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Old 17 Aug 2004, 03:44 AM   #1
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Lightbulb TitleWriter ver 4.21 - add DVD text/Menus/Automation - 19 May2007

Titlewriter

Titlewriter is a utility designed to add DvdText, Menus Original/Generic to compliant dvd files.

------------------------ DvdText ------------------------------------------
In your computer you can "name" the dvd (Volume). Dvd players can't read this info. Titlewriter adds the naming ability to your dvd so that standalone dvd players (That support dvd text) can read and display "name" information.
Dvd jukeboxes (Sony, Pioneer) use this "name" information in their menu systems for on screen navigation between dvd's. Very few commercial dvd's contain this info.
Titlewriter supports "naming" Dvd Volumes, Titlesets, Chapters, Cells with "names". Actress/Actor, Director, Comments "names" can also be added.

------------------------ Menus ---------------------------------------------
Titlewriter contains an option to add a precreated menu to a dvd (without reauthoring) allowing on screen navigation between Titlesets, chapters, audio, subtitles.
Simple Menus for various "types" of dvd's are provided in MenuTemplates folder. Support is also included for creating/adding your own custom menus.
Provided Menu templates use less then 1 Meg of dvd space.
Titlewriter now contains option (Ver 1.71) to readd Original menus to Movie only compiliations.

------------------------ Automation ---------------------------------------
Automation of Steps/multiple compiliations
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Help files for various steps/options are provided


Titlewriter Files are Located At:
http://www.dvdshrink.info/titlewriter/




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Old 18 Feb 2005, 08:48 PM   #2
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Default TitleWriter 2.0 Beta (Major Revision)

Feb 18 2005
Rev 2.0 Beta (Major Revision)

This is a Beta as I Don't have ability/time to test on all platforms


Added - Ability to run Multiple instances (First started -- Last done) of DvdShrink,Recode and TitleWrite
(And Optionally burn,view,Ifoedit etc)

Added - Run any transcoder from Titlewriter (Multiple instances DVDShrink,Recode only)
(And Optionally Automatically TitleWrite -- and/or burn,view,Ifoedit etc)

Added - Ability to run any program (with/without commandlines) from Titlewriter GUI
Essentially DblClick access to run (NeroCmd --burning) ,pgcedit,ifoedit vobblanker...
SingleClick --> Add,Edit,Delete Programs in Program list
Added Macros @TITLEWRITERPATH@ @DVDPATH@ @DVDVOLUMENAME@ @FINDFILE@,@FINDFOLDER@ @CLEANDIRECTORY@ to commandline parser
(See Initial Programs examples supplied more on commandline options in Commandlinehelp file)

Added - Option to Automate GUI programs running under TitleWriter' GUI

I created a script processor to click locations/items,inject text,Push Buttons,
set HKEY_CCURRENT_USER ,RG_SIZE keys in other App's registry entries,
and do various things according to windows title text
into an application's windows

The Provided Extended Command lines were created on a 1670Mhz,XP,512 Ram machine
with screen at 1024 x 768 -- Obviously they will not run properly at other screen resolutions

This Hard to describe just get your compiliation ready, load in titlewriter
and when ready to burn DblClk NeroExpressBurn entry
Sit Back and Watch what happens -- All will then be clear
Other programs can be script/smart automated in the same way

Those who like to tinker will love playing around with the Extended Commandline

The Script Commands/Usage are in ExtendedCommands.txt file (See NeroExpressBurn for Ex.)

Essentially I'm heading for 1 main interface for doing anything to a dvd compiliation start to finish
with quick DblClk Access on individual steps and ability to automate Programs under TitleWriter



Added - (In Settings) After processing done shutdown computer/titlewriter


Added Settings Menu
Eliminated ShrinkTitleWrite totally -- Moved capabilities into TitleWriter
Cleaned Up Interface
Removed Clear Log Option
Fixed Start sector of VMG_VOBS if Video_ts.vob doesn't exist
Removed Use Alt VMG Menu -- It added to many complications for to little gain
Added Scan and "rewire" PGC Menu tables checkbox
(Used to rewire PGC jumps to removed/non existant items to existing items.)

Myriad Other GUI, TitleWriter, and Add Menu Fixes and Cleanups


Notes: The program(s) command(s) In ProgramList box Initial Startup may not reside at the same locations on your computer
Edit to fit
NeroCMD line burns Dvd Compliant compiliation,Showtime to view
or if you don't have Nero Retail you can use provided NeroExpress NeroExpressBurn entry

All commands use ...\VIDEO_TS\ ... folder for location of compiliation
(I Like having my working folder look like the final result
Compliancy Issue --tick create Audio_ts and Video_ts folders in DVDShrink Backup Area)

NeroCmd will complain if the compiliation has a video_ts.vob of 0 length




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Titlewriter Files are Located At:
http://www.dvdshrink.info/titlewriter/

I'll lose the beta if there are not to many screams in a week or so

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Old 21 Feb 2005, 03:24 AM   #3
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Default Version 2.001

Feb 20 2005 Rev. 2.001

Fixed a nasty bug on SHOWWINDOW ext command -- wasn't always displaying window on top with mouse focus

