.avi files to dvd

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  1. furiousgeorge13 macrumors newbie

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    please dumb this down for me b/c i am getting frustrated

    i am trying to take .avi files approx 700mb in size and convert them to a dvd that will play in any dvd player while still maintaining a high quality picture.
    i have handbrake and i have toast 10 titanium

    what is the simpliest way to do this?

    my dvd player doesnt support DivX

    any help is much appreciated
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    The simplest way is just to burn a video DVD in Toast. It should take care of the re-encoding for you. It does take an extremely long time in my experience, though.
     
  3. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    You will lose quality because it requires a re-encode, but if HB can open the file (it has trouble with some AVI files), export it as an MPEG-4 (not h.264), then import into iMovie and build a DVD from that.
     
  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    You will lose a lot of quality because it requires two re-encodes, for a total of four in the life span of the video.

    source -> DVD -> AVI -> MPEG-4 -> DVD

    It'll be downright unwatchable by the time you're done with it.
     
  5. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    I said it would lose quality.

    I just answered the OP's question. If you want to take it up with him, knock yourself out.
     
  6. dalvin200 macrumors 68040

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    strangely enough i just did this an hour ago...

    burned a 700mb divx movie to dvd via toast...
    the resulting dvd was more than watchable, but definitely not as good as the .avi
     
  7. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    I have had some experience with burning AVIs in Toast and 9 times out of 10 the resulting video is only slightly lower quality than the AVI. Every once and a while though Toast does not appear to do a good job of encoding.

    The only other solution I can think of is to use a program like VisualHub to convert the file to VOB/VIDEO_TS but I have not tried this myself so I cannot comment on whether the output would be any better or possibly worse.
     
  8. jshelton macrumors 6502a

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    I have had this problem for quite a while now. The AVIs look great but once they are on the DVD, the quality blows. I have Handbrake ad Toast but I am not very familiar with file types and encoding. I'll try to use Handbrake to change the file type.
     
  9. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    You can always look at ffmpegx for more encoding options if you want to play around at that level as well, although I don't know if you would have any greater success...
     
  10. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    You can't convert to a better format to re-create information that wasn't there to begin with. No matter what settings you use, every time you re-encode you are losing quality.

    Yes, if you need to burn to video DVD, Toast is the way to go. If your player supports DivX/Xvid, just burn the AVI files to a data disk and you'll get better quality.
     

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