DVDAfterEdit Features

DVDAfterEdit modifies DVD's after they have been built, without requiring the original assets that were used during authoring.

DVDAfterEdit is a Macintosh-only program, which operates on DVD's, VIDEO_TS folders, and DVD images created by any DVD-Video authoring system on any platform.

DVDAfterEdit is officially licensed by the DVD Forum for the DVD-Video Specification. This allows us to make sure that the program's editing functions follow the specification and are implemented correctly.

We use the DVD industry's top verification software, Eclipse, to make sure that edits made with DVDAfterEdit remain DVD Specification-compliant and that DLT tapes and DDP Images made with the DVDAfterEdit Mastering Edition will pass verification at the replication facility. We also have used the Phillips DVD Video Verifier, but prefer to use the Panasonic MEI verifier for testing DVD Specification-compliance.

With DVDAfterEdit, you can:

  • Trace through menu navigation, watching the navigation commands as they are executed, as well as watching the DVD's System and General Parameters as they are changed by the commands. When navigation reaches a menu or track, watch the video or still and use the on-screen remote to choose a button or other remote function, directing navigation to another part of the DVD.
  • Modify a command, trace backwards to that command, and immediately see the result of the change. Learn how the DVD commands work by direct observation.
  • See the entire structure of a DVD at a glance in the left pane of the main window. Click on a structure and see its contents in the right pane, including a video preview. Drill down through the structures to the lowest level, where you can see the tiniest navigation details, down to the Navigation Pack level.
  • Modify many important values in these structures as described in our user manual and tutorials. Usually these are very simple changes, such as changing the region coding, enabling or prohibiting user operations, or changing button colors. Sometimes they are to fix errors created by the authoring system. This is not a "change anything at your own risk" editing system; only fields that can be legitimately changed are editable.
  • Perform project-wide validation such as "Check All Commands For Errors", "Reset Seamless Playback to Rule", and "Validate and Regenerate Time Maps".
  • Copy All the commands to a text file. Delete all of the commands, and replace some or all of them with the commands from a text file. For example, this would allow you to easily propagate the entire command structure of one video object (VOB) to another.
  • Import video objects (VOBs) from different DVD's, or from your favorite authoring application, and put them together with DVDAfterEdit. This includes substituting your own assets within Template projects supplied by us or our contributors, such as the 24 Clip Playlist and many of our tutorials.
  • Check how a DVD's data is physically allocated with the Disc Layout Graph. The graph represents all the files in the project proper (spec files), and shows the positions of the .IFO and .VOB files.
  • Burn a DVD with Toast or other 3rd party burning application from the edited DVD (VIDEO_TS folder) produced by DVDAfterEdit. Burning may be performed on any platform.
  • Pre-Master final DVD builds for replication, optionally including CSS and Macrovision, on DLT (digital linear tape) or in DDP format on hard drive.
  • Restore a DLT to an editable VIDEO_TS folder on your hard drive. This includes tapes marked for encryption with CSS and/or Macrovision.