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Use MPEG2 footage in iDVD
Authored by: bbell2000 on Sep 02, '08 06:32:55PM

I realize this is an old post, but I thought it might solve my problem so I gave it a go. I needed to master a new DVD with two videos from existing DVD's and a slide show. Everything went fine up to the point where I was trying to test the finished img. From DVD Player, I couldn't use the Menu button to return to the main menu from either of the videos. I kept getting an error at the top of the video window that said "Not allowed".

I loaded the img into myDVDEdit and discovered that the post-commands for each of the two videos were missing.

While much of this information was useful, it seems that the end result is not quite the same.

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Use MPEG2 footage in iDVD
Authored by: bbell2000 on Sep 04, '08 03:53:13PM
Yahoo!!! I finally got this to work by tweaking a few of the steps. What I did differently is a little too wordy to post here, so I put it on my web site at

And many, many thanks to Wazzoo. While this process didn't work exactly as described for me, it did get me far enough that I could figure out where I needed to diverge.

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Use MPEG2 footage in iDVD
Authored by: djmnet on Jul 28, '09 05:16:25AM

To make the menu button work again, use the Finder to Duplicate the VIDEO_TS folder that iDVD made. After replacing the dummy VTS*VOB,IFO,BUP files in the copy VIDEO_TS folder, open in myDVDEDit both the unchanged VIDEO_TS folder and the copy where you replaced the files.

Then go through and change the settings in the copy VIDEO_TS folder to match the original iDVD-authored VIDEO_TS folder. Create new empty PGCs in the each replaced menu VTS as needed to match what the original has. In each PGC (select them by clicking on them in the left column), check the Pre cmds and Post cmds. Select all with command-A and delete the ones in the copy, then select and copy (command-C) the ones in the original and paste (command-V) them into the copy. For the video's VTS and menu VTS, set the aspect ratio, language, and audio mode to match the originals if needed.

After doing that, Leopard's DVD Player, VLC 1.0, and my JVC DVD player all play a DVD with pre-authored MPEG2 footage fine.

I saw another web site suggesting not replacing the IFO and BUP files, as a way to keep the menus working. I tried that, but then using Leopard's DVD Player's seek bar crashed the program because the IFO file for the dummy video specified the wrong playback time (duration). So you do need to replace the IFO with the one for your real VOB and then replace its pre and post commands, etc.

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