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Converting avi to burn onto DVD?

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by bigdunc, 5 Mar 2006.

  1. bigdunc

    Hitman

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    I have got some avi files that i want to be able to burn onto a DVD and play it through my DVD player. What is he best way to do this?

    Cheers
     
  2. binaryknight

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    one of the easiest is to use winavi
     
  3. Lonewolf

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    WinAvi video converter but it's not free.

    You could also try VCDhelp
     
  4. Cascadia

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    not sure if its the best but i always whack em on nero vision and let it encode over night, ready to burn to a dvd when i wake up.
     
  5. ScoobyDoo

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    There are quite a few ones out there but not many free ones. I've also had good results with DVDSanta which will convert avi,xvid's etc to DVD.
     
  6. Baron_Samedi

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    Don't you find that one step tools are a bit lacking?

    Quick to deliver a solution, yet not as refined as using a multi-step process to get the best from your source.
     
  7. basmic

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    Ulead DVD MovieFactory - I swear by it!

    Link
     
  8. mark66

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    Using DVDSanta here and whilst it is nice and simple, I am now wishing it had some extra features like being able to create a simple DVD menu. Hopefully you can tell me that it can and I am just being a noob!
     
  9. valerian

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    let nero do it if it'll work on your dvd player
     
  10. valerian

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    or use win avi, then clonedvd or any number of programs to burn the dvd
     
  11. Fluffy Bunny

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    I use Mainconcept encoder and then DVD Author.
     
  12. Baron_Samedi

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    Mainconcept is good and fast - DVD Author is very efficient as long as you don't mind relatively simple menus.

    Also with simple menus is Womble MPEG DVD Wizard - the AVI can be dropped into that and converted with precision cuts to MPEG-2 and saved directly to DVD.
     
  13. FeFiDoh

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    tmpge is good and i use a program by CuCuSoft seems to do it pretty damn fast and i get a good quality movie :)
     
  14. BoomAM

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    My vote goes to TMPGEnc. :)
     
  15. Baron_Samedi

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    I'd agree that TMPGenc is the fastest low cost (free in certain cases) transcoder available, but it's features for cropping etc are a bit limited when compared to Womble MPEG Wizard.
     
  16. BoomAM

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    Its not a lack of cropping features. Its the fact the features arnt easy to use. There are crop functions, but they require almost programmer like knowledge to use! :p
    Past the basic feature set, the advanced stuff is a pain to use.
     
  17. Baron_Samedi

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    Agreed - thats why I use MPEG Video Wizard - the latest version has TMPGenc DVD Author like features so I can make DVD's with frame precision editing all in one package.
     
  18. Clarkey

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    winavi is the only way i'd bother doing this, takes about 15 minutes in total from starting the program to having a disc ready. If you plan on doing this a lot though, then you'd probably be better off buying a divx compatible dvd player which are available cheaply now.
     
  19. Baron_Samedi

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    Winavi is the fast food equivalent of the multiple stage process and gives acceptable results.

    If you need/desire the best results from your source or it needs restoration then individual tools are the only way to achieve success.
     
  20. A2Z

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    another vote for winavi, no reason not to use it tbh!