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DVD Authoring on Mac (for more than home-videos) 24 Feb 2020 09:01 #104873

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Hell fellow FCPX users

I need to create a DVD master from a documentary with switchable subtitles / closed captions and a switchable audio-description track.
After trying different demo-versions of authoring apps and scanning the web I get the impression that no authoring application exists for Mac that does these things.
While it seems Encore did that just fine, it is EOL and not accessible anymore (and probably wouldn't run on Catalina anyway).Then there are some solutions that cost upwards of 15'000$ and are used for big budget productions. But those are not an option for budget reasons.
Does anybody use something else that does what I need or will I have to find a authoring service?
Any ideas or suggestions highly appreciated!

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DVD Authoring on Mac (for more than home-videos) 24 Feb 2020 17:40 #104892

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I have the same issue. Every year my clients require DVDs for business conferences and showrooms. I've also searched for solutions and the only option that works for me is to boot my 2013 mac pro from another hard drive with Sierra OS. That way I can run DVD Studio Pro to author and burn discs. Unfortunately, unless your clients are happy with menu formats akin to "My Vacation" there's little other options available. Other's I've spoken to have purchased older macs on Ebay to accomplish this task. Good Luck!

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DVD Authoring on Mac (for more than home-videos) 25 Feb 2020 08:13 #104907

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I contacted somebody yesterday for an Authoring request. He first had a good laugh since nobody asked him for that service in years then said he'd need to look if his authoring-computer was still running. Guess what application he runs on that machine: DVD Studio Pro...
So... I know it's a dying format, but there's still a market nonetheless.

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DVD Authoring on Mac (for more than home-videos) 25 Feb 2020 10:09 #104910

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Unfortunately, a market too small for anyone to profit off of authoring software. Which sucks for those needing to do this.

A colleague locally who does occasional DVD work still has set up a service, or contracts with a service that provides online video. He tells me he sells most of his DVD requests on it. Family downloads the video, or the company has employees use online video instead of DVDs. Product demos are now all online. Chaptered, too.

But, I'd assume if there really was a large enough market for DVD authoring app that was full-featured, Adobe would still be renting it's authoring app.

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DVD Authoring on Mac (for more than home-videos) 25 Feb 2020 13:18 #104917

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I recently edited a whole Live concert that I shot that was gonna be released on DVD. Ended up telling them I couldn't do the authoring.
In my case the DVD was gonna be included for free with the live concert album so in that case it sort of make sense, I guess.

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DVD Authoring on Mac (for more than home-videos) 25 Feb 2020 15:23 #104921

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Yes, that's a perfectly valid scenario where a DVD does indeed make sense.
It will probably last longer than Blu Ray, simply because many, many households own a DVD-Player and never made the switch to BR (the most sold Blu Ray-Players are probably Play Stations).
If I buy a Blu Ray in a Store, they still always ask if I'm aware it is a Blu Ray and not a DVD....

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DVD Authoring on Mac (for more than home-videos) 25 Feb 2020 22:14 #104936

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Encore should work on Catalina, as it's 64-bit.

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DVD Authoring on Mac (for more than home-videos) 25 Feb 2020 23:07 #104941

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Thanks for telling, didn't know that.
I actually wanted to rent Encore but it seems to not be downloadable anymore on Adobes Website, at least not with a new subscription.

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DVD Authoring on Mac (for more than home-videos) 26 Feb 2020 10:11 #104949

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I believe you have to download CS6 so look in their legacy section.

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DVD Authoring on Mac (for more than home-videos) 26 Feb 2020 11:52 #104953

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same here , i have to make a DVD's from time to Time from comedy shows i record , since here in Austria, Bluray is not so popular )
I still use DVD Studio Pro , and it works very good, can do all the things you stated above and need !
I keep an old Mac Pro 3.1( 2008 with 10.6.8.) for that purpose
( Also need FcP7 from time to time since FCPX still can't do everything FCP7 could ; )
think its easy to find an old mac pro or another bootdisk , but i would not know where to get DVD studio pro now ... sorry..opt being much help ...... but the Software is good ...

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DVD Authoring on Mac (for more than home-videos) 26 Feb 2020 16:27 #104964

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Yes, that's the route I'm taking now too. Don't have DVD Studio Pro myself but found somebody that has it and will help me creating that DVD...

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