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The DVD-lab PRO version is a next step in DVD authoring for advanced users who need accessible and easy to learn tool with full range of DVD features, Flexible DVD structure, Multiple-VTS application, Multiple Audio and Subtitle Channels, More Menu Effects,Delayed menu buttons, Play Lists, Counter Lists, Random Lists, Chapter List etc., Special Navigation Objects, Audio-Only Track, .. and More.

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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:
DVD-lab PRO 2, hotfix 2.52

This is a hotfix for importing subtitles that are encoded with UTF-8.
Adds settings to convert UTF-8 lines to ANSI in Subtitle Dialog.

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



Guides and How to's:
Add a menu to a DVD without re-authoring, using DVD-Lab Pro - Read
Asafs AVI TV Episodes to one DVD(6hr/DVD) - Read
Create DVD with closed captions - Read
Creating an Audio-Subtitle Manager for DVDLab Studio - Read
Creating audio-only dvd with up to 50 albums - Read
DVD-lab Pro Basic DVD Authoring Guide - Read
How to Author AC3 5.1 Channel Audio Only DVD Using DVDLab Pro 2 - Read
How To Backup a DVD and Add new Subtitles to the DVD using DVD-Lab Pro - Read
How to create an Audio-Only DVD in DVDLab Pro - Read
How to edit DVD,DVD-VR, DVD+VR / How to convert DVDs back to MPG for reauthor or editing - Read
The Totally ridiculous motion, switched, D-FX menu's in DVDLab Pro guide. - Read
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Tool features, DVD Author(BETA!):

Acronyms / Also Known As:
dvdlab pro, dvd lab pro,DLP2

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I have been using adobe encore for years but is fed up by the crashes and bugs. I heard DVDlab pro is a good alternative so I downloaded the trial version.

After I imported an mpg file into dvdlab pro, it says I need to use LPCM to wave tool to convert the audio track, and it automatically called that tool. During or after the conversion, the program crashed and exited.

That is all I know about DVDlab pro. On with the search for a stable DVD authoring program.



Posted October 20, 2013 by . Tool version 2.51 using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 4 of 10 Value for money 4 of 10 Overall score 4 of 10


DVDlab Pro is the BEST dvd authoring software EVER. I never had any problems with it and you can do anything can be seen on commercial DVDs: audio and subtitle setup menu, scene selection menu, multiple audio and subtitle streams, multiple movies (main movie and extras), and so on. The documentation and the tutorials could be a bit better about the advanced features but you can do many things without reading any. What you can not do with DVDlab you won't be able to do with any other program. It's even able to convert AVI files to dvd, though the result video will not have the best quality.


Posted May 24, 2007 by . Tool version 2.28 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


Looks complex but once you start using and reading help, it is quite valuable tool. I first used this tool to add closed captions to DVD. Closed caption in SCC format can be added to the VOB files. Adding subtitles is alos easy, you can either manually type in the subtitles or import srt file. Creating menu is also easy with the flow chart model.


Posted November 17, 2006 by . Tool version 2.20 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 6 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10


I'm in agreement with "netrom", this version fails when synchronizing the added news Subtitles, also it tries with several movies, and the failure is the same one, I remain better with v.1.53.


Posted October 06, 2006 by . Tool version 2.18 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 3 of 10 Overall score 5 of 10


Version 1.60 does everything right, but version 2.18 cannot synch the subtitles.
I have ripped the subs from two different movies. Then translated it into an other language and put the movies back together.
Subtitles will be out of synch when using v2.18, but evething is fine when using v1.60



Posted October 06, 2006 by . Tool version 2.18 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10


with old version 1.53 it was nearly always possible to author without demuxing video.
with new version 2.18, authoring nearly always fails without warning (better check before burning !!!)if you don't demux video. it is more space and time consuming.
checked many times with the same files with the two versions.



Posted October 06, 2006 by . Tool version 2.18 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 5 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10


superb program,only they say Import: AVI all installed codecs, like Xvid. It didn't! Pity would be supersuper


Posted August 15, 2006 by . Tool version V2.0 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


When I started taking a serious interest in DVD production, I came across the original DVD-lab, and was amazed at how it differentiated itself from consumer-tools at the time. I tested the beta-PRO version and published a professional title that had far more menu and navigation features than I could have expected. I gave in and bought the $200 version, and I have to say that this one of the best trialware applications I've ever purchased for media and DVD production. DVD-lab PRO is a *must* have for the serious DVD hobbyist or developer, and is a critical part of my own DVD production company. What you spend in $$ is quickly recovered in time saved and usable features. The only negative I can point too is the documentation. While there are examples and explanations of most features, the documentation does not effectively shorten the sometimes steep learning curves of the more advanced features. If someone were to write a comprehensive book on DVD-lab PRO's features (and include use-cases examples from hobbyist and professional perspectives), it would be the crown jewel to this fantastic application.


