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Burning AVIs to DVD?
Posted by: IronMac
Date: September 08, 2008 10:23AM
Hi all,

I downloaded for a friend a whole bunch of TV episodes and they're sitting in their respective folders. Can anyone suggest how to burn them to DVD? I'm worried that dragging and dropping them may not work. Or is it that simple?

P.S. If there is an app...freeware please. ;)

Thanks!
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Re: Burning AVIs to DVD?
Posted by: samintx
Date: September 08, 2008 10:29AM
Have you checked versiontracker from free programs. Lots for PC. Should be some for mac
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Re: Burning AVIs to DVD?
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: September 08, 2008 11:17AM
Roxio Popcorn or Toast will do it.

I use it all the time to burn, with or without chapters, multiple formats simultaneously,
on the same DVD, that are multiplexed and encoded to be played on standard DVD players.
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Re: Burning AVIs to DVD?
Posted by: Black Landlord
Date: September 08, 2008 11:26AM
If your friend's player can handle DIVx then dragging and dropping (data DVDx) should be fine.
Otherwise, it will take painfully long to convert each episode for burning- you have a bit of an older mac as I recall?
Can your friend just watch them on their computer?
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Re: Burning AVIs to DVD?
Posted by: IronMac
Date: September 08, 2008 11:48AM
Thanks all...and BL, that is what I just did...dragged and dropped (got fed up looking all over the place) and their player can handle AVIs.

And, yeah, it is slow burning!
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Re: Burning AVIs to DVD?
Posted by: incognegro
Date: September 08, 2008 11:48AM
FFMPEGX is free.

free is not easy; easy is not free.



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Re: Burning AVIs to DVD?
Posted by: Rolando
Date: September 08, 2008 12:04PM
mpeg streamclip is free. Popcorn requires a G5 or Intel.
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Re: Burning AVIs to DVD?
Posted by: samintx
Date: September 08, 2008 12:32PM
Quote
Rolando
mpeg streamclip is free. Popcorn requires a G5 or Intel.

Is that the upgrade to Popcorn because I have it and ran on a G4/OSX.4 ?
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Re: Burning AVIs to DVD?
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: September 08, 2008 12:57PM
MPEG StreamClip is just a player application -- it's not anything for converting (that I've
ever used it for). I keep it and a few others to PLAY the multitude of files out there.

It plays just about anything, as does VLC, and SWF/FLV Player also plays some formats
that QT can't - so if you're just saving them as data and don't need them to play in a DVD
home machine, data's the way to go.

As for Popcorn - that's primarily the answer to burning RIPped DVDs via MTR or
Handbrake, and encoding them (even if they are Flash movies) to play on a DVD player.

If you are using Toast 9.02, then I would assume that Popcorn 3.02 is the same function
without the music, back-up and other functions of creating data discs that Toast includes.

FYI -- When I got it (and wanted to try it out, without using Toast), I NEGLECTED to set
my prefs for NTSC (usa tv) instead of PAL (euro tv). So, as you load each item into
the list, like you'd load a song to a play list, it was "converting" - and I had 24 clips from
YouTube and a few others from various, (it was a Beatles test DVD), mostly small,
320x200 clips, though some were AVIs, some were .MOV, etc., interviews with
Julian, and Sean performing (quite impressively) on Letterman, etc.

It took from several seconds to 3-5 minutes (for the 20MB files) to do whatever it was
doing, for each file added to the list. I'd guess about 20 seconds per megabyte for the
.FLV files. Others, in AVI format, it just instantly "approved" them and did no pre-encoding.

THEN - when I hit BURN, it encoded them all (about 25 minutes with a 2.2GHz C2D and
4GB of RAM, which it USES!!!) - and after THAT, it burned the DVD, for a total of 89
minutes of content. The time was about 1 hour or so to do it all.

The DOCK said that the app wasn't responding, and I almost restarted several times,
but my CPU (via MenuMeters) was moving up and down, so I left it alone. After a few
minutes, it would add the selection and move to the next one. IT WAS WORKING......
it just didn't look like it. It looked like it froze.

I created this at "highest quality" - with custom background screen and 24 chapter windows, just like you'd do in iDVD.

HAD I NOT FORGOTTEN to set the prefs - it would not have had to convert the first import
back from PAL to NTSC just before encoding with, presumably, MPEG 2, for mass
market DVD use.

I saved the file as a "Toast Image" - it was 1.03GB, and 129 minutes long.

I don't imagine Toast performing ANY different - it's the same engine.......

You can also drop Video TS folders on it and burn, make Super VCDs, VCDs, data, etc.
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Re: Burning AVIs to DVD?
Posted by: pixelzombie
Date: September 08, 2008 01:34PM
Toast is not the best option for converting to different video formats...
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Re: Burning AVIs to DVD?
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: September 08, 2008 01:48PM
Perhaps not -- but what it does do, like Popcorn, is convert them to be played on a
standard DVD, without having to know anything about the differences between
any of the file formats, Perian, H263 vs H264, FLV, Mov, WinMedia, etc., etc.

You drag the files to the list, you tell it what quality you want, if you want it to have chapter
creation, and you leave it alone, to be converted to MPEG II for standard DVD, and
BURNED to that DVD, in the process.

When someone doesn't know..... it's probably better to go with point/drag/click software
to get your job done.
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Re: Burning AVIs to DVD?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: September 08, 2008 01:58PM
Jimmyp, how does such a conversion look on a TV screen?

I want to put some TV shows (avi files) on a disk to play on a DVD player, too. I use DVD-RAM for DragnDrop for computer use, but I'd like to try burning them for "TV" use.






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Re: Burning AVIs to DVD?
Posted by: celliott
Date: September 08, 2008 02:10PM
Actually MPEG Streamclip is a good option for conversion. It has many built in conversion options. I use it all the time for that very reason. It's way more than a simple player.
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Re: Burning AVIs to DVD?
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: September 08, 2008 02:13PM
I haven't played it on a regular TV - just the MacBook.

Some of these vids were only 320x200, so I didn't try. I'll let you know if I manage to do
that this afternoon. First test is to find the DVD itself, since it was just a trial of "what can
I do with these clips beyond saving them as data?"
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Re: Burning AVIs to DVD?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: September 08, 2008 02:16PM
Thanks Jp. I'm interested to hear your results.

Some of my TV shows my be problematic as they are 480 and 720HD avis.






I am that Masked Man.

Your boos mean nothing to me, I've seen what you cheer for.

Insisting on your rights without acknowledging your responsibilities isn’t freedom, it’s adolescence.

I've been to the edge of the map, and there be monsters.

We are a government of laws, not men.

Everybody counts or nobody counts.

When a good man is hurt,
all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men except
by believing all possible evil of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

I *love* SIGs. It's Glocks I hate.
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Re: Burning AVIs to DVD?
Posted by: Rolando
Date: September 08, 2008 02:20PM
Popcorn 3 can take any Quicktime Compatible file (+ I have Perian installed) and make a DVD out of it. I dl stoopid youtube vids my kids like, and burn them. They look craptacular on my plasma, look about as bad as VHS on the kid's TV.
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Re: Burning AVIs to DVD?
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: September 08, 2008 02:39PM
i hope that answers that!
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Re: Burning AVIs to DVD?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: September 08, 2008 09:49PM
Quote
samintx
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Rolando
mpeg streamclip is free. Popcorn requires a G5 or Intel.

Is that the upgrade to Popcorn because I have it and ran on a G4/OSX.4 ?

I run Popcorn 1 on a G4 duallie and 10.3.9.

I love it when people make broad sweeping statements, and are so easily corrected.
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