Sizzle
Sizzle 0.5b2
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Sizzle is designed a tool for Mac OS X 10.2 and later that helps in the creation of reasonably basic, no-frills DVD Video discs. Sizzle takes MPEG-2 video and combines it with either MPEG Layer-II ("MP2") or Dolby Digital ("AC3") audio to create a disc image that can be burned to a recordable DVD or CD with a program like Disc Copy or Roxio Toast.
What's New
Version 0.5b2: This should fix many problems people have been having with Sizzle and 10.3. Disc image creation is faster now, and DVD menu buttons should work better on more DVD players. German and French localizations are also included, finally, much apologies to my translators whose work has been siting on my hard drive for months and months. 9-button bug is fixed, too. And even though NO ONE requested this freaking feature, you can now choose the scratch folder for people with small boot drives. I'm sure this isn't useful to ANYONE.
Version 0.5b2: This should fix many problems people have been having with Sizzle and 10.3. Disc image creation is faster now, and DVD menu buttons should work better on more DVD players. German and French localizations are also included, finally, much apologies to my translators whose work has been siting on my hard drive for months and months. 9-button bug is fixed, too. And even though NO ONE requested more...
Requirements
PPC, Mac OS X 10.2 or later, A DVD or CD burner.






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Ned Anderson commented on 20 Feb 2007
Universal Binary Leopard version required please.
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gregjsmith commented on 24 Apr 2006
Anyone know what happen to the developer or the application? Seems to be forever stuck at beta2.
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tnn35 reviewed on 04 Dec 2005
You have no idea how long it took me to find this wonderful apps. And you have no idea how I really appreciate this app. Sizzle is sizzling great

I have tried iDVD, Toast7 to authorize my tivo recordings without success. iDVD don't except mpeg stream and Toast 7 seem to have problem re-encoding. Dvd Studio Pro? I don't have money plus I heard it also won't except mpeg stream.

For a long time, I've been using tytool in VirtualPC to authorize DVD because it does not re-encode my tivo stream. This is a plus because I don't want to waste time and also re-encode may lost the stream quality and increase disk space.

This app does exactly the same the plus more. I can easily arrange my title menu while in tytool I have to use templates. Sizzle also has multiple audio tracks and multiple sub-titles. I'm not going to use it but that is more than expectation.

Saving the result to dmg is a awesome feature. That means I can test my image without burning it to DVD first. When it is perfect, I can then burn with Toast 7

The interface is a little complicated. I couldn't figure out how to add multiple shows in 1 menu, especially in the title menu. The sub menu can points to multiple chapters which is not neccessary in my opinion.

It is too bad that Sizzle's website and the author seem to disappeard. Please come back and continue this wonderful little app. I suggest to put up a paypal donation to fund the life of the project.
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Anonymous reviewed on 11 Oct 2005
If you want to put some MPEG files (say from a ReplayTV) on a DVD you can play in your DVD player, you've come to the right place. This will do that, and it may even do what you want. It's free and easy to use, but not without its problems.

Each title of the disc can have its audio and video from one or more MPEG files and will have an associated menu. That menu can have buttons made of text and images that play parts of the title or do some other limited things as well as a background image and sound.

The main (TOC- table of contents) menu that appears when you first put the disc in your player can jump to any of the other title menus from a button.

I believe that description is fairly complete. If you want to copy several TV episodes, for example to a disc, you can do it, but they can only be played from their own menus, which makes using the disc more complicated than you'd probably expect.

The program also problems with large buttons and sometimes mysteriously doesn't let you select or move buttons (and heaven help you if you overlap two of them).

Even given those shortcomings, this is a nice program. It's small and straightforward- and free! Give it a try, but don't be surprised if you're somewhat disappointed.
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Anonymous reviewed on 09 Oct 2005
Nice app, but I'm afraid this is a dead product. It quits unexpectedly when you try to build a disk image under Tiger, the link the author's website is dead, and Sizzle hasn't been updated since April 2004.

If it works for you great, but I wouldn't hold any high expectations for it in the future.
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Anonymous reviewed on 04 Apr 2005
This app seems like it has a lot of potential, but its user interface and documentation are extremely opaque. I wish I could figure out what Michael Dodd (below) meant when he described his workarounds, but they're pretty hard to understand.

In my case I've added 5-6 .VOB files as titles and the app seems to like them, but I can't figure out a way to make them appear on the main menu so as to be played: this would seem to be the absolute basic minimum that one could ask from a program like this.

It's a real shame that all the links to the developer are dead ones.
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Anonymous commented on 11 Oct 2005
You can't play a title from the main menu. You have to make a menu for the title and play it from there. It might make sense if you have other things to do with the title, but it's a pain for simple stuff.

You also can't jump to a title or its menu from another title's menu. You can only go back to the TOC menu.

These seem to be limitations of Sizzle and not the underlying dvdauthor program. Is there anywhere one can still get the source to Sizzle? I'd be glad to take a swing at fixing it up.
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Anonymous reviewed on 18 Mar 2005
This app doesn't work on my mac! it launches but there's no window displayed??? How could this be possible?
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Anonymous commented on 13 Apr 2005
Same as here. Sizzle don't displays any menu.
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Anonymous reviewed on 23 Nov 2004
Sizzle doesn't work as described (OS X 10.3.6). The buttons don't work with the commands which should start the right VOB-file. I read the manual and online help many times but regardless what I'm trying to do - it doesn't work as it should. A lot of work has to be done until Sizzle can compete with any other tool in this category.

(Or am I just too stupid to handle the simplicity of this app?)
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Anonymous reviewed on 07 Jul 2004
Note: 0.5b2 crashes for me on 10.2.8 (PB G3) - but 0.5b1 works fine. Sent a note to developer no reply yet.
Great (and only free) DVD App for G3 systems.
Easy menu creation system - but could use better documentation.
Good Preview and fast encoding.
Could use a way to duplicate buttons.
Would be nice if it coudl directly accept iMovie files - it needs to be converted first - but the conversion tools are free - if not intuitive.
Thanks for a great DVD solution.
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Anonymous reviewed on 06 May 2004
after hours, video_ts generated is a black screen in DVD Player of 2,2 Go. Hoops ? Only see the menu (empty menu here), no more. Don't understand how the menus works.
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Date:30 Apr 2004
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Sizzle is designed a tool for Mac OS X 10.2 and later that helps in the creation of reasonably basic, no-frills DVD Video discs. Sizzle takes MPEG-2 video and combines it with either MPEG Layer-II ("MP2") or Dolby Digital ("AC3") audio to create a disc image that can be burned to a recordable DVD or CD with a program like Disc Copy or Roxio Toast.


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