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."