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DVD-lab is the answer to the many DVD authoring packages out there which all try to restrict user or put him in a box of pre-canned DVD templates.

Trialware ($100)
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Version:1.3.2 History
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Size:19MB



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  Latest version:
1.3.2 (January 04, 2005)


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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:
Version 1.3.2
http://www.mediachance.com/files/DVDlab132update.exe
New Features and fixes
- The File Browser is completely redone (the MS stuff is out), now with file info, color coding, favorities and ability to preview files.
- Menu Object can have various new effects - Bevel, Glass, Mirror, Magnifier...
- The Render Motion Menu some work, smoother fine scrub, Pre-Buffering (starts decoding a movie bit earlier and then extact frames when the decoder ir "warmed up". This should fix the first GOP jump issue)
- Plug-ins folder in assets, has space for Plug-ins (Components, Scripts)
- Run lab-TALK scripts in either interpreting mode or pre-compiled form (in C++ for example)
- Run Smart Components - a component with embedded script
- DCT Transcoder to reduce size of asset files. This operates similarly to DVD Shrink or DVD2One, (but on the input mpeg files rather than on whole DVD) where the transcoder simply reuse mpeg motion vectors and therefore recompress the mpeg file size in just few minutes. This is just a means for a quick reducing less important files. Make sure you know the tradeof.
- Audio Delay Info. If you select Program Stream in assets and click Audio Delay button you will get the info of the PS A/V delay. If you select audio file then it is as before - correct Audio Delay.
- MPEG-1 ES files can now be previewed and compiled
- Direct access from DVD-lab assets to TMPGEnc AC3 plugin (WAV and MPA transcoding)
- New and improved demultiplexer, now it will demux in 2 pass (video then audio) which prevents from fragmentation of the disc. It is also faster and more stable than previous one.
- Component system in Connection windows - you can group objects and use them as black box, you can also export/import such components
- Adobe Photoshop 6,7 export/import fixes
- Load Sub Picture now converts the subpicture to 4 Colors
- You can directly drag images and *.mnu files from explorer to menu
- Output folder is now saved with the project.
- Testing mpa audio frequency in PS mpg without demuxing throw error if not 48kHz.
- You can also drag link from Project to Connections Menus and it will behave as if you use Draw Button Links. Bit awkward but the option is there.
- Some changes in mpa testing, the large allocated buffer seems to caused some problems
- Rebuild All Transitions on one click
- Add Transition Tool in connection (Draw arrow from menu to menu)
- Test compile now replaces also slideshow. The dummy image is now dynamically generated with information about the movie.
- Choose type of Default (Empty) project or create your own default project.
Version 1.4 (BETA 2) download dvdlab14b2.exe (4MB). There are no backgrounds, buttons or any templates so you need to have 1.3 full installed before adding this update.
Known issues with this beta:

The Alternative multiplexer engine (Relaxed) has been temporarly unplugged, make sure you don't select this option.
The demuxer doesn't demux pcm streams properly.
New Features and fixes
- New multiplexer that should fix the WAV problems together with few other muxer related issues
- The File Browser is completely redone (the MS stuff is out), now with file info, color coding, favorities and ability to preview files.
- Menu Object can have various new effects - Bevel, Glass, Mirror, Magnifier...
- The Render Motion Menu some work, smoother fine scrub, Pre-Buffering (starts decoding a movie bit earlier and then extact frames when the decoder ir "warmed up". This should fix the first GOP jump issue)
- Plug-ins folder in assets, has space for Plug-ins (Components, Scripts)
- Run lab-TALK scripts in either interpreting mode or pre-compiled form (in C++ for example)
- Run Smart Components - a component with embedded script
- Fix for LPCM multiplexing issues with Panasonic and few others.
- DCT Transcoder to reduce size of asset files. This operates similarly to DVD Shrink or DVD2One, (but on the input mpeg files rather than on whole DVD) where the transcoder simply reuse mpeg motion vectors and therefore recompress the mpeg file size in just few minutes. This is just a means for a quick reducing less important files. Make sure you know the tradeof.
- Audio Delay Info. If you select Program Stream in assets and click Audio Delay button you will get the info of the PS A/V delay. If you select audio file then it is as before - correct Audio Delay.
- MPEG-1 ES files can now be previewed and compiled
- Direct access from DVD-lab assets to TMPGEnc AC3 plugin (WAV and MPA transcoding)
- New and improved demultiplexer, now it will demux in 2 pass (video then audio) which prevents from fragmentation of the disc. It is also faster and more stable than previous one.
- Component system in Connection windows - you can group objects and use them as black box, you can also export/import such components
- Adobe Photoshop 6,7 export/import fixes
- Load Sub Picture now converts the subpicture to 4 Colors
- You can directly drag images and *.mnu files from explorer to menu
- Output folder is now saved with the project.
- Testing mpa audio frequency in PS mpg without demuxing throw error if not 48kHz.
- You can also drag link from Project to Connections Menus and it will behave as if you use Draw Button Links. Bit awkward but the option is there.
- Some changes in mpa testing, the large allocated buffer seems to caused some problems
- Rebuild All Transitions on one click
- Add Transition Tool in connection (Draw arrow from menu to menu)
- Test compile now replaces also slideshow. The dummy image is now dynamically generated with information about the movie.
- Fix for the case when two or more menus with 16:9 motion background would crash compiler.
- Choose type of Default (Empty) project or create your own default project.
- Some changes in Record module - now you can manually select the type of DVD which works more reliably than auto-sensing.

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Alternative to DVD-lab:
Adobe Encore
DVD Architect Studio
DVD Menu Studio
DVD-lab PRO



Guides and How to's:
doom9 DVD-lab guide - Read
DVD with Multiple Audio Streams - Basic Guide - Read
DVDLab Mini Tutorial. Neon Links - Read
Guide to a Multiple Audio Menu with DVD Lab and IfoEdit - Read
How to edit DVD,DVD-VR, DVD+VR / How to convert DVDs back to MPG for reauthor or editing - Read
How to make DVD motion menus - Read
How to program a PLAY ALL button for DVD Lab - Read
Multiple (S)VCD to dvdr with DVDLab - Read
SVCD to DVD±R with DVD-Lab (directly from CD's) - Read
The Compleat Beginners Guide to DVDLab - Read
The Totally ridiculous motion, switched, D-FX menu's in DVDLab Pro guide. - Read
View all guides with guide description here


Tool features, DVD Author(BETA!):

Acronyms / Also Known As:
dvdlab, dvd lab

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This is a recap. The first DVDLab I used was downloaded. I don't know what was up but the disc that I purchased was so far more superior to the down load that I can only think neither of them had anything to do with each other. I can't imagine using anthing else.


Posted September 06, 2006 by . Tool version 1.3.2 using OS WinXP
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Ease-of-use is the crux. It's the sort of software which has so many options that it's easy to overlook a vital action - then you think you've hit a bug. Be patient, read the manual, and it'll do just about anything you could possibly want at the home-user level. For such a capable programme, it's not that hard. (And if you want to do more, there are the Studio and Pro versions).


Posted January 30, 2006 by . Tool version 1.3 using OS Win98
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


Have been using DVDLab Pro for a few years. Apart from Sonic Scenarist, DVDLab Pro has no peers.

A previous comment by a rabbit-brained respondent observed that DVDLab Pro was a $30 prog wrapped in a $100 suit. That is utter rubbish. The capabalities of DVDLab Pro are streets ahead of 99% of all authoring packages - including those that cost upwards of three times as much.

Never judge the worth of software by the comments of someone who is unable to grasp the principles of usage or indeed has a preference for authoring software that makes all the decisions every step of the way.

As for being difficult to use, I worked out how to produce a basic dvd (including chapters and chapter and menu pages), without reading the manual, within an hour of firing up the prog back in the days of the 'standard' version.

As a sideline, the first version of DVDLab Pro was the result of more than year of extensive beta testing by actual dvd authors - and is continually updated, revised and added-to.

