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|Sonic Scenarist is the de-facto standard for commercial DVD title production in Hollywood. BluRay and HD-DVD Authoring support.
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N/A (January 01, 2011)
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Proffesional version costs $26000.
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Authoring (Blu-ray/AVCHD), Authoring (DVD)
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You can do anything possible on a DVD with this program, including encryption and dual-layer DVD. Read, you can make a very COMPLEX and mind bogglingly functional DVD, if you know how. BUT--this is strictly authoring, so it will not create the individual media components. This means you'll need a whole suite of other programs on the side to help you out. There are no quick wizards or ready-made templates here--everything is going to have to be done MANUALLY, so get ready to get your hands dirty.. Just for starters--you'll have to build each individual layer of each menu in programs like Photoshop or After Effects, or some "DVD Menu creator" program. Some things are built in, but other programs do them better, so you'll probably want to do chapter stops in another program and import, same for subtitling, audio/video compression, the list goes on..
On the plus side you have unlimited structural possibilities, you don't have to settle for ANY of those lame presets or limitations you're stuck with in other authoring packages, and you can have all the angles, audio tracks/formats, subtitles, hidden titles and Easter eggs you want.
Lots of programs exist to simplify all the individual bits and pieces of DVD construction, and some are coming extremely close to doing it all.. but this one still rules the roost for putting it all together in the end, and getting exactly precisely what you want, without compromise. But they DON'T make it *easy*.
You'll simply have to learn a bit of DVD theory, and then learn how the program works...
Sonic is a company that really needs to get it's act together. If they're not writing rinky-dink half-assed authoring packages like MyDVD (it came with my Sony DRU-510A but is the only authoring package that won't recognize the drive, how brilliant is that?), they're writing "professional" packages like this and filling them to the brim with bugs. I gave this program a quick try before throwing it in the trash, which was too good for it. It needs a shredder.
It's GUI is the most unintuitive mess I've ever seen. Hell, Maestro is supposedly a difficult program and learning it was cake compared to this unnecessarily bizarre piece of GUI madness.
Some days it would import my video and audio assets and then some days it wouldn't. I couldn't figure it out. They're the same damn assets as they were yesterday - the program is having an identity crisis or something. When it didn't want to import assets, it just said it didn't want to - didn't say why or give any error codes or anything. Sheesh, even TMPEnc and VirtualDub do that guys.
It's slow, on a P4-3000 with 512 MB of 400DDR RAM, and it crashed, a lot.
The manual blows. You need guides to get you where you need to go, which is unacceptable.
There is no technical support. I went to their forums at the start of December 2003 and got the message that they were unavailable until February 2004. Is that the kind of support you want from a professional authoring package?
I got into this package to create sub-titles for my DVD projects. It's method for approaching subtitling is hideous to behold. It imports Sonic Scenarist subtitle files, yet appears to have no way of easily creating them. Creating them on the fly from within the program is like pulling teeth. If you need to do this, use Maestro - it's far better as doing something so simple.
In short, Sonic is to DVD authoring as Corel is to page layout. Coded by four year olds hiding behind salesmen. Avoid avoid avoid, at all costs.
Brilliant software. This really will do EVERYTHING - well, the professional edition does. Upto 9 different angles, 32 (I think) language options.
If you get this software and are confused about what to do then take this advice - READ THE MANUAL AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN!
If really is that simple. Also, you should experiment. If you use DVD-RW's then you don't actually waste anything but that's not really a problem as scenarist is very particular about the compliance of any files you import and the exported files also.
Worth the money.
cost is 5000$ (stripped out useless package) to 26,000$ (everything almost) ..
Version 3 is now out for some time - though i havnt seen much posted about it . Version 3 has a few more features and bug fixes and some great templates for making it easier to use ..
Very Powerfull tool. Hard to learn but once you get it you can do anything a dvd can do.
Tips for learning:
1. go through the guides at doom9.org
2. export a basic dvd with menus from reeldvd and then import into scenarist. This will give you a working template.
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