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AVStoDVD 2.2.0 Alpha build 090515 is available!

WARNING! This is a *very* Alpha release: please use it as tester. It does not contain any Help section. Please contact me ASAP if you find any problem.

Change log (vs previous Alpha):

- Some bugs fixed
- Added support to AviSynth scripts as input media format
- Added AviSynth function 'A2DInfo.avsi': a AviSynth Media Info function
- Added WxH pixels info in 'Edit Title'/'Video'/'Video Resolution'
- Re-added 'Avs2Avi' (AviSynth script processor)
- Improved errors handling

Posted by avstodvd 2009-05-15

AVStoDVD 2.2.0 Alpha build 090506 is available!

WARNING! This is a *very* Alpha release: please use it as tester. It does not contain any Help section. Please contact me ASAP if you find any problem.

Change log:

- Some bugs fixed
- Added support to customizable DVD Chapters (new tab in 'Title Edit' section and new functions in Preview Clip section)
- Added support to multiple Audio Tracks input files (many input Audio Tracks -> one output Audio Track)
- Added last 5 recent Projects history in 'File' Menu section
- Added 'Title Edit'/'Refresh Title' option
- Changed 'Settings' section in 'Preferences' section. Warning: now all changes made in 'Preferences' section are NOT reflected in current project settings.
- Added Wave PCM Audio support
- Added 'AC3 Audio Encoder' to 'Preferences'/'Encoding' (Wavi+Aften, FFmpeg+Aften, QuEnc)
- Added 'AUTO' option to 'Preferences'/'AudioVideo'/'Video Resolution'
- Added 'Audio Normalize' option to 'Preferences'/'AudioVideo'
- Removed 'Fix AC3 Errors' from 'Preferences'/'AudioVideo'
- Added 'Keep DVD Compliant Video' option in 'Title Edit'/'Video'
- Added 'Keep DVD Compliant Audio' option in 'Title Edit'/'Audio'
- Added 'Fix AC3 Errors' option to 'Title Edit'/'Audio'
- Moved 'Advanced Settings' tab from 'Preferences' to main AVStoDVD window (added new button/switch in the taskbar)
- Added 'Post Process' options in main window 'Advanced Settings'
- Removed 'DVD Label' from 'Preferences'/'AuthoringBurning'
- Added 'DVD Label' option to main window 'Advanced Settings'
- Removed 'Enable Multithread Encoding' option from 'Preferences'/'Encoding'
- Added 'Enable Multithread Encoding' option to main window 'Advanced Settings'
- Removed 'DVD Menu' tab from 'Preferences' section
- Added 'DVD Menu'/'Wizard' command & new form
- Added 'DVD Menu'/'Reset' command
- Added support to multi pages DVD Menu
- Added support to 4:3 Aspect Ratio DVD Menu
- Added possibility to remove 'Play All' button from DVD Menu
- Improved 'MaxMenuTitles': from 17 to 99 titles
- Added ffdshow Output Mixer settings check. Prompt to change it to 'same as input'.
- Improved log file (added DVD Menu Building info)
- FFmpeg updated to r16596
- MediaInfo updated to 0.7.15
- ImgBurn updated to 2.4.4.0

Posted by avstodvd 2009-05-06

AVStoDVD 2.1.4 is available!

Change log:

- Some bugs fixed
- Added support to VCD resolutions (PAL 352x288, NTSC 352x240)
- Revised (and fixed) SubtitleCreator profiles
- Changed 'Video Lower Avg BitRate' min value in 'Settings'/'AudioVideo': from 1000 kbps to 500 kbps
- Changed WAV audio encoder: from 'FFMpeg r14277' to 'Wavi 1.06'
- Changed 'Fire Web' font: from 'Garamond' to 'Times New Roman'
- Improved 'Save/Open Project' routines
- Improved 'Clip Preview' section GUI
- Improved 'Keep DVD compliant Video/Audio' routines
- MediaInfo updated to 0.7.10
- HelpMaker (software used to create Help Section) updated to 7.4.4.0

Posted by avstodvd 2009-02-09

AVStoDVD 2.1.3 is available!

