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Old 9th January 2022, 06:31   #21  |  Link
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The Office (2001-2003)

I downloaded (AnyStream/HBOmax), cataloged (DVD Profiler/My Movies) and authored (MediaInfo/SubtitleEdit/BDSup2Sub/multiAVCHD/BDRB/BDedit/ImgBurn) the TV series, The Office (2001-2003) to Blu-ray the other day. Below is what the TV series looks like for me from My Movies for Windows Media Center. Included below are links to my online profiles for the TV series which mirror my local DVD Profiler database, the "Overview" section of each profile including an "Episode List" and "Episode Guide" with images.

As seen from My Movies for Windows Media Center...


(Click on the image above to view my online profile for this title.)


(Click on the image above to view my online profile for this title.)


(Click on the image above to view my online profile for this title.)


(Click on the image above to view my online profile for this title.)

And here are screenshots of the Blu-ray menus. I worked up a couple sets of Blu-ray menus in this case. The first set follows my standard template. For the second set I decided to have some fun and think outside the box with the help of my friend, BDedit. Quite pleased with the end result I must say. :-P

As seen from my Blu-ray player...


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Both sets of QP menus are available to download here for those interested. As with my prior QP menu downloads, this is BYOE, i.e. bring your own episodes. The QP menus contain 0.5 second blank video files in place of the actual episodes. To incorporate the QP menus with your own Blu-ray's of the TV series just overwrite your M2TS and CLPI files (99001-99010) with the ones from my QP menus and you'll be all set. To retain my "QP menu item" and "page" navigation behavior just carry over my "index.bdmv" and "MovieObject.bdmv" files as well. If you prefer the default navigation behavior I've got that base covered as well. Just use the versions of the "index.bdmv" and "MovieObject.bdmv" files found in the "BDMV\BACKUP" folder. Enjoy!

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Old 11th January 2022, 06:50   #22  |  Link
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I just updated my Blu-ray menus for "The Office (2001-2003)" that I posted about yesterday. The updated Blu-ray menus can be downloaded using the same URL. (See my prior post.)

The updates I made were to the Blu-ray menu that contains multiple pages. The screenshots in my prior post show the "PREV" and "NEXT" buttons as left and right arrows. Those left and right arrows were actually just part of the given menu background image. I tried replacing the images used for the "PREV" and "NEXT" buttons using BDedit, but was unsuccessful. The best I could do was replace the images with blank images making the "PREV" and "NEXT" buttons fully transparent. The "PREV" and "NEXT" buttons still worked for page navigation mind you, you just couldn't see the buttons, the left and right arrows that were part of the given menu background image serving as visual ques only. I prevented menu item navigation from wrapping around as well so. A bit funky, but easy enough to navigate. That being said, I revisited this today and was finally successful after much trial and error. The updated Blu-ray menu appears identical to the screenshots in my prior post. The left and right arrows shown in the screenshots are actually the "PREV" and "NEXT" buttons now. He shoots, he scores!

And here's the process I followed to replace the "PREV" and "NEXT" button images...

STEP 1: Once launching BDedit I browsed to my BDMV folder from the "BDMV" tab, then going to the "CLIPINF" tab selecting the CLPI file from the drop down that corresponded with the M2TS file I wanted to update (9902=Page 1, 99004=Page 2, 99006=Page 3, 99008=Page 4, 99010=Page 5), then pressing the "MENU" button being taken to the "Menu" tab.

STEP 2: From the "Menu" tab I accessed the "Objects" tab highlighting each object and saving (Save object image) the image for each locally. (This had to be done for every object within the M2TS file as every image within the M2TS file needed to be replaced when the time came, not just the images in question I was looking to update. Also, I didn't save the color pallete in this case as I don't have the Scenarist plugin for Photoshop.)

STEP 3: In Photoshop CS3 I then created my own "PREV" and "NEXT" images, i.e. "Not Selected (N)", "Selected (S)" and "Active (A)" versions for each. Instead of graphical text I went with left and right arrows which I created using the Shape tool, the same color scheme and drop shadow being applied as was used for the images that called out the title names. Each image was saved from Photoshop at full quality using the regular PNG option. (I would have exported each image instead, but I don't have the Scenarist plugin for Photoshop.)

STEP 4: With updated versions of the "PREV" and "NEXT" images ready to go it was time to process the entire set of images I had previously extracted from the M2TS file, including the replacement images I had just created. (I placed copies of my replacement images in the same folder where I had saved the original images, the full set of images extracted from the M2TS file. I didn't overwrite the original images I intended on replacing though. I could have deleted them at that point, but didn't bother. The replacement images didn't need to be named the same as the original images. None of the images needed to be named the same. They don't need to be the same width and height as the orginal images either. BDedit doesn't care. It takes what you give it and does provide a point of reference, the right pane showing you what the current image looks like as you're going to replace it so.)

