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brief intro on how to make your own MicroDVD
this a brieflt explain how to create a basic MicroDVD
yourself. Meaning: a MicroDVD with subtitles and
autorun, suitable for example for use with a DivX
Getting subtitles can be done by
either "Ripping subtitles
from a DVD" or by looking at some of the subtitles-collection
pages on the Internet.
MicroDVD is announced to become a commercial product :(.
Note: The explanation
below is DivX based!
Note: Do NOT forget to read the
TIP! In the meanwhile
there are two - even better - alternatives:
my favorite (official
site or download it from WeetHet)
- DivX G400,
originally designed for use with Matrox videocards (official
site or download here).
we can start creating a MicroDVD, we need to rip a movie and it's subtitles:
Rip a DVD and convert it to a DivX.
2. Rip the subtitles you want to use
from the VOB files.
we create a directory structure. This we will use for the structure of
the CD we are about to create.
The structure presented here is a suggestion. If you wish you can use
a different strcucture, however I like this one.
||storing the DivX movie
||storing the subtitle file(s)
||storing a scan of the DVD cover
||storing the DivX
||storing the MicroDVD
||ini file for MicroDVD
||ini file for MicroDVD
step is to copy the appropriate files to the directory structure we created.
The DivX movie can be called anything you like, for example
"Lake Placid.AVI" or to make it a bit more cool "Lake
Placid.DivX" and copy it to the VIDEO directory.
The name used, should match the name mentioned in the INI and MVD file
we are going to create later on!
I usually copy the 3 subtitle formats, SRT (native SubRip
format), SUB (MicroDVD format) and the SUB
(SubViewer format) files, to the SUBTITLES directory.
also, always, scan the cover of my DVD and copy the scanned image (in
any fileformat you prefer) to the COVER directory.
To make the CD's more accessable for users that do not have the DivX codec,
I copy the DivX codec setup file to the DIVXCODEC directory.
also, for the same purpose, copy the MicroDVD
playback software to the CD in the MICRODVD directory.
two files, MDVD.INI and MicroDVD.MVD,
Open Notepad or any other text editor and create a text file with a text
similar to this example:
[Micro DVD Ini File]
|[Micro DVD Ini File]
||The title of the movie which appears in MicroDVD
||Unique identifier for this movie CD
||The movie can be found in the VIDEO directory
||The filename of the movie file
||Subtitle file can be found in the directory SUBTITLES
||Subtitle language 1 is "Nederlands" to be displayed in
the MicroDVD display as DUT. More languages can be added this way.
||Filename of the subtitle file for option 1 (DUT).
||Set to default format (MicroDVD)
||Maximum of 2 textlines in a subtitles
all appearances of "LakePlacid" for the movie you're copying.
Don't forget that the filenames should match the files you want to use
(as mentioned before)!
Once you have completed the text, you can save the file as "MDVD.INI".
Save it once more as "MicroDVD.MVD".
For more details on the format of the INI/MVD I can refer you to the documentation
that comes with the MicroDVD zip
file. Additional features involve multiple audio languages, multiple
subtitles, menu-structures, etc.
can now test the MicroDVD by double clicking the MVD file.
If you haven't double clicked a MVD before, then Windows will ask you
which program to use to open this filetype. Choose "Other..."
and select MICRODVD.EXE which can be found in the directory of MicroDVD.
As soon as the movie starts, make MicroDVD go to FullScreen mode. next
click on the subtitle button and select the desired language for susbtitles.
If MicroDVD is NOT running in FullScreen mode, subtitles will not be displayed
(future version will display subtitles).
if the path of the directory structure we just created contains a space:
MicroDVD will generate errors!
you can use a CD-writer program (Nero
is my favorite) to write the structure you have just created to a CD-recordable
or a CD-rewriteable.