Monday, June 24, 2013

PE: Looping DVD-VIDEO on DVD Disc


Premiere Elements (any version) does not offer a feature that takes its Timeline content and burns it to DVD disc in DVD-VIDEO format which loops. Some have found that the easy way out is use of the player repeat function to loop the DVD-VIDEO format on DVD disc that the Premiere Elements produces.

However, the VIDEO_TS from Premiere Elements' burn to folder or the VIDEO_TS ripped from the DVD from Premiere Elements' burn to disc can be used in conjunction with 3rd party software to get the looping DVD-VIDEO movie. Two popular 3rd party software for this task are IfoEdit and Pgcedit.

The basic Windows Only scheme is
  • Edit the VTS_01_0.IFO  in the VIDEO_TS Folder in IfoEdit or PgcEdit
  • Burn just the VIDEO_TS Folder which includes the edited VTS_01_0.IFO file to a DVD disc with a program such as the free ImgBurn which will place the DVD structure on the DVD disc in the correct disc file system.


Download and install the IfoEdit program (version 0.971 as of December 7, 2017)

STEP 1. Open IfoEdit and click on Open. See Figure 1.

Figure 1. IfoEdit Open Button

STEP 2. Browse to the VIDEO_TS Folder on the hard drive save location and select the VTS_01_0.IFO file in the VIDEO_TS Folder Open dialog. See Figure 2.

Figure 2. Selection of VTS_01_0.IFO File For Editing

STEP 3. After you click Open to the Open dialog in Figure 2 (with File name set for VTS_01_0.IFO), search for the VTS_PGCITI in the top section of the readout shown in Figure 3. When the VTS_PGCITI is clicked on, a plus sign will appear to the left of its name. Click on the plus sign to reveal the VTS_PGC_1 directly below the VTS_PGCITI.

Figure 3. Finding VTS_PGCITI

STEP 4. Now in the lower part of the IfoEdit workspace that appears when the VTS_PGC_1 is selected, scroll for and look for the wording PGC Command Table. There may or may not be one. In this case, there was no PGC Command Table. See Figure 4.

Figure 4. Search for PGC Command Table. None found in this case.

STEP 5. When there is no wording for PGC Command Table, a Post Command needs to be added. To do that, right click on the line "There is no PGC Command Table" and, in the drop down menu, select "Add Post Command". See Figure 5.

Figure 5. Add Post Command
If there is a line that reads PGC Command Table, there should be a Post Command at its bottom for use. In that case, omit the Add Post Command step and continue with Step 7's directive to "right click the Post Command line and select Edit Command.

STEP 6. After the "Add Post Command" is selected, the readout in the lower portion of the page will now show PGC Command Table at the bottom of which is the Post Command that was just added. See Figure 6. Now right click this Post Command line and select Edit Command.

Figure 6. Editing Post Command

STEP 7. After the Edit Command is selected, the Change Command dialog will appear. Change the NOP to (Jumpt_VTS_PTT) Jump to Chapter, setting Title Nr: to 1 and Chapter Nr: to 1. Click OK. See Figure 7.

Figure 7. Change Command Dialog. NOP to (Jump_VTS_PTT) Jump to Chapter, setting Title Nr: 1 and Chapter Nr: 1.

STEP 8. Next click on the Save button at the bottom left of the workspace. See Figure 8.

Figure 8. Save Button Main Page.

 STEP 9. When the Save button is hit, the Save As dialog will appear as shown in Figure 9.

Figure 9. The Saving of the Edited VTS_01_0.IFO File

STEP 10. When the Save button in the Save As dialog is hit, a pop up will appear. Click Yes.
See Figure 10.

Figure 10. .BUP Message

STEP 11. After selecting Yes, the IfoEdit workspace reappears with the choice to DVD Play and/or Quit.

STEP 12. Take the VIDEO_TS now containing the edited VTS-01_0.IFO file and burn it from its hard drive save location to DVD disc with the ImgBurn program.

Link for download of the free ImgBurn program is included in the above link which includes instructions for the VIDEO_TS to DVD-VIDEO steps. ImgBurn and IfoEdit appear to be Windows Only programs.


Download and install the PgcEdit program.

STEP 1. Open PgcEdit and click Open. See Figure 1.

Figure 1. PgcEdit Open.

STEP 2. After clicking on the Open button, a Browse for Folder Dialog will appear. Browse to and select your VIDEO_TS Folder. Then click OK on the Browse for Folder Dialog. See Figure 2.

Figure 2. Browse For VIDEO_TS Folder.

STEP 3. Clicking OK to the Browse For Folder Dialog will display the PgcEdit workspace as shown in Figure 3.

Figure 3. PgcEdit Workspace.

STEP 4. In the column to the left of the PgcEdit workspace, click on the line that reads
VTST 1,1 TTN1 (1:00) Title 1 so that the PgcEdit workspace displays as shown in Figure 4.
The (1.00) shown here in VTST 1,1 TTN1 (1.00) Title 1 will vary since it the time for the particular video involved.

Figure 4. PgcEdit Workspace after VTST 1, 1 TTN1 (1:00) Title 1 is selected.

STEP 5. Select the line that reads ********** post commands. Then right click that line and select "Add after" from the drop down list that appears. See Figure 5.

Figure 5. ********** Post Commands/Add After.

STEP 6. After **********posts commands/Add After is selected, a 1 NOP line will appear under **********post commands. See Figure 6.

Figure 6. ********** Post Commands/1 NOP line.

STEP 7. Right click the 1 NOP line and select Edit Cmd. At this point the PgcEdit-Command Editor dialog will appear as shown in Figure 7.

Figure 7. PgcEdit-Command Editor Dialog Before Setting.

STEP 8. Click on the Jump to header of the PgcEdit-Command Editor and then on the chain
VTST Title in same VTS
The PgcEdit Command Editor settings should look like those in Figure 8 immediately before
 clicking OK to that dialog. See Figure 8.

Figure 8. PgcEdit-Command Editor Dialog Final Settings.

STEP 9. After clicking OK to the PgcEdit-Command Editor Dialog, the PgcEdit workspace left present the finalized settings as in Figure 9.

Figure 9. PgcEdit after PgcEdit-Command Editor Final Settings

At this point, go to File Menu/Save DVD. After clicking on Save DVD, a PgcEdit: Save DVD dialog will appear stating that "DVD Saved OK" and "VTS sectors (standard method) OK!" After clicking OK to the Save DVD dialog, go to File Menu/Quit.

STEP 10. IMPORTANT. The PgcEdit workflow results in the addition of a "PgcEdit-backup folder" in the VIDEO_TS Folder containing the edited VTS_01_0.IFO file. See Figure 10.

Figure 10. VIDEO_TS content at the end of the PgcEdit looping procedure.
That "PgcEdit-backup folder" has to be deleted from this VIDEO_TS Folder at its hard drive save location before burning the VIDEO_TS to DVD  with ImgBurn.

STEP 11. Take the VIDEO_TS now containing the edited VTS_01_0.IFO file and burn it from its hard drive save location to DVD disc with the ImgBurn program.

This blog post will be updated soon regarding looping DVD-VIDEO method applicability for Windows 8 64 bit and Mac.