Change log:

- Some bugs fixed
- Added 'KeepDAR' feature (keep thumbnails Display Aspect Ratio) in DVD Menu Editor
- Added 'HL Links' feature (display HighLights links/dependencies) in DVD Menu Editor
- Added 'Button Generator' section in DVD Menu Editor
- Added 'Muxed MPEG2 File' as Output Setup option (muxing is done by ImagoMPEG-Muxer)
- Changed AC3 audio encoder: from QuEnc to Aften r762
- Changed MPEG2 video demuxer: from 'ReJig 0.5f' to 'FFmpeg r14277'
- Removed ImgBurn from 'NoInstall' package. It is still present in the 'Installer' package as installer itself.
- Improved errors logging in AVStoDVD project log file
- Improved AVS Script generation function
- AviSynth updated to 2.5.8
- MediaInfo updated to 0.7.8

Posted by avstodvd 2009-01-18

AVStoDVD 2.1.3 Alpha build 090102 is available!

Change log:

- Some bugs fixed
- Added 'KeepDAR' feature (keep thumbnails Display Aspect Ratio) in DVD Menu Editor
- Added 'HL Links' feature (display HighLights links/dependencies) in DVD Menu Editor
- Added 'Muxed MPEG2 File' as Output Setup option (muxing is done by ImagoMPEG-Muxer)
- Changed AC3 audio encoder: from QuEnc to Aften r762
- Changed MPEG2 video demuxer: from 'ReJig 0.5f' to 'FFmpeg r14277'
- Removed ImgBurn from 'NoInstall' package. It is still present in the 'Installer' package as installer itself.
- Improved errors logging in AVStoDVD project log file
- MediaInfo updated to 0.7.8

Posted by avstodvd 2009-01-02

AVStoDVD 2.1.2 is available!

Change Log:

- Some bugs fixed
- Added 'FFMpegSource.dll': an AviSynth plug-in to open files using ffmpeg and nothing else (thanks to Myrsloik - http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?t=127037\)
- Added 'GetSystemEnv.dll': an AviSynth plug-in to retrieve information from the system (thanks to stickboy - http://www.avisynth.org/stickboy\)
- Added AviSynth function 'A2DSource.avsi': all-in-one AviSynth script input source functions manager
- Added AviSynth function 'ATrim.avsi': function to trim based on Audio times (thanks to IanB - http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?p=1065329\)
- Added DTS audio streams retaining
- Added support to DVD Menu background audio
- Added support to DVD Menu background video
- Added 'Menu in Black' DVD Menu template
- Added 'Settings'/'Advanced'/'Edit Encoder Command Parameters at runtime' option
- Added 'Settings'/'Advanced'/'Unload DirectShow ActiveMovie library at runtime' option (should prevent crashes caused by quartz.dll)
- Added 'Title Edit'/'Video'/'Auto BitRate Calculation'. When off video bitrate can be manually set
- Improved source files DAR (Display Aspect Ratio) identification and management
- Improved Clip Preview section stability
- Improved bitrate calculation routine
- Improved DVD Menu labels format (multi-line, outline, shadow)
- Improved DVD Menu highlights movements definition routine
- Improved NSIS installer package features (added components page)
- Updated video and audio format input list (divx, mjpg, ts, m2ts, hdmov, aac, flac)
- MediaInfo updated to 0.7.7.8

Posted by avstodvd 2008-12-11

AVStoDVD 2.1.2 Alpha build 081128 is available!

Change log from release 2.1.1:

- Some bugs fixed
- Added 'Settings'/'Misc'/'Unload DirectShow ActiveMovie library at runtime' option (might prevent crashes caused by quartz.dll)
- Added 'Title Edit'/'Video'/'Auto BitRate Calculation'. When off video bitrate can be manually set
- Added 'Menu in Black' DVD Menu template
- Improved bitrate calculation routine
- Improved DVD Menu highlights movements definition routine
- Improved source files DAR (Display Aspect Ratio) identification and management
- Improved NSIS installer package features (added components page)
- Added 'FFMpegSource.dll': an AviSynth plug-in to open files using ffmpeg and nothing else (thanks to Myrsloik - http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?t=127037\)
- Added 'GetSystemEnv.dll': an AviSynth plug-in to retrieve information from the system (thanks to stickboy - http://www.avisynth.org/stickboy\)
- Added AviSynth function 'A2DSource.avsi': all-in-one AviSynth script input source functions manager
- Added AviSynth function 'ATrim.avsi': function to trim based on Audio times (thanks to IanB - http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?p=1065329\)
- Added support to DVD Menu background audio
- Added support to DVD Menu background video
- Added DTS audio streams retaining
- Improved DVD Menu labels format (multi-line, outline, shadow)
- Improved Clip Preview section stability
- Updated video and audio format input list (divx, mjpg, ts, m2ts, hdmov, aac, flac)
- MediaInfo updated to 0.7.7.8

