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Old 21st April 2021, 07:10   #1  |  Link
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Quick-Play Menus, the hidden gem of BD Rebuilder.

One of my favorite features of BD Rebuilder is the "Quick-Play" (QP) feature. I've been doing something for a while now that others might find useful, so I thought I'd share the love. I create all my QP menus ahead of time prior to building the Blu-ray that contains the actual video files. The test folder I use for creating my QP menus is shown below and can be downloaded here for those interested.



The above folder (192 KB) contains 14 sets of Blu-ray folders as that's the maximum number of titles I like to include per page. Each Blu-ray folder is identical and consists of a single blank video file that's 0.5 seconds long. When going to build the QP menu I update the [Titles] portion of the "titles.inf" file accordingly adding the title names. If I'm working with less than 14 titles I'm removing the additional line entries in each section in addition to removing the extra Blu-ray folders I don't need. If I'm working with more than 14 titles I do the opposite also ensuring I have the desired number of QP menu items per page set in the "BDREBUILDER.INI" file. With each Blu-ray folder only being 13.7 KB in size it takes no time at all for BD Rebuilder to build the Blu-ray and QP menu. I then test the Blu-ray in PowerDVD 18, rinse and repeat until I'm satisfied with the end result.

In my case I only have BD Rebuilder create the QP menu item buttons. Well, BD Rebuilder still creates the Menu Backdrop. I just set it to be completely transparent. (MENU_BACKDROP_OPACITY=0). Instead I include the Menu Backdrop within the Menu Background I create in Photoshop. (See here for an example of what that looks like.) Each of my Menu Background images include the "Main Title" text, i.e. "Episode Selection" and Menu Backdrop that the QP menu item buttons sit on. And yes, my Menu Backdrop looks identical to what BD Rebuilder would create. I don't have BD Rebuilder create the Menu Backdrop though as I prefer to have my Menu Backdrops a fixed width where BD Rebuilder determines the width based on the longest QP menu item naming for a given page. Including the Menu Backdrop within my Menu Background image also allows me to control the padding the Menu Backdrop uses around the QP menu items. Additionally, when going to build the actual Blu-ray I don't even worry about how the QP menu is configured. Having created the given QP menu ahead of time I just overwrite the M2TS (99001-99004) and CLIPINF (99001-99004) files in the final build with the ones from the QP menu I already created. Gotta love it!

And here's some eye candy for your viewing pleasure, including the quick and dirty on the process I follow...
I downloaded the HD streams (1080p/24 | Dolby Digital Plus 5.1) for all 5 seasons of Leverage not long ago via my AmazonPrime account using AnyStream. The file sizes were quite healthy. When authoring to Blu-ray I ended up spreading each season across 2 BD50's. Once downloading the episodes (MP4) with AnyStream I extracted the Dolby Digital Plus audio track from each for inclusion later. (I have AnyStream download the SRT subtitles separate from the audio/video.) I then authored each season to a BDMV folder using multiAVCHD adding chapter stops and subtitles along the way, but not including the audio tracks. (I used Subtitle Edit to convert the SRT subtitles to SUP subtitles.) From there I imported each season into BD Rebuilder twice, once for "Disc 1" and a second time for "Disc 2" selecting the appropriate episodes intended for the given disc on import, the QP menu being created in the process. And again, since I had created the Blu-ray menus ahead of time I didn't need to concern myself with configuring the QP feature each time prior to importing. I just needed to make sure the "titles.inf" file contained the correct number of QP menu items for the given disc I was importing. The Menu Background and QP menu item namings didn't matter. Once importing I just overwrote the M2TS (99001-99004) and CLIPINF (99001-99004) files for the given Blu-ray menu with the ones I had already created. At this point in my process the only thing left to do is add the audio tracks back, then burning the resulting Blu-ray folder structure to BD-R. To add the audio tracks back I re-author the given BDMV folder using multiAVCHD, the Blu-ray menu remaining intact when re-authoring. (BD Rebuilder does not play nice with Dolby Digital Plus audio, hence why I remove the audio tracks prior to using BD Rebuilder, then adding them back afterwards.)

Leverage: The 1st Season





Leverage: The 2nd Season





Leverage: The 3rd Season





Leverage: The 4th Season





Leverage: The Final Season




Did I mention that I love BD Rebuilder's "Quick-Play" feature. :-P Being able to create the QP menus ahead of time has been a real timesaver. Since my Menu Background images contain everything but the QP menu item buttons it's essential I have a way to quickly build and test a given QP menu, then updating my "BDREBUILDER.INI" file and Menu Background image accordingly if needed building and testing again. In any event, I just thought I'd share the love. Feel free to download my test folder if you like. It can be downloaded from my secure website. I provided a download link near the top of the post here. Enjoy!

