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Paul Gregory
Combine Blu-ray projects
on Jun 26, 2014 at 1:33:19 am

I have an new Blu-ray project ready to burn & I was wondering if there is anyway to add another Blu-ray project prior to burning & if so how is it done?

Thanks in advance


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John Rofrano
Re: Combine Blu-ray projects
on Jun 26, 2014 at 11:59:32 am

[Paul Gregory] "I have an new Blu-ray project ready to burn & I was wondering if there is anyway to add another Blu-ray project prior to burning & if so how is it done?"
What is a Blu-ray project? What tool are we talking about here? Vegas Pro? DVD Architect? You need to be a little more specific. Let's start by telling us what software this question is for: Vegas Pro or DVD Architect?

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Paul Gregory
Re: Combine Blu-ray projects
on Jun 26, 2014 at 12:13:59 pm

I made the 2 seperate streams in Vegas 10 & have them now in DVDA & have used the Blu-ray template. I have created menus & even done a preview & could burn a disk as it stands,since it hasn't gotten any problems.

Since current project was so small I thought that I might try to put a previous project on same disk since projects are related & disk has plenty of spare space.

Thanks in advance


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John Rofrano
Re: Combine Blu-ray projects
on Jun 26, 2014 at 5:05:57 pm

[Paul Gregory] "I made the 2 seperate streams in Vegas 10 & have them now in DVDA & have used the Blu-ray template. I have created menus & even done a preview & could burn a disk as it stands,since it hasn't gotten any problems."
OK, I don't know if you can cut and paste menus between projects (I have never tried and I can't check at the moment) but you can definitely drop the other stream into the current project and add it to the menus. You can even have one stream start playing after the other by changing the End Action of the first to point to the second stream instead of back to a menu.

One thing I have done is if I spend a lot of time on a menu and want to save it for use in another project, I save it as a template. Then in the other project you can apply the template and get that menu back again.

~jr

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Paul Gregory
Re: Combine Blu-ray projects
on Jun 27, 2014 at 1:02:25 am

Thanks for the reply. Just for the record should I be able to just drag in an old ISO file as well as a DVDA project file DAR?

Thanks in advance


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John Rofrano
Re: Combine Blu-ray projects
on Jun 27, 2014 at 12:17:59 pm

[Paul Gregory] "Just for the record should I be able to just drag in an old ISO file as well as a DVDA project file DAR?"
No, an ISO file is a burned image not a project. There is no way for DVD Architect to create a project from a burned image. I was taking about dragging the original streams from your previous project. If you don't have the project anymore then forget about it. You need to have the files that the project was built from in order to add them to the new project. Otherwise you would have to import the files from the ISO file but that's another thing entirely.

~jr

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Paul Gregory
Re: Combine Blu-ray projects
on Jun 27, 2014 at 12:24:18 pm

If you can import from an iso file how is this done?

Thanks in advance


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John Rofrano
Re: Combine Blu-ray projects
on Jun 27, 2014 at 12:55:31 pm

[Paul Gregory] "If you can import from an iso file how is this done?"
You have to mount the ISO file on your computer and then pull the video files from the their respective folders. I think Windows 8 can mount ISO files natively but in Windows 7 or earlier you'll need something like VirtualDrive to mount them. Then look in the /BDMV/STREAM folder for the videos.

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Paul Gregory
Re: Combine Blu-ray projects
on Jun 30, 2014 at 5:44:07 am

More for just the exercise to see what would happen I had a go at opening adding an iso file to Blu-ray current menu.

I downloaded a freeware utility that created the iso file onto a 64GB USB 3 drive. I took the drive to a friends who has windows 8.

All I had to do was to left click on the iso file & select mount. The mounted iso file was now back in my PC with current project. From my menu I created a sub menu. Onto this I dragged the 5 files from the stream of the old Blu-ray. I ended up with a menu page with the new icons for each file on them. In preview I can play each one at a time but they weren't linked so I tried using end actions. The only thing that I don't appear to have at this time is the ability to jump to next chapter & I don't know what file within the iso file has this and/or how to extract it. Do you know where it is?

The Optimize function in DVDA shows all files don't need re-compression. I have yet to see if I have any problems when I go to prepare & burn disk. I always seem to find that the 'prepare & burn' function always wants to do to previously prepared projects even though my current project has a completely different name.

Thanks in advance


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John Rofrano
Re: Combine Blu-ray projects
on Jun 30, 2014 at 10:47:13 am

[Paul Gregory] "The only thing that I don't appear to have at this time is the ability to jump to next chapter & I don't know what file within the iso file has this and/or how to extract it. Do you know where it is?"
No, I don't. Perhaps there is some Blu-ray importing software available that can do this? You can also drop all of those files back onto the Vegas Pro timeline and add chapter markers and render as one big file again. It should not re-compress as long as you use the Blu-ray template but I haven't tried this.

~jr

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