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Old November 19th, 2012, 02:29 PM   #1
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Free DVD Architect Pro 6.0 for DVD Architect Pro 5.2 Users

Sony comes through once again :)

https://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/dvda6offer
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Old November 19th, 2012, 04:52 PM   #2
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I've tried to no avail to find out how DVDA has been improved, can someone point me to some info? I'd appreciate it.

Now, my complaint, after opening this new version:

I design my own DVD menus, so in the end, my complaint is pointless.

Nevertheless, I am severely disappointed that the latest release of DVDA has the same childish looking themes and backgrounds as it has had for years.

about 4 or 5 years ago I was impressed by Nero when it offered DVD menus with motion and other cool features, and thought surely DVDA would get around to something nice. Nero is not configurable enough for pro use, and I never used the DVD creation tool it offered, but it gave me hope that Sony would come around. No such luck.

It would be SO nice to have some awesome, ready to go corporate/business type and/or wedding type menu themes, but it is apparently not going to happen. You would think that with the huge user base of small time event videographers that DVDA would offer something other than the current stale offerings, but such is life.
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Old November 19th, 2012, 05:01 PM   #3
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Odd that they didn't offer this through the normal upgrade method. It doesn't show as a "free" upgrade in my Sony Creative Software management area.
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Old November 19th, 2012, 06:18 PM   #4
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Odd that they didn't offer this through the normal upgrade method. It doesn't show as a "free" upgrade in my Sony Creative Software management area.

I got an onscreen alert when I launched Vegas Pro 12. I may have also got one if I'd launched DVDA 5.2 but by then I'd already upgraded to DVDA 6.

The upgrade process was very straightforward. I completed an onscreen form that just wanted my current license details and within seconds I had a new license number by email.

I'm glad to see it now has interactive tutorials built in. I found DVDA rather dense when I was first trying to get to grips with it.

There had been some speculation as to whether DVDA would support Blu-Ray, or even whether DVDA would continue at all. Well DVDA 6 does support Blu-Ray.

I'm not too worried about the built in themes etc. One persons cutting-edge art is anothers cheese-fest. Personal customisation is the way ahead.

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Old November 19th, 2012, 08:13 PM   #5
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Well DVDA 6 does support Blu-Ray.
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As did version 5.2.
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Old November 19th, 2012, 08:30 PM   #6
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Re: Free DVD Architect Pro 6.0 for DVD Architect Pro 5.2 Users

The readme file just says that it now supports 3D Bluray so I expect that is the improvement in version 6. The rest looks the same to me.

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Old November 20th, 2012, 01:48 AM   #7
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Re: Free DVD Architect Pro 6.0 for DVD Architect Pro 5.2 Users

totally agree with jeff - the templates (not that i've ever used one) look absolutely awful. seems arch. can't decide whether it's a hobbyists play thing, corporate be all, but it certainly isn't pretending to be a professional tool.
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Old November 20th, 2012, 03:51 AM   #8
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Yes, I've only ever used the templates for housekeeping stuff - I wouldn't let them loose on a client! Useful as a basis for customisation, though.

For day to day quick and dirty DVDs with simple menus, DVDA has always been fine for me. When I tried to use it to design the interface for my first feature documentary it fell far short. As such I started investing my time and effort into learning Encore, in the hope that DVDA would eventually have a major overhaul.

This release, though, is a big disappointment and deserves to be called 5.3, not 6 in my opinion. Two items in the 'What's New' section (both of which are of no interest to me). Twelve in 'Known Issues'.

I'm sad to say I think this is the end of the line for me and DVDA.

On a separate and more cheerful note (not intending to hijack the thread) Vegas Pro 12 is proving to be the most stable version for me in years.
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Old November 22nd, 2012, 05:58 PM   #9
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Re: Free DVD Architect Pro 6.0 for DVD Architect Pro 5.2 Users

The real bigee for me is 3D support. I have been waiting to be able to create 3D Blu-rays with some sort of menu.
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Old March 11th, 2013, 11:26 AM   #10
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Re: Free DVD Architect Pro 6.0 for DVD Architect Pro 5.2 Users

After installing and registering Vegas Pro 12 and DVDA 5.2 this morning I got this offer popup for DVDA 6, but it isn't successfully going through after I enter my info and submit. Is the offer out of date or has anyone else had a problem accessing it on the Sony Creative site and then receiving the e-mail with serial number? When I submit the info it says "Waiting on Sony Creative Services" for a while, then I get an error screen that it can't access the page.
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Old March 11th, 2013, 12:00 PM   #11
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This is from SCS Knowledgebase
If you find that you were not able to receive the email, please check your My Account to see if the serial number populated in the My Software section. If you do not have a My Account, create one and then check the My Software section.
https://www.custcenter.com/app/answe...ail/a_id/5129/
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Old March 11th, 2013, 12:26 PM   #12
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Yes I have all my software listed in "my account" with the correct e-mail, including the new Vegas 12 and DVDA 5.2 and their correct serial numbers.
It seems the website isn't cooperating when I submit my info on the free offer page, it will only come up with a "this page can't be displayed" after I click "submit".
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Old March 12th, 2013, 03:57 PM   #13
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I also had a problem getting DVD Architect 6. All I did was call Sony Creative Software and explained I was a registered 5.2 owner and would like 6.0. They quickly sent me an email with the download link to 6.0. By the way, don't expect any changes other than 3D support for Blu-ray and interactive tutorials.

You could also open a support case with SCS and request the link.
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Old March 14th, 2013, 07:35 AM   #14
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I tried it again last night and it went through instantly. It was either a site problem the other day, or my DVDA 5.2 registration hadn't been in effect for enough time even though it was listed under my software.
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