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AVI to DVD: I THINK I'VE GOT IT!


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I'm pretty new to this, but i think I have solved a lot of my own problem. Hopefully this can help others as well. As a mac user I have found that exploration, research and experimentation have been the keys to my success. I want to thank all those who responded to my initial post.

Although some progress has been made, I am still in the experimental phase of my theory. What I found, was that in order to put an AVI onto a DVD, you need to have a few programs and know how to use them. Once obtained and properly guided, you should have no problem putting any AVI on DVD with MAC. YEAH!

The Applications:
Quicktime Pro-$30
Toast Titanium 6-$100-$150
ffmpegX-Free

The Explanation:
1. If your AVI can properly play both its video and audio in Quicktime Pro, then you should be able to toast it onto a DVD.
2. If not, then you need to convert it to a .MOV with ffmpegX
3. Afterward, it should be able to play in quicktime pro and be toasted.

The Process
1. Make sure you install all of the codecs for ffmpegX
http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/15473
2. Drop the AVI file into the ffmpegX icon
3. Choose where you want to save the finished .mov file in the save as button.
4. Hit the quick presets button and choose: .MOV mpeg-4 ffmpeg
(This automatically places the settings to properly convert AVI to .MOV)
5. Press encode.
6. Take the .MOV file & test it in Quicktime Pro.
7. If it plays fine, open Toast and select video.
8. Make sure the settings are DVD-Video, NTSC, and create DVD Menu.
9. Rename the DVD-Video and edit the Name of the file. (both optional.
10. Press the burn button and you should be done.

Things to remeber:
1. ffmpegX takes a while to encode depending on the size of the file.
2. Toast aslo encodes the .MOV file into Video TS folders. (that can take a while too)
3. I tried DivX Doctor, but it did not convert all of my AVI files.

Good luck. I hope this helps others who have been on the same quest as I for quite some time. Feel free to respond with any success or failures.

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I will try now, lets see
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I'm using Toast 5.2.3 and it doesn't give the option to make a dvd menu nor to use NTSC, This is going to be my first .mov to DVD burn so it should work... *fingers crossed*

Ok ya i got screwed i think, I followed what u did as close as i could, converted the .avi files to .mov using ffmpeg, opened up toast selected DVD, added the 4 files and cliked burn... it made no Video_TS folder and burned in about 2and a half minutes. i got nuthin.
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Originally Posted by chang6776
I'm pretty new to this, but i think I have solved a lot of my own problem. Hopefully this can help others as well. As a mac user I have found that exploration, research and experimentation have been the keys to my success. I want to thank all those who responded to my initial post.

Although some progress has been made, I am still in the experimental phase of my theory. What I found, was that in order to put an AVI onto a DVD, you need to have a few programs and know how to use them. Once obtained and properly guided, you should have no problem putting any AVI on DVD with MAC. YEAH!

The Applications:
Quicktime Pro-$30
Toast Titanium 6-$100-$150
ffmpegX-Free

The Explanation:
1. If your AVI can properly play both its video and audio in Quicktime Pro, then you should be able to toast it onto a DVD.
2. If not, then you need to convert it to a .MOV with ffmpegX
3. Afterward, it should be able to play in quicktime pro and be toasted.

The Process
1. Make sure you install all of the codecs for ffmpegX
http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/15473
2. Drop the AVI file into the ffmpegX icon
3. Choose where you want to save the finished .mov file in the save as button.
4. Hit the quick presets button and choose: .MOV mpeg-4 ffmpeg
(This automatically places the settings to properly convert AVI to .MOV)
5. Press encode.
6. Take the .MOV file & test it in Quicktime Pro.
7. If it plays fine, open Toast and select video.
8. Make sure the settings are DVD-Video, NTSC, and create DVD Menu.
9. Rename the DVD-Video and edit the Name of the file. (both optional.
10. Press the burn button and you should be done.

Things to remeber:
1. ffmpegX takes a while to encode depending on the size of the file.
2. Toast aslo encodes the .MOV file into Video TS folders. (that can take a while too)
3. I tried DivX Doctor, but it did not convert all of my AVI files.

Good luck. I hope this helps others who have been on the same quest as I for quite some time. Feel free to respond with any success or failures.

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Ive been putting avis onto dvds/svcds for so long, it aint even funny. divx doctor is way better than ffmpegx, I did however find a problem related to the codecs that came with divx doctor, which I later resolved myself, so its cool now.
I tried ffmpegx, its not very good IMO. I also use qt pro, mAC3dec, movie2mpeg,
forty two dvd-vxplus, and dvd2one x, depending on the job. if you need help on video encoding/authoring/converting, Im here.
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I could use some help, i used the Toast 6 on my other computer and burned 4 eps. to a disk about 1gig size. Anywho it worked and plays on my dvd player but, after the first 2 min the sound got off track and started playing slower than the movie.
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what format were they? if they were avi, thats your main problem, avi s***s as a format, its a ******* format, just a wrapper for other formats so they can be used on pcs with divx player.
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they were .mov
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do you have quicktime pro? if so, do get properties on the sound track and check its length, if its shorter than the video track, it may have just shifted during encoding.
try using fortytwo dvd vxplus or similiar to encode it to a dvd yourself as opposed to letting toast do it.
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kk i'll check on those things, yea i use quicktime pro.
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The Process
1. Make sure you install all of the codecs for ffmpegX
http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/15473
2. Drop the AVI file into the ffmpegX icon
3. Choose where you want to save the finished .mov file in the save as button.
4. Hit the quick presets button and choose: .MOV mpeg-4 ffmpeg
(This automatically places the settings to properly convert AVI to .MOV)
5. Press encode.
6. Take the .MOV file & test it in Quicktime Pro.
7. If it plays fine, open Toast and select video.
8. Make sure the settings are DVD-Video, NTSC, and create DVD Menu.
9. Rename the DVD-Video and edit the Name of the file. (both optional.
10. Press the burn button and you should be done.



I followed these steps and my .mov file played flawlessly in Quicktime Pro but when I tried to burn my file, Toast said that I need 5.4Gb of space but there is only 4.4Gb available. I'm fairly new at this but I tried to compress my file using DVD2oneX but I couldn't select any of my .mov files.

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dvd2onex only compresses dvds, a vide_ts folder and an audio_ts folder. Im not sure if you can compress a .mov, Ill have to look into it.
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I tried to burn a different .mov file and it worked. The first one I tried was 1.24 Gb and the second one was slightly over 1Gb. Thanks for looking.
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Wait.. .AVI's in Windows can be easily burned... on mac's this is impossible?
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In case anyone is still reading this, I took the .mov file that was too big and converted it to.mp4 with quicktime pro and burned it with roxio. The results are of lower quality but it got the job done.
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Ceethru: You could have also had toast convert the file into a video_ts folder, saved it as a disk image and then compressed that using dvd2oneX.

Then take the compressed video_ts folder and burn that in toast.

Not sure if the quality would have been any better though...
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