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Adding extra audio tracks &/or subtitles

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MyDVD doesn’t allow multiple, switchable audio or subtitle tracks – you don’t have to let that stop you from creating DVDs with these features.

 

Why bother? Closed Captioning can be turned into subtitles, which is great since many LCD screens and DVD players don’t work with Closed Captions. As for audio, including both stereo and 5.1 tracks allows you to enjoy home theater sound, while still being able to watch your DVD on a PC with OEM version software [OEM versions of DVD Player software often cannot play 5.1 movie sound tracks].

 

[There are several methods of adding additional tracks to your DVD – software mentioned plus additional information, methods, and software can be found at videohelp.com.]

 

[For clarity – & because of laziness – the following assumes one title video, say a movie you recorded... You can add tracks to several titles rather than just one by repeating steps along the way. You need to demux and use Muxman once for each title, while VobBlanker only needs to be used once for all titles.]

 

The first step is to create your DVD in MyDVD, following your usual methods; please remember that if you’re going to add another audio track, you’ll have to leave room for it – encoding using the Fit Disc option won’t work. Next use a program called PgcDemux with your newly created DVD; it will extract a celltimes.text file, along with separate video and audio files.

 

Now open another program called Muxman (for our purpose here you can use the free version). Import your .m2v video file, along with all of your audio and/or subtitles; optionally you can specify the type and language used for these tracks. Under the File, Import Chapter menu select the celltimes.txt file, then choose a destination folder and click the start button. This will create a second version of your DVD – one without menus, but containing your extra tracks. The next step is to put the two versions together.

 

Using a third program called VobBlanker, open the "VIDEO_TS.IFO" file for the DVD created in MyDVD. I recommend checking the box for "Use Input Folder", and un-checking the boxes for: "Process Menus", "Remove PUOPs in VOBs", & "Remove PUOPs in IFOs". Clicking the button that says: "More>>", under the heading: "Replacing", I recommend checking (counting from top to bottom) the 3,4,& 5 boxes, then clicking "Apply" and "Close.

 

You’ll see a "Title Set" window listing all of the title sets in your DVD; you can tell which ones have your feature video by the size or by using preview. To preview select a title set, then in the bottom window select one of the PGCs (there will probably only be one). I suggest only processing those titles you are adding tracks to... I recommend clicking "Skip All", then selecting those title sets you want to work with and clicking "Process".

 

With the desired title set selected in the "Title Set" window, and the PGC selected in the bottom window, click the button labeled: "Replace", browse to and select the VTS_01_0.IFO created with your Muxman DVD and click the "Open" button. Click "Process" at the very bottom of the VobBlanker window. A log window will open – after VobBlanker’s finished, check it to make sure there are no errors, warnings etc. to worry about.

 

Now into the home stretch, using a program called IfoEdit you’ll want to give viewers the ability to do things like turn subtitles on or switch audio tracks... Open the VTS_0X_0.IFO file for each title [where X = a number]. In the upper window click and expand the line: VTS_PGCITI, selecting: VTS_PGC_1. In the lower window double click on the line: Prohibited user operations, make your selections, and save the IFO file. Repeat for other title sets.

 

If you added subtitles they might not look very pretty, at least until you set the colors. The last remaining step before testing and burning your DVD to disc, there are several methods to choose from... I suggest a program called DVDSubEdit; click Help on the menu bar and you’ll see: "Guide: Changing subtitle colors", which does a much better job than I could explaining how.

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or save yourself all the headaches and purchase Sonic's DVDit Pro or Pro HD. Both can handle multiple audio tracks and subtitling.

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or save yourself all the headaches and purchase Sonic's DVDit Pro or Pro HD. Both can handle multiple audio tracks and subtitling.

:lol: Gag... Cough COUGH ...GAG Retch!!! :P

 

Just teasing, hope I didn't offend, but there's other choices I'd make personally. :D

 

Lots of folks are new to this stuff, lots can't afford, or don't want to spend the cash on something higher end, especially if they don't know how it'll turn out, if anyone will watch, or if they'll ever attempt another DVD. And, judging by some forums :unsure: maybe other folks are like me and missed out when they were handing out free copies of Scenarist. :P

 

At any rate, nothing about the method I posted is new or original or anything like that -- I just repeated something that's fairly popular, that many people do use today, that I thought might be of interest to some people browsing the forum. Personally I was curious if & how it would work since MyDVD (don't know about other Sonic apps) creates a cell a minute for some strange reason.

 

One of the benefits is that it allows the use of subs in graphic formats, which many higher end DVD authoring apps don't. [i won't insult anyone by saying anything about why or where anyone would have subs in that format :P ] Another benefit is that the method used can be adapted, once you know basically how it works, adding tracks to DVDs that [ahem] went through EMC9's [ahem] Copy program. :) Believe that's fairly popular as well.

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