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Old 11-28-2003, 07:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question How to convert an .avi to something a DVD player will read

I've got some movies that I'd like to view on my TV instead of my 15" monitor. So I need to know what type of file I need to convert a avi file into that a DVD player will read. I know it can be done, one of my friends does it, but I don't know the actuall process. I think I convert it to a VCD or SVCD or something like that.
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Old 11-28-2003, 10:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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> just make a vcd.
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i don't think that advice was very helpful. Kris3000GT this is done with SVCD usually. to do this you would need a program to convert the AVI video files to MPEG2 which is the format SVCD requires and use a cd-burning program to burn that file to CD.

this explains it better than i could:

http://www.dvdrhelp.com/convert#12
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Old 11-28-2003, 11:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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another good site to look on is http://www.doom9.org/ for guides on how to covert video files to different formats
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Old 11-29-2003, 07:29 AM   #5 (permalink)
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So I convert the file to MPEG2 then chose the SVCD in the burning program to make the file playable on a DVD player? Thanx for the help!

Oh, and what conversion program would you recommend from Doom9? I've got a burning program that will burn to SVCD already.
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Old 11-29-2003, 02:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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i use 'avi to dvd' or winmpg, another place u might want to check out is mpegx.
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Old 11-29-2003, 04:34 PM   #7 (permalink)
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OK, maybe I don't have a cd burning program that uses SVCD
Could u guys suggest any free programs that use SVCD, if any exist. I might just have to go buy nero.

Also, I've got the WinMPG. So I choose avi to mpg2 then use the burning program to burn to SVCD? Or can I just use avi to VCD? Will that just burn it to a cd there or what?
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SVCD is just a structure i beleive. if you make a folder called VIDEO_TS and put your mpeg2 in there i think that is all that is required. you would only waste 1 cd to test this out.
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hmm... i used to use 'vcd easy' which was free like 2 yrs ago.. i think (unless you pay or steal it) it might be crippleware now. it would be wise to just get a commerical cd recording application as just about all of them now have a video cd option.
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Alright, I've got Nero now that will burn a VCD. So in WinMPG do I choose avi to mpeg2 or avi to VCD? And does SVCD use MPEG2 also? Which format has better quality?
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