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    Default Applications - DVD Authoring Tools

    DVD Authoring Under Linux/SuSE - Application Lists
    PART I of III (applications A to J)

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    This post lists packages that are useful for making a custom DVD. It is not complete, and I hope to update it as time goes by.

    I have reposted this from another thread, and I eventually hope to make a "sticky" (or some other appropriate guide) out of it for forums.suselinuxsupport.de. The original thread is here (which is useful as it has some installation help posts):
    http://forums.suselinuxsupport.de/index.ph...c=22754&hl=

    I myself mainly use "kdenlive", "tovid", "dvbcut", "mandvd" and "KDE DVD Author Wizard". Some apps to consider are (many of which use dvdauthor in one form or another).

    2mandvd is purportedly the successor to ManDVD (by same developer). 2ManDVD is a program to simplify the creation of DVD-Video.
    Home web page: 2mandvd (currently only in French)

    Aften is an audio encoder which generates compressed audio streams based on ATSC A/52 specification. This type of audio is also known as AC-3 or Dolby Digital and is one of the audio codecs used in DVD-Video content.
    Download Packman: PackMan :: Informationen zum Paket aften
    Home web page: Aften: A/52 audio encoder

    avidemux [video processing tool]. While not strictly for DVD Authoring, I find this tool indespensable for various jobs.
    Download: PackMan :: Informationen zum Paket avidemux
    Home web page: Avidemux - Main Page

    Bombono Bombono DVD is a DVD authoring program for Linux with a Gtk GUI. The main features of Bombono DVD are: * MPEG viewer: Timeline and Monitor * WYSIWYG Menu Editor with live thumbnails * Drag-n-Drop support * Author to folder, make ISO-image or burn directly to DVD * Reauthoring: import video from DVD discs.
    Download: PackMan :: Informationen zum Paket bombono
    Home web page: Bombono DVD | Author DVD Freely

    chaplin [chaplin parses a DVD disc or image and extracts the exact duration for each chapter of a given title. Then the total list of chapters is split into a user-selectable number of subsets. Each subset should have approximately the same duration. This is a very useful approach for multi-cd rips (backups). You no longer simply split the movie in the middle of the frame count but you choose two sets of chapters for both parts which both have (almost) the same length. Then the disc-break is not at a rather random point (concering the story telling of the movie) but at the end of a dvd-chapter. The chapter timings and the split sets are also very useful for chapter navigation (even on a single disc). The normal output mode of chaplin thus prints the chapter's relative beginning time and the duration in a wide number of formats, ranging from seconds, frame counts to timestamps.
    the chaplin homepage
    Packman: PackMan :: Informationen zum Paket chaplin

    cinelerra [captures, helps compose, and editing audio and video]
    Home page: Heroine Virtual: Cinelerra
    Download: Heroine Virtual: Heroine Virtual Download
    I have not found an rpm specifically compiled for SuSE-10.0, but I did find the Cinelerra for Athlon on the above download page worked on my SuSE-10.0 on an Athlon-1100+. (I suspect it was compiled for Fedora). ... But I offer no guarantee's it won't have problems in some functions, as Fedora and SuSE store packages in different places. There are both 32-bit and 64-bit rpms for SuSE on Packman:
    PackMan :: Package details for cinelerra

    cpvdvd [a tool to transfer a DVD title to your harddisk on Linux. This tool copies all required files for a movie title from a DVD on your harddisk for further processing with libdvdreads image mode (e.g. transcode). It automatically selects the title with longest duration (but you can also pick a specific one). The tool determines the correct title set (VTS-VOB files) for the selected title, clones the navigation information (IFO files) and extracts (decodes) the data into new video object streams.]
    the cpdvd homepage
    Packman: PackMan :: Informationen zum Paket cpdvd

    cpvts [can raw copy title sets from a DVD to your harddisc. This tool can copy a single or all title sets from a DVD to a directory].
    the cpvts homepage
    Packman: PackMan :: Informationen zum Paket cpvts

    DeVeDe [the DeVeDe project creates video DVDs & (S)VCDs, suitables for home players].
    DeVeDe
    Packman: PackMan :: Informationen zum Paket devede

    divxenc [Advanced shell script for encoding DVD's or video files to the DivX format using the encoding utility MEncoder from MPlayer. Supports all the useful options an end-user would need to make a successful encode. The script is a CLI front end to MEncoder.]
    SourceForge.net: divxenc

    dvbcut [a Qt application to select certain parts of an MPEG transport stream (as received via Digital Video Broadcasting) and save these parts into a single MPEG output file].
    Download: PackMan :: Package details for dvbcut
    Homepage: PackMan :: Informationen zum Paket dvbcut
    This is one of my favourite GUI based packages.

