Help getting .avi files on hard drive to a playable DVD

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by ECLiPSE 2002, Jul 18, 2006.

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    ECLiPSE 2002 Guest

    This is most likely a dumb newbie question but hopefully some kind
    soul will take the time to read and respond.

    I have a new Panasonic mini DV camcorder which came with two Panasonic
    software utilities - Motion DV Studio for DV and Quick Movie Magic. I
    have been successful in capturing video from the camcorder to my PC
    hard drive via USB. The above software capture programs create .avi
    files which I can play using WMP. I would like to crete DVDs that I
    and other family members can play in a DVD player

    When I burn the .avi file to a DVD to play in my fairly new JVC DVD
    player (which can read DVD+R and several
    other formats) my DVD player displays an error message "no disk"

    Can someone advise me why this is happening - what am I doing wrong?
    Any advice or guidance would be very much appreciated.

    ECLiPSE 2002, Jul 18, 2006
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    Funprice Guest

    You will have to do something called: 'authoring a video-dvd'. This is
    a special procedure in which your video files are made ready for the
    special format needed on video-dvd (MPEG-2) and a special set of files
    is created for the VIDEO_TS folder necessary on every video-dvd.

    Try the 'DVD Author' program of Pegasys-inc, it is good quality.
    Funprice, Jul 18, 2006
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    PTravel Guest

    Please don't cross-post. I answered your identical inquiry in
    PTravel, Jul 18, 2006
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    ECLiPSE 2002 Guest

    PTravel and Funprice - thanks for the help, most appreciative.

    ECLiPSE 2002, Jul 18, 2006
  5. Actually, he should cross-post. What he did is multi-posting.

    Otherwise, he cross-posted and he should have multi-posted :)

    In most newsreaders, proper cross-posting (and to be clear, I mean
    putting several newsgroups in the post-to line, comma separated) leads
    to two advantages:

    1. All replies show in all the newsgroups regardless of where they were
    posted [1]

    2. If you have read it in one group, it'll be marked read in the next

    See for one
    definition (the first hit in my Google search); I got my definitions
    right the first time...

    [1] Sometimes people mess with their replies, so this can fail on
    occasion. Opinions vary on how nice that is.
    Gene E. Bloch, Jul 19, 2006
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    PTravel Guest

    Right. What you said. ;)

    PTravel, Jul 19, 2006
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    Ken Maltby Guest

    Another effect is that I miss PT's reply, as I don't visit
    that other NG. (Hmm... Good? Bad? )

    For the OP; yes Authoring a DVD is the most universal
    way to go, and it lets you create menus and other features
    that may add some value to your "movie(s)". Another thing
    you can do to create a more appealing presentation is to use
    an ink jet printable disk and print a full color photo quality
    label on the disk.

    Another possibility is that your audience may have "DVD"
    players that can play the .avi files from a data disk (this is
    much more likely if the .avi files contain DivX or XviD
    encoded video). If it turns out that those you will be
    sending your movies to have such "DVD Players" then all
    you would need to do is burn a data disk with the .avi files.
    They would then be "playable" for those people.

    Now if your .avi files contain DV-AVI ( most likely given
    they started out that way, from your camera) It is more likely
    you will need to compress them just to fit a reasonable
    amount onto a DVD. For a "normal" playable DVD that
    means encoding to "DVD compatible MPEG". If your
    audience has the type of "DVD Player" that plays .avi files,
    you could encode to XviD or DivX. Most good "MPEG"
    Encoders will also encode to .avi using installed codec.
    The new TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress, even does a good job
    encoding to AVC/H264 (One of the new formats that will
    be used with HD-DVD.)

    Once you have DVD compliant MPEG you can Author
    a proper DVD. My favorite program for that is TMPGEnc
    DVD Author 1.6 (TDA) but there are several other good
    programs, check out those listed at .
    (There are also articles and "How To" guides there.)

    There are programs that will take DV-AVI and transcode
    that, as part of their processing to create a DVD. I won't
    recommend any of them, as it is my opinion that much better
    results come from using dedicated (and more proficient)
    tools for each separate step. The "One Button" approaches
    are easier to do and require no understanding of the process
    so they fit some peoples level of interest and involvement. I
    limit my efforts to helping those willing to apply a little more
    effort to this endeavor.

    Ken Maltby, Jul 19, 2006
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    ECLiPSE 2002 Guest

    Many thanks Ken for the response and suggestions.


    ECLiPSE 2002, Jul 19, 2006
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