Sorry for the long delay. Here's something you could try , mostly to find out what is working (or even installed) on you system.
download the file and place it in a handy directory.
Change to that directory in konsole, then enter this command
ffmpeg -i HarddriveinAction.avi -target pal-vcd Hard.mpg
Then use k3b to burn it.
file>new video cd project>drag in Hard.mpg. Burn.
This created a vcd playable in my standalone dvd player.
If that worked try this:
ffmpeg -i HarddriveinAction.avi -target pal-dvd Hard2.mpg
To work with this mpeg first create a template as shown here
Replace the vob file line in the sample with this (kate works well for this)
<vob file="Hard2.mpg" />
Save this as Hard.xml to the same directory the video files are located.
Now working from that directory run
dvdauthor -o Hard_dvd -x Hard.xml
If all goes well you should be able to use k3b;
file>new video dvd project>drag in the AUDIO_TS and VIDEO_TS folders (directories)from the newly created Hard_dvd directory. Burn.
This created a simple dvd that also plays in my standalone player.
OTOH you could try installing Acidrip using synaptic.
As far as the distorted video, have you tried replacing pal with ntsc in the above commands?
As far as splitting the video, try splitting the avi after conversion to mpeg with mpgtx (as shown at the gentoo wiki).
Edit/ Just took a closer look at Acidrip. Don't think it will be much help for what you need to do.
Edit/Edit/ Rereading this I can see you're off on a bit of a tangent. Partly my fault I'm afraid.
If you are still interested respond back. Installing Tovid is possible entirely through apt/synaptic.