Converting avi to dvd

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Joss, Jun 28, 2006.

  1. Joss macrumors newbie

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    Looking for something that will convert avi to dvd. Read somewhere that it is possible to simply import the file into imovie then convert it through there but imovie is not allowing me to import the file saying that it is too large.
     
  2. garfield2002 macrumors regular

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    Toast titanium will do this however I've had mixed results with the final quality. I admittedly have not played with it too much since the conversion to MPEG2 takes a long long time on my 1.5GHz G4 mini. If you simply want to play avi on your TV easily I've been happy with my Philips DVP642 which will play DivX and Xvid files burned straight to DVD. The player was only 40 dollars. Good luck. :)
     
  3. Sdashiki macrumors 68040

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    a downloaded movie to DVD.

    explain.

    Do you mean you want to watch your avi on your TV?

    or you want to convert an avi to DVD format (MPEG2) so you can author your own DVD?


    DVD is NOT a codec, it is a media storage. The DVD playable formats are:

    MPEG1
    MPEG2

    MPEG2 being the "DVD" quality one that everything you buy at the store is encoded in. MPEG1 is the old internet .mpg codec, same as MPEG2 but half the screen size and obviously not as good at motion estimation.

    Anyway, you want to take an avi and put it on a DVD.

    youd need a DVD authoring program in any case, to handle the newly converted avi-->mpeg2 and give you menus and all that jazz. So if you though you could convert an avi to DVD and pop in a disc, burn it and watch it on your big screen....you cant.

    Toast does have a built in DVD authoring program of sorts, but its not even close to something as juvenile as iDVD.
     
  4. MacBook'06 macrumors member

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    convert it to mpg then import it to iDVD, then burn it?!?!?
    am i missing anything here?
     
  5. risc macrumors 68030

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    All you need to do is have QT setup to play your avi. As long as you can play it in QT you can burn it in Toast 7. Toast will do all of the transcoding and burning.

    Another option is VisualHub which will do the conversion and leave you with an image to burn later.
     
  6. prof-pixel macrumors newbie

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    Converting AVI files

    AVI files come in MANY different 'flavors'.

    I have a small digital video camera that produces AVI files with a 'flavor' of MPEG-4 that requires ffmpegX to convert to DV to use in iMovie/iDVD

    If nothing else has worked for you, give ffmpegX a try at http://homepage.mac.com/major4/
     
  7. EITLtd macrumors newbie

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    Convert avi

    Yes you can drop it into iMovie6, but make sure you have plenty of hard drive space, like 20 to 30 GB for a typical movie. After you drop it in iMovie, you can add all your chapter markers,etc. Then just go to SHARE and select iDVD to burn it.

    It is however much easier to get a DVD player that has Dvix, like the cheap ($40 to $50) Phillips player. Then all you do is drag the avi file onto your blank DVD icon and burn it like you would with any other file.
     
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  9. GelleCC macrumors regular

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    Ok. So I read everything and most of it was pretty clear. Except for one thing. How to use toast. I have an avi that I want to transfer to dvd format (to play on dvd players so I can watch it on tv). But I don't know how to use toast. I havve toast 8 titanium. and the avi is not a movie I made with a videorecorder (there is a very big chance that it is a movie that has been pirated...hypothetically). How do I use toast to convert the avi to dvd (mpeg-2 or whatever)? Also, this may make things harder, but I was planning on using my macbook to convert but burn on a pc. will the files be the same and will I be able to use the converted files to burn a dvd on a pc?

    Thanks for the help!
     
  10. kalexandre, Aug 25, 2009
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    1. Open iDVD
    2. Click "Create New Project"
    3. Save it.
    4. Drag the video clip into iDVD.
    5. If you don't want a menu, click View -> Show Map. Then, arrange the video clip before the menu, click it, click Advanced -> Loop.
    6. Burn.

