Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by elhobbo, Dec 22, 2005.

  1. elhobbo macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2005
    Hi There,

    I am fairly new to Macs and also computing. I have some AVI fiiles on my Mac that I want to be able to watch on DVD. Is this possible? If so is there a simple guide to doing this anywhere.

    Many thanks

    El Hobbo
  2. road dog macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2004
    easiest way

    AVI files are usually containers for other file types - almost always a DivX file. easiest way is to use Toast 7 - it has one-step DivX to DVD.
  3. Sdashiki macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2005
    Behind the lens
    DVDs arent just magical discs you can burn and put into a DVD player and watch the videos you just dled on your computer.

    Quicktime can play your avis, but if you burn that to a DVD it wont play.

    A DVD is a standard of data and you have to format a DVD to play in a set top player.

    A music CD can be made from MP3s but you have to convert them from MP3 to AIFF/WAV in order to make it playable in a stereo. If you leave them as MP3 its simply a data disc of MP3s (which some players CAN read)

    in the case of DVDs you have to convert the video to MPEG2 and then AUTHOR the disc.

    Toast has this built in, where it will take a video file and make you a generic DVD that will play in any player BUT you dont have any nice fancy menus, cant correct any errors or put in chapter markers etc.

    DVD Studio Pro will let you create a DVD, but if you just want to watch some AVIs on a Television consider a VCD. It only holds about 60min of footage but unless your avi is an HD file, the quality is the same. Toast will convert the avi to a VCD and burn you a CD that will play in any DVD player.

    DVDs arent simple to make. Never are. That is unless you just want video on a DVD because it can hold 4x the amount of video as a CD, but other than that THERE IS NO BENEFIT to a DVD vs a VCD.
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    Download and install the DivX 6 QuickTime codec. You will then be able to edit your .avi files in iMovie and burn your creations using iDVD.
  5. pulsewidth947 macrumors 65816


    Jan 25, 2005
    Actually this is pretty easy with Toast 7. Click on DVD video, drag your video over, choose a menu style (I like Retro TV) and choose burn.. It'll automatically put in markers.

    Simple, just takes a while thats all! Unless you got a quad G5 of course :)
  6. croshtique macrumors 6502

    Apr 28, 2005
    Cambridge, UK
    Slightly off topic, but don't forget there are some DVD players that can read DivX files burned onto a data CD/DVD without any re-encoding etc.

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