Fort Worth, TX (WiredPRNews.com)—DVD authoring refers to collecting video, audio, subtitles, menus and branch structures for assignment to a digital video disc (DVD) for playback. Consider whether you want to invest the time and money into learning a new program or whether you want to sent it to a professional service, like Duplium.com.
If you want to do it yourself, here are some things to consider when looking at DVD authoring software, according to the introductory FAQ page at Audio Intervisual Design’s website.
There are four categories of authoring software:
This type of software is entry level with basic features and a short learning curve. The price is at the low end of the spectrum.
This is a cross between consumer and professional, with beefed up tools and a longer learning curve. Prosumer level software has more features and a higher price tag than consumer programs.
This kind of software goes from $1000 to over $20,000 and will have features like copy protection, region coding, enhanced proofing capabilities, subtitling and more. Since this kind of software is what the professionals use, the learning curve is substantial.
This is a new type of DVD authoring software that has some high-end features but does not require the depth of knowledge or time commitment that the professional software programs do.
Mac or PC. Make sure the program works with your existing system.
Some features are rarely used outside of big-budget projects. In general, more money equals more features.
Before you burn to disk, it’s important to proof the project to keep costs down. The proofing capability can vary widely so be aware of what each program offers.
This is the structure that determines how well the DVD plays on various DVD players and DVD-ROM drives. Again, higher price tends to equal a stronger and more reliable formatting engine.
An option that may be less time consuming is using an experienced, professional service, like Duplium.com, for DVD authoring. The expertise of a professional service may be far more cost and time-efficient than trying to learn a program while a deadline looms. The professional services also know what to expect and what are the most cost-efficient ways to deliver Hollywood results.