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How Create Framefiles

Warning.png You will need a real laserdisc to do this! If you don't have one, turn back now. :)

Assisted Framefile Creation

If you have a real laserdisc, and you want some help creating a framefile, you may find this program useful:

Warning.png This program doesn't remove the requirement to have a real laserdisc, no matter how much you may want it to! :)

Unassisted Framefile Creation

Make a Text File

Create a blank text file inside the same directory where your .m2v and .ogg files are located. You can use a program like notepad.exe to create a text file. You may name this file whatever you wish, but some names are better than others. For example, if your video file is named blah.m2v and your audio file is named blah.ogg, then we recommend that you name your framefile blah.txt to avoid confusion.

About text files: A text file is the most simple form of document and can be created with a program like notepad.
Macintosh Users: Textedit is the most common text editor for the Mac. The default format for Textedit is a rtf file (Rich Text Format) which is not compatible with DAPHNE. Duplicate any .txt file, rename it blah.txt (or whatever), edit as recommended below, and then File> Save. (Not Save as)

The first line of this text file should be a period by itself like this:


Each line after the first line should have two columns separated by whitespace.

  • The first column is the laserdisc frame number that your .m2v file starts at. Does your .m2v file start at the beginning of the laserdisc? Then this number would be 1. Does it start at laserdisc frame 100? Then this number would be 100. You will need to refer to your real laserdisc to find out what this number is.
  • The second column is the name of an the .m2v file.

Multiple .m2v files are allowed, with one caveat. See MoreFramefileInfo for information and an example.

About laserdisc frames: Laserdisc frames usually start at 1 and can go near the 60,000's. To figure out which laserdisc frame number that your .m2v file starts at, you will need the original laserdisc and a laserdisc player for reference.


Let's say you have one huge file for Space Ace where the video and audio files are located at c:\mpeg2\sa_hq.m2v and c:\mpeg2\sa_hq.ogg and the first frame of the mpeg corresponds exactly with the first frame of the laserdisc. Then, your framefile would be named c:\mpeg2\sa_hq.txt and look like:

1    sa_hq.m2v

Example #2

Let's say you have a Dragon's Lair video/audio files located at c:\m2vs\dl.m2v and c:\m2vs\dl.ogg. The dl.m2v file begins on frame 151 of a real Dragon's Lair laserdisc. Then your framefile would be named c:\m2vs\dl.txt and would look like:

151    dl.m2v

This is the most basic way to create a framefile. If you'd like to see some more advanced things you can do with framefiles, click on MoreFramefileInfo.

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