Posted by avstodvd 2008-11-28

Compatibility issue with ffdshow beta 5

WARNING!

As some users reported, there is a compatibility issue with ffdshow-tryout release beta 5 (http://downloads.sourceforge.net/ffdshow-tryout/ffdshow_beta5_rev2033_20080705_clsid.exe?use_mirror=).

In detail: when AVStoDVD calls DirectShow ActiveMovie library 'quartz.dll' to make clip previews of AviSynth scripts, program becomes instable and may crash.

Previous ffdshow-tryout stable releases (beta 3 and beta 4) do not show any compatibilitiy issue. I suggest to AVStoDVD/ffdshow users to stay with ffdshow beta 4a (http://downloads.sourceforge.net/ffdshow-tryout/ffdshow_beta4a_rev1723_20071224_clsid.exe?use_mirror=).... read more

Posted by avstodvd 2008-11-05

AVStoDVD 2.1.1 is available!

Change log:

- Some bugs fixed
- Added 'Video Minimum Avg BitRate' in 'Settings'/'AudioVideo'. Lower value allowed is 1000 kbps. Default is 2500 kbps.
- Added 'Default Subs Language' in 'Settings/Authoring&Burning'
- Added 704x576 (PAL) and 704x480 (NTSC) as recognized compliant DVD Video resolution (now retained, not re-encoded)
- Added 'DV Source' auto detection in 'Title Edit'/'Video'
- Added frame capturing and saving (bitmap) feature in 'Clip Preview'
- Added frames selection customization to DVD Menu thumbnails (static and motion)
- Added 'GridSnap' feature (grid visualization and snap objects to grid) in DVD Menu Editor
- Changed 'Default Video Max BitRate' in 'Video Maximum Avg BitRate'. Higher value reduced to 8500 kbps to avoid bitrate spikes.
- Changed Video Max BitRate (peak) setpoint: now it is not customizable (9000 kbps)
- Changed AC3/MP2 audio demuxer: from 'VirtualDubMod 1.5.10.2' to 'FFmpeg r14277'
- Changed default external previewer: from 'VirtualDubMod 1.5.10.2' to Media Player Classic (if present) or system default AVIfile player
- Changed software to generate images/thumbs: from 'avs2avi' to 'FFmpeg r14277'
- Improved 'Clip Preview' form capabilities
- Improved 'Settings'/'System'/'Hardware Info' section
- Improved button shadows in DVD Menu Editor (new AviSynth function 'DropShadow')
- Improved authoring log activity: added BatchMux.log file
- MediaInfo updated to 0.7.7.6
- BatchMux updated to 1.3
- Moved from "GNU/GPL" to "Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported" license type

Posted by avstodvd 2008-10-09

AVStoDVD: 2.1.0 is available!

AVStoDVD is a flexible tool to convert various media formats to DVD compliant streams and burn them into a highly compatible multiple tracks DVD. Features: Video/Audio editing, encoding, DVD Authoring and Burning, DVD Menu Editor with customizable menu.

Change log:

- Added simple DVD Menu editing and building (static and motion customizable thumbnails)
- Added multiple file selection in 'Add' Common Dialog window
- Added autoselect Audio and Subs files if they have same name as Video
- Added 'HCenc Advanced Configuration' option (AQ, Lumgain, Matrix, Profile) in 'Title Edit'/'Video'
- Added an option to quickly lock the Video Encoding Profiles
- Added 'Custom DVD Size' storing
- Added main AVStoDVD form position storing upon exit
- Added 'Restore default Settings' in main form menu
- Improved bitrate calculation routine
- Improved use of BatchMux (many thanks to Sir Didymus for his help)
- Improved use of API BrowseForFolder
- Improved log activity
- Removed internal check on DVD drive status before burning (ImgBurn does the stuff by itself)
- ImgBurn updated to 2.4.2.0
- MediaInfo updated to 0.7.7.4
- BatchMux updated to 1.1

Posted by avstodvd 2008-08-22

AVStoDVD 2.0.0 Final is available!

