Converting avi to dvd

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Joss, Jun 28, 2006.

  1. Joss macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2006
    Looking for something that will convert avi to dvd. Read somewhere that it is possible to simply import the file into imovie then convert it through there but imovie is not allowing me to import the file saying that it is too large.
  2. garfield2002 macrumors regular

    Oct 31, 2003
    Toast titanium will do this however I've had mixed results with the final quality. I admittedly have not played with it too much since the conversion to MPEG2 takes a long long time on my 1.5GHz G4 mini. If you simply want to play avi on your TV easily I've been happy with my Philips DVP642 which will play DivX and Xvid files burned straight to DVD. The player was only 40 dollars. Good luck. :)
  3. Sdashiki macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2005
    Behind the lens
    a downloaded movie to DVD.


    Do you mean you want to watch your avi on your TV?

    or you want to convert an avi to DVD format (MPEG2) so you can author your own DVD?

    DVD is NOT a codec, it is a media storage. The DVD playable formats are:


    MPEG2 being the "DVD" quality one that everything you buy at the store is encoded in. MPEG1 is the old internet .mpg codec, same as MPEG2 but half the screen size and obviously not as good at motion estimation.

    Anyway, you want to take an avi and put it on a DVD.

    youd need a DVD authoring program in any case, to handle the newly converted avi-->mpeg2 and give you menus and all that jazz. So if you though you could convert an avi to DVD and pop in a disc, burn it and watch it on your big cant.

    Toast does have a built in DVD authoring program of sorts, but its not even close to something as juvenile as iDVD.
  4. MacBook'06 macrumors member


    Jun 10, 2006
    Cardiff, Wales
    convert it to mpg then import it to iDVD, then burn it?!?!?
    am i missing anything here?
  5. risc macrumors 68030


    Jul 23, 2004
    Melbourne, Australia
    All you need to do is have QT setup to play your avi. As long as you can play it in QT you can burn it in Toast 7. Toast will do all of the transcoding and burning.

    Another option is VisualHub which will do the conversion and leave you with an image to burn later.
  6. prof-pixel macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2006
    Converting AVI files

    AVI files come in MANY different 'flavors'.

    I have a small digital video camera that produces AVI files with a 'flavor' of MPEG-4 that requires ffmpegX to convert to DV to use in iMovie/iDVD

    If nothing else has worked for you, give ffmpegX a try at
  7. EITLtd macrumors newbie

    Mar 25, 2008
    Convert avi

    Yes you can drop it into iMovie6, but make sure you have plenty of hard drive space, like 20 to 30 GB for a typical movie. After you drop it in iMovie, you can add all your chapter markers,etc. Then just go to SHARE and select iDVD to burn it.

    It is however much easier to get a DVD player that has Dvix, like the cheap ($40 to $50) Phillips player. Then all you do is drag the avi file onto your blank DVD icon and burn it like you would with any other file.
  8. Sdashiki macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2005
    Behind the lens
  9. GelleCC macrumors regular


    Jul 13, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    Ok. So I read everything and most of it was pretty clear. Except for one thing. How to use toast. I have an avi that I want to transfer to dvd format (to play on dvd players so I can watch it on tv). But I don't know how to use toast. I havve toast 8 titanium. and the avi is not a movie I made with a videorecorder (there is a very big chance that it is a movie that has been pirated...hypothetically). How do I use toast to convert the avi to dvd (mpeg-2 or whatever)? Also, this may make things harder, but I was planning on using my macbook to convert but burn on a pc. will the files be the same and will I be able to use the converted files to burn a dvd on a pc?

    Thanks for the help!
  10. kalexandre, Aug 25, 2009
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 12, 2011

    kalexandre macrumors newbie

    Aug 25, 2009
    1. Open iDVD
    2. Click "Create New Project"
    3. Save it.
    4. Drag the video clip into iDVD.
    5. If you don't want a menu, click View -> Show Map. Then, arrange the video clip before the menu, click it, click Advanced -> Loop.
    6. Burn.

