DVD lab

The DVD-lab PRO version 2 is a next step in DVD authoring for advanced users who need accessible and easy to learn tool with full range of DVD features.

DVD-lab PRO 2 adds flexible multi-VTS structure to DVD-lab with Multiple Audio Channels, Multiple Angles and whole set of VM Commands scripting.

To see other versions go to DVD-lab Standard

 

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DVD-lab PRO 2

DVD-lab PRO is based on the idea of original DVD-lab. Instead of insulting the users with an overdone flashy interface, DVD-lab and DVD-lab PRO put strong emphasis on the usability of it. The Modern Windows GUI can be tweaked and reorganized to everybody taste even across multiple monitors.

DVD-lab PRO is also one of the very few applications on the market that grows with your requirements and knowledge. Users of other applications usually either outgrow them very soon or they need to study a long time before they are able to create even simple project.

Flexible DVD structure
DVD-lab PRO is a full Multiple-VTS application, that means you can put different aspect ratios or movies with different audio channels on one DVD. But unlike other Multi-VTS applications in this category, DVD-lab PRO does not force you to use any predefined DVD structure. Each Video Title Set can be as complex or as simple as you want. The full flexibility of creating the DVD structure is one of the strongest point of DVD-lab PRO.

Multiple Audio and Subtitle Channels
Each title in DVD-lab PRO can have up to 8 audio channels: AC3, MPA, LPCM or DTS and also number of subtitle streams. You have the ability to add 8 subtitle channels, import from popular formats.

Multiple Angles/BOV
The 2.0 adds many high-end features such as multi-angle, Buttons over Video, Multi-PGC title and more.
Compile faster than ever
We reduced the amount of large hard-drive data shuffling during compilation and by using in-place compiling we eliminated the need for having large temporary space. In addition we added Smart compile options that will recompile only changes in menus and keep the pre-build vobs.

More Menu Effects
DVD-lab PRO can use even more effects on menu objects. You can use various Texture Fills and new Effects such as Metal Shine for cool effects such as metal, gold chrome, marble etc..
With the perspective transformation you can design a fresh, new non-planar menus and use powerful Package object that will simplify complex menus.

Dynamic effects
DVD-lab and DVD-lab PRO has strong integrated menu designer with multiple Undo/Redo. DVD-lab PRO adds also new DynamicFX textures that can be animated for Motion menus.

Cells and Delayed menu buttons
We added delayed menu buttons for motion menus so you can create motion menu with a loop point for seamless transition from intro. This also works together with Render Motion where you can now specify an intro effect.
Each menu can now have up to 30 additional still/audio cells with audio that can span across the cell boundaries.

Play Lists, Counter Lists, Random Lists, Chapter List etc.
DVD-lab Pro has also ability to add number of different play lists. If you like to play your movies or chapters in alternative order you don't have to add the files to DVD multiple times. All you need to do is to make one or more play list.

Special Navigation Objects
There are other special navigation object such as Condition Splitter, Case List or Return to last menu that you can incorporate into your layout.

Audio-Only Track
A 'Movie' can now have also audio track(s) only. This is a good option for distributing large amount of music on a DVD. As addition you can also edit the still screen that will be displayed during the audio playback. (For example a song title)
The new version adds second channel and the ability to insert new still image on any audio mark.

Rich virtual Editing tools
Chapter List object adds a new chapter sequence into Movie without taking additional space. Chapters can then play in any order, can be skipped or repeat in any fashion
Skip Selection allows you to simply skip over any unwanted part of a movie (commercials) without re-compilling, cutting or transcoding the movie.
Splice Point can virtually divide one movie into separate, fully addressable blocks, each with own chapter points.
Movie Segment adds many small movies as one chapter into one large Movie object.
You can now pause playback on any chapter or let the movie pause at the and and wait for user to press play button. This is a great way to create presentations or assited guides.

Multiaspect Widescreen menus
DVD-lab PRO can create widescreen menus that will play correctly on both widescreen and 4:3 TV.

Connection
The connection window is the heart of your DVD structure even more now with the PRO version. You have additional ways to organize your objects where Connections window allows for easier work with table view, split-view or snap-to-grid features. Besides the Title Button, you can now program also Menu button on remote.
The Connection window is even more powerful in the new version with multiple selections, Subviews that can separate project into smaller blocks or with Visible VM commands.

Smart Components and Scripts
DVD-lab PRO integrated scripting language will enable you to make your own wizards, smart components or effects that can help you with repetitive tasks.

