please help

Kristina-Redmond wrote on 11/26/2020, 6:17 AM

Hi. I'm very new to Vegas but I heard very good reviews.

I have a edited film which I did in Premier Pro however now i want to create menus and chapters for it. It is for a blu ray disc and the film is already exported in a blu ray format m2ts.

I have tried loads of programmes but nothing works. Its so frustrating.

I have heard good reviews about DVD architect but i cant seem to find it to buy it? please help. Does Dvd architect do blu ray too?

thankyou for your help

Kristina

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vkmast wrote on 11/26/2020, 7:27 AM

Currently you need to ask MAGIX to purchase it. Try using the Ask Support process. A user-created tutorial here.

Kristina-Redmond wrote on 11/26/2020, 7:38 AM

Thank you so much, would you recommend dvd architect? Does it let you create menu and chapters for a blu ray disc? Is it stable or does it keep crashing?

Thankyou

Kristina

DougT wrote on 11/26/2020, 8:29 AM

What programs have you tried and what did not work? There aren't too many options anymore. I can't speak for the latest version of DVDA, (Version 7) but Version 5.2 is very stable and handles Bluray fine. It does not give you a lot of the fancy enhancements that Bluray supports (pop up transparent menu, etc). but it does provide full DVD and Bluray support for menus and chapters. But as VKMast wrote, Version 7 is not currently actively supported by Magix and can be purchased only by contacting Magix support directly.

Kristina-Redmond wrote on 11/26/2020, 8:53 AM

Thankyou, sounds worth a try. How do i get hold of the 5.2 version that you have? I don't need anything to fancy. I have already tried wondershare dvd creator but the chapters for blu ray doesn't work, leawo blu-ray creator where the chapters only work if I trim up the video and add them but that lower the quality, my last one I tried was pinnacle studio 24 ultimate but that kept crashing on me.

Thank you

Kristina

Teagan wrote on 11/26/2020, 3:29 PM

Thank you so much, would you recommend dvd architect? Does it let you create menu and chapters for a blu ray disc? Is it stable or does it keep crashing?

Thankyou

Kristina

DVD Architect 7 is a pillar of my business and I use it all the time. I would recommend it extremely high.

The thing that makes me stand out from my competitors is that I can make a custom menu with a scene selection with animated thumbnails. They just either have it play and have no chapters or just have a play menu and that's it, with no chapters.

Yes, with vegas you can either create the chapters within the rendered video file and export the video with the chapter markers in it (the render options before the final render button) and DVD architect will detect those and show them immediately or you can make your chapters within DVD Architect.

 

Here's what it looks like putting in chapter markers in vegas, for further use in DVDA7: (M key for marker) You can name them here (or in DVDA7) but I decided to just leave it blank.

Here is the correct template to use to have the video not re-render in vegas (you can set higher bit rate to about 20Mb/s max): You can change minor things like frame rate to 23.976p, 24p, 25p or 29.97p, aspect ratio , frame size (from 640x480 to 1920x1080) and bit rate, but you can't do VBR to my knowledge. ALWAYS separate audio from video or it will force a re-render. This sony AVC template (This is in veags pro 17, the name may be slightly different in older versions, like "Sony AVC...blu ray") does not include an audio file in the video render. I would suggest PCM or Dolby digital. The problem with dolby digital is that it maxes at 192Kb/s in vegas but if you render as PCM or uncompressed WAV you can render dolby audio in an audio re-render in DVDA7 (fine to do) up to 640Kb/s.

Here's what happens when you drag that file into DVDA7:

Here's manually putting the chapter markers in, in DVDA7: (you can zoom in to frame by frame if needed)

It is extremely stable and I have not had it crash on me in quite a long while.

The only problem with DVDA7 is that I can not use variable bit rate, to my knowledge at this time. It's CBR all the way for video.

Also, a big tip, do NOT let your video be re-rendered by DVDA7 as that will degrade quality significantly. Always use the blu ray AVC templates within vegas to ensure compatibility so it does not force a re-render in DVDA7.

Kristina-Redmond wrote on 11/26/2020, 3:37 PM

Thank you teagan. This sounds just what I need. How do i download/ pay for dvd architect 7? Or what vegas has it included?

 

Thank you for your help

 

Kristina

vkmast wrote on 11/26/2020, 3:45 PM

 @Kristina-Redmond wrote

How do i download/ pay for dvd architect 7? Or what vegas has it included?

You need to contact MAGIX directly. Please see again the comments above from myself and DougT.

It's not bundled any more with any VEGAS versions. You might find it in some older VEGAS Pro (not VP Edit) or VEGAS Movie Studio Platinum (disc) versions sold online by third party suppliers. MAGIX does not sell old versions.

I recommend that you try and contact MAGIX for an offer.

Kristina-Redmond wrote on 11/26/2020, 3:51 PM

Thankyou. I will do that. Hopefully they will get back to me and give me an offer thank you

Teagan wrote on 11/26/2020, 3:55 PM

Thankyou. I will do that. Hopefully they will get back to me and give me an offer thank you

Without contacting Magix for a personal sale of the software (only way at the moment since it's not supported for further updates, unfortunately and sadly) I'd suggest buying Vegas Movie Studio 14 platinum on Amazon as that includes DVDA7 (version 7 is what you want, not version 5). That would be a disc copy but you can just use the update patch to the latest version (build 100) from some links on this forum website.

