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Blu-ray Encoding Tutorial official discussion

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  1. vurbal

    vurbal Administrator Staff Member

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    This is the official discussion thread for the AfterDawn Blu-ray Encoding Tutorial. It is a series of guides intended to walk you through the process of preparing video and audio for authoring to Blu-ray. The following installments have been published so far:

    Lesson 1 - Prepare Source Video

    Lesson 2 - Create AviSynth Script

    Lesson 3 - Chapter Points and Bitrate

    Lesson 4 - Encode Video

    Lesson 5 - Encode AC-3 Audio

    Lesson 6 - Advanced Bitrate Calculation

    Lesson 7 - Advanced Audio Processing

    Lesson 8 - Convert Text Subtitles To Images

    Lesson 9 - Prepare A Still Menu Background

    Lesson 10 - Make Menu Buttons With GIMP


    Please post any questions or comments here and I will try to respond to them as quickly as possible. If there is something specific you need help with, especially if it is not covered in any of these guides, I will do my best to help.

    If you have Blu-ray authoring questions you may be interested in the next series of guides I am working on which cover that subject.
     
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    Awesome tutorial Rich...had no idea about blueray editing but thanks to you have a much better understanding...appreciate your work...Cheers
     
  3. vurbal

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    You're welcome! But just wait, what you've seen so far was just laying the groundwork for a much more ambitious project.

    Valery Koval of DVDLogic Software generously provided a license for his company's EasyBD Blu-ray authoring software and two different menu creation programs (IGEditor and Quick BD Menu). Tonight I will have three more Blu-ray encoding guides added. The first deals with converting text subtitles to Blu-ray compatible subpictures and the last two cover the creation of still backgrounds and buttons for menus.

    Immediately following that I will be uploading the initial parts of the tutorials I'm working on for each of the DVDLogic programs. I expect to have all that finished some time tonight.
     
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    It's encouraging to see Staff still active and contributing new content to this side of the site regularly.
     
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    Look forward to your next installment ...again thanks and keep up the great work...
     
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    I'm glad to see there are still some (semi) old-timers hanging around.
     
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    The tutorial has been updated with three new lessons.

    Lesson 8 explains how to convert subtitles from text (SRT, SSA, or ASS) format to Blu-ray compliant image-based subpictures (BD SUP or BDN XML).

    Lesson 9 goes into detail about creating and encoding single frame videos, something primarily used for creating menu backgrounds. The following operations are covered:
    -- Using MeGUI's AVS Script Creator to select a single frame of video. This expands on the steps in Lesson 1 and Lesson 2.
    -- Creating a video encoding profile in MeGUI which is optimized for a single frame source. These instructions are based on the x264 settings detailed in Lesson 4.
    -- Producing another specialized AviSynth script (once again from the AVS Script Creator) to extract your single frame script as a still image, such as a PNG, BMP, or JPEG file. Such a file may be helpful, or perhaps even necessary in some cases, for designing and/or authoring Blu-ray menus.
    -- Writing a simple AviSynth script for loading a still image as a video source. The resulting file can be encoded as a x264 video file using MeGUI. This allows you to use a menu background created with an image editing program like GIMP, Photoshop, or even MS Paint.

    Lesson 10 is an overview of Blu-ray menu button images and how they fit into the menu design process. The following topics are covered.
    -- The role of images in making buttons visible on menus and communicating information to the viewer.
    -- Using the free image editor GIMP to create a full set of (3) images for a single button.
    -- Using GIMP to test menu layout incorporating an extracted video frame (see Lesson 9) with your newly created menu buttons and additional elements as appropriate.
     
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    This is such an amazing guide. I'm sad to see that it was never finished. Is there anything I could do to help revive it? I would love to know how to finish the process (i.e. create the actual BD menu structure and build the ISO file).
     

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