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

    Feb 1, 2008
    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


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    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

    Feb 1, 2008
    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.

  4. paul.opensource macrumors member

    Mar 8, 2009
    San Antonio, Texas
    Do you mean a DVD that is playable in a (TV) DVD player? Like a commercial DVD?
  5. Cap41 macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2008
    Toast is a great program. Or a free version of "burn" will work.

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