Movie converter to burn on DVD as .avi

Discussion in 'iMac' started by masterpidge, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. masterpidge macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2010
    I have just recently upgraded from PC to imac. I have different format movies I would like to convert to the .avi format so that I may burn a DVD and play on my large screen using my DVD player. What program can convert most formats to .avi? A free program would be a bonus, but not a pre-requirement.
  2. Warbitrary macrumors regular

    Nov 24, 2009
    Montréal, Canada
    I don't understand…

    Do you want to convert .avi movies to DVD?
    Do you want to convert DVDs to .avi?
    What is the "large screen"? Your iMac or your TV?

    Basically, what are your source files (DVD, .avi, other types) and what do you want the end result to be (watch on iMac, watch on TV, other?)?
  3. Spike88 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2010
    For DVD media to .AVI file conversion, I use FREE BitRipper. So far, it works for most DVDs.

    Surf: / for MAC, surf:

    If wondering, I use their PC/Windows version (for DVD to .AVI file format - to play on my Patriot Media Player box) and it works great. Simple, easy and it works.

    Good luck with its Mac version.

  4. masterpidge thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2010
    My big screen is my TV. What I am trying to do is open different format of torrents downloads and convert them to .avi so that I can burn the movies on DVD. If there is a better way of getting these movies on DVD playable on a DVD player, I'm open.
  5. bas-macfan macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2010
    will do the job.... You can use it for all your needs;)
  6. TMRaven macrumors 68020


    Nov 5, 2009
    You're wanting to load dvds into your computer, then convert their .vob files into avi, so that you can store and view them on your computer?

    Get Mactheripper to rip the vob files first, then use either handbrkae or avidemux to conver them to .mp4 or .avi files. Handbrake and Avidemux yield the highest quality (because of their advanced x264 options and deinterlacers). If the .vob files need deinterlacing, both offer yadif as a deinterlacer (very good intra-field motion adaptive deinterlacer) If you want the highest quality deinterlacer out there, you can use bootcamp, and feed tempgaussmc through avidemux using AVS proxy-- in order to do so, you'd have to install avisynth and the filters required for tempgaussmc as well.

    Edit: nevermind, the whole AVI thing confused me. Yeah, roxio is a nice little bit of kit.
  7. Warbitrary macrumors regular

    Nov 24, 2009
    Montréal, Canada
    I recommend converting the "various formats" directly to DVD, it helps preserve video quality. I use a free app called Burn.

    It's quite easy to use. If you live in North America or Japan, go to Burn's preferences > Video > General, and select NTSC. Then, go to the "Video" tab, select "DVD video" from the popup menu, drag files into the window, wait for the conversion, click "Burn".
  8. glitch44 macrumors 65816

    Feb 28, 2006
    How about buying them?
  9. masterpidge thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2010
    I have no problem in buying them as long as they do a good job and easy to use.
  10. dexthageek macrumors 6502

    Dec 7, 2007
    I think "glitch44" meant "How about buying them (DVDs)?"
  11. dXTC macrumors 68020


    Oct 30, 2006
    Up, up in my studio, studio
    I agree with Warbitrary: direct conversion to DVD is best.

    Why? The movies you've downloaded via torrent are likely converted from the original DVD (or camcorder recording) using a process called transcoding. This sacrifices a little bit of detail in order to reduce the file size significantly. Any additional video transcoding, from whatever format to your desired .avi, can only lose more detail-- and trust me, you'll notice it on your big-screen TV, especially during dark scenes (big, pixellated splotches in deep shadows) or during high-motion scenes.

    Look carefully into Toast's capabilities, and make sure it can convert your various formats directly onto DVD to minimize further transcoding. Once original detail is lost, it's lost forever.

    Oh, and do be careful with your torrenting. BitTorrent is not an anonymous protocol. If you attract enough attention with your downloads, you WILL eventually be found out. Consider other methods of getting your movies, including glitch44's suggestion of purchasing.
  12. 300D macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2009
    Why not output the iMac's video to your TV, mirror or second screen? If it was made in the last 8 years it probably has a VGA input at the least.
  13. asharer macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2010
    i am asharer

    well, as i know, VOB(mpeg-2) is the best format for DVD burning
    there'r many video converter support this format
    such as avs converter, youtube downloader, video download studio etc.
    such on google....

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