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Old 17th August 2014, 02:17   #1  |  Link
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Source Picture Letterboxed for a non-letterboxed 4:3 title | Creating a menu button

I have a DVD that was created on January 26, 2003 by transferring a VHS
recording of a 4:3 non-letterboxed TV broadcast onto disc.

Two years ago (2012), I was unable to copy the disc with DVD Shrink, but
was able to do so with DVDFab DVD copy. I also excised a portion of the
film with Aiseesoft Total Video Converter, which is a free program I got
from the Giveawayoftheday site that I lost upon re-formatting, and saved
it in AVI format and VOB format.

One year ago (2013), I found that whenever I put this TV > VHS > DVD disc
in my Dell XPS 400 desktop PC, with an Intel Pentium D 830 CPU w/Dual Core
Technology @ 3.0GHz, 160 GB Serial ATA hard drive, and 3 GB Dual-channel
DDR2 SDRAM running Windows XP 32-bit, Service Pack 3, I would get the
Blue Screen of Death. I could play the AVI and VOB files that I'd made
with Aiseesoft Total Video Converter, though.

Just yesterday, I put the disc in my Dell XPS 8700 desktop PC, with an
Intel Core i7-4770 CPU @ 3.4Ghz, 2 TB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive 6.0 Gb/s,
and 16 GB Dual-channel DDR3 1600MHz RAM running Windows 7 Home Premium
64-bit, and I didn't get the Blue Screen of Death.

I ripped the disc to folders with DVDFab DVD Copy in Full Disc Mode, then
backed up several copies of the folders, and went into PgcEdit to experiment.

I opened one copy of the folders and saw this:

Verify number of streams (in whole DVD)

! There are 1 audio streams defined for the menu domain
in the VTSI_MAT table of TVS 1.
0 audio stream are really used by the PGCs.

Fix the number of audio streams in TVSI_MAT to 0?
Yes | No | Yes to all | No to all

I clicked on Yes and then saw this:

PgcEdit: Open DVD

! The frame rate of the First-Play PGC is illegal !
Fixed to 30 fps (NTSC).
Please save the DVD...

I clicked on OK.

I eventually found that if I did not change the Domain Streams
Attributes in Title 1, the resultant playback would display an
incorrect image with an Aspect Ratio of 1280 x 480 rather than 4:3.

Therefore, I changed the Domain Streams Attributes in Title 1 by ticking
the box named "Source Picture Letterboxed" to the right of Video: 4:3,
and the resultant playback displayed at the correct image with an Aspect
Ratio of 4:3, which corresponds to 640 x 480.

Subsequent attempts demonstrated that electing to edit the menu and/or
using DVD > Remove Useless Stuff had no effect on the Aspect Ratio seen
during playback.

I then ascertained that the original TV > VHS > DVD disc has an aspect
ratio of 1280 x 480. I hadn't realized this. Therefore, it must be
pointed out that while the source disc has an extreme letterbox-width
image, the image which appeared onscreen during the actual television
broadcast was not letterboxed. I assume then that the 4:3 (640 x 480)
aspect ratio is the correct one.

What I would like to know is why is it that I have to tick the box named
"Source Picture Letterboxed" to the right of Video: 4:3 in Domain Streams
Attributes when the source picture is in fact *not* letterboxed?

I would like to create a DVD that has the regular version of this film,
followed by the excised portion of the film that I saved to AVI and VOB
but is now also part of the copy of the TV > VHS > DVD disc I burned to
ISO with PgcEdit, so I was wondering if I can create a menu button for
this added Title after right-clicking on Title 1 and using the macros
afforded by Import Title's Intro Clip and Import Title's Closing Clip.

I intend on using the Import Title's Intro Clip macro to create a still
frame that instructs the viewer to press the »| (Next Chapter) button on
their remote once the film's credits start to play in order to see the
extended ending from the TV broadcast of the film, and then using the
Import Title's Closing Clip to add the extended ending itself.

It would be nice if I was able to alter an existent menu button or add a
menu button for this Closing Clip, though. Does PgcEdit allow for the
creation of such a menu button?

Last edited by Stephe; 17th August 2014 at 08:35. Reason: discovered that 1280 x 480 was the disc's original aspect ratio
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