Hello people. For a long time I have been using this forum as an extremely helpful resource for my projects. This is my first post here though, and I'm not sure if I posted in the right category. Mods, please feel free to adjust as needed.
I have been attempting something that I was certain would be quite simple, but after days of reading articles and trying out a large variety of software, I am beginning to understand that it may not even be possible. After much frustration, one day it occurred to me that there must be many people that are quite knowledgeable in DVD structure and protocol, and some of them probably wouldn't mind spending a very small amount of their time in order to save me a great deal of mine. If you are one of those people, I would very much appreciate your help.
It seems that what I'm trying to do is either virtually effortless or absolutely impossible, so here's the deal:
I want to make 1 DVD5 backup copy of each of the commercial BD and DVD disks in my collection. Sounds simple enough, right? I mean it's done hundreds of times each day, all over the world. However, I evidently have a unique goal (or actually more of a prerequisite) in the backup process. It's evidently unique because I cannot find anyone else who wants to do it, nor can I find templates for doing it with any BD/DVD authoring software. What I want is just a matter of making a simple menu, so why has this been so hard for me? I'm not exactly an idiot when it comes to computers, software and video, but after the past few days I certainly feel like one.
So, great ones, please tell me how I may fulfill the following deceptively unobtrusive prerequisites within my little project:
1) There will be one title (usually the main movie) per backed up disk.
2) The title will have chapters.
3) The disk will have one menu and no sub-menus.
4) The menu will appear on the screen when the disk is inserted into the player.
5) The ONLY buttons (or user interactions) available from the menu are the choice of chapters. One possible exception could be a "Play Movie From Beginning" button, but that would merely be linked identical to the "Chapter 1" button.
6) IF POSSIBLE: After X amount of time has elapsed with no interaction from the user, video manager jumps to the beginning of the first chapter AND PAUSES there.
7) IF POSSIBLE: It is normal for video manager to remember the play position at the time the stop button on the remote is pressed. I think my PS3 even remembers the position after the disk is ejected and the player is turned off. BUT CAN I: (7a) Have a button on the menu that will return to, and start playing from the last previous play position? AND FURTHERMORE CAN I: (7b) Have a button that acts the same as 7a, except pauses there instead of start playing?
Folks, maybe I should be ashamed to say it, but I kind of freaked out after I eventually started trying to figure out the exact bits and bytes of DVD menu structure. At this point I'm inclined to believe that what I want might not be possible, solely due to the requirements and limitations inherent in the DVD structure. I have tried a lot of software, both pay and free, and of varying complexity and ability. I'm still left pulling my hair out. Please help me if you can, but please note that I am not interested in software or methods for ripping, burning, muxing, chapter making, protection bypass... Or anything else other than a way to make the simple menu that meets the criteria above.
Please help if you can. And if you can, well woo-hoo, you da man! (and/or woman!), and thank you VERY MUCH.
I tried to be somewhat detailed (or was it long winded?), but if you have any questions please feel free to ask. I'll be happy to do what I can to help you help me.
Oh, and I guess I should mention that there is a potential fly in the ointment. So far during the course of this project I have been unable to try several applications, such as DVD Architect. I am using Windows 8, which comes with Net Framework 4.5. DVD Architect and some others require Net Framework 3.5, but try as I might, I am unable to install it on my computer (another frustrating story). Just an FYI in case your solution falls into this category.