To process the images I used the below utility which initially I wasn't able to get to work. Under Windows 7 64-bit I was getting no response at the command line. No response at all. I decided today to try running the utility from Windows 10. When doing so I received a Windows error message stating that it couldn't find a couple debug DLL's, "vcruntime140d.dll" and "ucrtbased.dll". The release versions of the DLL's were present for me under both Windows 7 and Windows 10, i.e. "vcruntime140.dll" and "ucrtbase.dll". The debug versions were no where to be found. I performed some Internet searches at that point and eventually hit paydirt finding a Github forum post where someone was experiencing the same issue. The forum post can be found here. In response to the OP a kind forum member provided a download link to the debug DLL's. Thankfully the download link still worked. Once downloading the DLL's I dropped them in my "SysWOW64" folder under Windows 7 and the rest is history!

(I've found that PNG Quantizer yields far superior results with images that were saved from Photoshop using the regular PNG option. Do not dumb the image down when going to save it. Save the image at full quality. Stay away from the "Save for Web" option as well, especially when working with color images. Trust me. I learned the hard way as I've been messing around with color images and getting some ugly results here and there once incorporating a set of images into a Blu-ray. All the issues I was seeing when testing via PowerDVD went away the moment I started saving the images from Photoshop using the regular PNG option instead.)

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PNG Quantizer for use with BDEdit

I've developed a utility for assisting in editing IG menus for those without Scenarist Designer. For reference, here is the menu editing thread. You can find the tool releases here and the source code if you wish to modify and build it for Linux.

THIS IS A COMMAND LINE TOOL, use "-help" for this information.

This tool takes a directory of files, generates a palette for all of them, then remaps those images and writes them out to a new directory. This tool is meant to be used for editing Interactive Graphics (IG) streams used in Blu-ray menus in association with BDedit.

Usage:
1) Save out everything from BDEdit for the menu you're editing. If your menu contains multiple palettes, save out each set of images to it's own folder to keep the palettes separate.
2) Edit your images as desired.
3) Run the tool with the directory of modified images as the only argument. "Done!" will appear when it's finished. If you don't input any arguments a text help prompt will appear.
4) Replace the images using BDEdit. Be sure to check both the "Replace object" and "Replace palette" boxes for every image, otherwise you'll get extra objects and palettes.
5) Mux out your new menu M2TS file and replace the one in your BDMV/STREAM folder.
6) Close and open up BDEdit again and go to CLIPINF and read the appropriate .clpi file for the menu. A prompt will say it has the wrong number of packets in it, say yes and save the clpi file.
7) That's it! Bit tedious for menus with lots of objects, but it does work.

Proof of function can be seen on the github main page.
STEP 5: As outlined above, once generating a new set of images using PNG Quantizer I then returned to the "Menu\Objects" tab within BDedit replacing each image (Load object image) within the M2TS file ensuring the "Replace the selected object" and "Replace the selected color palette" options were checked each time. Once replacing all the images I updated the M2TS file via the "Mux" option browsing to and overwriting the original M2TS file. (It's important to overwrite the original M2TS file, the copy residing in your "BDMV\Stream" folder. Prior to overwriting the file I recommend placing a copy elsewhere in the event you need to restore the original for whatever reason.)

STEP 6: This is the final and most crucial step, Step 7 outined in the "Usage" instructions above. The packet value of a given M2TS file is stored within its CLPI file. As such, when replacing the images within a M2TS file I needed to then make sure its CLPI file didn't also need updated, i.e. to reflect the correct packet value of the updated M2TS file. Of the 5 M2TS files (...one for each menu page) I updated, only 2 of them needed their CLPI files updated. Not updating the CLPI file when necessary results in that page of the Blu-ray menu breaking, only the menu background image being displayed when testing via PowerDVD.

The good thing here is that BDedit will prompt you if the given CLPI file needs updated. Once updating a M2TS file via the "Mux" option I'd immediately return to the "BDMV" tab selecting the "Read" option. This reloads the BDMV folder. BDedit is then able to account for the M2TS file I had just updated. (Alternatively you could restart BDedit as outlined in Step 7 of the "Usage" instructions above.) I'd then return to the CLIPINF tab selecting the CLPI file from the drop down per the M2TS file I had just updated. When doing so a message is displayed if the M2TS packet value stored within the CLPI file doesn't match the updated M2TS file, the option being given for BDedit to correct the packet value stored, i.e. "The m2ts file contains 224 packets. Do you want to correct the packet value of ClipInfo?" When presented with the prompt I selected "Yes" of course, BDedit updating the CLPI file, the given Blu-ray menu page then working without issue as a result when testing via PowerDVD.

