Originally Posted by CKSearle
I'm using the Panasonic DMR-EZ48V to transfer home movie VHS tapes to DVD.
#1 - Does anyone have a workflow for creating DVD chapter thumbnail indexes for DVD case inserts? I have some DVD-RAM discs on the way & as I understand it, I will be able to create chapters on the Top Menu. How could I then take those thumbnails & create a (hopefully professional looking) thumbnail index in Photoshop. Is it possible? What would the workflow be? Thanks in advance for the help!
When using RAM discs, a top menu is not created. You can see individual titles recorded to RAM discs while in Direct Navigator. RAM discs cannot be played in most stand alone dvd recorders, except for perhaps, Panasonic brand players.
Additionally, Panasonic recorders do not generate thumbnails pictures for 'chapter' marks within a recorded show-recorded on -R or +R discs. Chapter marks are automatically generated when you finalize the -/+R disc. You will only get thumbnails for each title
recorded to the disc.
#2 - What if I want to create a custom DVD Menu? I use the Final Cut Pro/DVD Studio Pro software & just wondering what my options are for creating more of a custom look on the Top Menu. Can I work from the DVD-RAM to customize the menu & then burn to a DVD-R?
If this dvd authoring program is compatible with RAM format discs, you should be able to import the disc contents to it and create a dvd using it. If it is not RAM compatible, then you can use -RW discs instead.
Here's what the top menu of a finalized disc looks like.