See my post updated above with pictures that I added in afterwards.

 

Edit: any version of Vegas Movie Studio Platinum at version 14 or higher should include DVDA7 if it says it includes DVD architect. More recent editions of Vegas Movie Studio platinum stopped including DVDA.

vkmast wrote on 11/26/2020, 3:59 PM

That's a good option (which I also mentioned) if you can find it at a reasonable price.

Kristina-Redmond wrote on 11/26/2020, 4:24 PM

I'm so sorry but what update Patch? So you both think movie studio 14 is better than pro 17? If I buy movie studio 14 would I still need an update patch? I'm sorry about this I'm new to this and I just want to get it right before I spend money.

What do you think can I just buy dvd architect 7 as I have already exported my film from premier pro? Or do I need the whole movie studio

Thankyou

Kristina

Teagan wrote on 11/26/2020, 4:35 PM

I'm so sorry but what update Patch? So you both think movie studio 14 is better than pro 17? If I buy movie studio 14 would I still need an update patch? I'm sorry about this I'm new to this and I just want to get it right before I spend money.

What do you think can I just buy dvd architect 7 as I have already exported my film from premier pro? Or do I need the whole movie studio

Thankyou

Kristina

I didn't mean to confuse you with the vegas pro 17 comment, that's just the latest version I have of the editing software. Technically you don't need any vegas movie editing software to use DVDA7.

Yes, you can use premier pro rendered video files with DVDA7 but depending on how you render, DVDA7 may require a re-compression. You can manually add chapters in DVDA7.

I recommended Vegas Movie Studio 14 Platinum as it is the oldest version of this platinum bundle that includes DVD architect 7. ($32 USD on amazon right now for me, the disc version).

You can buy DVDA7 directly from Magix and it will be fine as well. I don't know their price at the moment, though.

This thread has the patch for DVDA7 to update it to build 100 after you have it installed, to update DVDA7 to the latest patch/build. This is just for fixing bugs and it's optional.

https://www.vegascreativesoftware.info/us/forum/vegas-dvd-architect-update-3-build-100-general-discussion--115060/

 

Kristina-Redmond wrote on 11/27/2020, 7:15 AM

Sorry does vegas pro 17 have dvd architect 7 on as it is on sale for black Friday?

I rendered the file in premier pro in h264 blu ray format which gave me a m4v video file and wav audio file, I then used tsmuxer to put it into a blu ray folder so it became a m2ts file. Would this work in DVD architect 7 or not?

Sorry I just don't want to waste any more money on software that won't work?

 

Thank you for helping me

 

Kristina

vkmast wrote on 11/27/2020, 7:23 AM

Please see @Teagan's comment above.

(Where do you see that VEGAS Pro 17 Black Friday offer? Please note that VMSPlatinum and VPro included exactly the same DVD A 7.)

DougT wrote on 11/27/2020, 8:26 AM

Your third choice includes DVD Architect Studio which does not have all of the features of DVD Architect. I would not trust Ebay, that sounds like an illegal serial number and will cause problems when trying to register with Magix. The other links you posted do not indicate that DVDA is included that I can see, but vkmast is more familiar with those than I am.

Kristina-Redmond wrote on 11/27/2020, 8:28 AM

Or this. Is this the one you were talking about teagan and vkmast https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06WD88FLY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_fabt1_wWqWFbQ3N8KBQ

vkmast wrote on 11/27/2020, 8:36 AM

Try finding "VEGAS Movie Studio 14 Suite" (disc version) on amazon.co.uk

Or VEGAS Pro 15 (not Edit) disc v.

Teagan wrote on 11/27/2020, 8:50 AM

This would work for you: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Studio-Standard-Device-Perpetual-License/dp/B077LRJVHV/

It includes other software along with vegas and DVDA7 which you can ignore if you want.

Your links to vegas platinum 17 and sony vegas movie studio 11 do not include DVD architect. Vegas pro 17 does not include it either, you will have to buy an older version of the software that includes it like vegas platinum 14 or vegas suite 14 like I linked above, in the amazon co.uk website.

Note that the vegas version you will be getting will be outdated and will likely not be as good as premier pro that you have but the DVD architect program that comes bundled with it is what you want. It looks like a good deal for less than 30 pounds.

You could always contact magix to get it only, as well.

Kristina-Redmond wrote on 11/27/2020, 8:51 AM

Thankyou

I can't find any on amazon

vkmast wrote on 11/27/2020, 8:55 AM

Odd. @Teagan's link was what I find as well and was my first advice.

DougT wrote on 11/27/2020, 8:55 AM

@Teagan are you sure the Studio version includes DVDA? Is it DVDA or DVDA Studio version?

Kristina-Redmond wrote on 11/27/2020, 8:58 AM

Thankyou

So you think this one?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B077LRJVHV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_fabt1_KlrWFb436ZPJJ

 

Then I can use your link for the patch yes? It definitely does blu ray chapters and menus yes? And it doesn't crash all the time?

 

Thank you

 

Kristina