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Adding Subtitles & Menus to DVD's of Harmy's Despecialized?

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Hi! I just recently joined after starting my download of the Harmy Despecialized Editions. I even paid Mega for one month of Premium to get rid of the download cap haha.

I love the quality of the MKV files, but I am slightly concerned about burning to disc. I intend to make somewhat presentable physical copies for my family. I’ve already purchased DVD’s and DVD cases which should be arriving soon, and I intend to buy some ink for my printer to print out some of the amazing DVD covers the people here have come up with.

I downloaded the NTSC DVD5 files for ANH Despecialized, but after doing a test burn to a DVD-RW, I noticed the lack of any sort of menu, only 1 audio track, and no subtitles. This is rather disappointing - other than that the DVD quality is perfectly fine. So, I was wondering if there was a simple way to at least integrate subtitles and a DVD menu of some kind alongside the existing VIDEO_TS folder available. Or, maybe it would be easier to make my own DVD files from the MKV source, selecting what audio and subtitle tracks I’d like to include? I have Handbrake, but I don’t know if it’s any good at that.

And so many people have provided templates for posters, DVD covers, Blu-Ray covers, has anybody provided menus that you can easily implement with some sort of authoring software? Is is possible maybe to rip the menus from the official DVD’s and retool them into the Despecialized cut?

Sorry for all the questions, haha. I’m still somewhat new to this. I’ve burned DVD’s before but I’ve never been concerned about making it presentable before.

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I think there are a few threads on making menus for blu rays further on in this section of the site? It may be the same or similar for DVDs also?

It may be easier to put the films onto USB drives for your friends and family: rather than burning discs, making menus, printing out artwork, buying cases and so on?

ooj has a great USB cover and case thread for ideas and inspiration, and there may be other similar ideas in the ‘Case Covers, Disc Labels, and Fan Art’ forum, if you go with the USB drives?
 

But respect to you if you choose to go down the more tradtional route 😃

No fate but what we make - apart from force dyads!

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I’m in the same boat as you, unfortunately. I would love to find a way to implement a DVD menu or subtitles to the DVD copies of Harmy’s Despecialized Editions, but I’m afraid that I don’t know a way to go about it. I plan on making a set of Despecialized Edition DVDs for my aunt, as she recently expressed interest in re-watching Star Wars but hasn’t seen any of the films since they were originally released. I really would like her to be able to watch the versions she remembers seeing in theaters with the option of subtitles, should she need them.

As for making a menu, I’ve wondered about this myself. Aside from the now-defunct Adobe Encore, I don’t know of many other DVD/Blu-ray authoring software that people have recommended. I’ve heard mixed things about Vegas DVD Architect, but their page is here if you want it: https://www.vegascreativesoftware.com/us/dvd-architect/ . It’s a bit pricey, but it handles both DVD and Blu-ray authoring and menu creation.

Hope you get a good lead on things soon.

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For menus, try the trial version of DVD Lab Pro 2. It should be fully functional – limited to 30 days.

If you need to demux the existing DVD, use PGCDemux. If you only want to add the subtitles, you can remux with MuxMan (free version).