I want to create a DVD form a dancing show.

  • There are about 30 scenes
  • I want to separate the scenes with some black space
  • add a title before each of the scenes
  • create a DVD menu with each scene
  • have a menu with at least 12 tracks per page

I used to do this with Ulead Viedeo Studio 11 (on a really slow XP-PC). Now I have ACVD material, a Mac and the old hardware and software cannot handle it anymore.

  • What software would you use?
  • Is this possible with Adobe elements 11?
  • Does final cut provide custom menus?

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iDVD should have come with your mac. Give it a try.

iDVD is a very basic DVD authoring tool (a category that is distinct from video editing, though authoring tools may be bundled with some editing packages). I've only used it a handful of times, but I'm fairly sure that it does everything that is requested here.

One thing to keep in mind is that DVD authoring is very much an art. I can't offer much specific advice other than the observation that different DVD players react to different Codecs in their own ways. Single-layer DVDs are relatively easy to author, but if you get into making dual-layer DVDs then you need to do extensive testing to ensure that your discs will actually be playable.


Adobe Premiere Pro (which includes Encore) would certainly meet your needs and is what I use for such projects. I am unsure if Premiere Elements supports this level of functionality or not, though from what I've seen, it seems very limited in capability. I believe there is a free trial available for it though, so you could use that to test if it is possible.

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