Product Review

Bitstream Animation CERT High Definition DVD Intro for Consumer Home Theaters

August, 2006

John E. Johnson, Jr.



● High Definition 16:9 DVD Intro for Consumer
    Home Theaters
● Has SD (480p) as well as HD (720p and 1080i) Versions on
    the Disc
DD and DTS Soundtracks
Several Different Versions with Your Custom Home Theater
    Name and Logo Available

● MSRP: $60 USA with Your Home Theater Name Inserted

Bitstream Animation


When we go to a commercial theater, one of the things we usually see on the screen before the movie starts is some information about the theater itself.

It might say, "Welcome to the Cine-Twelve Theater located in Redwood City, California. We hope you enjoy the show."

Well, how would you like to have something like that for your own home theater?


A company called Bitstream Animation makes just such a product, and it is very inexpensive.

After looking at their website, you simply choose which DVD Custom Introduction you wish, send them the text that you want to appear in the introduction, and it will be delivered to you on a DVD within a few weeks.

The basic character in the DVD Custom Intro is called CERT, which is a robot of sorts, with eyes that look like the red, green, and blue CRTs in a projector (CERT's photo is shown above).

The easiest thing to do now is to have you click HERE to see the custom intro that I got for the Secrets lab. Take a look at it and then come back to this review. Note that the *.wmv file shown here is compressed and is two-channel stereo for the sake of server disc space.

The intro plays for about 2 minutes and there are 480p, 720p, as well as 1080i versions on the disc for you to use. The sound track is in DD 5.1 as well as DTS 5.1. You can also get it with a DD 5.1 EX or DTS 6.1 sound track. Blu-ray and HD DVD versions, with 7.1 sound tracks, will be available in the next few months as well.

For this particular intro, I chose it to say "Welcome to the Secrets of Home Theater Test Laboratory," but there are other options, which can be seen on their website. If you just have a standard message, such as, "Welcome to Our Home Theater," it is $40 instead of $60 for the disc, but that's no fun. Get the custom message with your family name on it.

Also included on the disc are the classic versions of "Let's all go to the lobby", and other things for you to use if you like.

OK, so you might think, "How do I show this intro and then the movie if they are on separate DVDs?"

Good question. The answer - until we have DVD players with a GB of RAM to store such things, or unless you have a media server or DVD changer - is that you need two DVD players, unless you are content to play the intro, then get up and change over to the movie DVD for the evening.

I have two DVD players (and I suspect that many of our readers have an old unused DVD player sitting around somewhere), so it is simply a matter of putting the CERT disc in one player, and the movie disc in the second player.

The intro is really quite amusing, and it does tell you that all of your speaker channels are operating, including the subwoofer, as CERT goes to each of them, one at a time. This in itself will interest your guests, especially if they are not familiar with surround sound technology.


Definitely, this will get some surprised looks on your guests' faces when you have them over for a DVD showing. Down the road a year or so, this kind of thing will be everywhere, so if you want to have the unusual in your home theater, get one now. For $60, how can you go wrong? It works, it has high def versions as well as regular 480p versions, and it is clever.


- John E. Johnson, Jr. -

Copyright 2006 Secrets of Home Theater & High Fidelity

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