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kay olson
possible to do? 1,000 menu items - each selection plays unique audio clip with same video
on Mar 6, 2012 at 6:05:31 pm

were familiar with playing different audio tracks based on a menu selection - but we have a large number of clips for this project... so, here's our question:

A viewer of our 30 minute dvd throws it in the player and selects the city they live. We want to have about 1,000 city names they can choose from.

Based on their selection, (eg: Los Angeles) the DVD will play and then at 7 different points during playback, we need the name "Los Angeles" inserted/played along the main audio track. If someone selects Portland, then Portland would be spoken in that spot instead, etc.

In terms of audio files, we have the one main audio that is the same for all menu selections, except for the spots where the city goes, it is just blank.

We have recorded 1,000 unique audio clips of just the city name we want to include . (1 to 2 seconds long)

What's the best way to insert the audio where we need it during playback - or is it even possible? (non-blu ray). There is audio just before and after the point where the city name has to go, so the timing during playback is critical. (no pause or hiccup when inserting.)

We thought about outputting 1,000 unique audio tracks (each 30 minutes long) that include the full audio along with the city, but we seem limited in the number of audio tracks on the Encore timeline (at least based on our limited authoring experience - is there a way to get more clips in encore beyond the # of audio tracks it allows?)

In reading other posts, it seems we can set markers along the main audio track, dump all our city clips on a handful of audio tracks and have them pull in where needed but it seems it will cause the dvd to pause when doing this, and make for an interrupted viewing experience. Is that true?

Any ideas/thoughts are greatly appreciated...

kay


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eric pautsch
Re: possible to do? 1,000 menu items - each selection plays unique audio clip with same video
on Mar 7, 2012 at 5:07:44 pm

Remember DVD is over 20 years old. It's was never meant for titles like this....and it's not possible anyway since audio needs to me married with video and would throw you over the size limit. Flash is more suitable for something lke this.

Also Encore and other abstraction layer Like DVDSP, puts strain on players because of all the extra code it writes under the hood to accommodate a wide range of easy to use features. Huge DVD projects are best done on spec tools like Scenarist which allows for leaner coding



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