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Old 02-15-2009, 03:05 PM   #1
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AVI to DVD. What am I doing wrong?

I have searched but I can't seem to find anyone that has had this problem before. I am using Devede to convert a .avi file to a .iso. I am then using K3B to burn the image to a DVD+R. The problem is that when I put it in either my stand alone DVD player or in my PC the only thing that plays is the menu screen. Attached is just an example of what I mean. When I add the image to K3B it says that it is 1.7GB so I know that there is more to it than what I am seeing. I am using only 1 Title and adding the file to that Title. I have gone through a few DVDs already so any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
Old 02-15-2009, 04:02 PM   #2
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I'm pretty sure you have to encode the avi to mpeg4 before creating the dvd iso
Old 02-15-2009, 04:30 PM   #3
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actually it would be mpeg2 for dvd encoding
if you are looking for a good gui program for creating dvds you could install ffmpeg, groisofs, dvdauthor, mencoder, rar (for subtitles)and qdvdauthor (the gui), there are probably a few others that i failed to mention but alot of those should be available via your package manager.
sorry to be so vauge but i hope this helps get you started
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For DeVeDe be sure to select "Video DVD" when you get it started.

On the Files side, select the AVI file and then check to see that it is set for NTSC (US DVD) and whatnot. When you OK that, you'll see the disk usage that the file will occupy as-is - Hit the 'adjust disc usage' button to adjust the compression ratio to better fit the DVD.

Under Menu-Options on the main screen, select the "jump to first title at startup' to bypass the menu. This is convenient if you have only one title on the DVD.

Select "Properties" inter the Titles box and set the name of the title to something appropriate.

Click on Forward and make sure to change to location of the iso to an appropriate spot on your file system. Change the name from the default "movie" to something that will give you a better idea of what it is.

When DeVeDe is done, you'll have a movie.iso (if you didn't change the default name). In Nautilus you can right click on the file icon and select "write to disk" to get it on the DVD. If using K3B be sure to use the write an image option.
Old 02-15-2009, 06:10 PM   #5
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Thanks. Not sure what I was doing differently but following your step by step worked. Now......lets say that I want to add an menu, just a .png file actually, to play before the movie. Do I make 2 Titles? The first being the .png and the second being the .avi?
Old 02-16-2009, 09:35 AM   #6
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Look in the menu options from the main screen and you'll see where you can set a menu background (png only, it says).

The menu is 'above' the titles as it is used to select a title, or video, to play. That is why it has its own option box in the main screen. The menu is static and just presents a list of titles on the DVD so you can select which to play. The menu options allow you to set the background and some other aspects of the display as well as to control what happens when you load the disc. Each title has options to indicate whether control should go back to the menu or to the next title.

If you want effects such as fading or animation in the title, you need to graduate from basic school and get your PhD in DVD creation from somewhere ;-)

One of the 'lab experiments' in advanced (graduate) studies is to figure out what you did differently to make things work. Most often it is something really dumb but every now and then you can get a real insight into how you think and how it is different from those who made the application think about getting the job done. That insight can be very useful. In the 'Unix Way'(tm) it is often a collection of small applications (as you can see from the comments about choosing the right transcoders. Fortunately for us, there are programs like DeVeDe that take care of most of the glue and integration but that also means we loose some of the flexibility and capability you can get if you get into the nitty gritty of memcoder et al. Lots of learning opportunities!


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