    dvdauthor [dvdauthor is a command line program that will generate a DVD movie from a valid mpeg2 stream that should play when you put it in a DVD player. There are various GUI front ends to this program]
    dvdauthor
    PackMan :: Package details for dvdauthor

    dvdbackup [command line utility to make a 1:1 backup copy of a dvd. Called by many other packages].
    Download: PackMan :: Informationen zum Paket dvdbackup
    Homepage: DVD-Create a framework for DVD-Video creation

    DVD Home Video Project [a tool that provides a simple, quick way to transform video on a DV camcorder into a DVD].
    dvd-homevideo

    dvd-slideshow dvd-slideshow is a group of Linux commandline programs that creates a slideshow-style dvd from groups of pictures
    webpage: Main Page - DVD-Slideshow
    Packman: PackMan :: Informationen zum Paket dvd-slideshow

    dvdstyler [frontend for dvdauthor and dvd-slideshow single movie/single menu]
    DVDStyler - Home
    Help Forum: SourceForge.net: Help
    PackMan :: Informationen zum Paket DVDStyler
    I never got it to work very well under SuSE (in fact, I never successfully burned a DVD with it), but I confess I did not try too hard.

    dvdwizard [wrapper-script automate creation of DVD chapters/menu's. Needs dvdauthor],
    dvdwizard Online
    For Suse there is Packman:
    PackMan :: Informationen zum Paket dvdwizard

    Gnome-Subtitles: Gnome Subtitles is a subtitle editor for the GNOME Desktop environment. It supports the most common subtitle formats and allows for subtitle editing, conversion, and synchronization.
    Gnome Subtitles | Video subtitling for the GNOME desktop

    handbrake: HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder (ripper/converter), available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows: HandBrake and Handbrake - openSUSE

    h264enc [Advanced shell script for encoding DVD's or video files to the H.264 format using the encoding utility MEncoder from MPlayer. Supports all the useful options an end-user would need to make a successful encode. The script is a CLI front end to MEncoder.]
    SourceForge.net: h264enc

    image2mpeg is a tool to convert digital photos (and any other images) into MPEG video streams, with transitions between the images.
    www.gromeck.de: image2mpeg

    jahshaka [OpenSource Realtime Editing and Effects System licenced under GPL]
    jahshaka.org - Home
    RPMs for SuSE-10.1 can be found here: Index of /suse/10.1/RPMS/i586 with instructions here: http://www.jahshaka.org/dmdocuments/Jahsha...c3_release.html

    jubler [a java based tool to edit text-based subtitles. It can be used an an authoring software for new subtitles or as a tool to convert, transform, correct and refine existing subtitles].
    Jubler site: Jubler subtitle editor
    Packman: PackMan :: Package details for Jubler
    [requires v.1.5.0 or greater of Sun Java Runtime Environment]
    I have never tried this package.

    ..... continued ....
    Last edited by oldcpu; 14-Nov-2009 at 03:11. Reason: added bombono

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    Default Part-II (K to R) Applications - DVD Authoring Tools

    DVD Authoring Under Linux/SuSE - Application Lists
    PART II of III (applications K to R)

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    k9copy [DVD backup program - runs under KDE]
    PackMan :: Informationen zum Paket k9copy
    Home web site: K9Copy - a Linux DVD shrink

    KDE DVDAuthorWizard [Create video DVD with multiple titles & menu. Requires transcode, mjpegtools, sox, kommander (part of kdewebdev), ImageMagic, mplayer and optional(recommended) xine and k3b]
    SourceForge.net: DVDAuthor Wizard
    KDE DVDAuthor Wizard KDE-Apps.org
    [Kommander script - unpack the archive and run the 'Installer.kmdr' script or DVDAuthorWizard.kmdr direct] This is one of the two main packages that I use. I have used this a lot.

    kdvdauth [DVD authoring KDE interface]
    SourceForge: SourceForge.net: KDE DVD authoring GUI
    Packman: PackMan :: Informationen zum Paket kdvdauth

    KDVDCreator KDVDCreator is an application to create video VCD, SVCD or DVD, suitable for home players, from video files (in any of the format supported by Mplayer/Mencoder)

    kdenlive [Kdenlive is a non-linear video editor for KDE. Kdenlive project provides all project management and editing tools while relying on a separate rendering program (currently PIAVE) to perform the editing operations].
    Kdenlive - Open Source Video For Linux
    PackMan :: Package details for kdenlive

    Kino [Kino allows you to record, create, edit, and play movies recorded with DV camcorders. This program uses many keyboard commands for fast navigating and editing inside the movie].
    Kino site: Linux Digital Video -
    Packman: http://packman.links2linux.org/package/kino

