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Re: [vox-tech] Authoring DVDs
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Re: [vox-tech] Authoring DVDs


Here is the page from my talk on Digital Video on Linux last year:

All I have are Open Office Impress notes here: http://lugod.org/presentations/dv_talk.sxi
I hope these can be of some use to you.

Here is the process I used from memory (a bit unreliable, but should steer you in the right direction). I used the mjpegtools to convert raw AVI into MPEG2 (both audio and video, and there is a tool to multiplex the streams as well in the package...see http://mjpeg.sourceforge.net).

I used dvdauthor to master the image. I believe you can make it so that there is no menu and the video starts playing as soon as you put the DVD in the drive. Or at least a plain-jane menu that says "Click here to start." Here is the link to the DVD author docs: http://dvdauthor.sourceforge.net/doc/index.html. Also, it looks like there are some tutorials off of the main site: http://dvdauthor.sourceforge.net/

Then use the dvd+rw-tools to create the image (if you are using dvd+r(w)--if not, dvdrecord should work).

For me, I managed to get playable video, but I had a lot of trouble trying to get the DVD menu to work properly. But that was a year ago and it looks like dvdauthor has come a long way since then. Also, and I think I've mentioned this before on the list, but check out QDVDAuthor: http://qdvdauthor.sourceforge.net/. It looks like they are still at alpha-0.0.8, but it might be usable (back when I looked at it it was at alpha-0.0.1 or something like that, and it really didn't do much).

Good luck!


Peter Jay Salzman wrote:
Hi all,

I want to author DVDs on Linux.  Nothing complicated.  I want to pop a DVD
into my set-top DVD player and have it play.  No menus, no subtitles, no
language selection, no nothing.  Pop it in, and it plays.

I know the gist of basics:
   1. Avi has to be converted to mpg
   2. I *think* the audio has to be separated and converted to wav or mp2.
   3. A strict directory structure needs to be made.
   4. iso formed with a special DVD version of mkisofs
   5. Burn the iso.

As always, the devil is in the details.

I've gone through a couple of tutorials/guides, but something always goes
wrong with one of the steps, and I don't have the time to put into this to
become an expert.  For example, the Linux Gazette had a good looking
tutorial, but I couldn't get past audio extraction.  For the time being, I
need to approach this as a dumb user.

Does anybody have a guide/tutorial on how to do this that actually _worked_
for them?  Stress: "tried and actually worked".


PS- The only DVD's that I've successfully authored are with Nero.  The
quality of avi->dvd was completely unacceptable.  After posting a message on
filesoup.com, I was told that the Nero encoding system was sub-standard and
to use TMPG or CCE.   But surely I can do the job, just as well and even
faster, using open source tools?

R. Douglas Barbieri
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