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DVD Architect Studio

NEW VERSION 5.0 186 / 6.0 237 Pro

With DVD Architect Studio software you can easily create and burn professional-looking DVD and Blu-ray Disc projects. You'll be creating picture slideshows, single-movie DVDs, music compilations, and menu-based DVDs on your computer in no time!

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Version:5.0 186 / 6.0 237 Pro
File size:172MB
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5.0 186 / 6.0 237 Pro (April 11, 2013)

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DVD Architect Pro is bundled with Vegas Pro ($600)

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6.0 237 Pro
Support for burning stereoscopic 3D video to Blu-ray Disc.
Interactive tutorials.
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DVD Architect Pro, DVD Architect Studio, Sony DVD Architect

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DVD Architect always recodes mpeg and loses sync on audio.
Pal MPEG to Pal DVD..No compression but audio out of sync 25 min into DVD.
Would be perfect if they could fix this

Looking for Advanced Author Package..Have Linux & Win NT
Looked at

Sony DVD Architect 5... 3/10 (Windows only)
Can build use (custom) menus * Wow
Very good editing of Menus...
can not import menus/templates
Always recodes MPegs and looses sync between audio and video
if it did not have this problem woud have given it at least 7/10.

Power Director 5... 4/10 (Windows only)
Can not build use (custom) menus
Only 11 Precanned Menus Linear *1* Menu Templates
Very weak editing of templates...
Can not change or Add buttons to templates.
Templates very restrictive
can not import menus/templates

Power Producer 4... 3/10 (Windows only)
Can not build use (custom) menus
Only 11 Precanned Menus Linear *1* Menu Templates
1.Can not scroll menu templates.
2.can not change Frame
3.Can not change button layout
4.can not change button style

Corel/Ulead Movie Factory 5..6..7 (6/10) (Windows only)
Can not build use (custom) menus
Has 40 Precanned Menus Linear *1* Menu Templates
Can change button Styles/Frames/Layout
Can not add custom buttons to Menu.
can not import menus/Templates

PGCEdit( Linux and Win NT Versions)
Fantastic IFO editor ....But does not edit vobs
Can add buttons but these do not show on DVD visually .
Since program can not edit Sub pictures in vobs

Still looking for a good (Advanced) DVD Author Program

Posted February 21, 2009 by vlad1999. Tool version 5.0 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 2 of 10 Overall score 3 of 10

I love this tool! Actually I love Vegas Video too, I've been able to do all I wanted so far using these two amazing tools! DVDA works really well if you know what you're doing! It really lets you into the 'pro' field, but again, you need to 'play' a little bit with it to be able to know what you can do!
Thank you to the developers!

Posted July 02, 2008 by uzi. Tool version 4.0 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

This software was ultimately a disappointment.

First impressions were good: it has a clean user interface quite reminiscent of DVD Maestro, very easy menu creation, it didn't take long at all to get to a working DVD.

The details led to frustration however: in most good Windows software you can right click on an object to access its properties. In most cases DVD Architect doesn't follow that convention - so it takes longer to find out how to do things.

Then I tried importing elementary video streams: as others have discovered .m2v files are not supported, you have to create a program stream.

For some reasons the test DVD's I burned didn't handle the "First Play" feature right. Although the disk seemed to mount ok, the DVD menu didn't appear until I hit the play button, then the menu button to cancel the (seemingly randomly selected) title that started playing.

Then I tried to find out how to add descriptive captions (using subtitles) to my videos... nothing in the "how to", nothing in the help, search online and horror: I have the "Studio" version of the tool, and apparantly that doesn't support subtitles or multiple audio tracks. None of this was made clear to me when I bought the tool. It seems that if I want subtitles then I need to buy the "Pro" version at ten times the price (and the Pro version seems to be hard to get in the UK).

In other words, the Studio version is crippleware, and I got suckered.

So, I'm still looking for a decent, affordable, semi-pro DVD authoring package.

Posted July 01, 2008 by mpack. Tool version 4.5 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 6 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10

Don't be fooled by DVD Architect's fantastic user interface - this is not a "burn your home movies to DVD" program (unless you want it to be). Compared to certain other authoring solutions which could politely be referred to as a usability joke, Sony DVD Architect is simply a joy to use. The price is an absolute bargain (you get Sony Vegas, DVD Architect, and the AC3 Audio encoder) and I don't think the interface could be any cleaner.

DVDA lets you import AVI files which it will then convert to MPEG-2 using its internal MainConcept-based encoder, but for higher quality, you'll likely want to encode using an outside application like Cinema Craft or TMPGEnc (I'm currently using the latter). One down-side which won't be a problem for most: if you want to author multi-angle DVD, it would appear that you're limited to importing AVIs and relying on this internal encoder.

Creating layered menus with appropriate highlights is very easy too, although the manual could make this process a little clearer. The newer Pro versions also allow accessing SPRM and GPRM variables, which really opens up the possibilities. For example, you can access the SPRM variables to detect what audio track the user has selected, and display a different menu page with appropriate visual feedback.

Subtitling is really easy, too. Pressing CTRL+SHIFT+T adds a new subtitle event and places the cursor in the editing box. The [ and ] keys define start and end frames for the event (dragging the mouse on the timeline works, too). You can import Mac DVD Studio Pro subtitle scripts, or Sony Vegas region scripts (which I believe share the same layout). Currently, there is a bug where importing the said scripts will cause all line breaks to be double-spaced: this is solved by importing the script, saving, exiting, and reloading. Voila: your line breaks will now only last one line.

Granted, the possibilities aren't as limitless as they'd be with a program like Scenarist, but I think it's safe to say that DVDA gives you the functionality you're likely to need for almost every project, with almost none of the headaches. From my point of view, I can spend more time perfecting the video encode and menus and less time learning an unappealing, poorly designed piece of software.

Don't be fooled by the wide audience this program seems to aim for - it's capable of seriously powerful stuff (incidentally, version 5 which was just announced a few days ago, is reportedly adding Blu-ray Disc authoring to the mix, which I can't wait for). Any usability quirks I've experienced are incredibly minor and are justified by this program's interface and bargain price.

Posted April 16, 2008 by lyris. Tool version 4.5 using OS Vista
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

For some reason 4.5 no longer supports the import of m2v files which makes this program useless to me. Very disappointing. I'm sure it is great otherwise as I think the program itself is the best out there but to remove support for m2v's has me miffed. I am going back to 3.0 which is almost exactly the same with m2v support.

Posted December 27, 2007 by rychezilla. Tool version 4.5 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 4 of 10 Value for money 5 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10

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