    KmPg2 [an MPEG2 encoding wizard that allows the user to create DVD compatible MPEG2 streams].
    http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/...oder-5324.shtml

    klvemkdvd [front end for lvemkdvd - build DVD file systems from mpeg files]
    Klvemkdvd

    kmediafactory [authoring done by dvdauthor, ffmpeg, ImageMagick]
    kmediafactory web site: http://aryhma.oy.cx/damu/software/km...ory/index.html
    KDE-Apps page: KMediaFactory KDE-Apps.org
    Web page (as of Feb-09): http://code.google.com/p/kmediafactory/

    kungfu [KungFu is a DVD backup application based on the GStreamer multimedia framework. It rips your DVDs to Ogg files on your hard drive, utilizing patent-free codecs (Theora for video and Vorbis for audio).]
    https://launchpad.net/kungfu
    Packman: PackMan :: Package details for kungfu

    Linux Video Maker [graphics interface (GUI) for transcode, mplex, DVDAuthor and few other programs. Useful for DVD/(S)VCD structure generating, ready for record on CD/DVD. Written in Java so it needs Java Runtime Environment (JRE) to work]
    freshmeat.net: Project details for Linux Video Maker
    http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/...aker-9827.shtml
    Packman: PackMan :: Informationen zum Paket videomaker


    LiVES [a video effects, editing, conversion, and playback system aimed at the digital video artist and VJ. It uses commonly available tools (Mplayer, ImageMagick, and GTK+), so it should work on most Unix-like systems].
    LiVES Video Editing System - Because the media should be open
    http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/...LiVES-377.shtml
    There are rpms available on the web for SuSE-9.0, 9.1, 9.2 and SuSE-10.0, 10.1 and 10.2 from Index of /pub/linux/misc/suser-sbarnin
    Packman: http://packman.links2linux.org/package/lives

    lvemkdvd [linux video editor - part of lve package]
    LVE
    Packman: http://packman.links2linux.org/package/lve
    I haven't used this.

    lxdvdrip [command line rip, author, preview, burn]
    Lxdvdrip - OpenFacts – home
    BerliOS Developer: Project Info - lxdvdrip – download
    PackMan :: Informationen zum Paket lxdvdrip - packman
    Another package that I have installed, but haven't used much.

    ManDVD [This is a program to create DVD Vido.]
    Packman rpms: PackMan :: Package details for mandvd
    KDE-Apps.org
    http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/...DVD-12812.shtml
    The URL for the ManDVD Forum is not longer valid. I note the developer of mandvd is now producing a packaged called 2mandvd which is the purported successor to ManDVD.

    manslide replaced by "SMILE".

    mpgtx: [mpgtx is a tool to manipulate MPEG files. Its features include splitting/joining mpegs, editting IDE3 tags, demultiplexing .... ]
    mpgtx an mpeg toolbox
    PackMan :: Informationen zum Paket mpgtx

    OpenMovieEditor [The Open Movie Editor is a Non Linear Movie Editor, designed to be a simple tool, that provides basic movie making capabilites for the amateur movie artist]
    Open Movie Editor
    PackMan :: Informationen zum Paket OpenMovieEditor

    Open Vip[Open Vip is a video-processing tool for Linux and Windows. It consists of ( a ) OpenVIP core for processing multimedia files from command line (or as a C++ library linked with an applications code), and ( b ) OpenVIP Editor - a GUI based NLE, based on the timeline concept]
    OpenVIP home page

    pgcedit [a DVD IFO and Menu editor designed to allow the modification of the navigation commands and parameters of an already authored DVD structure]
    PgcEdit home
    This program by itself, is not enough to create a DVD. Its supposed to help in the authoring process, but I confess my knowledge of DVD's is too weak to take advantage of this.

    PiTiVi [Pitivi is a Non Linear Video Editor using the GStreamer media framework].
    PackMan :: Package details for pitivi
    Pitivi wiki: Main Page - PiTiViWiKi

    polidori [a DVD Authoring System for Gnome and Linux. It integrates several command line tools (dvdauthor, dvdrtools, ogle, etc) already available for Linux]
    Polidori - Home
    SourceForge.net: Polidori DVD Authoring System
    I haven't installed this on my PC.

