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Create a feature-rich DVD from VOB files Apps
I had a DVD with five episodes of The Avengers (dubbed into German). Each episode is about 49 minutes long, and so my hard disc recorder couldn't fit them on one DVD. I removed the front credits, and made them one title on the DVD, so then there were six 'films' on the DVD: five episodes and one front credits.

In the end, I wanted to have a (more or less nice) menu with buttons to start each episode. Each episode should start with the front credits, and after each episode, the next one should start automatically. After much investigation and fiddling around, I finally find a solution which works for me.

It requires a fair bit of software:
  • Mac the Ripper -- to extract each individual film as a *.VOB file on it's own.
  • VLC -- to make a snapshot of the front credits to have a picture for the menu's background.
  • GIMP for OS X -- for image manipulation and especially for creating the background image.
  • Sizzle -- to create a DVD image and chapters. Unfortunately, it seems to no longer be available, and I was a bit lucky to find the last version on softpedia.com.
  • ffmpegX -- for extracting the title sound.
  • iDVD -- for creating a fancy menu (should be on your Mac in /Applications).
  • myDVDedit -- to manipulate the DVD image created by iDVD. I used this program to prepend the front credits to each episode, and to make the autoplay of the next episode happen.
  • DVD Imager -- to create an image from the manipulated VIDEO_TS folder.
  • Disk Utility -- for burning the image (should be on your Mac in /Applications/Utilities).
Read on for a short version of the process involved, as well as a link to a much more detailed how-to walkthrough.

The process, in short, goes like this:
  1. Burn a DVD with my hard disc recorder to get the VOB files.
  2. Extract the DVD titles with Mac the Ripper.
  3. Extract the title sound and create a menu background.
  4. Create a dvd image with Sizzle, putting chapters in.
  5. Create a dvd image with iDVD using dummy files instead of the real ones.
  6. Merge both images.
  7. Manipulate the merged image with myDVDEdit.
  8. Create a new DVD image with DVD Imager.
  9. Burn the image with Disk Utility.
The full process is quite lengthy, so I posted it in my blog.

[robg adds: The linked blog post contains a ton of detail and a lot of screenshots, so I've chosen to leave the link in place rather than replicating the hint here. I haven't tested this one.]
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Create a feature-rich DVD from VOB files
Authored by: tempel on Feb 25, '09 09:03:34AM

Quite a complex task. I've tried things like that before and gave up, as the information how to do this was indeed very hard to find for a Mac user.

I like to point out that there are alternatives, although not free, but easier to use in return:

I'd suggest checking out Toast from Roxio. It has quite extensive support for video formats, and can master DVDs, although with less control over the menus that what you get with the above described method.

I applaud the poster for posting this hint.
I just wonder why this hint got only a 1-star rating, but without any comments explaining why. Not fair to him, and not helpful to others reading this hint.



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Create a feature-rich DVD from VOB files
Authored by: leamanc on Feb 25, '09 10:26:09AM

The ratings at macosxhints.com just suck. The best hints get 1-2 stars, while crap gets 4-4.5 stars.

What we really need is user moderation on the comments, rather than rating the hints (i.e., Digg or Slashdot style). Not necessarily to bury some commenters, but there are often some great hints in the comments, and I'd like to rate them higher than the rest of the comments.



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Authored by: sjk on Jul 07, '09 09:20:54PM
The ratings at macosxhints.com just suck.
I wonder if anyone finds them useful.

… there are often some great hints in the comments, and I'd like to rate them higher than the rest of the comments.

I couldn't agree more.

Also, both hints and comments have a broad diversity of ranges from simple to advanced, safe to risky, etc. without any method of categorization and filtering for those attributes. It's challenging to implement and usefully sustain something like that, though.

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Create a feature-rich DVD from VOB files
Authored by: Notch Johnson on Feb 26, '09 10:26:08AM

I've always wondered about the ratings also. How about change from:

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To:

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Create a feature-rich DVD from VOB files
Authored by: DJMac317 on Feb 25, '09 11:00:34AM

Or you can use a full featured solution like VideoVangelist (http:/tinyurl.com/videovangelist. I'm the developer, and really I made it very easy to get nearly any video to DVD format including the ability to download YouTube videos and burn them to a DVD or convert them to a friendly format of your choice. Plus you can convert nearly any video format to iPod/iPhone video, AppleTV, download YouTube and convert, AVI, Mp4, MPEG, DV, PSP, and rip audio from nearly anything to MP3, AAC, WAV and AIFF. It's an all in one solution.



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Create a feature-rich DVD from VOB files
Authored by: pixelzombie on Feb 25, '09 12:48:04PM

i prefer to keep it very simple..i use Toast to make a simple menu and i don't like to reduce the image quality so i limit my custom dvd's to 2 hours..my workflow:

MTR to rip the dvd

YADE to extract the segments i want

Toast to make the menus and burn the disc

if i see that Toast is taking forever to "prepare" the files i will use VisualHub to convert them..that last thing really annoys me about toast, i have it set to never re-encode yet at times it will do just that and at other times it will skip over the VOB file...



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Create a feature-rich DVD from VOB files
Authored by: doneitner on Feb 25, '09 05:20:22PM

While I would probably pull my hair out following such a lengthy process, this is indeed a handy tip to know. iDVD and Toast are great if you want very basic DVDs with a single "title" program. For episodic kinds of content, multiple titles are needed and Apple's only solution for this is part of a $1,600+ suite of professional level apps.

One question -- with the method mentioned in this hint, is it possible to create "random" videos, such as films with alternate endings where one is selected at random when played back?



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Create a feature-rich DVD from VOB files
Authored by: Skeeve on Mar 14, '09 03:18:51PM

Sure it is. myDVDEdit allows you to add all DVD program code possible.



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Create a feature-rich DVD from VOB files
Authored by: fursonice on Feb 26, '09 01:23:11AM

ok this is going to be GREAT! finally, i can rip all my own DVD projects (already burnt) and make a single catalog style DVD. i'm guessing i may even be able to make new menu or a combined menu.

see, i have several DVDs that are all short enough to go on one DVD DL, and if i can make a menu for those on that new DVD... well, this is great news. a few years ago (and still) there is software but it costa a lot! software to make a DVD from VOB files ripped from more than one DVD!



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Create a feature-rich DVD from VOB files
Authored by: fursonice on Feb 26, '09 01:24:21AM

right?



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Create a feature-rich DVD from VOB files
Authored by: Skeeve on Mar 14, '09 02:16:15PM

Yes, that sounds feasible.

Simply use a short film as a placeholder. With the new version of myDVDEdit it wil be even much simpler than before! myDVDEdit will be able to import your extsting VOB/IFO/BUP files.



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