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#1 Keith Walters

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 09:54 PM

And please don't say something to the effect of: “Buy XXYYZZZ post package and press the ‘Macrovision’ button.” Jeez there’s some amazingly clever and witty people inhabiting the various Forums....

I need to make up a set of test DVDs for Factory QC testing of TVs and DVD players in China by largely non-technical people.

One of the many requirements is to check whether the analog macrovision anti-copy signals are present. One obvious way to do this is to simply buy some commercial release DVDs but there are problems:

• Not all releases have the Macrovision flags set right at the beginning of the feature which complicates the process
• I need samples of DVDs region-coded for the four main regions, and also region-free, in versions mastered at 25 fps and 30fps. That makes 10 discs in a complete set. Bit of an ask for a commercial release.

Apparently the Macrovision circuitry is activated by setting a flag in the the DVDs ISO file, but clearly none of the Forum smartasses have any idea how this is done.
Does anybody here know how this is done by any chance, or have any idea where I might find out?
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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 10:38 PM

I think DVD studio pro lets you add macrovision
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On the right hand lower side, Under "Region/Copyright" I just turned on Copyright Management and then I can select the 3 types of Macrovision. Dunno if that's 100% what you need but...

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#3 Keith Walters

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 10:59 PM

I think DVD studio pro lets you add macrovision
see screen shot:


On the right hand lower side, Under "Region/Copyright" I just turned on Copyright Management and then I can select the 3 types of Macrovision. Dunno if that's 100% what you need but...

Yes, there's no shortage of editors that let you do that, but I only want to use this for a single project, which makes it somewhat non-cost-effective.
Also, not all editors will produce a full-resolution MPEGII slideshow from the series of specialist bitmaps I use, as I've found to my cost.
It would be a fair bet that what they actually do to the ISO file to activate it is probably pretty small, and could probably be done "by hand" with a simple ASCII editor, but nobody seems able to tell me precisely what it is!
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