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Old June 4th, 2011, 04:57 PM   #1
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How many of you actually create your DVD menus from scratch?

Wondering how many of you folks actually create your own DVD menus and DVD covers from scratch? Do you do it for each wedding or are you doing what I do, reuse the "Precomposed" templates till death do us part!?

If you know someone who creates them for you specifically can you send me there info?

I need new artwork and motion based DVD menus that live up to the Precomposed templates.
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Old June 4th, 2011, 05:20 PM   #2
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I create everything myself from scratch . . . I'm obsessed with originality :)
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Old June 4th, 2011, 09:19 PM   #3
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Hi Kelly

Sorta 50/50 for me.... I have a menu graphic template for DVD Lab and often just change the couples name and the image ..it does make life easier...however I do that in Mediachance's RealDraw...In DVD Lab I actually start from scratch so the actual DVD authoring is original each time but the menu background is template driven although I might change things around sometimes.

Just for interest I also so the DVD case cover in RealDraw and that's used as a template...does make things quicker ..again it's mainly change the images on the cover and the couples name and you are ready to print!!

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Old June 4th, 2011, 10:44 PM   #4
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I create everything from scratch...menus, menu backgrounds, (often even text-only buttons). inserts, even booklets when called for, but I pretty much have to, given the subject matter. I don't do weddings/mitzvahs, but mostly all-day events with many individual participants, usually between 100-200, sometimes more, sometimes less, all with very short "run" times. (Each individual competitive "run" is only about 30 seconds).
Each DVD for these events is individualized, i.e. if there are 125 individual "runs", 2 or 3 of those 125 may be by the same competitor. I might make a DVD with that competitor's 3 "runs", with menus and other viewing options for each "run". Then a label and insert. So a 3-run DVD would contain 4 menus: 1 main and 3 subs, as well as a label and an insert.

It can be time-consuming, but I've become pretty familiar with Adobe Encore DVD and am getting better and better at Photoshop. I take orders and deposits at the shows, then work on the DVDs over the next few weeks and in-between other jobs, and send out the DVDs once I receive the balance of the order (though about 1/3 to 1/2 the people pay in full when the order is placed).

I use a color laser printer for inserts, and because each DVD is usually 1-of-a-kind, an Epson Photo Stylus R300 with a CIS for printing on white-face, printable DVDs. (I recently replaced the original ink cartridges with the Print-on-a-Dime continuous ink system, though I'm not terribly impressed with it; I'd describe it as adequate at best, but the colors are off a bit, and the quality is not equal to that of the original manufacturer's cartridges).
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Old June 4th, 2011, 11:23 PM   #5
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Kelly, One option is to buy pre-made templates, just google DVD menu templates.

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Old June 4th, 2011, 11:29 PM   #6
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Re: How many of you actually create your DVD menus from scratch?

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Wondering how many of you folks actually create your own DVD menus and DVD covers from scratch? Do you do it for each wedding or are you doing what I do, reuse the "Precomposed" templates till death do us part!?

If you know someone who creates them for you specifically can you send me there info?

I need new artwork and motion based DVD menus that live up to the Precomposed templates.
Surely these are two different animals? I take the term DVD cover to mean the paper insert that wraps around the DVD library case - in which case it's a simple design/printing/cutting task using a commercial sample as the guide. I can't imagine it being worthwhile using any template.

On the other hand, I understand the DVD menu to be an integral part of the DVD authoring process in which case the extent of the customisation is limited by the specific software. Although we design all our menus (In TMPGEnc Authoring Works 4) from scratch, the templates are sufficiently OK for a newcomer to use without serious drawbacks.
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Old June 5th, 2011, 02:07 AM   #7
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Re: How many of you actually create your DVD menus from scratch?

All menus designed from scratch, always animated and with a video playing in the background (video also especially made for the menus).
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Old June 5th, 2011, 01:44 PM   #8
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I did mine from scratch also. But then there're times I just reuse a design by changing the names of the couple and some color scheme. =)
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Old June 5th, 2011, 01:50 PM   #9
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Wondering how many of you folks actually create your own DVD menus and DVD covers from scratch?
I do. I just like figuring out how stuff works. And man, is the menuing system for DVDs and Blu-rays arcane. Not for the faint of heart, but doable if you have the help of a community like this. And the joy of doing your own is they look and work exactly as you want. Or at least, as much like you want as your skill level and the limits imposed by the technology allow.
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Old June 5th, 2011, 01:55 PM   #10
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Depends on the deadline!! Ha ha!
Do most from scratch but there's some I can't spend the time on. And the custom ones do take time! Especially since mine tend to have 20 or more chapters and multiple menu pages. PITA but the look on the clients faces when they play it for the first time is very cool!
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Old June 5th, 2011, 07:12 PM   #11
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Always from scratch.

I recently hired a free lance graphic designer (who charges $50 and hour) to do a design case wrapper, and I paid her $75 for a gig. What she came back with was a lot better than what I had been coming up with on my own.

I mean what she did in 1.5 hours, would probably have taken me 3 or 4 hours, so it's worth the time savings for me.

I use her on the -more expensive- gigs, and on the lower end ones, I do those myself.

I have templates set up for Neato products.
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Old June 5th, 2011, 10:00 PM   #12
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I use a template. I'm lame. I admit it.
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Old June 6th, 2011, 10:39 AM   #13
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Re: How many of you actually create your DVD menus from scratch?

we always start from scratch. like some posters say "it adds originality" and definitely its one of those one of kind items dedicated strictly for that client. it does however take a little bit more time but its the price you pay for being unique.
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Old June 6th, 2011, 11:40 AM   #14
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I've got a referral. I can send you her email if you email me at info at fiskefilm.com. my cousin's wife used to work at a dvd menu authoring company but now raises two children. She is looking for work part time at home. I'm going to have her do my template once I've got my brand design finished.

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Old June 7th, 2011, 12:24 AM   #15
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Re: How many of you actually create your DVD menus from scratch?

I just use the built in templates that come with encore, add me to the lame list as far as that goes lol.

It takes me long enough to edit the movie, no time to do a custom menu yet.
The way I see it, the bride isn't going to sit at the menu screen for long.
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