Multiple VTS, multiple audio tracks, motion menu's, slideshows, audio-only dvd's, drag and drop menu b/g and chapter frames, automatic chapter selection, dual-layer support, the list goes on and on ...and on.

Any gripes about this programme are minor. It is stable and reliable.

Forget the rubbish from Ulead and Adobe. If you can't afford Scenarist then DVDLab Pro is the next best thing.



Posted January 14, 2006 by . Tool version 1.6 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


love the programe. as previouse comment states it is hard to use (AT FIRST) i almost gave up but all you need to do is have a GOOD read of the manual/help as i did and most things become very clear. yes there are some minor bugs but for the functionality the program gives you compared to many others compensates for that 1000 times. i have been looking for a good authoring app to make switching menus (when u highlight a button on the menu the menu background or such changes) and have not found one until now along with the power to still link menus HOW YOU WANT THEM LINKED. this is a very good and very powerful programe. also in regards to the previouse post if you want to preview it why not just do a compile and in the compile options there is a test thing where it will compile the menus but not all that video and only takes a minute or two and you can see exactly how it will work using a software dvd player.


Posted January 14, 2006 by . Tool version pro 1.60 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


This is not as easy a program as it appears. If one does not watch what one is saving and where you can easily "loose" something valuable or corrupt a file. I certainly would not recommend working on more than one project at a time to start out with. The program is a $30 program in a hundred dollar suit and needs finessing to get the many bugs out. Not being able to view the finished menu in the program is a minus. I can't see buying an upgraded version when the low program on the totum pole leaves a lot of problems to be worked out. Now however, having used it for a trial period, and having locked everything into how I want the menu to appear I feel the necessity to purchase the it just because I don't want all that work and understanding to go to waste.

Bunny



Posted January 14, 2006 by . Tool version 1.3.2 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 3 of 10 Functionality 5 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 5 of 10


DVD Lab and DVD-Lab Pro might be better understood if they cost about 5 times as much.

At their price, they are compared to low end consumer products. Those products are intended to make DVD creation easy and quick.

The DVD Lab products are far more flexible and powerful than other products in this price category. As with anything in life, the additional power comes with a need for additional effort and learning.

The results more than justify the time and effort!



Posted September 07, 2005 by . Tool version 1.31 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10


Most I need to rebuke the prvious poster. You obviously didn't read the manual or really check the software. Most of the things you said can't be done can. There are plenty of wizards if you bother to look. You can reorder the movies. Again read the manual or actaully look around the software.
This is not dvd architect, so stop looking for it to do the same things.
Auto chapter does allow for the time option ( again read or look around )
As for auto arrange icons, learn to work cleaner and stop making a mess.
Basically it is a diamond in the rough. but only to people who can actually read or know how to explore new software.

It is a shame that not much has happened for all this time.

Disregard this guys comments, probably works for Dvd architect.
Dvd-Lab does require more effort then most other software but then you can feel a whole lot better about the finished product.

But you are better served by forming your own opinion. ( being sure to read and explore)



Posted September 07, 2005 by . Tool version 1.3.1 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10


DVD-Lab sounds too good to be true and it is. It's best described as a rough diamond and needs a lot more polishing. It's a fast loading, responsive program that allows you to be imaginative with your DVD's but it contains many flaws, some by design and others are bugs. It is a very manual approach to authoring a DVD and as such many tasks can soon become repetitive and laborious if you have more than just a handful of movie titles on a disc. Hence, it could do with more (optional) automation in areas to help speed things up and reduce repetitive actions.

