To install DVDMaker, unpack the contents of this file into the
directory /opt/DVDMaker. If you want to install somewhere else, you
will have to modify and recompile DVDMaker.java. You may also like to
read the customisation tips
To run DVDMaker, change directory to /opt/DVDMaker, and issue
depending on whether you want a PAL or NTSC DVD. Note : I have
not tested NTSC!
The scripts NTSCDVD and PALDVD don't seem to work. If you know
why, please tell me.
For this tutorial, I made a short DVD movie of ducks and flowers. These
were the photos I copied off my digital camera :
When you run DVDMaker, you'll be asked which folder contains the images
and movies you want to convert to DVD format. Note : because this is
version 0.1beta, the DVD movie will display these items in alphabetical
order by filename. Also, DVDMaker has no image processing powers (crop,
Then, the first image or movie in the folder will be displayed. You can
navigate through the images and movies using the buttons
"Next>", "<Back", ">>>>" and
"<<<<". If you click "Add Title Slide", you
will be prompted to type in some text. A title slide with this text
will be inserted just before this image or movie. Note : Because this is
version 0.1beta, you should avoid putting special characters, for
example apostrophes ('), in the text! No "John's Birthday" for example!
DVDMaker v0.1beta doesn't have the ability to play movies. If the
folder contains a movie, this is what you will see.
If a photo has an aspect ratio different from what DVDMaker 0.1beta
expects, it may appear squashed.
This is nothing to worry about. It'll be fine on the DVD.
Note the title inserted before this slide, shown between the Add and
Delete title slide buttons.
When you are satisfied with your title slides, you click on Generate
If you are indeed ready, click yes. You'll be asked to give a title for
DVDMaker won't actually generate a slideshow, it will generate a Linux
shell script which will generate the show.
You then run the script in the usual way. You can quit DVDMaker if you
like, but note that
since this is version 0.1beta, there is no way to save the titles you
have so laboriously keyed in. If you quit DVDMaker, all
this info is lost, except insofar as it is saved in the
Running the script is likely to take a very long time. At the end, it
will try to preview the DVD movie (but this doesn't work properly),
then ask if you are ready to burn the DVD.
If you are not ready, press CTRL-C. Otherwise, insert an empty DVD
into your burner, and press any key! Then, try it out on your
If something goes wrong, remember it is version 0.1beta. Translated
into non-technical language,
Version 0.1 means "you should expect that"
beta means "but I'd like you to tell
me about it, especially if you managed to fix it"
Anyway, here's what I got from my ducks and flowers :
You may decide that my colourful trees and gospel instrumentals don't
quite suit the photo collection from your heavy-metal fan convention.
The background used for titles is
/opt/DVDMaker/titlebg.jpg. If you want a different background, replace
The music for the slideshow parts of the DVD is randomly
selected from the files audio0.ogg, audio1.ogg, ... in the
folder /opt/DVDMaker/. Replace these with your own audios. Actually, to make the download small, I've only provided one audio file. If you want more, you'll have to edit and recompile DVDMaker.java
The font for the text of the title slides is
/opt/DVDMaker/titlefont.ttf. If you don't like it, just replace this
file. If you want a different text colour, you'll have to edit and
reompile DVDMaker.java, or modify the generated script.