How to convert *.avi movie to DVD format ?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Jeff Korn, Dec 14, 2005.

  1. Jeff Korn

    Jeff Korn Guest

    Currently I always watch AVI movies on my laptop.

    Some friends asked me to burn these AVI movies onto a DVD and to watch them on a "normal"
    DVD player.

    Sorry for this question, but how is the format called which is used on DVDs?
    I have heard of VOBs, SVCD, MVCD, ....

    At first I want to convert the *.avi file into another file on my harddisc
    prior to burning it onto the DVD.
    Which tools is recommended for the first step of conversion into the DVD format?

    Jeff Korn, Dec 14, 2005
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  2. Jeff Korn

    Netmask Guest

    My answers next to your questions below

    By 'normal' I guess you mean a DVD player that doesn't support DivX?
    If you explore the contents of a standard DVD you will find 2 folders - one
    called Audio_TS (generally nothing in it) and VIDEO_TS. Within this folder
    are VOB files IFO files and BUP files. The VOB files are in reality MPEG
    files that contain the video and the audio. The IFO files tells the DVD
    player about the contents and if it is pan and scan, letterbox etc and BUP
    are backup files. I have done a lot of short cuts in that explanation.

    To author a DVD you need , depending on the program either mpeg files or avi
    files either as a composite video/audio stream or as 2 separate streams.
    The easiest program to use to convert avi to DVD is VSODivXToDVD
    Netmask, Dec 14, 2005
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    Guest Guest

    DVD Decrypter

    And also;
    TMPGEnc DVD Author Online Manual

    TMPGEnc DVD Author is software that can change (author) your MPEG-1/2
    files to DVD-Video format. You can author MPEG-1/2 files based on the DVD
    standard, from either DVD-Video made by a DVD recorder, or video captured on
    a PC.
    In just a few easy steps, TMPGEnc DVD Author enables you to change the
    files you want to put on your DVD.

    Moreover, setup of a multitrack DVD, create a DVD menu, switch between
    main audio and sub audio mode etc. can also be performed easily.

    The DVD-Video files outputted by TMPGEnc DVD Author can be burned to a
    DVD±R, ±RW using the DVD Writing Tool. Users who have a writable DVD drive
    can thus create their own DVD-Video to be played on their DVD player.*
    Guest, Dec 14, 2005
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    andy Guest

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    crosstown Guest

    On the rar occasion that I need to convert an avi file to dvd I use a rip
    pack containing ds2roba, dvd2svcd, and cinemacraft sp 250.
    You may be able to get by with just dvd2svcd and cinemacraft.
    Tmpgenc might work inplace of cinemacraft if you only use dvd2svcd and an
    dvd2svcd has different settings and will output svcd or dvd from dvd or avi
    crosstown, Dec 14, 2005
  6. Jeff Korn

    no-one Guest

    try here you can get converters for changing
    just about every format to just about every other.
    no-one, Dec 15, 2005
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    xiangxp Guest

    xiangxp, Dec 15, 2005
  8. Jeff Korn

    larrybud2002 Guest

    For someone like you, check into something like ULead Movie Factory, or
    even a better one out now that gives you more control over the menus is
    Sonic DVD Pro v. 6.

    These programs both convert an AVI into MPEG 2, and create the proper
    structure for DVD. If you use some of these other programs that are
    mentioned, you'll have to spend the time to learn about proper DVD
    format and the correct format for the Video. With the all in one
    package, you generally just add whatever videos and/or sounds that you
    want, put them in the order you want them, and a menu is created from
    various templates.

    I'd bypass all of this and just give your friends the AVI on a CD. If
    they want it on a viewable DVD, let them buy the software and take the
    time to do it (conversion takes a while).
    larrybud2002, Dec 19, 2005
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    webvideo Guest

    webvideo, Dec 20, 2005
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    sunny, Jan 13, 2006
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