The DVD-lab PRO version is the next step in DVD authoring for advanced users who need an accessible and easy to learn tool with the full range of DVD features.
Most of the existing tools are either very expensive and hard to master or are limited in their implemention of the DVD-Video specifications. Many tools that are marketed as "advanced" or for "professional" use are often actually only more expensive consumer applications with pre-cooked DVD structure and questionable user interface.
DVD-lab PRO is based on the idea of original DVD-lab. Instead of insulting the users with an overdone flashy interface, DVD-lab and DVD-lab PRO put strong emphasis on the usability of it. The Modern Windows GUI can be tweaked and reorganized to everybody's taste even across multiple monitors.
DVD-lab is also one of the very few applications on the market that grows
with your requirements and knowledge. Users of other applications usually
either outgrow them very soon or they need to study a long time before they
are able to create even simple project. We put a lot of effort to the DVD-lab
PRO so it offers benefits of both worlds. It is easy to start making simple
DVDs but it doesn't stop there. As you continue to master the craft you will
realize that DVD-lab PRO offers an unlimited range of design flexibility and
delivers the goods even for most demanding designers.
Flexible DVD structure
DVD-lab PRO is a full Multiple-VTS application, that means you can put different aspect ratios or movies with different audio channels on one DVD. But unlike other Multi-VTS applications in this category, DVD-lab PRO does not force you to use any predefined DVD structure. Each Video Title Set can be as complex or as simple as you want. The full flexibility of creating the DVD structure is one of the strongest point of DVD-lab PRO.
Multiple Audio and Subtitle Channels
Each title in DVD-lab PRO can have up to 8 audio channels: AC3, MPA, LPCM or DTS and also number of subtitle streams. You have the ability to add 8 subtitle channels, these can be created within DVD-lab or imported using popular formats. You can use customized graphic subtitles (imported from bitmaps).
More Menu Effects
DVD-lab PRO builds on DVD-lab's available menu effects. You can use various Texture Fills and new Effects such as Metal Shine for new cool effects such as metal, gold, chrome, marble - and more!
New Dynamic effects
DVD-lab and DVD-lab PRO have strong integrated menu designers with multiple Undo/Redo. DVD-lab PRO adds also new DynamicFX textures that can be animated for Motion menus.
Delayed menu buttons
We added delayed menu button for motion menus so you can create motion menu with a loop points for seamless transition from intro. This also works together with Render Motion where you can now specify an intro effect.
Play Lists, Counter Lists, Random Lists etc.
DVD-lab Pro has also ability to add a number of different play lists. If you like to play your movies in an alternative order you don't have to add the files to DVD multiple times. All you need to do is to make one or more play lists.
Special Navigation Objects
There are other special navigation object such as Condition Splitter, Case List or Return to last menu that you can incorporate into your layout.
A 'Movie' can now have also audio track(s) only. This is a good option for distributing large amount of music on a DVD. As addition you can also edit the still screen that will be displayed during the audio playback. (For example, a song title).
Branching object allows you to add a new chapter sequence into a Movie. Chapters can then be played in any order, can be skipped or repeated in any fashion - and they don't take additional DVD space.
Multi-Aspect Widescreen menus
DVD-lab PRO can create widescreen menus that will play correctly on both widescreen and normal 4:3 aspect ratio televisions.
The Connections window is the heart of your DVD structure even more now with the PRO version. You have additional ways to organize your objects where the Connections window allows for easier work with table view, split-view or snap-to-grid features. As well as the Title Button, you can now program the action to be taken when the player's remote control "Menu" button is pressed.
Smart Components and Scripts
DVD-lab PRO's integrated scripting language, "Lab-Talk", will enable you to make your own wizards, smart components and effects that can help you with repetitive tasks.
Things for PROs
If you still feel you don't have enough features, DVD-lab PRO gives you full access to the PRE and POST commands of any object where you can add your own virtual machine code using a self-checking VM Command Scripting language.
Ability to Compile without Abstraction Layer
For special needs DVD-lab PRO can compile DVD without its Abstraction layer. This will work like the professional high-end systems where you can define all the links and structure by yourself.
High Educational Value
DVD-lab Pro is an excellent tool with which to learn and understand all the fine aspects of DVD authoring while still being fun to use. It will put you in the driving seat with the whole structure clearly in front of you.
Grows with your requirements
As you get more experienced with DVD authoring, you will be happy to learn that DVD-lab PRO is always ahead with its features. It is not easy to outgrow our software because we designed it for creative users like us.
.. and More
We haven't even mentioned other new things like Film Strip menus or 360-degree Panoramic menus. But there are still more things to discover...
DVD-Lab and DVD-Lab PRO compared
|Mix aspect ratios on DVD|
|Multi-aspect 16:9 menus|
|VM command sequence|
|Play, Counter, Random lists|
|Other special objects|
|Use without Abstraction Layer|
|Delayed menu buttons|
|Number of Movies||99||99 per VTS *|
|Number of Menus||250||25,500 **|
|TV System||NTSC, PAL||NTSC, PAL|
* In practical terms you can have 99 titles on DVD. However each title can be divided into smaller segments that can play as a separate movie which gives us maximum 9801 of such segments per DVD.
** DVD-lab PRO allows you to define up to 255 Menus for each VTS in your project plus a maximum of 255 VMG Menus.
DVD-lab is available for Microsoft Windows 98/NT/2000/XP (recommended 2000 and XP)
Note: You will need at least a FAT32 disk file system on Windows '98 (which supports up to 4GB file size). However, a NTFS volume in Windows 2000 or XP is strongly recommended (no size restriction). The compile process takes about 200MB of RAM, but the designer can require much more - depending on the projects. It is recommended not to go under 500 MB of RAM.