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    video converting

    Brothers and Sisters,

    I know little to nothing about video files. If you know of any teaching websites please list.

    I have several video files on the hard drive that I`m trying to put on DVD-Rs.

    The files are marked...... hdtv.x264-immerse.mkv. .......hdtv.x264-orenji.mkv ........hdtv.x264-ctu.mkv.

    My DVD player plays mpeg files.

    I have installed gstreamer extras and I have WinFF, VLC, and Handbreak.

    How do I get these files on DVDs?
    Thanks
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    Re: video converting

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    Re: video converting

    Haven't used it in a while, but try OpenShot. If you don't have the package manager installed, do this:

    sudo apt-get install synaptic <press enter>

    Enter your normal userid and password - nothing is echoed as you enter your password - and press enter after each.

    Now, with the package manager installed, you can now find Synaptic Package Manager in the menus - open it.

    Try adding one of your files, then set the output file type to what you want and see if it converts it for you.

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    Re: video converting

    I'm not a video expert but VLC will convert to MP4. Go File>Convert and choose an input file and a destination file (make a new name like test01.mp4).
    Click on the Covertn/Save button and then choose the Profile that ends with (MP4).
    It might work but it's best to check with a DVD before you convert them all.
    Handbrake will probably do similar but it is too complicated for me to explain and I have not used it for a while.
    WinFF is fairly easy so give that a try as well.

    Edit: I just looked at the Arista Transcoder web-site and the pre-set they show for DVDs is either DivX or MPEG2.
    So maybe my advice above is no use
    Have a look here: http://transcoder.org/presets/index.html
    Last edited by coldraven; July 5th, 2014 at 12:18 PM.

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    Re: video converting

    Many DVD players can handle DivX and its open cousin XviD. I've played XviD-encoded files in the AVI container on such a DVD player.

    MPEG2 is the standard used on DVDs.

    OP, one other program you might try is DeVeDe which can create a standard DVD from video files. I haven't tried it for a while and had mixed success with it in the past, but it's free and in the Ubuntu repositories. I've also used a commercial program for Windows called Convert X to DVD. It's very easy to use and handles all sorts of input files. As a test I converted an H.264 720p video with AAC audio and subtitles to the DVD format.
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    Re: video converting

    DVD players handles MPEG2/VOB files. The fiels you have are likely h.264/MKV and will need to be transcoded AND likely resolution changed to 480p (max of DVD). Further, real DVDs have a specific directory and filename layout.
    This will be a 2-stage effort. Transcode, author.

    ffmpeg can transcode and fix the resolution to the correct type necessary for a DVD. I haven't authored a DVD since around 2002, but there are many tools that do it when the correct input video files are provided. Search for those in synaptic. Something like:
    $ ffmpeg -i myfile.avi -target dvd /tmp/vcd.mpg
    The man page has more examples.

    Oh - if ffmpeg isn't in the repos, use avconv. Both are related (borhters) and have a DVD setting for the transcoding necessary.

    BTW - google found this: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/DVDAuthoring which is where I'd start.

    Plus the captions/subtitles in an MKV container can be many different formats, while DVD subtitles are limited.

    Going to DVD might be good for childrens films, but I've found that having a media player device with a USB HDD is much easier. Going to DVD is expanding the storage needed 4x. With xvid/avi, h.264/mkv encoding, it is possible to have 4 movies per DVD. mpeg2 is much less efficient with storage. I'd keep the mkv files and spend $50 on a player, if this were my issue.

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    Re: video converting

    Quote Originally Posted by TheFu View Post
    Further, real DVDs have a specific directory and filename layout.
    This will be a 2-stage effort. Transcode, author.
    DeVeDe and Convert X both do that.

    I'd keep the mkv files and spend $50 on a player, if this were my issue.
    I just play them over the network from my NFS server on my Linux client connected to the TV with HDMI. These days I mostly use DVDs to burn Linux distributions!
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