    QCreateVOB [a VOB (DVD) movie creator that uses transcode, ffmpeg, sox, and multimux. It supports visual gamma correction and border selection along with many movie formats including AVI, MPEG, WMV, RM, and MOV].
    SourceForge.net: QCreateVOB
    freshmeat.net: Project details for QCreateVOB
    I created a custom rpm using check install, but I never got around to using it.

    qdvdauthor [gui frontend for dvd-author and dvd-slideshow]
    'Q' DVD-Author
    PackMan :: Informationen zum Paket qdvdauthor
    Last edited by oldcpu; 24-Feb-2009 at 05:38. Reason: added new web page for kmediafactory

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    Default Part-III (S to Z) Applications - DVD Authoring Tools

    DVD Authoring Under Linux/SuSE - Application Lists
    PART III of III(applications S to Z)

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    Slideshow creator [Slideshow Creator can edit slideshow sources for dvd-slideshow (to create dvd quality slideshows from jpeg images). With slcreator you can edit visually the slideshow. This program is written in Gambas, so you will need Gambas to be installed].
    Slideshow Creator Homepage

    SMILE SMILE (Slideshow Maker In Linux Environement) is a rewrite of Manslide. Manslide is a kde application for generating slideshow with 3D effects.
    webpage: http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show...?content=83276
    packman: http://packman.links2linux.org/package/smile

    stills2dv stills2dv is an open source solution to make a movie out of still pictures (stills can be of any resolution).
    stills2dv home page

    streamdvd [a tool to backup Video DVDs 'on the fly', there will be no ripping, demultiplexing, recoding, remultiplexing .... Select the wanted title, chapters, video, audio and subpicture streams and also a resize factor and StreamDVD will write a 'ready to author' vob file to stdout]. There is also a gui for it called "streamdvd-gui".

    Subtitle Editor: Subtitle Editor is a GTK+2 tool to edit subtitles. It can be used for new subtitles or as a tool to transform, edit, correct and refine existing subtitles. This program also shows sound waves, which makes it easier to synchronise subtitles to voices.
    Subtitle Editor
    PackMan :: Informationen zum Paket subtitleeditor

    tovid [A suite of shell scripts to make VCD, SVCD and DVD authoring easier. Converts arbitrary video formats into (S)VCD/DVD-compliant mpeg, and can help with menu creation and disc authoring].
    Tovid Wiki
    Packman: PackMan :: Informationen zum Paket tovid
    Support/develpment user/developer forum: tovid forums :: Index
    This is one of the two main packages that I use. I have used it a lot.

    ts2dvd [Ts2Dvd lets you make video DVD from many file formats. Select input video files, add subtitles file, then press Start button, which then produces VIDEO_TS for burning it as DVD]
    http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/...Dvd-12647.shtml
    Web page (not in english): JanCerny.com

    VanRed [(eVaporate and Reauthor DVDs) is an application which makes it possible to copy the main movie from a DVD to your hard disc and which allows you to remove certain audio and subtitle streams and evaporates (requant) if necessary the video stream].
    Information for installing the package is here:

    varsha [java frontend to dvdauthor, dvd+rw-tools, mkisofs, mjpegtools etc...]
    Varsha - Making DVD on Linux and SourceForge.net: Varsha
    I installed it, but never used it.

    videolink [videolink produces DVDs with menus. It converts HTML pages into DVD menus by rendering them in Mozilla and reproducing their link structure. This allows you to design DVDs using familiar HTML editing tools or ones favourite text editor].
    Index of /software/videolink

    Videopanorama Videopanorama is a software to make image slideshow, export to video file. (used to be called "images2dv-gui" ). Developed in Python and use QT4 (since version 0.6) and QT 3.3 or the previous version (With pyqt4 / pyqt3).
    webpage: images2dv-gui

    Videotrans [Videotrans is a set of scripts that allow its user to reformat existing movies into the VOB format that is used on DVDs].

    Vivia [Vivia is a video editing program for Linux and Windows. It provides editing of clips and transitions in real-time, along with multi-camera support for editing scenes that were recorded by more than one camera simultaneously. Not updated since openSUSE-10.3.]
    Vivia - The Video Editor
    PackMan :: Informationen zum Paket vivia

    vobcopy [vobcopy copies DVD .vob files to harddisk]
    News lpn
    PackMan :: Package details for vobcopy

    Winki [Winki The Ripper is a program for video encoding. It is a graphical frontend for GNOME written in python to command line tools like mencoder, mplayer, mkvtoolnix, oggenc and lsdvd].
    Winki The Ripper: Homepage
    Winki forum: www.winki-the-ripper.de :: Index
    PackMan :: Package details for winki

    XDVDShrink - [a project in BASH and Perl-Gtk2 that allows backup of DVD content on single-layer writable DVDs].
    Home Page: XDVDSHrink Project
    Packman version: PackMan :: Informationen zum Paket dvdshrink
    [I confess I struggled a bit with this package, and I prefer k9copy, lxdvdrip, or backing up from the commandline (with dvdbackup, cat, tcextract, tcrequant, and mplex)]

    xvidenc [Advanced shell script for encoding DVD's or video files to the XviD format using the encoding utility MEncoder from MPlayer. Supports all the useful options an end-user would need to make a successful encode. The script is a CLI front end to MEncoder.]

    Archive reference for this and the previous two posts:
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    Last edited by oldcpu; 23-Jan-2009 at 13:45. Reason: added Smile (replaces manslide)

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