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

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meneerdik

15 years ago

You are not supposed to use the shell script manually. Use the Kommander wizard in stead.

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joeprusa

15 years ago

Thanks. Is there any recommended way to convert AVIs into DVD-compatible format? Avidemux keeps giving me MPEGs with audio-video out of sync...

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higginsd

15 years ago

Fonts now work on SuSE 9.x

But: i can't see any frame or 'indicator' to show me in menu which film i select actual. The normal select/start film (double-click or enter in xine) does not work.

Strange...

Don't stop your pretty good work, this might become an killer-application for linux! Linux is really missing a simple dvd-creator like DVDLabPro for Windows.

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meneerdik

15 years ago

Could you please send me the DebugOutput file that is generated by the wizard? You can find it in the output directory for your DVD.

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gotux

15 years ago

Fonts now works on Mandrva cooker and Slackware-10.1.
Great app. Thank's.

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meneerdik

15 years ago

Version 0.93 should solve the font problems that some people have reported.

Please test and tell me if things are working properly now.

Thanks!

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kingme

15 years ago

preview after creating a menu does not work for me :

file or folder "preview.png" not found is the message ..

kubuntu 5.0.4

here some output from the debug file :there is more ...

Using frame 200 for menu.
composite: unable to open image `/home/gdm/DVDPROJECTS/DVDAuthorWizard_Temporary_Files_26472/Thumb1Background.png': Onbekend bestand of map.
composite: missing an image filename `/home/gdm/DVDPROJECTS/DVDAuthorWizard_Temporary_Files_26472/Thumb1Blend.png'.
Using frame 200 for menu.
composite: unable to open image `/home/gdm/DVDPROJECTS/DVDAuthorWizard_Temporary_Files_26472/Thumb2Background.png': Onbekend bestand of map.
composite: missing an image filename `/home/gdm/DVDPROJECTS/DVDAuthorWizard_Temporary_Files_26472/Thumb2Blend.png'.
Using frame 200 for menu.
composite: unable to open image `/home/gdm/DVDPROJECTS/DVDAuthorWizard_Temporary_Files_26472/Thumb3Background.png': Onbekend bestand of map.
composite: missing an image filename `/home/gdm/DVDPROJECTS/DVDAuthorWizard_Temporary_Files_26472/Thumb3Blend.png'.


Donemv: cannot stat `/home/gdm/DVDPROJECTS/DVDAuthorWizard_Temporary_Files_26472/Frames/Frame230.png': Onbekend bestand of map

dont know it is me or the program..

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meneerdik

15 years ago

I can help if you send me the full debug file by email.

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srs

15 years ago

how can I record the debugging messages once it is not shown in konsole? thanks a lot

srs

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meneerdik

15 years ago

The wizard dumps all its debug output to a file called "DebugOutput" in the output directory that you selected for your DVD.

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srs

15 years ago

same here; I just cant generate any menus and the final iso is 0 size, is empty!

any howto/help would be apreciated...

keep the good work guys!

srs

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richardLH22

15 years ago

That's right. Now it works for me. Great.........

Thank you.

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srs

15 years ago

hey guys, nice app, but it didnt worked for me; after installing the app, I started it and couldnt see any fonts, so coudlnt create the menu; is there any specific instruction for installing it? any tip for manual installation?

thanks a lot and hope you keep the nice work =D

srs

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meneerdik

15 years ago

The wizard searches for fonts in the most common places. It seems that you do not have any fonts in those places.

Could you please run:

locate *.ttf *.pfb

and tell me where it finds your fonts? I can add these font paths to the next release.

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higginsd

15 years ago

/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/truetype
/usr/share/texmf/fonts/type1/...

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pinom

15 years ago

I am using Gentoo 2005.1 on a AMD64 machine. When i run this application for the first time, it worked fine. But the next start outputs ISO file with zero length, finalize and create ISO processes need no time. When i look to debug output, i can find some errors:

Please look at http://www.volny.cz/machytka/bugs/debug_output.zip

Thanks for help ..

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meneerdik

15 years ago

The problem is in this line:

INFO: [mp2enc] The MPEG encoded output file name is "/home/pinom/Dokumenty/temporary/DVDAuthorWizard_Temporary_Files_10513/soundtrack."

That output file lacks the ".mp2" filename extension, so it cannot be found by DVDAuthor.

I really don't see how this is possible, because this filename is hardcoded into the script. The only way to make this happen is to change the script itself...

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kkrizka

15 years ago

I tried to create a dvd out of some movie I captured some time ago, but all the preview stuff and build menus showed empty files. Looking at the debug output I saw this:
/usr/bin/kommander/KDVDAuthoringWizard/DVDBuilder.sh: line 1596: bc: command not found
Am I missing something? Everything the program checks for is there. This is amd64 with gentoo.

Looks like a great program so far!

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meneerdik

15 years ago

'emerge bc' should help... It should be installed on any Linux box. Since this utility is shipped seperately on Gentoo, I will add a dependency check for it.

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Mice-Windu

15 years ago

can it make VCD or just DVD??

If not it will be great to have the option of make VCD's, not everybody have a DVD recorder.

Very good work.
Congratulations for you.

PD: Sorry for my English

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meneerdik

15 years ago

Creating a S(VCD) is completely different from creating a DVD. It differs so much that I don't see how I could unify (S)VCD support with my wizard in a way that is not completely insane.. :) I'd better create a special wizard for that, but I don't think I will do this. Where I live, everybody uses DVD.. :)

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mpalencia1

15 years ago

Works Perfectly!! I´m using it in gentoo amd64, tried with 2 recordings I made with xdtv, encoded them with ffmpeg to mpeg2 DVD-compliant and used your wizard, worked very fast clean, and easy, keep up the good work man, great software.

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meneerdik

15 years ago

Good to hear!

I'm also planning to release an MPEG2 encoding wizard very soon. It uses MJPEGTools to create image processing chains that optimize the video stream before it reaches the encoder. The resulting MPEG2 files look *very* good. It will include a profiler that you can use to find the optimal processing pipeline for any video source.

So, stay tuned.. :)

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marcel_double

15 years ago

"Could not run DVDBuilder.sh"

could you add some debugging to track this down?

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meneerdik

15 years ago

This happens when the script returns a value unequal to zero. It will do this when it fails. Could you please open a konsole window in the directory where the install files are located and run:

./DVDBuilder.sh ; echo $?

You can post the output, or email it to me. The last line of the output should only contain '0'.

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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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