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Old 22nd April 2021, 21:26   #2  |  Link
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Cool. I love how you have taken a fairly simple feature, and made it look very professional.

I've recently been doing more backups using MKV files for backgrounds to create moving-action menus.

A little creativity goes a long way.
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Cool. I love how you have taken a fairly simple feature, and made it look very professional.

I've recently been doing more backups using MKV files for backgrounds to create moving-action menus.

A little creativity goes a long way.
I love moving-action menus. Very cool and yes, a little creativity does go a long way doesn't it. And to each his own, but I consider your "Quick-Play" feature the hidden gem of BD Rebuilder. I could see the "Quick-Play" feature used as the foundation for a stand-alone application used to create Blu-ray menus with perhaps even the inclusive of a pop-up menu. There's simply nothing else out there like it where you can take a single title or multiple titles already authored to Blu-ray spanning across one or more Blu-ray folders quickly processing the titles you choose creating a new Blu-ray that includes a Blu-ray menu. It's quite brilliant really.
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Designated Survivor (2016)

I downloaded the Netflix streams (1080p/23.976 | Dolby Digital Plus 5.1) for this TV show a couple months ago via AnyStream and my Netflix account. Finally got around to cataloging and authoring each season to Blu-ray. Below are screenshots of the QP menus I worked up including links to my online profiles for each season.

Designated Survivor: The Complete First Season





Designated Survivor: The Complete Second Season





Designated Survivor: The Complete Third Season


And for those interested, click here to download the actual QP menus shown above. And no, the actual episodes are not included. When selecting a given episode a 0.5 second blank video file will be played. That being said, the QP menus can be put to good use. All one has to do is download the episodes via AnyStream and their Netflix account, then authoring each season to Blu-ray as I have done. When building the given Blu-ray with BDRB just make sure your BDREBUILDER.INI file includes the "MENU_ITEMS_PAGE" option. You'll want to make sure the option is set to 11. No other QP configuration will be required. Once building the Blu-ray for a given season just overwrite your M2TS and CLPI files (99001-99004) with the ones from my corresponding QP menu and you'll be all set. To carry over the "QP menu item" and "page" navigation behavior from my QP menus just grab the "index.bdmv" and "MovieObject.bdmv" files from the root of the given BDMV folder. That's all there is to it. Enjoy!

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Leverage: Redemption (2021)

I just finished downloading (AmazonPrime via AnyStream), authoring (SubtitleEdit/multiAVCHD/BDRB/BDedit/ImgBurn), and cataloging (DVD Profiler/My Movies) the first 8 episodes of "Leverage: Redemption" to Blu-ray. It just fit on a BD50 which worked out beautifully. The remaining 8 episodes will be released sometime in Fall 2021. Below is a screenshot of the QP menu I worked up including a link to my online profile for the season.

Leverage: Redemption (Disc 01)

(Click on the preview image above to view the full size image.)

And for those interested, click here to download the above QP menu. And this is BYOE of course, i.e. bring your own episodes. The QP menu download contains 0.5 second blank video files in place of the actual episodes. (See my prior post for instructions on how to incorporate one of my QP menus with your own build of the same episodes.)

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Carnivāle: The Complete Series (2003)

I just finished downloading (AmazonPrime's HBOmax Channel via AnyStream), authoring (SubtitleEdit/multiAVCHD/BDRB/BDedit/ImgBurn), and cataloging (DVD Profiler/My Movies) the HBO TV Series "Carnivāle" to Blu-ray. Each season just fit on a BD50. Below are screenshots of the QP menus I worked up for this including links to my online profiles for each season.

Carnivāle: The Complete First Season

(Click on the preview image above to view the full size image.)

Carnivāle: The Complete Second Season

(Click on the preview image above to view the full size image.)

And for those interested, click here to download the above QP menus. And again, this is BYOE, i.e. bring your own episodes. The QP menu downloads contains 0.5 second blank video files in place of the actual episodes. To incorporate the above with your own Blu-ray's of each season just overwrite your M2TS and CLPI files (99001-99004) with the ones from my corresponding QP menu and you'll be all set. To carry over the "QP menu item" and "page" navigation behavior as well just overwrite your "index.bdmv" and "MovieObject.bdmv" files with the ones from either of my QP menus. In any event, just thought I'd share. Enjoy!

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