AVI to video conversion?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Mala, Nov 5, 2004.

  1. Mala macrumors 6502

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    Is there a method of converting AVI movies to video? (What I want to do is convert a short someone's sent me to a format I can save to DVD and watch on a DVD player.)
     
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Download and install the DivX QuickTime codec. You will then be able to import or drag your AVI directly into iMovie or iDVD. It is my understanding that iMovie will not accept clips that are longer than 10 minutes. If your AVI is longer than that, then you will have to break it into shorter clips. However, your can burn up to two hours of video onto DVD.
     
  3. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    Follow the instructions here, and then drop the video files on Toast if you have it. I installed everything mentioned on that page, and everything seems to be working fine, as far as Quicktime is concerned, but I haven't tried burning the with Toast yet.
     
  4. live4ever macrumors 6502a

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    Open the avi with ffmpegX, choose the DVD preset (ffmpeg engine is faster than mpeg2enc) from the pop-up, and hit encode.

    http://homepage.mac.com/major4/

    You'll end up with an image that can be burned through the Finder or Toast.
     

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  5. Mala thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Live4Ever, thanks for your help, but I'm still (very stupid) having a bit of trouble.

    I downloaded ffmpegX, and after a bit of trouble installing extra components, got it working, as I thought. But I can't work out what the file is that it's made.

    What I'm looking for, I assume, is something with a VIDEO_TS folder? (Since I want to be able to burn it to a DVD and watch it on my TV-connected DVD player.)
     
  6. live4ever macrumors 6502a

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    If you chose the ffmpeg preset as above post, then I would end up with a VIDEO_TS folder and an image of the DVD (called Backup.avi.ff.img) on the Desktop (since that is where I saved it).

    If you got any errors in the progress window click the 'i' to get more info and post it here.
     
  7. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    I've yet to get ffmpegx to work right for me, but I haven't had any trouble with the QT components. (yet :D)
     
  8. Mala thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ah. I chose the Quick Presets and it seems to be doing the job, though it's been at it for an hour or so already.
     
  9. Mala thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Actually it seems to have stuck at 54%. Here's what the i says:

    Encoding started on Mon Nov 8 20:06:47 GMT 2004
    Input #0, yuv4mpegpipe, from 'pipe:':
    Duration: N/A, bitrate: N/A
    Stream #0.0: Video: rawvideo, yuv420p, 720x480, 23.98 fps
    Output #0, rawvideo, to '/Users/blah/Movies/Infernal Affairs II/Infernal Affairs II [ECHiZEN].avi.ff.dv.mpv':
    Stream #0.0: Video: mpeg2video (hq), 720x480, 23.98 fps, q=2-20, 4000 kb/s
    Stream mapping:
    Stream #0.0 -> #0.0
    [mpeg2video @ 0x331210]rc buffer underflow
     
  10. Mala thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Oh, and another question. I see that setting it to DVD offers me a 7MB size. Now, if I'm going to save that to a DVD disk, I'll need to use DVD2OneX to knock it back to 4400. Is there any way of getting it to that size with ffmpeg in the first place?
     
  11. Mala thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well, it finally finished, *three hours* later, though I haven't looked at the file yet. Is this length of time normal? This is what the info says now (and what are all these errors it was fixing?):

    Encoding started on Mon Nov 8 20:06:47 GMT 2004
    Input #0, yuv4mpegpipe, from 'pipe:':
    Duration: N/A, bitrate: N/A
    Stream #0.0: Video: rawvideo, yuv420p, 720x480, 23.98 fps
    Output #0, rawvideo, to '/Users/blah/Movies/Infernal Affairs II/Infernal Affairs II [ECHiZEN].avi.ff.dv.mpv':
    Stream #0.0: Video: mpeg2video (hq), 720x480, 23.98 fps, q=2-20, 4000 kb/s
    Stream mapping:
    Stream #0.0 -> #0.0
    [mpeg2video @ 0x331210]rc buffer underflow
    bench: utime=2865.040s
    video:118451kB audio:0kB global headers:0kB muxing overhead 0.014763%
    Input #0, avi, from '/Users/blah/Movies/Infernal Affairs II/Infernal Affairs II [ECHiZEN].avi':
    Duration: 01:59:32.1, bitrate: 820 kb/s
    Stream #0.0: Video: mpeg4, 640x288, 23.98 fps
    Stream #0.1: Audio: mp3, 48000 Hz, stereo, 124 kb/s
    Output #0, ac3, to '/Users/blah/Movies/Infernal Affairs II/Infernal Affairs II [ECHiZEN].avi.ff.dv.ac3':
    Stream #0.0: Audio: ac3, 48000 Hz, 5:1, 448 kb/s
    Stream mapping:
    Stream #0.1 -> #0.0
    video:0kB audio:392228kB global headers:0kB muxing overhead 0.000000%
    INFO: dvdauthor creating VTS
    STAT: Picking VTS 01
    STAT: Processing /Users/blahl/Movies/Infernal Affairs II/Infernal Affairs II [ECHiZEN].avi.ff.dv.mpg...
    STAT: VOBU 16 at 3MB, 1 PGCS, 0:00:36
    STAT: VOBU 32 at 6MB, 1 PGCS, 0:01:14
    STAT: VOBU 48 at 10MB, 1 PGCS, 0:01:52
    STAT: VOBU 64 at 13MB, 1 PGCS, 0:02:31
    STAT: VOBU 80 at 17MB, 1 PGCS, 0:03:09
    STAT: VOBU 96 at 20MB, 1 PGCS, 0:03:48
    STAT: VOBU 112 at 23MB, 1 PGCS, 0:04:26


    (and about a million more of these)
    STAT: VOBU 2389 at 515MB, 1 PGCS, 1:35:38
    INFO: Generating VTS with the following video attributes:
    INFO: TV standard: ntsc
    INFO: Aspect ratio: 4:3
    INFO: Resolution: 720x480
    INFO: Audio ch 0 format: ac3/6ch, drc
    STAT: fixing VOBU at 3MB (17/2389, 0%)
    STAT: fixing VOBU at 6MB (33/2389, 1%)
    STAT: fixing VOBU at 10MB (49/2389, 2%)

    (and about a million of these too)

    STAT: fixing VOBU at 510MB (2369/2389, 99%)
    STAT: fixing VOBU at 513MB (2385/2389, 99%)
    STAT: fixed 2389 VOBUS
    INFO: dvdauthor creating table of contents
    scanning /Users/blah/Movies/Infernal Affairs II/Infernal Affairs II [ECHiZEN].avi.ff.dv.mpg.DVD/VIDEO_TS/VTS_01_0.IFO
    /Users/blah/Applications/ffmpegX.app//Contents/Resources/mkisofs: No such file or directory. Invalid node - /Users/blah/Movies/Infernal\ Affairs\ II/Infernal\ Affairs\ II\ \[ECHiZEN\].avi.ff.dv.mpg.DVD
     

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