Media OCD, Glendale CA
Media OCD made the switch to Scenarist BD from DoStudio Indie and EX in 2017. They haven’t regretted it for a moment, as Justin Sevakis explains.
We work with a lot of anime, and anime has very demanding needs for subtitles. Sometimes more than one subtitle appears on screen at once — something DoStudio never was able to handle without causing annoying blinking. Once we changed to Scenarist’s subtitle workflow, we were able to have concurrent subtitles on screen with no issues.
Scenarist has none of DoStudio’s compatibility issues, and offers detailed control over disc layout and layer breaks. We’ve actually gone back and re-authored some problematic discs in Scenarist and were able to completely eliminate show-stopping playback issues without re-encoding or changing the disc programming.
But the best feature has to be Scenarist’s ability to do partial muxes. No more having to wait for the entire disc to build when you’re debugging menus! If you only need to test a small coding tweak, the disc rebuilds in seconds instead of the hour that it took DoStudio. This has saved us WEEKS of unnecessary build time. This is the biggest reason to upgrade, hands down.
Media OCD Loves Scenarist BD.
For software as complex and specific as Blu-ray authoring, Scenarist BD is rock-solid. We’ve experienced no random freeze-ups, no unexpected quits, and no weird incidents where our project got corrupted…and we’ve built some incredibly complicated discs! It’s easily the most stable of the apps we use everyday. Even better, reliable undo, copy/paste, and drag-and-drop within the app has made what used to be insanely tedious tasks a breeze.
Media OCD has experienced greater control of menus graphics using the Scenarist Designer tool.
One of the biggest headaches for us has always been updating menus mid-way through the authoring process. Whether you’re adding buttons or pages, deleting elements, or just touching up an existing graphic, re-importing the design from Photoshop was always a nightmare. Not with Scenarist. Almost every time, every element just pops right back into place, without anything having to be fixed or corrected. This was never the case with DoStudio, so transitioning to Scenarist has saved us untold hours of tweaking and correcting updated menus.
Access to the expanded Scenarist Designer format has allowed us to integrate cool features such as multi-state buttons (very helpful for audio and subtitle menus) and animations that were difficult or impossible to do with DoStudio EX’s bundled IG Editor software. And better yet, we have yet to create a menu that caused Scenarist Designer to produce out-of-spec BD graphics layers — something that happened all too often with IG Editor.
–Justin Sevakis, CEO Media OCD