    If you want to turn to the third party software, there is an easy way, you can try DVD Creator for Mac, it can create standard video DVD, it can directly convert and burn any videos to DVD(DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-DL, DVD+DL, etc), such as AVI to DVD, etc.

    Work well on my computer, i like it, and i believe that once you try it, you will like it too.

    Hope it can help you.
     
  11. Tmlcky, Sep 23, 2009
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    Using One-step DVD from file saved on your HD, is the simplest way to do the job.
     
  12. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    using Toast Titanium is easier :p
     
  13. arjen92, Oct 17, 2009
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    You can make the dvd in iDVD, then in archive you can do something like, "save as disk image" do this. Now you have a "digital DVD", it's the DVD entirey it only needs to be burned. So transport the image (probably a .iso file) to your pc, and burn it to a DVD. You probably need software to burn the .iso to a DVD, you can't just burn the .iso file on the DVD.
     
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  15. timestoby macrumors 6502

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    my 1p,i used burn and found that once you put in a video file or movie it converts to mpeg for the dvd,but once it starts to burn to disc it always stops. ive tried about 5 times with diff movies but the disc part always failed to completely complete. i did get around an hour on dvd once and put that into the dvd player and it lookt great,but to bad the program seems to crash on me to get the end of the movies lol.

    now tryn aimersoft dvd creator and will try toast tonite, i did use toast before and it workt great,so might have to go back lol.

    but,im going to try and convert to mpeg then use idvd. i see a few programs im tryn convert to mpeg then to dvd etc.

    youd think there would be an all in one dvd ripper/burner with options for everybody by now.sheesh lol
     
  16. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    *chants* Visual Hub!
     
  17. confusedMAC macrumors newbie

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    I still can't do it

    I've tried to drag & drop my AVI file into iDVD, iMovie, Divx & Toast & it won't even drop.
     
  18. Flynnstone macrumors 65816

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    The OP posted in 2006. 3 1/2 years ago.
    I hope he has solve it by now.

    AVI is like MOV files. They are container formats.
    They can contain MPEG1, MPEG2, DV, H.264 ...
    Find VisualHub to convert to iDVD compatible (DV, +)
     
  19. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    iDVD etc use the QuickTime framework, meaning that if QT cant play it then neither can any of those programs (i think).

    instal Perian and see if you can then drag it into iDVD.
     
  20. MacLover126 macrumors newbie

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    "Your project exceeds the maximum content duration. To burn your DVD, change the encoder setting in the Project Info window."

    This is the message I get in iDVD when I follow "K's" instructions above. Any advise?
     
  21. martinX macrumors 6502a

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    I'd advise that you change the encoder setting in the Project Info window.
    (Remember, iDVD has a limit of 120 minutes)
     
  22. foz405 macrumors member

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    I've found that Visual Hub is the only thing that works consistently on the PPC Mac, and if you need to merge subtitles, this is the way to go. (Care on the version of Perian you may have for the latter).
    MPEG Streamclip crashes after about 10 minutes I've found when converting AVI files. Unfortunately Visual Hub doesn't have the facilities MPEG Streamclip does in resizing badly formatted files, but hopefully you may not need this. If you do, then convert to DV, then use MPEG Streamclip to resize the video, then convert to DV again. Then import into Toast Titanium to burn to DVD Disc.
    Hope this helps.:D
     
  23. sjohnson2 macrumors newbie

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    Agreed - I've been using it for two years and I've not had a single problem to date (*knocks on wood). It's super easy to use too. I don't know that it's commercially available anymore but if you look around you can likely "acquire" a copy for yourself somewhere :)

    Check this for the run down of features, etc:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCnjv_Wf6i8

    Cheers!
     
  24. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    i have used it every now and then. quite a good application! though i do prefer handbrake/toast etc. the VH (visual hub) codecs just seem a bit outdated, not as high a quality etc.

    good program though!
     
  25. Dave Braine macrumors 68030

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    Open the Project Info window and you can either reduce the quality of the finished, or use a dual layer disc.
     

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