Reduced default steptime to 100 ms (makes faster if to fast just use SETSTEPTIME command

Added @DVDTITLENAME@ to Macros Will be replaced with content of the first entry
following First TITLE: entry from titlewriters DVD_TEXT area
(I used this to create a 1 Clicker in my program list to add the Movie Name into an MsWorks database
containing all the Movies I have then sort it

I left the programline in programlist on provided startup as an FYI example
Since you won't have the database don't run - just delete it or use it to make your own.
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Added DOESMACROEXIST,@MACRO@,label; command to extended command line parser
checks if macro has content if yes goto label

Same link as above

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Old 4 Apr 2005, 01:24 AM   #4
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Hi, Ive got the Sony cx985v player and I'd like to know if I can add the "genre" title somewhere so it will show up in the folder menu.I've got the title added and also a 2nd line of text but didn't know where to put the "genre "info.
Also what other info is this player capable of reading/displaying that I can add?
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I have the pioneer jukeboxes - not sony. I designed this for the Sony capabilities blind (I don't actually know just what the sony DvdText will support).
Pioneer's DVDText seem to only support volume,title,chapter naming
I would suggest just taking a rw, add a movie, and titlewrite different things/play with the various options. then see what (if anything) shows up on the player. Or just use the second line for Genre (I believe this will give you option to sort Dvd's by genre in sonys dvd select menu)

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Ok Thanks.I'll play around with it and see what happens
BTW i'm using version 1.7 beta,and have no problems,should I upgrade to the newest version?
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Yes you probably should upgrade - A couple of nasty bugs were fixed Re 2.0?
And I simplified the whole DVDShrink-Titlewrite-Add Menu-Burn? cycle into Titlewriter's GUI with (multiple target/batch) automation.
In other words my setup time per Dvd - for movie only (Knock off end creds and initial studio crap) +orig/generic menu is less then 1 min/Per Dvd + DvdShrink initial analysis.
I usually stack up 3 or 4 on my harddrive and crunch them all at once.
Then walk away and have a cold one


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@FallenAngel - Would TitleWriter work on 4 small 1/2 hour shows on 1 dvd? My grandson is driving me nuts switching dvd's.
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I've been playing with TitleWriter after asking the noob question above. I shrank 2 of the movies with shrink and then ran TW. I changed the tilte names in the left panel and also clicked add all chapters which I did not rename. I used the provided Menu2Movies template. I then saved all changes and opened it up in PowerDVD 5.0. When it opened up the menu showed movie selection menu, first movie, second movie, main menu. Are the names of the titles as I changed them (like from Title1 to Nursery Rhymes) supposed to show up in single DVD players such as PC based and standalone or is this just for multi DVD standalones?

I was able to manuever between movies and their chapters.

I used the v2.001 beta.
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What you saw on the Menu is what you will see on any player computer or standalone.
Titlewriter's Dvd-Text is not migrated to the menu button labels (This is not possible without complete menu authoring. ) Titlewriter will insert any menu "As is". and attempt to make it work without user decisions/jump editing.
The Provided templates are Generics and just allow basic navigation between chapters,titlesets. and audio/subtitle selections. I provided a Generic for 4 titlesets in menutemplates folder

Dvd Text may show up on The LED of your standalone player (If it supports Dvd_text). The only computer software I've ever seen that shows Dvd-Text is in IfoEdit
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@Fallen Angel -THANKS for the reply and the info! - TW is still an easy way to jump from movie to movie on a DVD with multiple titles. I had seen the 4menu template also but just tried it with 2 to give it a shot.

I'll burn it to a dvd +rw and see what it does in my standalone.

So many programs to learn how to use...I dunno know how you guys do it....now I'm off to try IfoEdit
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Ifoedit/PgcEdit is mainly for tinkering/fixing dvd's when it hits the fan. You really only need to learn DvdDecrypter,DvdShrink,TW for Get It Done backing up.
MenuShrink, VobEdit can also be useful without an extensive learning curve.

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I used decrypter to rip, and shrink to reauthor the 2 movies to 1 folder, then TitleWriter to add the menu.
I've used MenuShrink (Nice!!) but not Vob Edit yet. I just looked at IfoEdit and it looks way over my head for now.

TitleWriter did what I wanted to do but the names of the movies did not show . Would using IfoEdit and/or Vob edit on TitleWriter sample menus do it?

What would be the way to add a menu that shows the titles of multiple movies on 1 dvd and maybe the titles of the chapters for each, if there is a way? Anything would be better than fast forwarding or hitting the next chapter button 12 times to get to the next movie.
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I used Dvd_Lab to create the menu templates. (not freeware)
And No there is no way or quick software trick to reauthor the text on the buttons.
You need to understand that what you see on the menu is actually still frames converted to m_peg2. Or in other words a movie. Reediting the frame would be a serious pain. -- Think about editing a photograph that contains text.
If you want to get fancy you might try TMPGEnc DVD Author. It will create a basic menu with custom text on the buttons. I seem to remember something about limits on titlesets though.

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@FallenAngel - Still frames to mpeg2, got it. What TW did for the menu will work for me, it beats the next chapter button thing to the next movie and of course spending $$$$$

Thanks for the schoolin' !
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