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Old August 24th, 2009, 09:48 AM   #1
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How to:Using DVDArchitect to make interactive DVDs

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anybody have any starting points for using DVD Architect to produce interactive dvds?

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Old August 24th, 2009, 10:37 AM   #2
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Exactly what do you mean by "interactive" - like a game?
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hmmm,

Something like a power point presentation or a web page, but AfterEffectsized.

OR Like the board game "Scene it", which has a DVD disk that is somewhat interactive.

Unfortunately i haven't seen but a few interactive DVDs so i can't think of any other examples.
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If it has to remember things, or randomly jump to different things, you would need to learn DVD scripting. But you'll basically be going from one menu to another.

If you're just essentially "advancing slides" (like powerpoint), you would just be going from one menu to another. Naturally you can play video clips BETWEEN the menus as well.

So, either way you're just going between menus - with video clips being played as transitions. If you want to add randomness or remember where you've gone, you would need to learn the scripting features.
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Old August 26th, 2009, 11:05 AM   #5
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thanks Edward.

No, no randomness. So i guess its a fairly straight forward author.

Do you happen to know the DVDs limit of menu and chapters etc.?
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DVD Lab Pro DVDlab PRO DVD authoring tool for advanced users and Sonic Scenarist Sonic Scenarist - Blu-ray Disc - HD DVD - SD DVD Authoring - Quick Look are two authoring tools that allow you to utilize the full scope of DVD menus.

DVD Lab Pro is reasonably priced; Sonic Scenarist is quite expensive. Both products have associated documentation that you can study. Just keep in mind that complex menu structures aren't a walk in the park. You will need to stick with it to develop the necessary understanding of the DVD spec and the "rules" of menu programming. You will also learn that there are significant limitations to what can be done with DVD menus.
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