Burn DVD from VIDEO_TS folder

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by cbirch2, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. cbirch2 macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2010
    I had a 2GB avi video that i wanted to burn onto a DVD. The only problem is that it was apparently very compressed, and the actual video ended up being about 7GB when i imported it; way too large for a disk.

    Through some work (involving Wine for mac and DVDShrink for windows) i ended up with a 4.5 GB VIDEO_TS folder containing the whole video. It was the only way i knew how to compress the file sufficiently and have it still play on a dvd player.

    The only problem is that im not quite sure what to do with this VIDEO_TS folder. Ive tried this: http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=5193, and it didnt work. The DVD player recognized a DVD but couldnt play it.

    Ive also tried burning a data disk with the app "burn", using a UDF filesystem and just copying the VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS folders. This just had the same effect as above.

    Ive heard that the ordering of the files in the folders makes sense, and that the .inf file has to come before the .bup files, but with the mac's automatic ordering, that just doesnt seem possible.

    Any suggestions? Any way to directly compress the original 2 GB .avi so it fits on the disk? Or to successfully burn a VIDEO_TS folder so that it plays on a dvd player?
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    You can burn a video DVD from a VIDEO_TS folder via Toast Titanium, though it costs money.
    I don't know, how to burn from a VIDEO_TS folder via Burn, though you can use the VIDEO DVD option in Burn to create a video DVD from the .avi file.


    Also know, that a commercial video DVD is 8.5 GB in size, as they are Dual Layer DVDs. You could buy a DL-DVD and try to burn the 7 GB VIDEO_TS folder too.

    Or if Burn doesn't work for you, you could try it via iDVD, but that requires transcoding the .avi file to a compatible format for iDVD, which can be done via MPEG Streamclip.


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  3. cbirch2 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2010
    Well ive seen that before, and its not much help. Ive already explained that i followed the first suggestion in the thread, to burn it as a data disk with a UDF filesystem. that doesnt work. The other option seems to be popcorn, which costs $50.


    Obviously i tried that. My DVD+RW's are 4.7 GB. When i convert the 2 GB .avi it becomes about 7 GB. im trying to fit it on one disk while still maintaining playability on standard DVD players.
  4. Tim Olson macrumors newbie

    Nov 23, 2011
    Since you said this about iDVD:
    Then I believe the problem is your choice of media.
    If you imported the .avi and it was readable by iDVD it will give you a burned disc that will work in any player.

    More than likely your stand alone DVD player doesn't like the DVD+ format.
    Here's an article on formats

    I recommend you pick up some DVD-R media from Ritek or Taiyo-Yuden (which is now JVC)

    You are focused on the 7GB file size and it just does not matter.
    If the length of your movie is less than 2 hours iDVD does not care if your file is 7GB or 70GB.
    It will compress it onto the media you tell it to in Project>info.
    If you have done this already and your disc still won't play, look to your media as the likely problem.

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