Virtual Machine Commands
If you still feel you don't have enough features, DVD-lab PRO will give you full access to the PRE and POST commands of any object where you can add your own virtual machine code with a self-checking VM Command Scripting language and an unique VM Command Debugger

Lean Abstraction Layer
We know that you want to tweak your DVD so we took a special care designing the default abstraction layer to be lean yet powerful. We reserve only few necessary registers (and their meaning is described in the help) for all the work done inside DVD-lab's abstraction layer and the rest is yours!

Ability to Compile without Abstraction Layer
For special needs DVD-lab PRO can compile DVD without its Abstraction layer. This will work like the expensive high-end systems where you can (and have to) define all the links and structure by yourself.

High Educational Value
DVD-lab Pro is an excellent tool to learn and understand all fine aspects of advanced DVD authoring while still being fun to use. It will put you to the front seat with the whole structure clearly in front of you.

Grows with your requirements
As you get more experienced with DVD authoring you will be happy to learn that DVD-lab PRO is always ahead with its features. It is not easy to outgrow our software because we designed it for creative users like us.

Clean install, no dependencies
Don't you hate programs that install files all over your computer and depend on certain filters and codecs? DVD-lab is nothing like that. It installs entirely to the directory you specify and it doesn't depends on any other external files (except optional AC3 plugin). In fact you can rename or move the whole installed DVD-lab directory to different hard drive, it will still run.

.. and More
We didn't even mentioned other new things like Film Strip menus or 360 Panorama menus. But there are still more things to discover...


Studio

DVD-lab Standard and Studio are basic versions of DVD-lab PRO 2

 

DVD-lab Standard
DVD-lab was our first "entry" level authoring tool. A solid interface and a great flexibility that gained quite following on the web boards and earned us many great reviews in magazines.

DVD-lab Studio
Studio version fits into the requirement for mid-size DVD authoring tool that takes the no-nonsense approach of Standard version but offers some of the more advanced features from our PRO 1 version.

Please read comparisons and more information on the DVD-lab pages

Requirements

Minimum System Requirements

  • Microsoft® Windows® 7, Vista or XP (32-bit or 64-bit editions)
  • 1 GHz processor or better
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 1 GB of free disk space
  • Minimum screen resolution: 1024 x 768 (highly recommended higher resolution)


Free Trial

Platform: XP, Vista, W7 (32/64 bit)

DVD-lab PRO 2.52
The latest version

  • DVDlabPRO252.exe (2.52) from Mediachance
    (Installation Includes demux hotfix and UTF-8 subtitle hotfix)

PSC version 2.31 Vanilla (production standard compiler)
The DVD-lab PRO 2 version 2.31 (with compiler 4.00.42) had the longest period of testing with industry professionals (including many Hollywood studios) spanning over multiple years and therefore it earned status of "production standard".
 If you need the most independently approved version of DVD-lab PRO 2, this is it.

This version includes the demux hotfix.

PSC version 2.31 Merge
This merges many of the new changes and fixes up to version 2.5 while still running the older production standard DVD compiler 4.00.42.

This version includes the demux hotfix.

Which version?
Normally you should start with the 2.52 version and go to PSC versions if you start having issues such as memory errors when making multiple VTSs.
The PSC 4.00.42 compiler is much smaller and so it will not that easily run out of the memory when producing multiple VTS.
The PSC Merge version is a hybrid that was created later by incorporating most of the later introduced changes back into the 2.31 code. It should be as stable as the 2.31 but it wasn't tested as thoughtfully as the vanilla 2.31

Note: You can run multiple versions if you install them to different folders. They all use the same registration code.

Other Versions

Hotfix (for versions 2.51 and older, excluding the PSC versions)

(Jan/11/2011) Update for DEMUX module for some Vista/W7 when after demuxing the Windows will report: "demuxnew MFC Application has stopped working"

  • Download demux.zip (0.1MB)
    Unzip it and put the demux.aux to the DLP2 folder replacing the demux.aux there

 

 

Resources

Advanced Tutorials, Apply to DVD-lab, DVD-lab Studio and DVD-lab PRO2

Advanced PRO2 tutorials apply only to DVD-lab PRO2

Other Articles that may come useful

 

External Tutorials

  • Santiago created a whole page with dedicated DVD algorithms for Random number, Seed ability and Skewing the Random generator so it doesn't repeat the numbers. The algorithms are freely available to be used in your projects, but they are not GPL. His page is here:
    Randu, Seed and Skew by Santiago
  • Vapymid worked on various generators before. A script for 1 to 128 generator can be viewed anddiscussed here. The backup of the script is here

 

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