Number of audio / subtitle tracks allowed on blu-ray?

atonaldenim wrote on 5/24/2023, 1:49 PM

Hello, I am considering buying DVD Architect for a blu-ray authoring project, understanding that it's discontinued.

I would like to burn a disc with 6 episodes of a documentary series I worked on. About 30 mins each, so 180 mins total. Each episode was translated into many languages, both audio tracks and subtitles. Is there a limit on the number of audio tracks or subtitle tracks that can be included for each video file?

Bonus question, is there a way to offer a language selection menu in the blu-ray menu structure, that would allow the viewer to select their preferred audio / subtitle language once, that would be remembered across all six episodes? And I presume I can set the default languages when I author the disc?

I have looked at TMPGEnc Authoring Works 6, but they state a limit of 4 audio streams and 8 subtitle streams. We have more languages than this, so ideally DVD Architect could handle more.

Related question, I have read here on the forums a mention of buggy subtitles that stay on the screen until the next subtitle appears. Is that still the case, and does that apply to blu-ray BDMV discs?

Based on the scope of this project, if you think DVD Architect would or wouldn't be suited to handle it, I'd appreciate the advice. It looks like one can still find VEGAS Movie Studio Platinum 17 boxed on Amazon for $40, would that include the latest/best version of DVD Architect? Thanks!


DMT3 wrote on 5/24/2023, 2:39 PM

According to the HELP in DVD Architect (although this is not specific to BluRay, but probably is the same) 8 audio tracks and 32 subtitle tracks for WS assets. Let me see how many it lets me add when set to Bluray.


Yep 8 tracks of audio and 32 tracks for subtitles. I did not actually put assets there, just added the tracks. Movie Studio Platinum, if it has DVDA would probably have a Studio version of DVDA, not a full version but I could be wrong on that. You will be hardpressed to find a version of DVDA for sale.

Once you change the language, it should allow that language to stay for subsequent videos, you just have to have the correct switches on.

I believe Magix still provides tech support for DVDA but it is no longer being sold or updated.


atonaldenim wrote on 5/24/2023, 3:26 PM

Thanks for the reply! This is a lot more than TMPGEnc, that’s great.

Do you happen to know if there is an online version of the DVD Architect help documents? I’ve seen them referred to, but couldn’t find them online myself. I’ve downloaded the trial so I may have to just dust off a Windows installation and set it up.

My understanding is that under Sony there were different versions of DVD Architect, but under MAGIX in later versions of DVD Architect there were not different flavors. But I could be wrong too!


vkmast wrote on 5/24/2023, 3:26 PM

@atonaldenim IF that VMSP 17 box does include DVD A it would be VEGAS DVD Architect (aka DVDA 7), but I very much doubt that. Please read the whole of this thread.

DMT3 wrote on 5/24/2023, 3:56 PM

I believe Magix rebranded on Version 7, the last one. I use V5.2, V6 was buggy.

EricLNZ wrote on 5/24/2023, 6:05 PM

I believe Magix rebranded on Version 7

Magix simply dropped the Studio version so VMS users got given the Pro version.

atonaldenim wrote on 5/24/2023, 6:20 PM

Thank you all for the replies, very helpful. Any thoughts on the bug with subtitles staying on the screen, would that be likely to happen with a blu-ray created with the latest version?

Thanks for the caution about some retail versions of VMSP17 not including the DVD Architect license. Someone commented as recently as two months ago on that Amazon boxed version that they did get a DVD Architect license, so it seems worth trying to me.