Nero Linux and Blu-Ray authoring tools

As far as I understand, Nero Linux 3 is just a burning program and doesn’t include Blu-Ray or DVD authoring tool(s).

Which BD/DVD video authoring tools and GUI frontends are recommended on Linux, i.e “dvdauthour” and i.e this tool for BD?

DVD video use MPEG-2. Does BD video use MPEG-2 and/or MPEG-4?

Does a complete How-to guide exist for all steps from DV/HDV video to DVD/BD video on Linux?


Terje

To even read a Blu-Ray/HD-DVD disc you would need UDF 2.5 support.

The link you posted is to mastering tools. This software will allow you to format a directory into an iso image, and burn that iso image to disc. It has nothing to do with Blu-Ray/HD-DVD Video.

For Blu-Ray

Video codecs MPEG2 - MP@HL and MP@ML
AVC/H264 - MPEG-4 AVC: HP@4.1/4.0 and MP@4.1/4.0/3.2/3.1/3.0
VC-1 - AP@L3 and AP@L2

Video frame size
High Definition Video
1920x1080x59.94i, 50i (16:9)
1920x1080x24p, 23.976p (16:9)
1440x1080x59.94i, 50i (16:9) AVC / VC-1 only
1440x1080x24p, 23.976p (16:9) AVC / VC-1 only
1280x720x59.94p, 50p (16:9)
1280x720x24p, 23.976p (16:9)

Standard Definition Video
720x480x59.94i (4:3/16:9)
720x576x50i (4:3/16:9)

Max video bitrate 40 MBps

Audio codecs
Dolby Digital up to 5.1 channels (Max 640kbps)
Dolby Digital Plus up to 7.1 channels (Max 4.736Mbps)
Dolby Lossless up to 9 channels (Max 18.64Mbps)
DTS up to 5.1 channels (Max 1.524Mbps)
DTS HD up to 9 channels (Max 24.5Mbps)
Linear PCM up to 9 channels (Max 27.648Mbps)

Subtitles
Image bitmap subtitles
Text subtitles - select different font styles, sizes and colors for the subtitles, or location on screen, depending on the disc’s offerings. Subtitles can be animated, scrolled or faded in and out.

Other Features HDMV mode
Offers all features of DVD-Video and more. The authoring process is in line with DVD-Video creation.

BD-J mode
Offers unparalleled flexibility and features, because it is based on the Java runtime environment. It allows for extensive interactive applications, and offers Internet connectivity.

Maximum total bitrate 48 Mbits
Maximum data transfer rate 54 Mbits

For HD-DVD

Video codecs MPEG2
AVC/H264 - MPEG-4 AVC
VC-1

Video frame size
High Definition Video
1920x1080x59.94i, 50i (16:9)
1920x1080x24p, 23.976p (16:9)
1280x720x59.94p, 50p (16:9)
1280x720x24p, 23.976p (16:9)

Standard Definition Video
720x480x59.94i (4:3/16:9)
720x576x50i (4:3/16:9)

Max video bitrate 29.4 Mbits

Audio codecs
Dolby Digital up to 5.1 channels
Dolby Digital Plus up to 7.1 channels
Dolby Lossless up to 9 channels
DTS up to 5.1 channels
DTS HD up to 9 channels
Linear PCM up to 9 channels
Mpeg Audio
Subtitles
Image bitmap subtitles

Other Features
HDi allows interactivity to be authored into a data format using XML and ECMAScript (standardized JavaScript) as its interpreted scripting engine. In contrast, the competing Blu-ray Disc high definition video discs will use either HDMV or BD-J for authoring interactive features.

Maximum total bitrate 30.24 Mbits
Maximum data transfer rate 36.55 Mbits

Auctial Video Authoring software is a bit slim for all PC Operating Systems. Take a look at Nero Vision 8 (for windows) or for professional level try Scenarist http://www.sonic.com/products/Professional/Scenarist/quicklook.aspx.

Linux and DVD Authoring is well documented, and widely available. Check out DVDStyler (www.dvdstyler.de) for an authoring application. For encoding there’s FFMPEG, Mencoder, and mpeg2enc -> part of the mjpegtools project which includes the excellant code base from Brent Beyeler’s BBMPEG (now Mainconcept’s Mpeg encoder)

For Linux multimedia authoring I’d sugest you post in your Distro’s forums, lurk around www.ubuntuforums.org in their 2 multimedia forums. www.vcdhelp.com has a Linux section, as does www.doom9.net

For DVD authoring in Linux, I recommend Q-DVDAuthor. It is a frontend for the Linux dvdauthor application.
http://qdvdauthor.sourceforge.net/