installer.kmdr: line 1: syntax error near unexpected token `

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meneerdik

15 years ago

My server seems to work again.

Have fun!

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meneerdik

15 years ago

The harddisk of my server seems to have died. I hope to get a chance to visit a hardware store this week and get the server back up.

In the mean time, I am applying for a sourceforge account.

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Khan

15 years ago

One option I would love to see is a setting to allow for a specifc time into a movie for the animated menu buttons. An example would be if I wanted to move my old Doctor Who videos to a DVD and create animated buttons for the episodes, I would need to grab the frames about 30 seconds in in order to get past the opening credits. Unlike most modern TV shows, the old shows used to start with the credits and then the episode. If I could tell the application grab this point in time, that would rock. Thanks.

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kernelpanic

15 years ago

for the exact same reason, some cool dudes forked imagemagick and created graphicsmagick. Try it!

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tigertech

15 years ago

Version 0.95 contains this:

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dvdauthor -x "$WorkingDir/dvdauthor.xml" 2>&1 | grep "WARN:" > "$WorkingDir/DVDAuthorOutput.txt"

if [ $? -gt 0 ]; then

PrintError "DVDAuthor failed.\n\nPlease check that your MPEG files are DVD compatible."

fi

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I'm assuming that it's supposed to be checking the exit code of dvdauthor, but it's actually checking the exit status of grep (which is "1" if no lines are found).

So if the dvdauthor output has no lines that contain "WARN" (as dvdauthor does on my machine when I create a DVD without a menu), the script stops at that point with the "DVDAuthor failed" message!

To fix, simply change the first line to:

dvdauthor -x "$WorkingDir/dvdauthor.xml" 2>&1 > "$WorkingDir/DVDAuthorOutput.txt"

This works correctly and also puts the entire output of dvdauthor in DVDAuthorOutput.txt, which can be useful anyway.

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meneerdik

15 years ago

Oh wait.. I didn't read your full story.. :D

Thanks!

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meneerdik

15 years ago

Ah, thanks, I didn't know that. Will try to think of how to do this correctly. Suggestions are welcome.. :)

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theduke

15 years ago

Hi, great tool, indeed!

But, you should mention, that
"kommander" must be installed.
This is not self-evident for some
distributions ;)

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meneerdik

15 years ago

Have a look at the dependency list.

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vanaedium

15 years ago

Could you produce a file or a tarball to configure&make&makeinstall? It will be easier
Thanx

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meneerdik

15 years ago

I don't understand what you mean. This is a script, it does not need to be configured, compiled or installed..

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vanaedium

15 years ago

ok how can i launch the program? Which is the command line? I have only DVDAuthor.sh e Inst.sh. When I Launch them the output is :everything found and at last it tells me " usage DVDAuthoring ConfigFile.conf ". It asks to me the ConfigFile.conf but there isn't.

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meneerdik

15 years ago

You need to run the Kommander dialog. This dialog will create the config files for you and call the shell script.

If you really want to manually create configuration files, look in the script to see the required format.

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iscurrah

15 years ago

This isn't a command line app.
Click on 'DVDAuthorWizard.kmdr' from within Konqueror.

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vanaedium

15 years ago

./Installer.kmdr: line 1: syntax error near unexpected token `

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meneerdik

15 years ago

Hmm.. Do you have some other default shell than bash? There is a little bug in the installer, it calls 'sh' in stead of 'bash'. Normally, that's not a problem unless you have some weird kind of default shell in stead of 'sh' or 'bash'.

Fix will be in next version.

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kmare

15 years ago

really nice app.. but are you planning on adding support for subtitles from srt files or something?

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annelid0

15 years ago

Great wizard, but a few suggestions for the future:

-A sanity check would be nice. For instance, mixing PAL and NTSC encoded files could trigger a warning. Perhaps also something telling you if the files you chose exceed the size of a normal DVD. Basic things like that, where there will obviously be problems if the user continues along that path.

-It might be nice to have a little reference material for people who aren't sure just what sort of files the program will accept. Framerate, dimensions, etc, would be handy to have easily available. This follows the same lines of avoiding stupid mistakes.

-The animated menu option is beautiful, but it would be nice to be able to feed it certain clips or timestamps so that you don't end up with just the opening credits in your menu animation.

All-in-all, this is a great wizard, and I look forward to future versions.

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meneerdik

15 years ago

And with version 0.95 you can check the DVD compatibility of your files directly from the wizard.

Better?

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meneerdik

15 years ago

Thanks a lot for your feedback. Sanity checking is already being worked on. I don't know about the extended thumb customization though. This wizard is intended to bring simplicity, not feature-completeness. But maybe I figure out a clean-and-simple way to do it.

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marcel_double

15 years ago

whenever i add a movie it doesnt show up in the playlist, nor do i get an error message.

is there something im missing?

