DVD-LAB was a decent program, but early versions had bugs, and it never had all the options I wanted ... therefore I never adopted it. Time has been kind to it, and the new DVD-LAB PRO is something I plan to try in the future, probably later this summer when I may need it more. It's probably worth learning.
Everything I do is based on a balance of speed and quality. To this end, the processes I've listed out ont he digitalFAQ Way page accomplished that.
Editing audio is optional, and only needed if there are audio problems (quite common to have hiss). If you are using your own DV shot source, there probably is not much hiss, not like tapes at least.
If you've managed to capture video (or transfer DV footage), and edit, and get good final MPEG files ... the hard part is over.
If you have files that you are happy with, then it's time to author. Tweaking audio or restoring video is optional.
Some authoring programs require separate audio and video files. Sonic programs are like this (DVDit!, ReelDVD ... even Scenarist). Other programs are not (TMPGENC, DVD-LAB, etc).
Demux is a simple step that take just a few minutes (of PC time, you just sit and wait). It separates audio and video, and TMPGENC (free software) has this tool in the MPEG TOOLS under the FILE menu. I use SIMPLE DEMUX to split the file.
DEMUX Vocabulary == The separate video and audio files are called ELEMENTARY STREAMS because they only contain one kind of data in the file (video in a video file, audio only in an audio file). PROGRAM STREAMS (or SYSTEM STREAMS) have both audio and video data together in the same file.
To this end, following the digitalFAQ WAY is the best thing to do. Skip optional steps of restoring audio if it's not needed. Use whatever AUTHORING program you want to use. I like my programs, but DVD-LAB is probably not a bad option (though I can't help with it), and you may want to check out the new DVD-LAB guide at VideoHelp.com that is on the front page. Some guy insisted you spell "complete" as "compleat", so you'll know what to look for. But I'd say DVDit! PE will probably do MOST of what you'd you want as an easy and quick software (only real exception is motion menus).
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