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:
This message seems to come from tovid's "idvid" script (lines 1123-1125):
[tovid]: tovid encountered an error during encoding:
[tovid]: Could not identify source video: <video name>
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.
if eval $(idvid -terse "$IN_FILE" 2>/dev/null); then :; else
runtime_error "Could not identify source video: $IN_FILE"
Hope this is clear - any help would be much appreciated!
MPlayer svn r34540 (Ubuntu), built with gcc-4.6 (C) 2000-2012 MPlayer Team
libavformat version 53.21.1 (external)
Mismatching header version 53.19.0
libavformat file format detected.
[lavf] stream 0: video (h264), -vid 0
[lavf] stream 1: audio (aac), -aid 0, -alang und
VIDEO: [H264] 1920x1080 24bpp 24.000 fps 17156.8 kbps (2094.3 kbyte/s)
creation_time: 2012-12-27 23:18:48
Load subtitles in ./