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Menu, chapter and title difficulties.

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Kai Zas, Jul 3, 2002.

  1. Kai Zas

    Kai Zas Second Unit

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    I was wondering why some dvd's block access to menus, other to titles and some even to soundtracks during playback.

    I'm an avid HTPC user and I notice these differences a lot. Some examples:

    With Buffy, I can completely skip the menu and surf from episode to episode using the player (by simply right-clicking on the screen and using the "go to" feature). With TNG, this is not possible. Somehow the titles are grayed-out and I can't just start the next one, I have to go through the menu.

    Most movies let me change audio-tracks on-the-fly during the presentation, again by using the players "audio" menu. Other movies, like The Abyss for example, make me stop the movie and go to the Audio-menu (the animated dvd menu). Quite the hassle. I sometimes ahem... "rewind" the dvd a bit and turn on the commentary for some extra info on one particular scene.

    Then there's the skipping of FBI-warnings, trailers and studio-intro's. Sometimes I can, sometimes I can't. Ok, I can see why this is, but not so with the other two examples.

    Any thoughts? How does this translate to set-top players? Do those people ALWAYS have to use the (at times buggery) animated menus?
     
  2. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

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    It's all up to the studio and the person doing the DVD authoring which parts they lock. Sometimes they lock things for no good reason (like Universal/Disney with audio tracks) other times it's just an oversight
     

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