    If you want to turn to the third party software, there is an easy way, you can try DVD Creator for Mac, it can create standard video DVD, it can directly convert and burn any videos to DVD(DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-DL, DVD+DL, etc), such as AVI to DVD, etc.

    Work well on my computer, i like it, and i believe that once you try it, you will like it too.

    Hope it can help you.
  11. Tmlcky, Sep 23, 2009
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 12, 2011

    Tmlcky macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2009
    Using One-step DVD from file saved on your HD, is the simplest way to do the job.
  12. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    using Toast Titanium is easier :p
  13. arjen92, Oct 17, 2009
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 12, 2011

    arjen92 macrumors 65816


    Sep 9, 2008
    Below sea level
    You can make the dvd in iDVD, then in archive you can do something like, "save as disk image" do this. Now you have a "digital DVD", it's the DVD entirey it only needs to be burned. So transport the image (probably a .iso file) to your pc, and burn it to a DVD. You probably need software to burn the .iso to a DVD, you can't just burn the .iso file on the DVD.
  14. windowsblowsass macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2004
  15. timestoby macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2007
    north devon,uk
    my 1p,i used burn and found that once you put in a video file or movie it converts to mpeg for the dvd,but once it starts to burn to disc it always stops. ive tried about 5 times with diff movies but the disc part always failed to completely complete. i did get around an hour on dvd once and put that into the dvd player and it lookt great,but to bad the program seems to crash on me to get the end of the movies lol.

    now tryn aimersoft dvd creator and will try toast tonite, i did use toast before and it workt great,so might have to go back lol.

    but,im going to try and convert to mpeg then use idvd. i see a few programs im tryn convert to mpeg then to dvd etc.

    youd think there would be an all in one dvd ripper/burner with options for everybody by now.sheesh lol
  16. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    *chants* Visual Hub!
  17. confusedMAC macrumors newbie

    Nov 18, 2009
    I still can't do it

    I've tried to drag & drop my AVI file into iDVD, iMovie, Divx & Toast & it won't even drop.
  18. Flynnstone macrumors 65816


    Feb 25, 2003
    Cold beer land
    The OP posted in 2006. 3 1/2 years ago.
    I hope he has solve it by now.

    AVI is like MOV files. They are container formats.
    They can contain MPEG1, MPEG2, DV, H.264 ...
    Find VisualHub to convert to iDVD compatible (DV, +)
  19. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    iDVD etc use the QuickTime framework, meaning that if QT cant play it then neither can any of those programs (i think).

    instal Perian and see if you can then drag it into iDVD.
  20. MacLover126 macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2010
    "Your project exceeds the maximum content duration. To burn your DVD, change the encoder setting in the Project Info window."

    This is the message I get in iDVD when I follow "K's" instructions above. Any advise?
  21. martinX macrumors 6502a


    Aug 11, 2009
    I'd advise that you change the encoder setting in the Project Info window.
    (Remember, iDVD has a limit of 120 minutes)
  22. foz405 macrumors member


    Jun 24, 2006
    Mount Hutton, Newcastle, NSW, Australia
    I've found that Visual Hub is the only thing that works consistently on the PPC Mac, and if you need to merge subtitles, this is the way to go. (Care on the version of Perian you may have for the latter).
    MPEG Streamclip crashes after about 10 minutes I've found when converting AVI files. Unfortunately Visual Hub doesn't have the facilities MPEG Streamclip does in resizing badly formatted files, but hopefully you may not need this. If you do, then convert to DV, then use MPEG Streamclip to resize the video, then convert to DV again. Then import into Toast Titanium to burn to DVD Disc.
    Hope this helps.:D
  23. sjohnson2 macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2008
    Agreed - I've been using it for two years and I've not had a single problem to date (*knocks on wood). It's super easy to use too. I don't know that it's commercially available anymore but if you look around you can likely "acquire" a copy for yourself somewhere :)

    Check this for the run down of features, etc:

  24. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    i have used it every now and then. quite a good application! though i do prefer handbrake/toast etc. the VH (visual hub) codecs just seem a bit outdated, not as high a quality etc.

    good program though!
  25. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    Open the Project Info window and you can either reduce the quality of the finished, or use a dual layer disc.

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