We shoot a lot of weddings, primarily on XDCAM disc. We have packages that include authored DVDs, then we have less expensive packages that don't include a chaptered DVD, very popular during the down economy. For the ones that don't include an authored DVD, we cut them on FC then dub a hi-res archive copy to XDCAM disc in real time. At the same time, we record a 16X9 SD DVD using a desktop DVD player/recorder. Up to this point it’s a very efficient workflow.
Here's where it gets a little less efficient. We can't just give the client the dubbed DVD because it has an unprofessional looking menu at the beginning that the DVD recorder automatically puts on there. So we quickly load it to a PC and "demux" it, essentially removing the cheap menu and creating another DVD. I'm not the one who does that but I think it's a quick process to load it to the PC, then the PC takes about ten mins to do it. It just seems like an archaic, inefficient process to have to make this additional DVD.
Does anyone have an idea for removing this step? Ie is there a desktop 16X9 SD DVD player/recorder that will record without the cheap menu at the beginning? Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks.
Easy way to make a simple DVD...
After you have the piece edited on FCP do a self contained QT export, run that through Compressor for a DVD. In DVD Studio Pro import that one video/ audio file set and make it a Track (will be track one). Delete default menu and set Track One as "first play" in disc menu. When the customer puts the disc in the player it will just run. Not fancy, but it works.