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Old 02-22-2005, 08:59 AM   #1
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burning avi files to dvd


I hate to use Windows, but have not found a Linux program to do what I want. I want to burn avi files to DVD, by first encoding them as VOB files. I wish to convert old VHS tapes to DVD. I can encode them as avi with no problem.

In Windows, I use DVDSanta. It is simple, but slow. I first choose my avi file then I click 'burn' and wait for three hours. When it is done I get a regular DVD that plays on any DVD player. (This is akin to taking a group of mp3 files and making a CD that will play on regular CD players.)

My question is this: can this be done in Linux? If so, what program do I use? I usually use K3b. I am running Mepis 3.3 on a P4 with loads of RAM and HD space. I have KDE and Gnome installed and can switch between them. I can burn DVDs with Nautilus, if that is any help. I can use command line if I have to, but I prefer graphical. I am also running Vida Linux, Ubuntu and Xandros 3.0 (just for fun and learning).

Roy
 
Old 02-22-2005, 12:18 PM   #2
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K3b does a pretty good job for burning my DVDs; You may wanna try it.
 
Old 02-25-2005, 03:20 PM   #3
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I have no problem using K3b but it does not do what I want. I am attempting to convert VHS tapes to video. I can capture them and convert them to avi using my video card.

In order for the DVD to play on an ordinary DVD player it must be in VOB format, so I need to convert the avi to VOB format before I can burn the DVD. This is the part that I need help with. Is there a Linux program that will do this?

Roy
 
Old 03-02-2005, 02:25 PM   #4
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This guide is the best I've found to do what you want:

http://mightylegends.zapto.org/dvd/dvdauthor_howto.php

i'm still looking for a graphical way...
 
Old 03-04-2005, 02:31 PM   #5
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This guide is the best I've found to do what you want:

http://mightylegends.zapto.org/dvd/dvdauthor_howto.php

i'm still looking for a graphical way...
Thank you. This looks useful. A graphical way would be nice. Pass it on if you find one.

Cheers,
Roy

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Old 03-04-2005, 03:07 PM   #6
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hi,

avidemux should do what you want, and provides a nice graphical interface. get hold of the latest version - it's easier to use than some of the earlier ones.

you could also use transcode - if you do, i recommend also installing gtranscode, which provides a graphical front-end - much easier to use!

for authoring DVDs, have a look at dvdauthor - again, a graphical front end in the shape of qdvdauthor is recommended. at the moment, qdvdauthor is useable as a basic means of authoring discs, but video files must be in the correct (mpeg2) format, and feature-wise, it's still a bit short of its Windows cousins. But it's your best bet for now...

Last edited by kevinatkins; 03-04-2005 at 03:10 PM.
 
Old 03-04-2005, 03:23 PM   #7
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wow that was good info kevin, thanks. I just found this:

http://tovid.sourceforge.net/

claims to convert any file to svcd/dvd ready format, and burn, all in a nice interface. I'm testin it right now, it's converting a divx -- really nice verbose output...

You can run the gui after program install with the perl gui script. real nice!
 
Old 03-04-2005, 06:10 PM   #8
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CyD,

Tovid looks really good - I'm going to check it out!

And just to clear up from my last post - avidemux can convert avi files to the correct mpeg2 format, but authoring software (such as qdvdauthor) will still be required to create the menu structure and vob files etc. for DVD..

but Tovid looks great - looks like it can do the whole lot it one go....
 
Old 03-18-2005, 01:41 PM   #9
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conversion avi->dvd :
yeah tovid is really nice. Use command line though, since the GUI is not finished yet

tovid discussion forum @ lq.org

for DVD authoring I have tried the following

varsha requires java, but can create dvd's without menus (insert and play)
DVDStyler this one is really professional, it lets you preview the DVD first (recommended)
QDVDAuthor pretty good, but kinda buggy
 
  


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