.avi to DVD

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by cowman007, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. cowman007 macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2007

    Was searching through my comp the other day and noticed a huge amount of movies in .avi format. They are old movies which i previously owned ( an saved from a terrible scratchy death). My question is how to i get these movies back onto a blank dvd disc to play on my dvd player. Do i need to convert these to another format??

    thanks !!!!
  2. yojitani macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2005
    An octopus's garden
    you need ffmpegx or videohub
  3. aricher macrumors 68020


    Feb 20, 2004
    I've used ffmpegx - works like a charm. If you have Toast and burn a DVD as a media disk it will automatically convert the .avi for you - it takes awhile though.
  4. cowman007 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2007
    but dont i need to convert the files to something .TS because whenever i rip a dvd use MTR this is the format it comes in
  5. lamina macrumors 68000


    Mar 9, 2006
    As aricher said, Toast will convert the .avi to the appropriate DVD info files for you automatically, but it does take a few hours.
  6. rereg macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2007
    Or get a newer dvd player, like the DV-981HD, that also plays avi files. I'm able to burn 5 to 6 movies in avi format on one dvd disk, plus the 981hd upconverts to near hd quality.
  7. nooral1 macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2007
    i got 10 dvd cd

    i got alot of video and i want each of them to run for 42 mins each

    like how shows on dvd are

    to send to my family some of them are avi and .mov
  8. theposse macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2004
    same problem here

    I have the same problem i have an AVI file that i downloaded and its 704mbs.
    When i put it in toast it says that the file is 4.9GBs and is to big to put on DVD.
    Does anyone have an idea on how to convert it.
    I tried using iMovie but that said it would take 177mins so i left it and went to work, when i came back 8hrs later it said it had 124mins left.....lol.
    If anyone can help me it would be greatly appreciated.
  9. brianus macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2005
    Your mileage may vary of course, but I've never had any luck with ffmpegx -- always creates really crappy video no matter what settings I try, and regardless of the quality of the source. It's also a bit complicated to set up and use. Unfortunately it's the only freeware (as far as I know) for doing this on OS X -- there are a buttload of free Windows programs that can do this, at least some of which are simple to use and produce high quality video. If you must use OS X, you'd be better off looking into a commercial thing like VisualHub* or Toast. If you have access to a PC, ConvertXtoDVD is great, or AVI2DVD if you don't mind a crappy UI.

    * -- VisualHub, not VideoHub, as somebody else called it -- if you google the latter it's some porn thing
  10. Mernak macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2006
    Kirkland, WA
    My personal favorite for this kind of thing is Burn, but overall I like ffmpegX better because it gives many more options and has more information.
  11. theposse macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2004
    I tried using toast 8 titanium but it crashed half way through prep.
    Any other ideas on how to get a 704mb avi file to dvd
  12. BigDee macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2007
    Using my mac how can I put multiple avi files on one dvd

    Hi people, how you doing?

    I have searched for weeks and weeks. I have multiple avi files and want to fit them on to one dvd. Most applications I try won't let me fit the avi's all on it cause it says there is not enough room. It looks like compression only works if it is one file.

    Any idea on how to do this?

    My friend does it on a pc and says it's no problem for him. How can I do this on my mac?

    Please let me know, I'd really appreciate it.

  13. Pili macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2005
    Orlando/Miami, FL
    I just used iDVD HD on my powerbook and just dragged the avi file into the program. It took pretty much all night to convert but it did work (1.2ish gig avi file).

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