[SATLUG] DVD authoring

Justin Burdette justin.burdette at gmail.com
Sun Jul 4 18:09:26 CDT 2010

On Sun, Jul 4, 2010 at 17:47, Christopher Lemire <
christopher.lemire at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sun, Jul 4, 2010 at 4:11 PM,
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> >
> > wrote:
> > So I've already converted my entertainment center to mythbuntu, and am
> > quite happy with the setup.
> >
> > But my parents, sister, etc., are still stuck with non-converged
> > systems; their TV plays DVDs or cable, but not AVIs and MPEGs.
> >
> > So... if I wanted to share videos with them, I'd need to burn DVDs
> > that will play in a DVD player.
> >
> > I've heard that these tools are called "DVD authoring" programs, and
> > have seen the results on occasion.
> >
> > I was wondering if anyone had a suggestion that would work quickly,
> > worked with most video container formats (e.g. MPEG, AVI, MKV), and
> > need not provide me much flexibility; I just want to dump a bunch of
> > video files to DVD and ship to a relative with as little effort as
> > possible.
> >
> > Thanks!
> > Travis
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> The whole process can be done through a series of commands. This would
> certainly be fun to do and learn. They involve making the menus, mencoder,
> ffmpeg, etc.
> There's an application called Devede. I use convertXtoDVD (very good app
> for
> the Gates of Hell). Last time I checked, it worked in wine all but creating
> the menus :(
> Last I tried, Devede would do the conversions and make the menus through
> it's user friendly GUI, but I had resulting files too large to fit on DVD.
> If that has not been fixed, it really needs an algorithm to determine the
> highest bitrates, resolutions it can use without the resulting files to be
> burned going over the size of a dvd disk, 4.7 gb. It's defiantely worth a
> try again. I just installed it recently, and I should have a look at winehq
> to see if there's been any improvements with newer wine versions having all
> the features of convertXtoDVD working with wine.
> Another option is to get a dvd player that plays divx or more formats if
> they've done that yet. I know the divx dvd players exist. Then you can
> simply burn the avi or mkv file. Those are only containers though. They
> must
> be encoded with divx. If you are taking a dvd and trying to make copies,
> there is AcidRip and K3b will rip a dvd too. You'll need libdvdcss to read
> those encrypted dvds.
> Another interesting product, eMovieX. It can be done through K3b. It may
> not
> be exactly what you are looking for but still very cool.
> Good luck and let me know how it goes for you.
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I've used QDVDauthor in the past (http://qdvdauthor.sourceforge.net/) and
have been very pleased with the results. It generates the folder structure
to burn as a data DVD and lets you build custom menus, and does all the
video conversion from MPEG and AVI...not sure about other formats though as
I never tried.


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