Change log:

- GUI redesigned
- Added possibility to add more titles to one DVD
- Added log activity window in main form
- Mouse right-click menus enabled in main form
- Added built-in Preview window (uses DirectShow ActiveMovie library quartz.dll)
- Added customizable skins
- Added a new more configurable 'Title Edit' form
- Added configurable Video Encoding Profiles setup (see Help for more details)
- Added CQ prediction calculation and 1-pass VBR encoding with HCenc
- Added support to SubRip (srt) text-based subtitles (using "SubtitleCreator", included in AVStoDVD installer package)
- Added possibility to hard-encode subtitles (using "VobSub" AviSynth plugin (VSFilter.dll), included in AVStoDVD installer package)
- Added 'AudioAmplify' shortcut in 'AviSynth Script Edit' window (now in 'Title Edit' form)
- Added split between 'temporary process' and 'AVStoDVD working' files classification
- Added check on m2v output filesize. If bigger than target, added a transcoding step using ReJig
- Added audio AC3 fixing step when AC3 track is demuxed from the original input file (using "AC3Fix", included in AVStoDVD installer package)
- Added prompt to save project when exiting from AVStoDVD
- Added possibility to make PayPal donations
- Improved AVStoDVD project log file
- Revised bitrate calculation routine and DVD-5/DVD-9 default sizes
- AVStoDVD settings are now stored in the Windows Registry (removed AVStoDVD.ini configuration file)
- HCenc updated to 0.23
- MediaInfo updated to 0.7.6.4
- ImgBurn updated to 2.4.1.0

Posted by avstodvd 2008-05-18

AVStoDVD 2.0.0 Beta (build 080425) is available!

Beta testing release

Posted by avstodvd 2008-04-25

AVStoDVD 2.0.0 Beta (build 080419) is available!

Beta testing release

Posted by avstodvd 2008-04-19

AVStoDVD 2.0.0 Beta (build 080412) is available!

Beta build: testing purpose only.

Posted by avstodvd 2008-04-12

AVStoDVD 1.2.3 is available!

AVStoDVD release 1.2.3 (February 14th, 2008)

- Minor bugs fixed
- MediaInfo updated to 0.7.5.9

Posted by avstodvd 2008-02-14

AVStoDVD 1.2.2 is available!

AVStoDVD release 1.2.2 (February 7th, 2008)

- Minor bugs fixed
- Added "Half-D1" (352x576 PAL, 352x480 NTSC) to Video Format settings
- Added possibility to change Media Player used to preview output
- Added check on output m2v file FPS before starting DGPulldown
- Added check on output filename. If it exists, a "_1" extension is added
- Added check on DVD disc presence in drive before burning
- Added "DefaultCustomSize" preference in AVStoDVD.ini
- MediaInfo.dll is now required only in AVStoDVD folder (no need to copy it in Windows\System32)
- MediaInfo updated to 0.7.5.6
- QuEnc updated to 0.75Alpha
- HCenc is now feeded by .ini file and not by full command line instructions.
- Removed mscomct2.ocx ActiveX Control from installer package
- CreateInstall Free replaced by NSIS as installer creating software

Posted by avstodvd 2008-02-08

AVStoDVD 1.2.1 is available!

AVStoDVD release 1.2.1 (December 8th, 2007)

- Lots of minor bugs fixed
- MediaInfo updated to 0.7.5.5
- Added required software presence check during start-up
- Removed MultiCoreEnc as QuEnc multithread wrapper because of several "Access Violation" error reports

Posted by avstodvd 2007-12-08

Release 1.2.0 Installer package removed

Due to an error in building installer package, it has been removed from download section.

"No install" package (requires 7-Zip) still available.

Posted by avstodvd 2007-11-19

AVStoDVD 1.2.0 is available!