Bad points:
- You can't add more than 9 files to video/audio assets at a time (BUG)
- You can only add 1 asset to a project at a time, rather than being able to select multiple video assets and drag them into the connections window or project overview (DVD Architect lets you do this)
- It renames video assets as Movie1, Movie2 etc, time then has to be wasted pressing F2 and renaming the original video file name back in (laborious)
- You can't re-order how the movie titles will be on surface of disc, in the project overview or connections window. You're stuck with the order that you added them to the project in, rendering the DVD topology view rather useless.
- There is no Windows Explorer style 'auto arrange icons to grid' option in the Connections window. When you move icons about, things soon get messy.
- Templates/styles created can only be used for chapter selection menu wizards, it won't let you use them in a movie title selection menu wizard because there isn't one. When you have loads of movie titles, such a wizard is pretty essential.
- No 'auto add chapter every X mins' option, only one auto add chapter method is available (scene detect), I think both options should be available for maximum flexibility.
- Auto chapter adding has to be done one by one for each individual title, it won't let you do batch auto chapters by selecting all relevant titles in the project overview or connections window and then enacting the auto chapt wizard.
- You can't undo or cancel setting a motion menu background. GenEfx backgrounds could be forever lost.
- It won't let you re-order layers by dragging them about in the Layers tab of the Properties window. Practically all other progs that feature layers let you do this.
- The DVD remote doesn't have any number keys, so you can't test how the number keys on a menu work.
- No scope for adding a text label referring to the movie title's name in or next to the placeholder in templates/styles, only chapter number is catered for.

DVD-Lab is only really suitable if you want to put 1 or 2 movie titles on a disc. If you're like me, and you want to put loads of movie titles on a disc, then DVD-Lab quickly becomes a pain to use and can be quite restrictive with regard to the bad points above. This is a shame because the freedom it allows in designing menus and custom templates is otherwise good. There is a potential for greatness with DVD-Lab but I don't think it will ever be reached, the last release was almost 2 years ago in late2003. At the end of the 30day trial, I won't be making a purchase, instead I think I shall have to start saving up for Sony DVD Architect.



Posted August 05, 2005 by . Tool version 1.3.2 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 6 of 10 Value for money 5 of 10 Overall score 6 of 10


Used with Win2K and WinXP.

I really like DVD-lab and does many things great. My only hang-up is that sometimes during compile process it will stop and give a generic error message. But the error message can not be determined from the message. So you end up racking your brain about what the problem is. Would be a nice to have if DVD-lab can pin-point what caused the error so you can go right to that problem and fix it.

Other than that, I like it fine.



Posted November 16, 2004 by . Tool version 1.4 Beta 2 using OS Win2K
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10


DVD-lab is very powerful and sophisticated. And it's surprisingly easy to use, once you familiarize yourself with its features and workflow. However, it has trouble compiling motion menus. It drops about half the frames, sometimes jumping ahead a second or two. And some DVD's it produces are flaky. Menus would freeze in my Samsung standalone player, and the DVD would bypass the root menu when played on PowerDVD. Its wealth of features make it attractive, but it's too buggy to be trusted with an important project.

--
Michael



Posted November 15, 2004 by . Tool version 1.3 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 6 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10


It's just too buggy to make for a good solid authoring program.

I suggest they quit adding features and quit making new version (PRO, etc) until the bugs can be solved. One step at a time, please!



Posted September 21, 2004 by . Tool version 1.3 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 2 of 10 Functionality 2 of 10 Value for money 2 of 10 Overall score 2 of 10


Well, after a first dissapointment with an earlier version I was very sceptic but.... it's just fine now. Not a hickup with the newer version and a very clever impression of this "form user for users" program. You WILL HAVE TO CONVERT YOUR DV-AVI's however, so this is not an DV-tape_to_DVD in one program like Ulead's DVDMF 3. However, if you know how to convert your avi to mpeg and want to make a juicy looking DVD, this the program for you!


Posted July 21, 2004 by . Tool version 1.4xx using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


As others have said, this program is great if you want to create creative DVD's. I've made some really neat home video DVD's that we (the family) actually watches.

I've had very few problems---all of which I've traced back to my own error. One warning--I recommend burning the initial compile to a -rw or +rw so you don't waste a disk if you got a link wrong, etc.

I've also been experimenting with the Pro version, and while I've had more problems (software related I believe), the features are incredible and I've managed to get all the projects (eventually) completed.

Great product!



