This program allows you to create a simple menu background for use with the
movie-title program, which can then be used to create menus for DVDs
with more than one menu on them.
You have the option of telling the program to use an empty background of a
specific color (black being the default color) or to use an image that you
supply to put in the background (optionally scaled to fit the screen).
Further, you have the option of supplying an audio track to be played while
the menu is being displayed.
If you do not specify an audio track, no audio will be played: this also means
that the menu is completely static, and animated picture-in-picture versions
of the movies that are displayed in the menu are not possible, only static
pictures are possible in this case.
The best way to grasp how the system works is by trying it out for yourself.
The following options are available:
Specifies the name of the directory that should be created and will contain
a number of JPEG files and a WAV file for the audio of the title sequence
after the program is done.
Personally, I usually use the name title (short and to-the-point).
Specify either pal or ntsc, depending on whether you are creating
a PAL or NTSC DVD.
NTSC is an American TV standard, PAL is usually used in Europe and other parts
of the world.
If you specify this option, you can supply the filename of an image in any
format that the ImageMagick suite understands, and that image will be
displayed in the background of your DVD menu.
The image will be displayed in its original format, unless you specify the
-s option (see below).
A PAL menu is 720 pixels wide and 576 pixels in height.
An NTSC menu is 720 pixels wide and 480 pixels in height.
The aspect ratio of either is not exactly 4:3, but is close enough.
If your picture is larger than the resolution of the menu itself, it will be
scaled down (keeping the aspect ratio intact) to fit on the screen.
If your picture does not have the same dimensions as the menu and leaves
borders, the color of those borders can de determined using the -b
option (see below).
This option may only be specified if you specify the -i option as well.
Otherwise, the program will complain and abort.
This option, if specified, causes the image that was specified using the
-i option to be scaled to the size of the menu itself (making it as
large as possible without any pixels falling off any edge).
If your picture is not the same shape as the menu and leaves borders, the
color of those borders can de determined using the -b option (see
Using this option, you can determine the color of the background of the menu
that is not covered by the optional image that may be supplied using the
If the -i option is not used, this option determines the color of the
The color must be in the format rgb, #rgb, rrggbb or
The latter is the same color notation as is used on the web.
000088 Dark blue
0000ff Bright blue
008800 Dark green
00ff00 Bright green
880000 Dark red
ff0000 Bright red
008888 Dark cyan
00ffff Bright cyan
880088 Dark magenta
ff00ff Bright magenta
As you can see from the syntax of the argument, the hash sign (#) is
If you want to use the hash sign, be sure to place the entire color
specification in single or doubles quotes, because the hash sign can confuse
some shells: they think the hash sign is the start of a comment, causing the
rest of your command line to be ignored, causing an error because the
-b will not have an argument in this case.
Using this option, you may supply the filename of an audio file to use in the
May be an MP3 file, a WAV file or anything else that mplayer can play
without needing extra options.
If you use audio in the menu, this will open up the possibility of using
animated picture-in-picture versions of the movies in the menu (see the
-n option below).
If you do not supply an audio file, this will not be possible to use animated
picture-in-picture versions, only static images or no previews at all (again,
see the -n option below).
Using this option, you can tell the program what kind of menu you would like
The possible arguments are none (which will cause a menu to be created
that will have no previews of the movies, but will only display the background
color/image, the titles of the movies and the navigation buttons),
static (which will cause a menu to be created that will display a
preview image of each movie, but that is not animated) and animated
(which is only possible if you supply an audio file using the -a
option, see above, and which will cause a menu to be created that will display
picture-in-picture animated previews of the movies).
If you don't specify this option, the default will be to use animated if
you supplied an audio track to be used and static if there is no audio.
If this program is called with a incorrect set of parameters, it will print a
diagnostic message telling the user what went wrong.
Also, it will then print its usage information, listing all the options and
The program tells you what it is doing while it is running.
The command line that I use most often is:
movie-make-title-simple -o title -m pal \
-i background.jpg -s -a nice_music.mp3