Posted June 12, 2005 by . Tool version 1.53 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


After using TMPGEnc DVD Author with no sucess because the audio and video are not in sync. I tried DVD-Lab Pro, the program worked; better than I anticipated. The program is really tough for beginners, but once you get use to it, it becomes bearable. This program has lots of features than other author programs don't. I like it a lot. If people are having trouble with dvd authoring, I highly recommend this tool.


Posted May 26, 2005 by . Tool version 2.5 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 6 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


Very great tool. You can made almost all professional DVD features.


Posted April 27, 2005 by . Tool version 1.04 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


After trying a bunch of different authoring programs, DVD Lab Pro has finally taken first place and now that I'm comfortable with it, I like it more and more every day.

If you want to do anything more than basic authoring (motion menus, custom navigation, etc.), this program is worth every penny. It has features many of the MUCH higher priced programs do not. At $199 it is the best deal around. But don't let the low price fool you.

I've used TMPGEnc DVD Author 1.6 (great and probably the best program if you just want simple menus FAST), Sonic DVDIt!, Sony DVD Architect 2.0 (not bad, but more complicated than it needs to be and lacks features it should have), Ulead DVD Workshop 2 (decent, but advanced navigation, etc. is limited), and others.
DVD Lab Pro beats them all hands down.

Even if you only want simple menus, it's a snap. I find it has a TON of useful little features and tools like mux/demux, bit-rate analyzers, etc. Too many to list. The ability to easily create beautiful customized menu transitions can really make your DVD look quite professional. If you are graphically inclined, creating and using your own objects (buttons, backgrounds, images, etc) is easy.

The quality of the output is fantastic. And the speed is unbelievable. It will author a 2 hour movie with multiple menu transitions normally in less than 15 minutes.

At first the interface can look a little duanting, but once you dig into it you'll find it organized quite logically and you understand why things are set up the way they are. The software is well thought out and the author paid great attention to the little details that make using this program a joy.

There will be a learning curve no matter what software you use. I found DVD Lab to have just about the lowest learning curve of all. Within a couple hours I was comfortable. Within a couple days I was breezing along. After a month now I "almost" feel like an expert.

If you're looking for a great piece of software at an unbeatable price, this is it. The features are too many to list here. Give it an honest workout and I think you'll be impressed.



Posted February 15, 2005 by . Tool version 1.0 Build 041103 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


Re the comments immediately below.....
DVDLab and DVDLab Pro is NOT, and has never ever eluded to being an AVI to Mpeg encoder. It's job in life is to author DVDs with menus ready for burning to DVD, and it does that job well. There are many other packages that do a good job of converting AVI to MPEG2.
But think outside the square. With the cost of DVD Recorders dropping daily, and the picture quality far outstripping the capture-and-convert system, you can use a DVD recorder to create your Mpeg2, then transfer it into DVDLab for the final trimmings and menu creation.



Posted January 28, 2005 by . Tool version 1.0 041215 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


When I first got this I was a bit put off by how complex it looked -it reminded me a lot of Avid!

Run through the quick tutorial & you're laughing though.

My scores are a bit lower than most due to a couple of mega gripes I have:
It doesn't recognise MP3's or AVI files.
If I want to burn anything, I have to spend ages using the very poor TMPG software to convert it to MPeg 2 first.

Other than that, this software is quite good fun.



Posted January 28, 2005 by . Tool version 1.0 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 6 of 10 Overall score 6 of 10


Pretty good authoring tool!!!. Still learning



Posted October 30, 2004 by . Tool version 1.0 041025 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


If you want something other than pre-canned menus/layouts this is the tool for you. I have been a happy user of the standard version and have been keeping up with the pro betas. I'm GLAD to pay for the upgrade to the PRO version.

Yes, there may have been bugs in the beta versions (imagine that) but I don't know of any other software of this class where you can talk directly to the developer (Oscar).

With the advanced programming options I am planning on using it for training videos with chapter quizes/scores. Try doing that with MovieFactory or anything else for $200.



Posted October 20, 2004 by . Tool version 1.0 using OS Win2K
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


If a single MPG file of over 90 mins (Approx) is used, the DVD produced would not play in my SANYO DVD-7201. Initially, I was totally confused about the reason for non playing (the player just freezes). After lot of hit and trial found this to be the reason.

If I break up the same file into smaller chunks (time wise, not MB or GB wise), and create the DVD then there was no problem in playing - EXCEPT - for a movie, a short time gap before the second section would start.

Any body else noticed this bug -- this applies up to the last Beta RC4 - all others included.

Otherwise, a fantastic piece of software. No problem about audio sync - like some reported about ULEAD DVD W'Shop (I have not used that yet so cannot comment fully)



Posted October 17, 2004 by . Tool version All using OS Win98
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


When it works brilliant piece of software, which looks daunting at first but mess about for 30mins and you should get the hang of it, comparing it to Tmpeg DVD author is strange as that is wizard driven and though OK, its far to basic for me, with this you can add multiple audio streams even DTS, multiple subtiles and the menus can look great if you spend a bit of time, most other consumer Authoring programs have poor templates which your stuck with, you can just about do what you want with this.

