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       dvd-menu - Creates a DVD navigation menu with buttons.


       dvd-menu   -t  <ButtonText1>  ...  -t  <ButtonTextN>  -f  <XML_file1  |
       MPEG_file1> ... -f <XML_fileN | MPEG_fileN> [-o <output directory>] [-n
       <DVD Title>] [-b <background jpeg>] [-e <embed image>] [-a <audiofile>]
       [-p] [-c] [-D] [-W] [-mp2] [-iso] [-nomenu] [-L]


       Creates a simple top-level DVD menu with buttons that link  to  movies.
       Accepts   the   output   XML  files  from  dvd-slideshow  or  your  own
       self-defined MPEG movies.


       -t <Button text>
              The button text visible on the menu  which  will  link  to  each
              corresponding  (in  order  passed)  -f  option.  Use this option
              multiple times with -f to define multiple titles/buttons.

       -f <Input file>
              Can be an XML file output  from  dvd-slidshow  or  a  full-scale
              mpeg2  video  in the proper format (.vob).  No error checking is
              done if you pass a MPEG2 .vob input file, so  you  are  on  your
              own.  Use  this option multiple times with -t to define multiple

       [-o <Output directory>]
              Directory where the final DVD filesystem files VIDEO_TS/ will be

       [-n <DVD Title>]
              This will be printed at the top of the DVD menu page.

       [-b <Background jpeg>]
              Image  to  use  for  the  background  DVD  menu.  If  no file is
              specified, a blue gradient will be used for the menu background.

       [-e <embed image>]
              Embed  an  image in the menu screen.  This image will show up to
              the left of the menu buttons.

       [-a <Audio file>]
              Audio file to play while the menu is active. Supports mp3,  ogg,
              or wav formats at this point.

       [-mp2] Use  mp2  audio  by default (requires ffmpeg with ac3 encoding).
              The default audio format is now AC3 instead of mpeg2 sinceI have
              found  that many DVD players do not play the audio when it is in
              mp2 format, so this may be a better, more compatible option  for
              most people.

       [-p]   Use PAL output video format instead of NTSC.

       [-c]   Use continuous <post> commands within dvdauthor.  This will make
              each video play one after another without going back up  to  the
              main  menu  until the last video is finished.  If this option is
              not used, the dvd will return to the top menu after playing each

       [-D]   Do  not  call  dvdauthor.  This will tell dvd-menu to create the
              menu and output xml files to pass to  dvdauthor,  but  will  not
              actually  run  dvdauthor.   Useful for people who want to modify
              their xml file before running dvdauthor.

       [-W]   Do not generate 50% transparent white background overlays  under
              the title and menu buttons.

       [-iso] Create iso image with mkisofs when finished.

              Do  not  create a menu.  Useful for just finishing the dvdauthor
              xml file from one video that you want to just start playing when
              the user puts it into a dvd player.

       [-L]   Create   a  low  quality,  half-slize  menu.   This  works  with
              dvd-slideshow  so  you  can  render  your   whole   project   in
              low-quality mode and still test everything quickly.

       [-theme <themefile>]
              Use  the  given  theme when setting variables/colors/etc. Themes
              are  installed  in  /opt/dvd-slideshow/themes  or  in  a   local
              directory ~/.dvd-slideshow/themes

              Fade in from background before menu

              Fade to background after menu buttons are pressed.

       [-vcd] (alpha) Create vcd .cue and .bin files (requires vcdimager)

              (alpha) Create svcd .cue and .bin files (requires vcdimager)

       -h     Prints help file (basically this manpage).


       Settings   can   be   passed   on   the  command  line,  in  a  default
       ~/.dvd-slideshow/dvd-slideshowrc file, or in a theme file.   The  order
       in which the script reads the settings is as follows:
       Default  script settings --> ~/.dvd-slideshow/dvd-slideshowrc --> theme
       --> command line
       so each successive setting will over-ride the previous settings if they
       are already set.

              With  the  syntax  shown  below,  the following variables can be
              specified in  the  ~/.dvd-slideshow/dvd-slideshowrc  file.   All
              lines  are optional, and everything after the # character is not

              # general:
              menu_continuous_play=0 # set to 1 to play one file after another
              without going back up to menu.

              menu_fadein=0 # set to 1 to fade in to menu
              menu_fadeout=0  #  set to 1 to fade out from menu after a button
              is pressed.

              menu_background=steelblue  # or, use hex #RRGGBB
              #menu_background="#882211"      # use a hex  RGB  color  if  you
              #menu_background="mybackground.jpg"      #  specify a real image
              if you want
              ##          pick          other           colors           here:

              menu_fade_to_image="black"       #   image   to   fade   to/from
              before/after menu

              #menu_title_font="/usr/share/fonts/default/Type1/n019004l.pfb" #
              Helvetical bold URW font

              menu_panel_location_y=175   #  distance  of the top of the first
              menu item to the top of the screen

              # Helvetical bold URW font



       A  theme  is  just a file containing a list of configuration variables,
       and possibly also background  images,  fonts,  or  audio  in  the  same

       Any  of  the  configuration  variables can be placed in a dvd-slideshow
       theme file to control dvd-menu also.

       This will be explained more later...




       There are a few heavily-commented examples available  in  the  examples
       section   of   the   dvd-slideshow  webpage,  which  you  can  find  at


       Scott Dylewski <scott at dylewski dot com>