BD-J Converter

BD-J Converter is the World's only plug-in for Adobe® Flash® that automatically converts Flash animations to incredible Blu-ray Disc pop-up menus.

This Blu-ray converter empowers animators and designers to create stunning interactive pop-up menus using the familiar Flash animation environment. Producing fully compliant Blu-ray menus and removing the need to understand Java programming and authoring, BD-J Converter's highly efficient workflow dramatically reduces Blu-ray production times at the same time as enhancing your creative possibilities.

Here's a quick rundown of how this Blu-ray converter can transform the efficiency and creativity of your Blu-ray production business:

Dramatically Accelerate Blu-ray Development by up to 70%
This Blu-ray converter makes the creation and development of Blu-ray menu animations faster and easier. Animators can use the familiar environment of Adobe Flash - one of the World's leading animation tools - rather than having to learn a new Java-oriented tool. Java programmers can focus on implementing functionality, rather than performing the tedious task of programming animation sequences.

Seamless Integration with Adobe® Flash®
This Blu-ray converter integrates seamlessly with Flash, enabling animators to quickly and easily create Blu-ray menus by simply selecting "Convert to Blu-ray" from Flash's Commands menu - it's that easy!

Easy BD-J Creation for Designers and Animators
This Blu-ray converter enables professional designers and animators to take direct control of their Blu-ray menu designs. Working in a familiar environment - Adobe Flash - they're able to create fully compliant Blu-ray menus without writing a single line of Java code.

Efficient and Logical Deployment of Resources
Java programmers are an expensive resource. Without this Blu-ray converter, part of their time is spent programming animations delivered by designers. Not only is this a waste of their valuable time, it leaves room for human error as programmers have to reproduce animators' designs using Java code. BD-J Converter enables the animation to take place where it belongs: with the animators, ensuring designs arrive on disc exactly as intended, leaving BD-J programmers free to program important functionality, not menu animations.

Seamless Integration with Scenarist®
The output from this Blu-ray converter can be imported directly into Scenarist either for further development or multiplexing.

Compatible and Efficient BD-J Code and Java Runtime Generation
This Blu-ray converter creates compatible and optimized code, including a Java runtime library, for the best possible player performance.

Automated Image Mosaic Creation
BD-J Converter automatically creates an Image Mosaic file containing all source graphics to ensure optimized loading times and player performance..

Blu-ray Disc Workflow Integration

Seamless Adobe Flash Plug-in Integration
BD-J Converter runs as a plug-in within Adobe Flash. Designers simply create their pop-up menu animations and export their design directly from Flash, all with a single mouse click!

Easily Create Optimized BD-J Code for Further Development
BD-J Converter's output can be opened and developed using any popular Java Interactive Development Environment. Programmers have full control over exactly how they use the code generated, so they can modify it to suit their own specific needs and development frameworks if required. Alternatively, you can simply add it to your Blu-ray title and publish.

Fully Compatible with Scenarist
The output from BD-J Converter can be imported directly into Scenarist for fast and easy integration into a finished Blu-ray title.

Automated Blu-ray Menu Generation

One-click Blu-ray Menu Creation
Converting your interactive menu animations into fully functional Blu-ray menus is as simple as selecting "Convert to Blu-ray" from Flash's Command menu.

Image Mosaic Support
In order to reduce loading times and improve player performance, BD-J Converter automatically generates a single image mosaic containing every image resource referenced by your menu design.

Optimized Runtime Animation Engine
BD-J Converter includes its own runtime engine which is optimized for the best possible player compatibility and performance.

Flash Button to Blu-ray Button Conversion
A huge timesaver that converts button objects created in Flash to functioning Blu-ray menu buttons.

Java Class Movie Clip Generation
BD-J Converter logically splits each movie clip in the source movie into a separate Java Class, making any subsequent editing and development more intuitive.

Menu Animation Support

Motion Tweens
BD-J converter automatically identifies motion tweens in the Flash timeline and converts them to the Blu-ray equivalent.

Cell Animations
Animations generated by a sequence of images - cell animations - are converted and the required images are automatically added to the image mosaic used by the Blu-ray menu.

Path Animations
Path animations - generated by drawing a path and anchoring an object to it - are automatically converted to Blu-ray menus.

Layer Masks
BD-J Converter can detect rectangular layer masks and automatically generate the appropriate Blu-ray equivalent.

Tutorials and Documentation

Comprehensive Training Materials
BD-J Converter's User Guide includes instructions on how to build Flash movies specifically for BD-J Converter; how to convert your design to Blu-ray; how to edit the generated code; and how to build a working Java Application and BD-J Object and integrate into Scenarist for multiplexing.

Product Tutorial and Sample Code
BD-J Converter includes a comprehensive Tutorial and some sample code to help get you started.


Operating System Support

  • Windows® XP Professional, Service Pack 3
  • Windows Vista, Home Premium to Ultimate (32- and 64-bit)
  • Windows 7 (Professional or Ultimate, 32- and 64-bit)

Adobe® Flash® Support

  • Adobe Flash CS3 and CS4

BD-J Support

  • Flash button to Blu-ray button conversion
  • Java Class generation for each Movie Clip
  • Motion tween support
  • Cell animation support
  • Path animation support
  • Layer mask support
  • Image mosaic generation (PNG)

BD-J Workflow Integration

  • Fully compatible with Scenarist
  • Generates editable BD-J code compatible with all text editors and Java IDEs
  • Build and edit code using Scenarist
  • Optimized run-time animation engine in easy-to-integrate Java Archive (JAR)

System Requirements

  • Windows® XP Professional Service Pack 3 (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows Vista (Home Premium to Ultimate, 32-bit and 64-bit), and Windows 7 (Professional or Ultimate, 32- and 64-bit versions)
  • 1.5 GB of RAM
  • Adobe® Flash® CS3 or CS4, and Adobe Extension Manager
  • Java Development Kit 1.6 Update 6 (JDK 1.6.0_06) or later
  • MSXML4 Service Pack 2
  • Scenarist BD-J 4.5 or 5.0 (or Eclipse IDE for Java Developers 3.3)
  • 2.5 GB of hard drive space on system drive for application and related files
  • Monitor with 1024 x 768 screen resolution and 24-bit color (1920x1080 recommended)
  • USB port for security dongle

BD-J Converter Datasheet   
BD-J Converter puts the task of BD-J menu animation where it belongs: in the hands of the creative designer, leaving costly BD-J development resources to focus on the important task of programming title functionality.

How much time will BD-J Converter save me?
It will differ from project to project, but consider the following: If you are just getting started with advanced BD-J menu development, you will be considering the following:

  • Developing your own framework
  • Hand coding each animation
  • Optimizing the performance for Profiles 1.0, 1.1 and 2.0
  • Checking the compatibility of your code on the large number of available Blu-ray players

These tasks represent a large start-up cost. BD-J Converter comes with an optimized, compatibility checked run-time library, and it allows the animations to be created quickly and efficiently using Adobe Flash. Many, many hours of work can be saved on every Blu-ray project.

Does my Flash movie have to be created in a particular way?
Yes. However, the rules for creating Flash movies are not particularly onerous. Here is a summary:

  • Your animation must be placed inside a movie clip which must be placed in the first frame on the timeline
  • The Flash movie must be 30fps, 72dpi
  • Your animation cannot include sounds and ActionScript
  • Filter effects and rotation are not supported on movie clips (but they are on shapes and graphic objects)

What graphic formats are exported?
BD-J Converter exports image mosaics in PNG-24 format. The PNG-24's can easily be batch processed to JPEGs using Adobe® Flash® or a similar graphic conversion utility.

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