Posted May 14, 2004 by . Tool version 1.3 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


This is by far the best authoring software I have used. Takes a little time to get used to, but the tutorial for newbies, that can be found in this website, gave me the information I needed to get this program up and running quickly.

I still can't believe that I compiled a 2.3 GB dvd with a main menu, and two animated chapter menus, in the same time it takes to compile a VERY basic dvd, of the same size, with TMPGEnc dvd (about 20 mins). TMPGEnc dvd is a great starter program, but after you get a few dvds burned, you might want to start adding your own style and creativity to the disk. If so, then this program is for you.

After reading the other posts, I noticed that there seems to be a link between win 2k, and problems with this program. I run win xp with no problems at all.



Posted May 14, 2004 by . Tool version 1.31 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


I have used this program quite a lot recently. Up to now I have had no problems and rate the program highly. However on my latest project I encoded a file using TMPGenc at a high average bit rate (7000) and when I tried to compile I keep geting a message telling me a serious error had occured. I re-encoded the file at a lower bit rate (4500) and all was well. So I am not sure if this was a DVDLab problem or TMPGenc problem. However that aside, the DVDs that I have produced I am very happy with and I will continue to use the program.


Posted May 06, 2004 by . Tool version 1.4 beta 2 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 6 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10


Great concept but poor execution. Does not handle .vob well and neither does it handle mpeg-1 well. If thye handle the video import properly, then it may be worth soemthing. As it stnads now, it is almost always useless.


Posted March 29, 2004 by . Tool version 1.3 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 3 of 10 Functionality 3 of 10 Value for money 3 of 10 Overall score 3 of 10


I tried 1.4 beta and had the same problem. I am going back to an earlier version so I can compile again. I wouldnt recomend this version until the fix the compile problem. also I had a problem with the ac3 plug in from TMPG Enc Plus. When they fix those issues I think this will be one of the best if not the best dvd authoring programs available.


Posted March 26, 2004 by . Tool version dvd lab 1.4 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 5 of 10 Value for money 5 of 10 Overall score 6 of 10


I tried using 1.4 beta2, built the whole menu...and it wouldn't let me compile it...so went back to 1.3, once again built the menu and it compiled just fine, kinda frustrating. i wouldn't recommend 1.4 beta 2 but otherwise, awesome program, lets u do practicly anything u want to.


Posted March 26, 2004 by . Tool version 1.3 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


Initially I had problems with the program crashing. However, after rebooting my system it ran without a hitch.

Unlike some of the other DVD Authoring programs I have tried, this one allows me to create multiple menus with the look and feel that I want.

The slideshow I put together did not play properly on a stand alone DVD player although it did on WinDVD.

While it is not perfect, it is far better than the current competition.




Posted March 04, 2004 by . Tool version 1.4 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


I would like to point out that I gratefully purchased DVD-Lab after its price went up from its introductory price of $79 to $99. Not that really wanted to spend more money ... it just worked out that way.
However, I would like to also point out that I have been successfully using DVD-Lab on my Win2K machine with no problems whatsoever. If it matters to anyone else, I have Service Pack 4 installed. Perhaps that may help others who haven't been so fortunate with this fine piece of software.



Posted February 18, 2004 by . Tool version 1.4 using OS Win2K
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


After a disaster on my Win2K machine (and I posted comments a few down), I tried re-installing on the XP machine I have. Viola... perfect.

In reading through the comments, everyone that has problems with crashing is using Win2K.

Now it's worth the $100. I'll def buy now.



Posted February 18, 2004 by . Tool version 1.1.3 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


Actually, you don't have to burn to DVD to check your menus and such... just compile the project and play from the hard drive. Well, this assumes you have a decent DVD player software, but for what you've saved by using DVD-Lab instead of other "pro" authoring packages, you can get a copy of PowerDVD or WinDVD for yourself and additional copies for a half-dozen or so of your closest friends!


Posted February 17, 2004 by . Tool version 1.3 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


Awesome tool!

I have been a big hold out because most of the tools out there handcuff you as far as what you can do and how you can do it. I'm not one of those people who wants Sonic myDVD's to determine what is right for me and to make the decisions for me.

