[mythtv-users] Re: Making DVDs menus with chapters

Lane Schwartz dowobeha at gmail.com
Mon Oct 25 17:40:36 UTC 2004

On Sun, 24 Oct 2004 20:32:35 -0500, Grant Edwards <grante at visi.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Oct 24, 2004 at 08:07:57PM -0400, William wrote:
> > > - Take a single MPEG 2 recording captured from my PVR-250
> > > - Make a DVD of this recording that includes a menu where I
> > > can access chapters from a menu
> > >
> > > I've successfully used DVDStyler to make DVDs with menus and
> > > with chapters, but I can't figure out how to make a menu
> > > where I can access the chapters from a menu. I can use the
> > > chapter skip buttons, but I'd like to be able to access the
> > > chapters from a menu.
> > >
> > > Does anyone know how to do this?
> >
> > There are two programs that do what you seek. You might want
> > to check them out for pointers on updating your script. They
> > are nuv2disk and mythtvburn. A google will get you plenty.
> You run mythtvburn from mythweb, and it has a pretty
> easy-to-use UI. It allows you to save multiple shows to a DVD
> with a menu that selects which show, and then chapters within
> that show. One "nice to have" feature that's missing is that it
> doesn't cut commercials.
> I haven't tried the others, but I belive nuvexport _does_ cut
> commercials.  It's a command-line program, and I don't know if
> it does multiples shows per DVD with title menus.

I currently do use nuvexport to cut my commercials. It allows MPEG2 ->
MPEG2 conversion based on the MythTV cutlist.

Ah, mythtvburn... How I want to love it....

I have a PVR-250, and I have tried mythtvburn. No success. From what I
can tell digging through the scripts, mythtvburn assumes that you're
using KnoppMyth (or at the least using Debian). I'm not. I've tried
mucking through the script to make it work on my system, but so far no

The other aspect is that I don't really want to burn my commercials to
DVD. Right now I use nuvexport to cut the commercials.

OTOH, I think I may have figured out how to add chapter markings to a DVD menu.

To begin with, you can't do it from the main DVD menu. The DVD spec
does not allow you to jump from the main VMGM menu to a chapter point.
So, this rules out jumping to chapter points using the current version
of DVDStyler, since it currently only supports a single menu.

You should be able to use 'Q' DVD Author to do this. You have to have
a secondary menu that you jump to. Then you can have a chapter index
on the secondary menu with buttons that jump to the various chapters.

The relevant dvdauthor xml snippet for doing this is:

jump titleset 1 chapter 1

Assuming of course that you have a video file in titleset 1, and that
you want the button to jump you to chapter 1 of that video file.

Yikes. So right now I think I have figured out how to do what I want
by hand, and I'm just hung up on some audio sync issues that seem to
appear only when I record from my VCR to Myth. Issue isn't there when
I record straight from cable.

Anyway.... thanks for the tips.
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