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Old 11-28-2004, 11:56 AM   #1
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howto convert .avi to svcd?

I have dvd::rip and have succesfully used it to make a backup of a dvd, but recently I got a couple of avi's ( not copywrited, just amateur stuff) and I would like to put them on svcd's.
What I have tried is ripmake, I installed all the depends, but when I run it I get an error talking about how it can't create sample.pgm file. So that doesn't seem to work. I tried it on two machines with different distros, same results. dvd::rip doesn't seem to want to help me unless I start from a dvd file. So what should I use? I hate to ask, but this is one of those things where I am feeling a little stress having already spent to much time without results.
Old 11-28-2004, 12:08 PM   #2
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You could try Avidemux -

As with any video processing tool, there's a bunch of dependencies, but it's a nice app - supply it with an AVI, and it can resize it and process it directly into an SVCD-compatible MPEG file.. then use VCDImager to write the SVCD image, ready for burning onto CD.
Old 11-28-2004, 07:27 PM   #3
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I also found this nicely detailed answer in the LinuxAnswers section, after adding avidemux to the search.
Old 11-28-2004, 10:13 PM   #4
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uhm, tovid?

Have you tried tovid? (
It is just a script, with pretty few dependencies. I have made quiet a few SVCD's from DivX files and they work perfectly. just do
tovid -svcd -full MyFile.avi MyFile.SVCD
and it will spit out an SVCD compatible mpg file that you can burn with K3b (get vcdimager first though).

-- Hernán

PS: The "-full" means that MyFile.avi's aspect ratio is 4:3 (fullscreen) and the "MyFile.SVCD" is the prefix of the output file. The tovid documentation or running tovid without any parameters explain things well.


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