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  1. #491
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    Jul 2006
    Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal

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

    Quote Originally Posted by rey1321 View Post
    does everything you just said
    So maybe you should start your own thread:-
    HOWTO: Make DVD Videos Using ManDVD

  2. #492
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    May 2010

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

    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.
    Good luck.

  3. #493
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    Nov 2007

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

    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:
    Probing video for information. This may take several minutes...
    This runs for 45 minutes now, which seems odd. I checked the running processes and it appears tovid started the following mplayer process:
    mplayer -vo null -ao null -frames 90 -channels 6 -identify
    which is running at 2% CPU usage and is running and running...

    tovid runs as:
    bash /usr/bin/tovid -quiet -overwrite -pal -dvd -full -quality 8 -in <inputfile>
    bash /usr/bin/idvid -terse <inputfile>
    <inputfile> is of course the path to my mpeg video which I converted to mpeg via ffmpeg...

    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 -vo null -ao null -frames 90 -channels 6 -identify -aid 128 <inputfile>
    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...

    Any Ideas on that one?
    Last edited by Sempfinger; October 1st, 2010 at 12:37 PM.

  4. #494
    Join Date
    Nov 2007

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

    Just for reference, there was the option
    in the .mplayer file, which caused the looping

    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...

  5. #495
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    2 exits past crazy
    Lubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal

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

    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.

    Tovid had pretty much died for a long while, but it seems to be showing signs of life recently.

  6. #496
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    Sep 2011

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

    Quote Originally Posted by ubuntuman001 View Post
    So here are the steps to take if you want to have a dvd movie, that's playable in a home dvd player, and created from a video file on your computer.

    Tovid should work on any architecture (x86, x86_64, PPC, etc.) and any desktop environment (Gnome, KDE, Xfce, etc.). This guide assumes that you already have a video file saved on your computer, that you own a dvd burner, and that you have a blank dvd.

    Tovid will accept many different types of video formats for your initial video. In fact, whatever formats the programs mplayer and ffmpeg support, tovid supports. There are very few formats it doesn't support, but you'll probably have one of the more common ones, so there's nothing to worry.

    Also, please know that for tovid to work optimally, it's recommended to have at least 20GB of free space, so that it can author and encode the video smoothly.

    - - - - -


    To install tovid, just search for it in the Software Center, or else type this in a terminal:
    sudo apt-get install tovid
    If that doesn't work, install from source.

    If you don't see any tovid menu entries under Applications > Sound & Video, refresh the gnome panels:
    killall gnome-panel
    - - - - -

    Using the GUI:

    Go to Applications > Sound & Video > tovid. If for some reason it doesn't start up correctly, run the command in a terminal to diagnose the cause of the issue:

    Using the CLI:

    You have an avi file named 'foo' in your home directory, and you live in the Eastern Hemisphere (not Japan, they use NTSC), and you have a widescreen TV. You would simply type in a terminal:
    tovid -wide -pal -in foo.avi -out foo_encoded
    The -wide command tells tovid to make it widescreen, the -pal command tells tovid to make it PAL format, the -in file is the original, and the -out is the final product. Simple huh?

    Consider the more complicated scenario: You have 3 videos, File1.mpg, File2.mpg, and File3.mpg. You want the menu to have titles Episode 1, Episode 2, and Episode 3. You want the dvd to be called Season_One. Your command would be:
    todisc -files File1.mpg File2.mpg File3.mpg \
     -titles "Episode 1" "Episode 2" "Episode 3" \
    -out Season_One
    - - - - -

    Once it is finished encoding, you could try to burn the video to a dvd using the burn tab in the GUI, but sometimes it doesn't work, so just minimize tovid (you dont want to close it, just in case if the encoding output is needed for support.) Then open a terminal and paste (this is just an example; replace the italic words accordingly):
    makexml -menu Menu.mpg \foo1.mpg foo2.mpg foo3.mpg \
     -out MyDisc
    That created an xml file, which in this case would be called: MyDisc.xml
    Now, you have to burn to a dvd, using this command (again, replacing the italic word with your actual file name):
    makedvd -burn MyDisc.xml
    When it's finished, you'll have a dvd that's playable on your computer and on all (or most) dvd players!

    If you wish to make more dvd's using this guide, you'll have to delete the dvd folder that was created, and move any completed files to your completed folder, or delete it if you wish. These should be moved from the encoding directory so that tovid can encode anew with a fresh place, no left-over trash, so that it doesn't run into space problems or errors.

    Official tovid website (installation/info/guides): here.

    Official tovid forums (bug reports and general info/help): here.

    Disclaimer: I'm not responsible for anything related to this howto. Be aware of the laws in your country.

    good one will give it a go

  7. #497
    Join Date
    Aug 2009

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

    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

           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.
    However, entering "tovid chapters" at the command line gives me the following message:

    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__
      File "/usr/local/bin/tovid", line 147, in run_command
        proc = subprocess.Popen([script] + ini_args + args)
      File "/usr/lib/python2.7/", line 672, in __init__
        errread, errwrite)
      File "/usr/lib/python2.7/", line 1213, in _execute_child
        raise child_exception
    OSError: [Errno 13] Permission denied
    Any ideas? Note that the tovid gui -does- run on my system.

    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

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