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Old 12th January 2022, 09:36   #23  |  Link
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The fun never ends! I updated my Blu-ray menu for "The Office: The Complete Series (2001-2003)" yet again. The updated Blu-ray menu can be downloaded using the same URL a couple posts back. My previous post from yesterday has been updated as well as I'm now able to "properly" replace the images used for the "PREV" and "NEXT" buttons within my Quick-Play menus thanks to a utility I discovered the other day that I was finally able to get working. In any event, just thought I'd share. Enjoy the read and feel free to download the Blu-ray menu and check it out if you like.
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Thanks! I'm loving the ability to replace images within IG menus now. It really opens up some possibilities. Having way too much fun.
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BD Rebuilder, Photoshop, PNG Quantizer and BDedit for the win!

Surprise, surprise. I'm still messing around with the Blu-ray menu I worked up the other day for "The Office: The Complete Series (2001-2003)". After successfully replacing the images used for the "PREV" and "NEXT" buttons I decided to try my hand at replacing all the other images. Had a blast. End result shown below.


(And here's the other pages: Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5)

The menu background I'm using above no longer includes the title treatment, episode thumbnails and pagination as was the case prior. Instead those things are objects now, i.e menu buttons using my own images. Below are the images I created for the "PREV" and "NEXT" buttons for those interested. Feel free to download them if you like.



For each title I created "Not Selected (N)", "Selected (S)" and "Active (A)" images that incorporated both the title text and episode thumbnail, the episode thumbnail being in greyscale when "Not Selected (N)", then changing to color when "Selected (S)" or "Active (A)", the frame around the thumbnail mirroring the color used for the text. Example shown below.



And I should probably mention this as well. The objects for the title treatment and pagination are non-functioning. This is by design. I'm treating them as panels rather than buttons. To the end user they'll appear to be part of the menu background. That's all. Each display a single image respectively for their "Not Selected (N)", "Selected (S)" and "Active (A)" states, menu navgiation to each not being possible. I even covered the "menu navigation using a mouse" angle. That won't work either as neither contain a navigation command. When hovering your mouse over them the mouse pointer doesn't change. There's no way to click on them as a result.

That being said, I just uploaded the latest and greatest here to my web space for those interested. I must warn you though. This download is a bit on the spicy side as it includes the prior versions of the Blu-ray menu I worked up, including all my assets per the below.

Blu-ray menu assets...


I figured some might enjoy having a look behind-the-scenes. You know, at look at how my twisted mind works. (I use Photoshop CS3. My PSD files are included as well.) And those of you feeling adventurous could even open the original Blu-ray menu created by BD Rebuilder in BDedit, then attempting to update the resulting Quick-Play menu as I've done. All the assets are there that you'd need so. Download link provided below.

"The Office: The Complete Series" Blu-ray menu and assets. (141 MB)

And yes, the above download is a bit larger than the other Quick-Play menu downloads I've offered in the past. Just a tad bit larger. In any event, just thought I'd share. Enjoy!

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A quick update per my post. An updated version of the download is now available. I spent some time this morning cleaning up my Photoshop (PSD) files that are included in the download also including the 2 fonts the PSD files require. I additionally included the font the BDREBUILDER.INI file is configured to use that's part of the download. It's the same font I have BD Rebuilder use for all my Quick Play menus. In any event, that is all. Hope everyone has a great weekend. And if anyone has any questions don't hesitate to ask. To each his own, but I really enjoy the process of making a Quick Play menu my own after the fact using BDedit. I've got my process as refined as possible at this point I think so. Okay, I'll stop talking to myself now. Until next time.

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Thank you for all your inventions in the QP menu. But I see no explanation for the use of the horizontal menu. How do you get BDRB to make the menu horizontal? I see no hidden options to do that.
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Thank you for all your inventions in the QP menu. But I see no explanation for the use of the horizontal menu. How do you get BDRB to make the menu horizontal? I see no hidden options to do that.
I do use a couple hidden options. I set the menu backdrop to be fully transparent (MENU_BACKDROP_OPACITY=0) and turn the pagination (MENU_PAGE_ENABLE=0) off. All other customization is done after the fact using BDedit, i.e. repositioning the menu buttons, changing their behavior and replacing the images used for each. See here where I posted some screenshots of BDedit showing where you can change a menu buttons positioning (…x and y values) and navigation behavior (…up, down, left and right values). And feel free to hit up the download I made available a couple posts back if you like. The included assets should prove insightful. As an exercise you could take the original Blu-ray menu created by BD Rebuilder opening it in BDedit, then making the same updates as I've done. Time permitting perhaps I'll work up a few step by step tutorials. No promises though.

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