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Building DVD discs with Bombono

May 28, 2010, 14:32 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Willis)

"DVD authoring can be a deceptively tricky business. Though it can take some time to convert source video to the proper MPEG format, the technical requirements for the various regions are standardized, so it is at least possible to configure the conversion tools and do it right, once and for all. What cannot be automated is building the disc structure that distinguishes a user-friendly disc with chapters, eye-pleasing menus, and a file hierarchy that makes sense from a down-and-dirty, technically-it-plays-but-it-looks-awful amateur job.

"There are several actively-developed DVD authoring tools for Linux desktops and command-line environments today, including QDVDAuthor, DeVeDe, ManDVD, and DVDStyler. They vary quite a bit in ease-of-use and the number of disc-building options they support. We have covered several of these alternatives in the past.

"One of the newest options is called Bombono, a GTK+-based disc authoring application that focuses on simplicity. The project provides packages on its download page for many Linux distributions and FreeBSD. The most recent release is 0.6, from April 16. No special dependencies are required; mjpegtools, the TwoLAME MP2 encoder, and dvdauthor are the only packages needed outside of standard GNOME components."

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