Bombono is an amazingly simple and easy to use DVD authoring application from Russia, that uses a clean GTK based graphical user interface.
The application is more than capable of covering both the simple, and the somewhat more special DVD authoring needs that a home user may have.
Configuring the Source file
First thing you need to do in such applications is to choose a multimedia file for your creation. By pressing the plus icon, you can choose any kind of video file, audio from DVDs (for coupling purposes) like mpa, ac3, dts and lpcm, or even png and jpeg images.
As you can see, after choosing your file you can preview it. If the file you chose is not mpeg2, Bombono will automatically transcode it.
You can add chapters using the time line on the bottom and even view them on Totem media player if you want. All this is done by simply right clicking and choosing the desirable action.
By right clicking the item on the media list you are given a set of actions and information. These include information about the video bitrate and settings for it, end action option, reason for transcoding info and the very useful add subtitles function.
What a DVD authoring tool would be without the ability to build menus the way you want? Bombono is using a “free design” approach where the user can add elements from a rich set and place them on an empty canvas. The elements are both movable and resizable and can also snap to grid for best accuracy.
The third and final step is choosing the output details. The output can be one of the following:
- Creation of a DVD structured folder that can be later burned on a disk as is
- Creation of a disk image file for later burning
- Burn to a DVD disk straight from Bombono. You can choose the burning device and speed on this case
- Perform rendering only
Before pressing that “Build DVD” button, decide if you want Bombono to use more that the default one core of your CPU, to decrease completion time. You can set this through the application’s preferences menu. After some minutes of waiting, the output file is saved on the selected output folder and you are ready to do whatever you want with it.
I have used Devede in the past and although it offers more features, I must say I prefer Bombono for the simpler way it works. Also, the subtitles selection and encoding is far more straight forward in Bombono.
Using DVD players may seem somewhat obsolete nowadays, but I am sure that there are many home users out there who still need these kind of tools for their own reasons. If you’re one of them, give Bombono a try!