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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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