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msimplay

15 years ago

I think this product would be able to compete with Windows Ulead DVD Factory when and if it will be able to convert various file formats into mpegs automatically

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joeprusa

15 years ago

Is there any how-to for this app? When I try to run it it just complains that I have not supplied the config file. When I create a blank config file it complains that I have not added any files to tha playlist. Any link to any good info about this, anyone? Thanks Josef

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14 years ago

VERSION 0.90 ( August 8th 2005 )

* Initial release

VERSION 0.91 ( August 10th 2005 )

* Improved Debug Output
* Running wizard without installing should really work now

VERSION 0.92 ( August 12th 2005 )

* Menu colors conform to Rec.601 specification
* Experimental support for generating NTSC menus
* Fix for syntax change in new MPlayer version
* Fixed selection highlights in DVD menu
* Add MPlayer output to debug output
* Detect MPlayer failures

VERSION 0.93 ( August 17th 2005 )

* Added dependency check for 'bc'
* Added more font search paths
* Make sure that Bash is used to run script

VERSION 0.94 ( August 29th 2005 )

* Fixed missing translations
* Added detection for ImageMagick problems
* Show DVDAuthor warnings, if any
* Fixed menus with > 9 pages
* Add character encoding to DVDAuthor XML file
* Return to menu after playing finished
* Force thumb title length limit

VERSION 0.95 ( September 5th 2005 )

* ImageMagick problem detection should really work
* Added workaround for mp2enc path length limit bug
* Don't fail when MPEG files are not DVD compatible
* Detect DVDAuthor failures
* Added button for DVD compatibility checking

VERSION 0.96 ( September 20th 2005 )

* Fixed detection of DVDAuthor problems
* Show DVDAuthor error message on failure
* Improve KDE path detection in Installer

VERSION 1.00 ( November 19th 2005 )

* Renamed version 0.96 to 1.0 Final.

VERSION 1.01 ( December 3rd 2005 )

* Generate proper 29.97 FPS NTSC menus
* Support DVD-ISO burning with K3B 0.12.x
* Improved MPlex/SPUMux error detection
* Fixed SPUMux problem with multipage NTSC menus
* Huge performance improvement in Playlist editor

VERSION 1.02 ( December 7th 2005 )

* Fixes to get wizard to work on KDE 3.5

VERSION 1.03 ( December 14th 2005 )

* Fix to work with old MJPEGTools (< 1.8.0) again

VERSION 1.04 ( December 17th 2005 )

* Add font paths for Ubuntu Breezy Badger

VERSION 1.04b ( Januari 18th 2006 )

* Detect buggy BASH version (BASH 3.1)

VERSION 1.05 ( February 10th 2006 )

* Work around BASH 3.1 problem
* Work around DVDAuthor bug in Debian Etch

VERSION 1.1 ( March 7th 2006 )

* Fix "file not found" issue in preview step
* Add support for defining chapters for each MPEG file

VERSION 1.2 ( April 9th 2006 )

* Major code cleanup, more readable now
* Drop mplayer dependency
* Automatic compatibility check of MPEG files
* Check if ISO will fit on DVD media
* Allow using any video file as menu background

VERSION 1.2.1 ( April 12th 2006 )

* Fix previews of fonts with spaces in filename

VERSION 1.2.2 ( May 5th 2006 )

* Fix handling of images with page information
* Also find personal fonts in $HOME/.fonts
* Check validity of soundtrack file before authoring
* Add second progress bar for multipage menus

VERSION 1.3.0 ( May 14th 2006 )

* Change directory structure, easier for distributors
* Allow user to customize DVDAuthor XML file
* Possibility to skip beginning of thumbnail animation
* Add 'washout' effect to animated menu background
* Improved responsiveness of wizard
* Creating menu preview is much faster now
* Fix trailing slash problem
* Several small fixes all over


VERSION 1.4.0 ( September 9th 2006 )

* Allow longer title, subtitle and movie titles in menu
* Better support for special characters
* Find more fonts
* Check MPEG files only before authoring step
* Improved wizard layout
* Check if user is mixing PAL and NTSC files
* Check if user is mixing 16:9 and 4 files

VERSION 1.4.1 ( September 9th 2006 )

* Fix a bug in aspect ratio checking

VERSION 1.4.2 ( December 1st 2006 )

* Fixed "Check Compatibility" button
* Read chapter info from DVDAuthor XML

VERSION 1.4.3 ( Januari 13th 2007)

* Work around problems in ImageMagick 6.3
* Refuse to run when DVDAuthor 0.6.12 installed
* Small improvements in wizard layout

VERSION 1.4.4 ( March 3rd 2007 )

* Support DVDAuthor 0.6.14
* Some minor little improvements here and there

VERSION 1.4.5 ( March 11th 2007 )

* Fix 'Add to List' button on Ubuntu Linux

VERSION 1.4.6 ( May 29th 2007 )

* 'Check Compatibility' button supports recent dvdauthor versions
* Include small label font fix, by Timo BuíŸhaus

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