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.

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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].
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.] 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]
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-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: 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.] h264enc

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

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

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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] DVDAuthor Wizard
KDE DVDAuthor Wizard
[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: 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 -

KmPg2 [an MPEG2 encoding wizard that allows the user to create DVD compatible MPEG2 streams].…oder-5324.shtml

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

kmediafactory [authoring done by dvdauthor, ffmpeg, ImageMagick]
kmediafactory web site:
KDE-Apps page: KMediaFactory
Web page (as of Feb-09):

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).]
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] Project details for Linux Video Maker…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…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

lvemkdvd [linux video editor - part of lve package]
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 Vidéo.]
Packman rpms: PackMan :: Package details for mandvd…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 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]. QCreateVOB 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

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.

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]…Dvd-12647.shtml
Web page (not in english):

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 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]
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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: :: 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

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.]

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