DVDLab, while it has no video and audio encoder, is just what the doctor ordered! I don't want a fat program to encode anything for me.. especially since that would mean that I would probably get a sub-standard encoder that would only do CBR (and I would have to wait version after version for the features I needed.. and pay more for it, too!).

You can create your MPEG2 files and audio files using other tools that are more refined for your tastes, and then import them in to DVDLab. From there, just let DVDLab do the magic! You can easily create menus, buttons, background audio, motion menus, etc, and visualize it all within their interface!

The only things that are lacking are:
o Fine tuning the chapter marks.
o Confusion between the start of the movie (which, in the rest of the world, it is typically tagged as Chapter 1) and Chapter 1. Folks, chapter 1 is ALWAYS the start of the movie!!
o The preview window doesn't play the audio track associated to it (I guess that is because there is no way to associate it to it).
o There is no easy way to preview the DVD within the app. You have to go through hoops of burning the DVD to a DVD-RW to properly test out the menus, links, background audio, etc.

I used to use SpruceUp up until a few days ago, and DVDLab is THE replacement. (Yes, I know SpruceUp hasn't been updated since Apple bought the company and dissolved it, but, hey, it had all of the features I needed (including those listed above)!).

There is a little bit of a learning curve to get started with this powerful tool, but it is worth the investment in time and money! Try out the 30 day eval copy, and after working through the steps to author one DVD, you'll be hooked!



Posted February 16, 2004 by . Tool version 1.3 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


I'm more than a little confused by comments that DVD-lab keeps crashing on them. I've experienced no such crashes -- none at all during this, my first 30-day trial period -- on my Win2K (Service Pack 4) machine. My hardware is an Athlon XP2000 on a Via-based motherboard, 1GB RAM, and an NVidia GeForce4 4200ti with 128MB RAM. There have been times when it appears the program is consuming more than its share of CPU cycles, but it's never caused anything to crash on me, and it's not entirely clear that DVD-lab was the real culprit.

DVD-lab is not the easiest program to use, but it's not too difficult either, and once you get the hang of it, it lets you do things that, as far as I've seen, no other program in this price range lets you do. For example, one maddening thing about every authoring program I've tried around this price -- products from Pinnacle, Ulead, Sonic, Pegasys, Roxio, and Ahead -- DVD-lab is the only one that lets you create menus that have real graphic buttons and "hot" text rather than forcing you to use thumbnails in frames. It seems every other package restricts you to menus designed around snapshots in frames. DVD-lab lets you design menus that are far more sophisticated than those from other products in terms of graphics, layout, and interactivity. Really, there are very few design limitations in DVD-lab; for example, like more expensive professional packages, you can import layered images from Photoshop and work with those layers in DVD-lab.

Another nice thing in DVD-lab is the ability to create libraries of templates, menus, styles, and objects. Some other packages in this price range let you save some level of custom templates, but none allows you this much flexibility and component reusability.

The only thing I had problems with DVD-lab was in demuxing VOBs for an entire titleset. It seems I'm able to demux the first VOB in a set, but then DVD-lab gets confused on the subsequent VOBs. I'm sure there's an answer out there, but in the meantime, when I want to work with VOBs, there are other tools I can use, like DVD Decrypter.

Bottom line: I like DVD-lab enough that I do plan to pay the registration price when my 30-day trial is up (about four more days to go). I'd like to be able to sort out the VOB demuxing issue, but aside from that, DVD-lab provides more "bang for the buck" than any other authoring program in this price range.



Posted February 16, 2004 by . Tool version 1.3 using OS Win2K
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


I tried, it failed. I have Win2K. There is nothing special about the machine hardware.

I never got to complete anything, as it would crash to the point where to get it going again I had to reboot. It doesn't handle MPEG-1's well at all.

The menu features are nice, but what good is a menu without a compilation?

$100 for this? nuh-uh.



Posted February 14, 2004 by . Tool version 1.1.3 using OS Win2K
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10

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