as of 2010 the tovid and tovidgui can be installed through the ubuntu package manager and work very easily.
I found an article in a book called "Ubuntu Hacks: Tips & Tools for Exploring, Using, and Tuning Linux" which shows how to use this very good program and other things. Similar to the original posters directions here.
Btw the original poster motivated me to look more in to tovid and hence the discovery of this book about this program.
I have the following problem:
I am using the gui v. 0.31. After choosing the menu for the dvd - basic stuff with image and sound - I click on "Start Encoding". Now the script runs and sets things up.
But it gets stuck at:
This runs for 45 minutes now, which seems odd. I checked the running processes and it appears tovid started the following mplayer process:Code:Probing video for information. This may take several minutes...
which is running at 2% CPU usage and is running and running...Code:mplayer -vo null -ao null -frames 90 -channels 6 -identify
tovid runs as:
andCode:bash /usr/bin/tovid -quiet -overwrite -pal -dvd -full -quality 8 -in <inputfile>
<inputfile> is of course the path to my mpeg video which I converted to mpeg via ffmpeg...Code:bash /usr/bin/idvid -terse <inputfile>
Any ideas / hints would be greatly appreciated
edit: Ok, after some testing it seems that mplayer does not work as expected. As I understood it, tovid probes for Information and tells mplayer to play the file, but only the first 90 frames and then to stop. When I try the above command that tovid uses, i.e.:
mplayer does not stop! It continues to play the first few frames in a loop... tovid is presumably waiting for mplayer to return which never happens...Code:mplayer -vo null -ao null -frames 90 -channels 6 -identify -aid 128 <inputfile>
Any Ideas on that one?
Last edited by Sempfinger; October 1st, 2010 at 12:37 PM.
Just for reference, there was the option
in the .mplayer file, which caused the loopingCode:loop=0
In my opinion it would be better for tovid to use a call to mplayer which ignores the users customizations in .mplayer to make the probing more robust...
I would try using the current release, 0.33. (or better yet, the svn version) You should probably also read through the tovid-users google group. http://groups.google.com/group/tovid-users/
Tovid had pretty much died for a long while, but it seems to be showing signs of life recently. http://groups.google.com/group/tovid-svn
Does anyone still read this thread? My question is below. I tried to post to the tovid forums and got a mysterious message about "Registered member must have at least 5 postings to post any URL/Website"
Am using tovid 0.34 on Ubuntu 11.04. The tovid man page contains the following
However, entering "tovid chapters" at the command line gives me the following message:Code:Command:chapters tovid chapters will start a GUI using mplayer to set chapter points in a video. Its only (mandatory) option is the path to a video file.
Any ideas? Note that the tovid gui -does- run on my system.Code:Traceback (most recent call last): File "/usr/local/bin/tovid", line 208, in <module> tovid = Frontend(sys.argv) File "/usr/local/bin/tovid", line 74, in __init__ self.run_command(args) File "/usr/local/bin/tovid", line 147, in run_command proc = subprocess.Popen([script] + ini_args + args) File "/usr/lib/python2.7/subprocess.py", line 672, in __init__ errread, errwrite) File "/usr/lib/python2.7/subprocess.py", line 1213, in _execute_child raise child_exception OSError: [Errno 13] Permission denied
Also, any comments on the usefulness of this routine? I have successfully used "mplayer -ss" to find logical chapter breaks in the video file , then manually edit the DVDauthor xml file to create the chapters. But it is a lot of work. Is "tovid chapters" any easier, or just the same process