As a Wise Man said in the antepenultimate sentence of this post http://www.digitalfaq.com/forum/dvd-...ls-better.html
"...no client has ever wanted to pay for the time needed to do a quality thumbnail menu".
For me that means text menus are "better" than thumbnail menus. The definition of "better" in that sentence is that it makes me more money, ha ha ha. That was a joke, son, that was a joke! A joke, yet true.
Every authoring package I've come across has the automatic-increment-of-time chapter method. That's what I use for my Regular package, chapter every 3 minutes.
IF I wanted to be able to provide a "Premium" service and provide some sort of chapter menus based on the content
(i.e. Scene changes or major section changes)
IF I didn't have any way to decide on textual descriptions because I didn't know the subjects
(e.g. These are Pictures of Uncle Mort, This is Billy's Birthday Party and I don't know Mort or Billy
wouldn't a photo thumbnail be an acceptable compromise?
Although I may not know whose birthday party it is, I could extract a thumbnail of the party and let that be the menu item.
That part of the post is about whether Thumbnail Menus are ever acceptable.
This part of the post is about whether they can be cost-effective.
I looked around for fairly automated methods for extracting thumbnails based on Scene Changes, with nothing substantive found so far.
has "Scan to Scene Change" buttons now, but I was hoping for something a lot less manual.
So folks'll know that I've done some due diligence
here's some DigitalFaq researching I've done:
Searched for "thumbnails" and read each link on the 3 pages of search results.
Searched for "scene change" and read the guide and the 2 forum posts
I looked at description for each of the VirtualDub
filters hosted by Donald Graft http://neuron2.net/
Didn't find an automated solution.
Should I have to write something, I will. I'm thinking in terms of a VDub filter that will make a logfile of timestamps of major scene changes, which would then be used by some other program to capture the preceeding IFrame.
But I'll not spend hours and days writing the filter and the program if wiser heads here tell me it's a waste and the resulting Thumbnail Menus will just be a waste.
So: Thumbnail Menus - ever useable? any automated methods?
VDub for capture and filters
For NLEing, I generally use Adobe CS3 & Elements.
Have considered TDA (TAW), but haven't felt like I needed it's zillion and one options YET (haha).
For easy-peasy projects, VS12 for NLE as well as authoring.
Just got DVDWS2 but other than bringing myself up to speed on it, haven't integrated it into my workflow, yet.