Now the problems, the muxing can be problematic in some players, and the biggest one ive found is the chapters, for some reason it authors 5 chapters and no more, not only chapters but no more video, you can still view the rest of the film if you open the vobs individually but play it from the IFO and all you get is about 5chapters and 25mins of video, it doesn't do this in the standard version though, is this just me, or has anyone else had this problem
But considering the price, and the bugs i would stick to the standard version for now, which is a shame as its the best out there when it works.



Posted October 15, 2004 by . Tool version B14-RC2 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10


I have to agree with the second comment previous to mine.
Beta software (Bugs) and never a proper stable version.When will they ever produce a reliable,stable version.Selling Beta software for $200 is just a con.
For ease of use,definitely a 1.The interface looks way too complex for me and I cannot be bothered to learn how to use the program (No time)
At a much cheaper price,easy to use,fast and reliable,I think I'll stick to Pegasys TMPG DVD Author.



Posted October 14, 2004 by . Tool version beta using OS WinXP
Ease of use 1 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10


I had to post a comment after reading the previous statement. I have found this program to be one of the best DVD authoring programs around. The functionality of the diagram-based approach to menu design and the ease of changing button linkages and files is second to none. The only function I am waiting to see how it does in the final version is motion menus and buttons. I had previously used DVD Architect and was satisfied, but I found DVDLab Pro to be much better for the "prosumer" market.


Posted October 14, 2004 by . Tool version RC4 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


Six months of beta testing is pathetic (since at least April 2004). Either make the damned software, or don't.

It's buggy, it doesn't always work ... and quite honestly it should NOT EVEN BE ON THIS TOOLS LIST until it becomes more than 15-day vaporware.



Posted October 14, 2004 by . Tool version betas using OS WinXP
Ease of use 1 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10


I gave a rate of 9 for ease of use simply because there is not enough tutorial and explanation of the featues bundled with the software. This tool is for someone who wants to do more beyond casual authoring and it is so powerful. For the price range, you just cannot find a competitor program.

It allows you to have movies of different aspect ration on one disc, it offers easy and impressive menu design, it supports subtitles and different audio tracks, it also allows you to use third party ac3 encoders to transcode your audio. I cannot think of anything else a prosumer would want.

The only complaint I have is the chapter setting in the tool is not always precise -- but I may be too exact, to many people, 3 or 4 frames off the chapter point is not a real problem.



Posted October 13, 2004 by . Tool version pre-release using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


I'll give it an overall score of 10 when it finally is available for purchase.

People. Listen up! At first glance at DVDlab and in particular the Pro version, you will feel only intimidated by your own imagination's limitations. At first I thought I'd have to wrap my mind around this program but now I've started to realize I can actually wrap it around me. Even things that it does not claim to be capable of doing can be "fudged" it is so open ended.



Posted September 25, 2004 by . Tool version beta 14 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


Simply the best software for DVD-Authoring out there...
Itīs just amazing... great tools inside, like MPEG size reduction / Pulldown tool and the support for SRT,SSA,SUB subtitles, just blows up the competition... No more converting and fixing subs like an idiot... Just thrown them at DVDLab and compile the DVD!!

PS=Since RC1 the subtitle problems like sub freezing, out o sync or subs failing to show is gone!! GREAT JOB



Posted September 22, 2004 by . Tool version Beta 14 RC2 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


On of the best, if not the best authoring tool around. You can do so much with the program. Options are not limited and everyday i find something else i can create with it.
We'll worth the money.



Posted September 20, 2004 by . Tool version 12beta using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


Overall this should have reiceved a 9 but i subtracted 4 points because of the subtitle support. I subtracted 1 point because it uses a priprotary sub format which is is encoded from srt subs. Subtracted another point because there is not a preview that will display your subsin order to veiw the timing.
Even though I manually adjust my subs they were still off as much as half a second insome spots on my stand alones and software players after authoring. And also there is no provision to make adjustments to your subs unless u adjust the srt file and encode it again, so it losses another point there.
Also the subs tend to hang on all 5 of my stand alones, and in different spots which tend to lead me 2 belive its the authoring process, I tried the same movie on four types of media and 2 different burners same resut each time. Authored and burned again using 2 other programs each worked fine.
And also the authoring process is painstakingly slow in this version as opposed to DVD-Lab, it could be because of the use of the priprotary sub-format in that case he should stick to whats at hand a benifit from the speed increase.
Over all an excellent tool that i would pay the price for and more just get the sub-title aspect a bit more proficient.



Posted May 10, 2004 by . Tool version DVDLab Pro beta using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 7 of 10 Overall score 5 of 10

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