AVStoDVD release 1.2.0 (November 17th, 2007)

- Sobstituted DVDAuthor package with MuxMan/BatchMux fot authoring purpose
- HCenc is now the default "Very High Quality" encoder (included in installer)
- HCenc updated to 0.22
- QuEnc is the default "High and Standard Quality" encoder
- DGPulldown is now always used to upsize fps
- Removed support to CCE SP
- Removed "Muxed MPEG2 Stream" output
- Removed support to txt-based subs and added support to Scenartist/IfoEdit compatible subs.
- Revised "DC Precision" calculation routine
- Revised progress bar management in Progress Status Window
- Updtated Shutdown function: now it works from Win95 to Vista
- Added possibility to select Burning Drives not identified as "capable" to burn DVD
- Added check on Output Folder filesystem to prevent overcoming 4 GB limit
- Added Software Info (required software check) in Settings/System Window
- Moved HCenc Quant Matrix combobox to Settings Window

Posted by avstodvd 2007-11-17

AVStoDVD 1.1.3 is available!

AVStoDVD release 1.1.3 (October 11th, 2007)
- Some bugs fixed
- MediaInfo updated to 0.7.5.3
- Added support to multi core CPU (max 4) by using MultiCoreEnc.exe (available only to QuEnc)
- Added "Settings/System Preference" tab
- Added "DefaultEncodingQuality", "DefaultVideoMaxBitRate", "DefaultAudioBitRate" preferences in AVStoDVD.ini
- Added AviSynth Normalize() audio function in AVS Script
- Revised encoder selection criteria (1): HCenc and CCE SP can be used only for "Very High Quality" encoding
- Revised encoder selection criteria (2): QuEnc is automatically used when choosing "High Quality" or "Standard Quality" encoding
- Revised Audio Time length detection thru MediaInfo

Posted by avstodvd 2007-10-15

AVStoDVD 1.1.2 is available!

AVStoDVD release 1.1.2 (September 24th, 2007)

- Some bugs fixed
- Added AviSynth Crop filter management
- Added AviSynth Tweak filter management
- Added Static Preview (experimental) in AVS Script Window
- Removed "Deinterlace" option in AVS Script Window. Everyone can choose and insert manually their preferred deintelacing filter.
- Added release number in ini file and startup check
- Added "Scene Detection" also to QuEnc encoding ("Very High" and "High" Quality profiles)
- Tested on Vista: OK

Posted by avstodvd 2007-09-28

AVStoDVD 1.1.1 is available!

AVStoDVD release 1.1.1 (August 24th, 2007)

- Some bugs fixed
- Revised "Settings/Encoding" Window layout
- Removed "Automatic" option in "AVS Source Filter"
- Added VideoInterlacement in video stream info
- Added "ConvertFPS()" option in "FPS Upsize Filter"
- Added "ConvertToMono" function to AVS Script if source audio has 1 channel
- Added "NoInstall" package without installer (7-Zip file)

Posted by avstodvd 2007-08-25

AVStoDVD 1.1.0 is available!

AVStoDVD release 1.1.0 (August 10th, 2007)
- Some bugs fixed
- Moved Postprocessing Options to Settings Window
- Moved MPEG2 Advanced Options to Main Window
- Added "Close All GOPs" among MPEG2 Advanced Options
- Added DGPulldown support (exe included in the installer)
- Added text subtitles multiplexing
- Added Spline16Resize and made Lanczos4Resize as default
- Added consistency check on source files at job startup
- Changed default DVD sizes from 4438/8876 to 4435/8870 for subtitles support
- Revised resizing procedure in AVS Script
- Improved log activity saving

Posted by avstodvd 2007-08-10

AVStoDVD 1.0.1 is available!

AVStoDVD release 1.0.1 (July 27th, 2007)

- Some bugs fixed
- MediaInfo updated to 0.7.5.0
- Improved Help Content
- Revised max bitrate automatic calculation
- Added 2CoreEnc for Dual Core CPU systems (QuEnc only supported - to be configured manually)
- Added "convertfps=true" for video DirectShowSource to support VFS video streams (WMV, ASF, MKV)

Posted by avstodvd 2007-07-29

AVStoDVD 1.0.0 Final is available!

AVStoDVD release 1.0.0 Final (June 29th, 2007)
- A good amount of bugs fixed
- Improved batch encoding
- Improved log activity saving

Posted by avstodvd 2007-06-29