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    Creating DVD videos from the command line

    Hello -

    For several months I was successfully creating video DVDs using tovid (http://tovid.wikia.com/wiki/Installing_tovid). This all went bust after upgrading my system to Ubuntu 12.04. The tovid package in the repo went backwards from 0.34 to 0.33. I did manually reinstall 0.34, but it didn't seem to help. When I try and run "tovid mpg" on one of my video clips, it fails about half the time with a message:
    Code:
    [tovid]: tovid encountered an error during encoding:
    [tovid]:     Could not identify source video: <video name>
    This message seems to come from tovid's "idvid" script (lines 1123-1125):
    Code:
       if eval $(idvid -terse "$IN_FILE" 2>/dev/null); then :; else
            runtime_error "Could not identify source video: $IN_FILE"
        fi
    Anyway, figured it's time to throw away the tovid crutch and learn how to use ffmpeg, mplayer, mpeg2enc, or other command-line tools, directly, to convert one of my existing video clips to a video-DVD compliant format. Can anyone help me with this? In the USA, using an NTSC DVD player. Attached below is sample output from "mplayer -identify" one one of my short videos. This example comes from a Samsung camera in MOV format. As an additional complication, the original was taken with the camera held sideways, so the video needs to be rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise. I know how to do this in ffmpeg (using -vf "transpose=2" ), but not how to turn that result into something that will play on my DVD.

    Hope this is clear - any help would be much appreciated!

    Code:
    MPlayer svn r34540 (Ubuntu), built with gcc-4.6 (C) 2000-2012 MPlayer Team
    Playing IMG_0037.MOV.
    libavformat version 53.21.1 (external)
    Mismatching header version 53.19.0
    libavformat file format detected.
    ID_VIDEO_ID=0
    [lavf] stream 0: video (h264), -vid 0
    ID_AUDIO_ID=0
    [lavf] stream 1: audio (aac), -aid 0, -alang und
    VIDEO:  [H264]  1920x1080  24bpp  24.000 fps  17156.8 kbps (2094.3 kbyte/s)
    Clip info:
     major_brand: qt
    ID_CLIP_INFO_NAME0=major_brand
    ID_CLIP_INFO_VALUE0=qt
     minor_version: 0
    ID_CLIP_INFO_NAME1=minor_version
    ID_CLIP_INFO_VALUE1=0
     compatible_brands: qt
    ID_CLIP_INFO_NAME2=compatible_brands
    ID_CLIP_INFO_VALUE2=qt
     creation_time: 2012-12-27 23:18:48
    ID_CLIP_INFO_NAME3=creation_time
    ID_CLIP_INFO_VALUE3=2012-12-27 23:18:48
     encoder: 6.0.1
    ID_CLIP_INFO_NAME4=encoder
    ID_CLIP_INFO_VALUE4=6.0.1
     encoder-eng: 6.0.1
    ID_CLIP_INFO_NAME5=encoder-eng
    ID_CLIP_INFO_VALUE5=6.0.1
     date: 2012-12-27T17:18:48-0600
    ID_CLIP_INFO_NAME6=date
    ID_CLIP_INFO_VALUE6=2012-12-27T17:18:48-0600
     date-eng: 2012-12-27T17:18:48-0600
    ID_CLIP_INFO_NAME7=date-eng
    ID_CLIP_INFO_VALUE7=2012-12-27T17:18:48-0600
    ID_CLIP_INFO_N=8
    Load subtitles in ./
    ID_FILENAME=IMG_0037.MOV
    ID_DEMUXER=lavfpref
    ID_VIDEO_FORMAT=H264
    ID_VIDEO_BITRATE=17156808
    ID_VIDEO_WIDTH=1920
    ID_VIDEO_HEIGHT=1080
    ID_VIDEO_FPS=24.000
    ID_VIDEO_ASPECT=0.0000
    ID_AUDIO_FORMAT=MP4A
    ID_AUDIO_BITRATE=62704
    ID_AUDIO_RATE=44100
    ID_AUDIO_NCH=1
    ID_START_TIME=0.00
    ID_LENGTH=58.26
    ID_SEEKABLE=1
    ID_CHAPTERS=0
    Last edited by George Heine; March 7th, 2013 at 04:18 PM.

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