Too many DVD authoring packages on the market are restrictive, forcing the user to use pre-set DVD templates which might not suit a variety of situations. Ease of use and a wide array of options is the hallmark of DVD-lab, placing it above and beyond the competition.
"DVD-lab is far the most impressive DVD authoring program we've seen at this level. It treats grown-ups as grown-ups and provides a sensible working environment..." Peter Wells, Computer Video Magazine (Editors Choice Award)
Most of the consumer DVD authoring tools underestimate users by holding their hands while guiding them through the DVD authoring process.
DVD-lab was our first "entry" level authoring tool. A solid interface and a great flexibility that gained quite following on the web boards and earned us many great reviews in magazines.
Studio version fits into the requirement for mid-size DVD authoring tool that takes the no-nonsense approach of Standard version but offers some of the more advanced features from our PRO 1 version.
This is our flag-ship version. A fully mature DVD authoring tool that offers all the features of most expensive authoring application together with easy to use and ergonomic user interface. This is first time such a full featured authoring application is offered in a price range accessible for normal people.
The software will surprise you by its overall
speed and light feel. Scrolling through a movie
and adding chapters is a breeze. While you
compile the movie you can actually do other
things, even work on other DVD. It has
integrated menu creation, connection module and
DVD burning module.
It doesn't hide from you advanced aspects of DVD creation yet it covers your back. For example it does Auto-Routing for buttons on menu, but you can switch it off and route the buttons as you like.
|Import AVI, QT, DV|
|Number Of Titles||99||99||99 in VTS **||99 in VTS **|
|Number of Menus||250||250||640 / VTS||640 / VTS|
|Nr.Chapters per Title||99||99||99||99|
|Number of Audio Streams||1||2||8||8|
|Number of Subtitle Streams||1||8||8|
|Buttons over Video|
|Aspect Ratio more...||4:3 or 16:9||4:3 or 16:9||4:3 and 16:9||4:3 and 16:9|
|TV System||NTSC, PAL||NTSC, PAL||NTSC, PAL||NTSC, PAL|
|Motion/Audio Menu more...|
|AC-3, DTS support|
|Integrated menu creation|
|Menu Transitions more...|
|Multiaspect 16:9 menus more..|
|Return to last menu|
|Texture Fill for menu more...|
|Advanced Menu Encoding|
|Play All support|
|Play List support more...|
|Multiple VTS more...|
|Mix aspects on one DVD|
|Audio-Only Track more...|
|Condition and Case List more...|
|Chapter Branching more...|
|Linking across domains|
|Dynamic FX more...|
|Delayed Menu Buttons more...|
|Intro Effect in Render Motion|
|Menu Cloning more...|
|VM Commands more...|
|VM Commands on Chapters|
|Scripting support more...|
|Use w/out Abstraction Layer more...|
|CC Line 21 support|
Does DVD-lab re-encode my files?
(What files are supported?)
DVD-lab never re-encode your files. This was our first important decision and it is in the style of all high-end authoring tools.
First you have to prepare the video and audio files using any of your favorite software or hardware encoders (we also sell some) and then add it to the DVD-lab.
DVD-lab quickly checks and verifies the validity of your files and then you can start creating the DVD. The whole DVD compilation lasts just few minutes. This is important when you are making a professional DVD. You will likely want to change the DVD flow few times and short compiling times are essential.
DVD-lab therefore support all DVD specification files: MPEG2 for video and MPA, AC3, DTS, LPCM for audio including multi-channel audios.
Is PRO version much more difficult
Our goal was to make software that offers full scale of features but yet doesn't necessary require you to understand them all at once. DVD-lab PRO allows almost immediate jump-start. No need to absorb every detail. The idea is that you learn as you go and start using more advanced features when you need them. If you can work with Standard version you can work with PRO for sure.
Is Studio version more difficult than
No, we kept the look and feel of Standard version without any un-necessary clutter, but added some new features from PRO version, like increasing number of audio tracks or adding Play All and Return to last menu.
How fast can I create my very first
In 10 minutes. Just read the one page quick tutorial. This apply to both Standard and PRO.
Why the PRO version has two kinds of
menus (VTS Menu and VMG Menu)?
Because DVD specifications has two kinds of menus. Many other advanced authoring software pretend they have only one type of menu to be "easy" on users. Then, behind your back they place the menu to VMG or VTS domain depending on the most probable situation. That's simply wrong. The true value of advanced authoring application is that you are in the control, not the application.
I don't understand all the VMG, VTS
We had to learn it as well. You don't need to understand any of this in PRO because the software will teach you. For example you will be happily building your DVD's for months the simple way. Movies, menus then link. Then one day you will add both 16:9 and 4:3 movies. When you compile the software will tell you - sorry but you have to put each movie into separate VTS. Soon after that you will discover the need for VMG menu. Learn as you go.
Do I have to use/learn
VM Commands for
No. This was added for the more advanced users that need to create a very special structure. Unlike other software that use VM commands, in DVD-lab you don't have to even know they exist. But VM Commands allows you to go beyond advanced authoring.
How complex is the created
DVD structure in PRO?
The Abstraction layer (or the DVD structure that DVD-lab creates) may be one of the cleanest you have seen. We use only few registers (GPRM11-GPRM15) in our AL for DVD-lab code (playlist, menu highlighting, return to last menu etc..), the rest is for you freely to use in VM Commands. We are very careful to create only the commands that are necessary for the project, so the DVD will be clean. No unused code, no large command structure that jump all over the place. Lean code.
For special needs you can even switch off the Abstraction Layer can be switched off and start building your DVD in low-level.
The PRO looks great, but I don't
think I need all the features...
While the PRO 2.0 is the best deal for the buck (you can't get such features for the same money anywhere else) we also created Studio version that bridges the Standard and PRO. Still there is very straightforward upgrade policy between Standard, Studio and PRO.
Minimum System Requirements
Important: When Entering registration code on Vista and W7, first run the DVD-lab Standard and Studio as Administrator (right click on icon - Properties, Security Tab, check Run as Administrator) then run it and enter the code. It is not necessary for PRO 2.
Platform: XP, Vista, W7 (32/64 bit)
DVD-lab PRO2 2.5
Update for DEMUX module for some Vista/W7 when after demuxing the Windows will report: "demuxnew MFC Application has stopped working"
DVD-lab Studio 1.25
Important: When Entering registration code on Vista and W7, first run the DVD-lab Studio as Administrator (right click on icon - Properties, Security Tab, check Run as Administrator) then run it and enter the code.
DVD-lab Standard 1.0
Important: When Entering registration code on Vista and W7, first run the DVD-lab Standard as Administrator (right click on icon - Properties, Security Tab, check Run as Administrator) then run it and enter the code.
Works with Windows XP, Vista 32/64 bit and W7 32/64 bit
MPEG2 source creator for only $12
If you need a well tested lean MPEG2 encoder for your DVD projects we pre-purchased a rather large number of copies of DVD Source creator 2 from pegasys way back. This is old version 2.0 but it works extremely well for mpeg2. Get the file here (2.4 MB) and purchase here for only $12.
Basic workflow and Quick Tutorial (apply to
For more advanced tutorials please visit DVD-lab PRO 2 page
Smart way of changing aspect ratio for DVD-menu still images or digital photography. This is our "secret" internal tool made available for public. Read More here.