How to burn a DVD of an AVI file with a weird codec?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bollweevil, Mar 7, 2009.

  1. bollweevil macrumors 6502

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    I really want to burn a normal video-DVD of this video, but it is encoded with a weird codec. I don't even know what the codec is. The latest version of Quicktime won't even play the .avi file, but VLC media player handles it perfectly with no prompting or hassle.

    I have a MacBook Pro, OS X 10.5.6, and I have never burned a video-DVD before, only data-DVDs. I am guessing I need some kind of software to turn this encoded computer-video file into a nice MPEG for the DVD. What software? Please suggest free and paid-for software, I am doing this for a class and I have a budget.
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    If you download the Perian codec pack, the conversion should work no problem (and QuickTime should be able to play it too).
     
  3. bollweevil thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Okay, I installed Perian and now Quicktime can play everything. Cool, certainly worthwhile.

    But the question remains - how do I burn a video-DVD? I don't know how to burn a video-DVD of anything. Quicktime doesn't seem to have a "burn DVD" button. Do I have to install Nero or Roxio or something? I haven't needed to install disk burning software in like six years because I have been burning CDs and data-DVDs, and those have always been easy as pie.

    Thanks.
     
  4. paul.opensource macrumors member

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    Do you mean a DVD that is playable in a (TV) DVD player? Like a commercial DVD?
     
  5. Cap41 macrumors 6502

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    Toast is a great program. Or a free version of "burn" will work.
     

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