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    Re: HOWTO: Make DVD Videos Using Tovid: The Video Disc Authoring Suite

    Here is something I have found at http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...22#post6795022.

    How to install tovid DVD creator on Ubuntu 8.04

    1.Install the following from Synaptic
    tovid
    tovidgui
    tcl8.4
    tcl8.4-dev
    tcl8.4-doc
    mencoder
    dvdauthor
    qdvdauthor

    Optional:
    You can also install the following if you wish to have an alternate GUI.
    todiscgui

    2.Run the following commands in a terminal
    cd /usr/share/tovid
    sudo ln makemenu makexml /usr/bin
    which makemenu
    which makexml

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    Re: HOWTO: Make DVD Videos Using Tovid: The Video Disc Authoring Suite

    Quote Originally Posted by jake3988 View Post
    Yes. Simply create a menu and create an entry for each movie. Then click on the movie you want to play.

    Remember that converting the movies to mpg will DRAMATICALLY increase the size of the movie to that of a real dvd. If they're motion pictures unless short (~100 minutes or less each) you probably will not be able to fit two on one dvd. But you're certainly welcome to try.
    I regularly will convert 700mb avi movies downloaded from internet using tovidgui, using quality 7 and can fit 2 movies on 1 dvd disc. the source movies normally have an aspect ratio of 16:9 or sometimes even worse, where the width is more than twice the height. ANyway, that's just my experience. I love tovidgui though. Oh, I am still using Feisty if that matters to anyone.

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    Re: HOWTO: Make DVD Videos Using Tovid: The Video Disc Authoring Suite

    Quote Originally Posted by sofasurfer View Post
    I tried the tovid gui. I performed 'layout' and 'encode'. But when I did 'burn' I got the message that it could not open /dev/dvdrw. So I tried getting it to use /dev/dvd3, /dvdrw3, /media/cdrom and /media/cdrom0. Kept getting the same message.

    What should I do?
    this is listed as a common problem on the tovid.org website. here is the solution:
    http://tovid.wikia.com/wiki/Common_t...mission_denied
    this solution is only for after the .xml file has been created by tovid and it's stored in the /tmp directory or whatever directory you chose to have temp files stored. the way to permanently solve this issue to make sure that you as a user can write to /dev/dvd0 or whatever your dvd writer is.
    what does this command return for ya?
    Code:
    ls -la | grep dvd
    Last edited by dannyboy79; February 25th, 2009 at 07:00 PM.

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    Re: HOWTO: Make DVD Videos Using Tovid: The Video Disc Authoring Suite

    How does this compare to using Handbrake to rip two DVD's and using DeVeDe to combine them into one? It's a lengthy process.... but it works. I just can't shake the feeling that there might be something easier out there.... like this Tovoid. *installing it now*

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    Re: HOWTO: Make DVD Videos Using Tovid: The Video Disc Authoring Suite

    Quote Originally Posted by trksh22 View Post
    How does this compare to using Handbrake to rip two DVD's and using DeVeDe to combine them into one? It's a lengthy process.... but it works. I just can't shake the feeling that there might be something easier out there.... like this Tovoid. *installing it now*
    well yes, ripping DVDs and using DeVeDe can do the job for that basic process, but tovid has a plethora of options to customize your project in whatever way you want it, a lot more than DeVeDe does

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    Re: HOWTO: Make DVD Videos Using Tovid: The Video Disc Authoring Suite

    I've edited the guide yet again (after not doing so for a long time) this time making it far simpler, less wordy, and cleaner in general. Enjoy

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    Re: HOWTO: Make DVD Videos Using Tovid: The Video Disc Authoring Suite

    Quote Originally Posted by gaspard.leon View Post
    Fixing missing fonts if you follow instructions at the tovid site and it still doesn't show any fonts:

    In the tovid scripts, replace convert -list type with convert -list font

    if your version of ImageMagick has updated that feature as mine had...
    (run those 2 commands in a shell to test)

    i found that the following files had to change:
    Code:
    /usr/share/tovid/makemenu
    /usr/share/python-support/tovid/libtovid/gui/configs.py
    And another bug I found was the menu titles appeared right next to the menu items (no space)... this was a bug referenced on this page: http://www.imagemagick.org/discourse...hp?f=3&t=10367

    I used the -flip -flip work-around:
    In /usr/share/tovid/makemenu
    change this line:
    Code:
        convert "$MENU_TITLE_TEXT" -background none -splice 0x$TILE_HEIGHT "$MENU_TITLE_TEXT"
    to this line:
    Code:
        convert "$MENU_TITLE_TEXT" -flip -background none -splice 0x$TILE_HEIGHT -flip "$MENU_TITLE_TEXT"
    It worked!!

    I have fonts in the list in the gui and working in makemenu and I have a nice space in-between the title and the items.
    I spent sooo long looking for a solution to my fonts being "stuck" at Defect....but are there still only four choices for buttons?
    Much obliged for this

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    Re: HOWTO: Make DVD Videos Using Tovid: The Video Disc Authoring Suite

    Why you guys have to go thru all this
    headache using command lines?

    There's a nice application called
    DeVeDe that make everything for you.

    you just add the video files and relax!
    it will convert them to dvd files, and playable
    in any commercial dvd player. period

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    Re: HOWTO: Make DVD Videos Using Tovid: The Video Disc Authoring Suite

    Quote Originally Posted by rey1321 View Post
    Why you guys have to go thru all this
    headache using command lines?

    There's a nice application called
    DeVeDe that make everything for you.

    you just add the video files and relax!
    it will convert them to dvd files, and playable
    in any commercial dvd player. period
    yea you're probably like the 1000th person to post about how awesome devede is in this thread.

    and for the 1000th time, I'm gonna say that they are two different programs with different capabilities. tovid is much more customizable, as you can add a customized menu complete with pictures and sounds,can even add subtitles and a whole range of things.

    and it is not just command-line, there is a GUI.

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    Re: HOWTO: Make DVD Videos Using Tovid: The Video Disc Authoring Suite

    ManDVD
    does everything you just said

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