Avi to DVD

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  1. Peter Franks macrumors 65816

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    Do the new MBP have software to burn an AVI file to DVD so I can watch on my home DVD player through the television, or can I just drag the AVI file to the DVD icon once inserted and hope for the best?
     
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    If you can get the file to play in quicktime then you should be able to author a DVD in iDVD. If the avi will not play in quicktime, try installing Perian.

    If the AVI now plays in Quicktime, then open iDVD. Disregard the pop-up box and click File-->One Step DVD from Movie-->then choose your AVI file. This will transcode the AVI to mpeg for DVD purposes and then burn a disc. It may take a while to do so.

    Hope this works.
     
  4. Peter Franks thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks guys, no, none of my AVI play in Quick Time. They all pop up with the 'doesn't recognise' format thing.

    I'll try that Perian thing, thank you
     
  5. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    Perian Will Do

    The job for you....results will depend on quality of origin.
     
  6. Peter Franks thread starter macrumors 65816

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    OK, so if clips are rough then it'll be amplified on a tv in other words..
     
  7. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    Absolutely

    It's the age old one...garbage in garbage out. If you start with top quality (bear in mind that you will alway's lose something in transition) The output can only be as goods (With Luck) no better than, often worse than the original...err, if that makes sense!
     
  8. Peter Franks thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yep, does make sense, thanks
    Is Perian the way to go for this now then and just let iDVD do it's worst
     
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    Yes

    And you will then know if it's worth per suing with the content. No point in FCP etc. Not yet anyway. I can render smaller files for you so if you do get stuck PM me.
     
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    It's

    Final Cut Pro

    A very high end video editing package...!
     
  12. Peter Franks thread starter macrumors 65816

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    thanks guys, I'll try a few ways. What's the DVD discs to use? DVD R, RW?
    Will RW let me re use if I mess them up presumably
     
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    RW (Re-Writable) discs are the way to go.
     
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    I have a film that's about 700MB and when I dragged into iDVD, it said it was too big for destination or target, can't remember now but there was no DVD in MBP yet. Told me to change something in Project info. When I opened Project info, not sure what to do, but it is encoding in the bar at the bottom?

    P.S. Can iDVD burn CDs for music audio too?
     
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    That 700MB file is probably using a highly compressive MPEG-4 codec like Divx or Xvid, which iDVD does not really accept.
    Maybe use MPEG Streamclip to transcode it to a QuickTime (CMD+E) using Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) as Compressor and Uncompressed for Sound, then use that big (20GB) file in iDVD and see, if that works.
    Or use Burn to make a video DVD out of the .avi directly.

    And iTunes is used to make audio CDs, iDVD is for making video DVDs, thus the "DVD" part in iDVD.
     
  17. Peter Franks thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks mate, It's no longer than a normal type film so wondered why it rejected it. People must use iDVD for movies over an hour or so. What was it telling me to change?
     
  18. Peter Franks thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Do 1 to 2 hour films really take 6 hours to transfer using iDVD? according to that YouTube clip?
     
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    Depending on the hardware you have, yes.
     
  20. Peter Franks thread starter macrumors 65816

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    an i5 13" 2011 MBP, that's mad. If that's the case I wouldn't even bother doing it
     
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    Does iDVD use all of the CPU?
     
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    google DVD Makers or Creators

    those are they programs your talking about where you add all your video files(including AVIs) make menu etc and the finished copy works on your standard dvd player
     
  23. Peter Franks thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ermmm, don't know, but the fact the YouTube tutorial says average of 6 hours, I wouldn't even bother with it, if that's fact.

    I'm not bothered about menus etc, Yes I want it to work on standard DVD player but one film of say 2 hours average which is in current form of AVI which the MBP says 'the document ... AVI could not be opened, not in a format Quicktime understands' etc.... Why do you think the Macs don't play basic AVI without downloading new software, It's not a flash file so why so precious over standard AVI on Macs
     
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    you dont need to make menus you can pick no menu on all dvd makers, but thats the kind of software you need to convert .avi and other movie files to the standard DVD format
     

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