Output Directory: Path for the final DVD files (these are put in a subdirectory DVD\VIDEO_TS) and for own pictures (screen shots). Since version 0.82 the GFD internal files (multiplexed streams, menu files, batch files, XML files…) are created in an own Temp directory (see below). Click on to open a selection window where you may also create a new directory.
Edit author.xml file before DVD creation process: If you activate this option, the integrated (Text-)Editor will be started before the final DVD creation process. See: Edit author.xml file before DVD creation process
Add comments to xml: If active, the author.xml file may be formatted with comments. This simplifies editing a little bit as the GfD internal menu names are used.
Options for temporary files: Path for the files created during the processing with "CreateDVD" or "Create Batch" (multiplexed streams, menu files, batch files, XML control files...). By default a temp directory within the output directory is used. You may select another temp directory (e.g. on a physically different hard disk, this can accelerate the data processing i.e. for elementary streams). NOTE: If you change the output directory, the temp directory in NOT automatically changed too! But if you enable the 'Always use Output directory\temp' then the temp directory is automatically created in any given output directory. If desired, all files in the temp directory can be deleted after the processing: Delete temp files.
IMPORTANT: The following parameters in the General Settings cannot be changed (Animated menus and Advanced mode to 'on', but not off again), as soon as the first film is added!
PAL/NTSC: I (hopefully!) don't have to explain…
Animated menus: Enables the creation of motion menus (AVISynth and HCbatch or QuEnc necessary!). Enter the duration of your intended motion menu in the 'Seconds' text box. Caution: If you use an animated background video, or also a still background video with sound, you have to make sure that the duration of these background elements fits to the duration given here. Otherwise 'loop' will not work correct... You may also do the 'opposite' and activate 'Loop and Trim' for the background animation file within the menu background dialog, then the background animation is either looped or cut to the given duration. For animated buttons it is not necessary to have the same duration, as they are looped anyway (if necessary) within the given duration for the background. The duration is just a default and may be changed for each menu individually. Since version 0.99.2 you may turn on Animated menus at any time, but not off again. Furthermore no animated buttons are created for already existing film buttons.
Use Titlesets : If this option is activated, for each added film an own titleset (and thus a chapter menu) is created (-> multi VTS DVD). In this mode you may mix several video resolutions/aspect ratios on one DVD.
Advanced mode: Enables the creation of submenus (i.e. for subtitle and language selection, but also for multi page chapter selections or other special purposes). As you are more or less responsible for the DVD logic by yourself using this mode, it is for advanced users mainly. Since version 0.99.2 you may turn on Advanced mode at any time, but not off again.
No Menus: If enabled, a DVD without menus is created. You can add the movies like usual (also use several audio streams, chapter marks...), so there is no big difference in the work flow. This setting is even hard to notice at all during the setup of the DVD. But if you try to open a titlesetmenu you will get an error. The settings for advanced mode and animations are disabled and the start/end actions are automatically set to 'Play movie' and 'Next title' During the final creation process the following rules apply:
- For single VTS no menus are created at all;
- For multi VTS empty (black) dummy mpegs are used (at least Nero rises an error otherwise), but these are never shown (jumped over with a <pre> tag before the menu). Using MuxMan, no menus are created at all.
Loop with jump menu: Fixes the shortening of looping menus for PowerDVD and some SA players. The syntax for the looping is much more complicated (and not well tested ATM), so changing the XML files by hand is more difficult with this setting.
Start action for Titlesets: Here you may select if you want to see the chapter menu (titlesetmenu) first ("Show menu") or start the movie directly ("Play movie"), when you activate the button in the main menu. If you use a 'Play all' button, the start/end actions are partly 'overruled'. If you use dvdauthor as authoring engine, the Start action must be set to Play movie, otherwise it will not work correctly.
End action for Titles and Titlesets: This determines the jump back action after a movie. May be 'main menu' or chapter menu ("Titleset menu") or next title. Remark: If you choose 'next title' and 'Start action for Titlesets'=Show menu' then the next movie starts with its menu (if any)! In order to have an undisturbed movie flow, you should use 'Play movie'.
Intro movie: Here you can select a MPG file, which is played before the main menu (VMGM). May be used with or without multi VTS ('Use Titlesets' on or off). Attention: The MPG file is not checked automatically (neither whether it is conform at all for a DVD, nor whether it fits to the other movies of the DVD in single VTS mode). You may however get the necessary information with the 'Info' button right next to the intro movie path. See also: Using an Intro movie
Burn options: If you want to burn DVDs with GFD (either automatically as last step of "CreateDVD" (Auto burn DVD) or manually with the "Burn DVD" Button), a few conditions have to be fulfilled: Nero (at least version 188.8.131.52) or ImgBurn (version 184.108.40.206) must be installed, the path (Nero path) to NeroCmd.exe (or ImgBurn path for ImgBurn) must be correct, your DVD burner is selected under drive (these settings are in the tab: Permanent). For Nero also the correct version needs to be set (5/6 for versions 5.5.10.X to 6.6.0.X; and 6/7 for versions higher as 6.6.1.X). See also: Burning with NeroCmd/ImgBurn
If you want to create an ISO image file, you may set a tag at Create ISO. This image can be used within GFD (either with NeroCMD or ImgBurn), or externally with your preferred burning software. If 'Create ISO' is selected in combination with 'Auto burn DVD', the ISO image is created first and afterwards the burn process for this image is started. Additional options for ISO files (like deletion of the /DVD folder after ISO creation) can be found in the settings tab: Permanent.
Burning also works with the trial version of Nero, but after expiration of the trial time, only 2x as max. speed will be used to burn. You can optionally require a full delete for DVD RWs (Full erase RW switched on - takes some time...), default is Quick Erase (~2 minutes). After burning optionally the DVD can be verified (Verify: Files on DVD=Files on hard disk). However apparently this only works, if the DVD burner does not insist on ejecting the DVD after burning... If you want, you may select the burning speed (default=Max.) Remark: Speed 2.4x is not supported with NeroCMD version '6/7'.