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Old 03-12-2005, 06:36 AM   #1
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making playable dvd

greetings all
I am trying to get a movie dvd to play as soon as it gets plugged into the player but am having a time doing it. I have a movie with several titles and chapters and all I want is the movie and no extras. I have copied what I want. My problem is with dvdauthor. ( i am working from the command line) From an article in Linux Gazette # 83, they say :
"In order for our disc to be played in a stand alone DVD player, the directory structure HAS to be perfect, so please make sure you type the next several commands exactly as shown, in the order shown:

mkdir dvd
mkdir dvd/VIDEO_TS

Next we need an Table of Content IFO file, type:

tocgen > dvd/VIDEO_TS/VIDEO_TS.IFO "

Where is tocgen? With my dvdauthor it has --toc or -T option. Then it talks about ifogen but I don't see that either.

There should be an easy way to take the files I have and burn them to a disk without menus and all the other bloat and have it play like a normal dvd.
Can someone point me to an article that may shed some light?
Old 03-12-2005, 10:36 AM   #2
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Easiest way is to use DVDShrink. It is a windows application which works with wine. You can do everything from ripping to deleting (shrinking) menus for the dvd. Download it from
and search threads here on how to install it.
Old 03-13-2005, 06:05 AM   #3
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Ksgil, tnx for the info. That isn't really what I had in mind but you may be right that it would be the easiest way. I have to believe that there is a way to do it with linux that isn't much harder. I am sure the video editors have a way.... ie: I use a program in linux called 'dvd-slideshow' and it uses scripts to take .jpgs and make them into a dvd slideshow complete with a simple menu. I'd like to find something like that but for movies not stills....where I could take the stuff that I copied and make just a movie dvd, not a movie dvd with a bunch of previews, moving menus, menus with music etc....
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Don't know if it will help but I have found this tutorial


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