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25th-May-2007 09:34 am
I have a DVD-R burner on the laptop, and a bunch of blank DVD-Rs. I have movie files (AVI, DIVX, MPEG) that I want to burn to DVD-R that will play on my regular DVD player, but have no experience with such things and no knowledge of the software necessary.

Any ideas or suggestions?
25th-May-2007 01:39 pm (UTC)
if you have a MAC - iDVD
if you have a PC, I'm a fan of the NERO burner or the Sonet burner.
25th-May-2007 02:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks, downloading the Nero software now. Is it easy to use?
25th-May-2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
Its a breeze in my opinion. Click the files, click convert to DVD, and burn. If you need help, feel free to IM me.

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25th-May-2007 01:46 pm (UTC)
I second Nero for the PC format. It's been able to covert just about any computer video file format I've thrown at it to DVD.
25th-May-2007 02:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'm downloading the Nero software now and hoping it's not too complicated to use.
25th-May-2007 02:06 pm (UTC)
I ditto Nero for Windows-based software. The Nero suite has a DVD creation application that lets you set chapters, create menu screens, etc. A tad time-consuming, but the finished product is pretty good.

Eventually I picked up a Philips DVP624, which is just an okay player but only cost me $20 or so after rebates. It plays most Divx/Xvid files (which most .avi's are), and has worked pretty well. Being able to fit 6 movies on one dvd is quite handy, and it also does away with the need to convert the avi file to dvd format.

I'm new here, by the way, but certainly share your grief over the state of the nation. Keep the news coming!
25th-May-2007 02:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for this - and I definitely will do!!
25th-May-2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
I recommend this handy guide for beginners to get started - if you're like me and just want to burn some Eddie Izzard DVDs (as opposed to wading hip-deep into Video Production as a Way of Life), then most of the first half can actually be skipped, though it's handy knowledge to have in the digital age. The overall Swiss Army Knife for burning DVDs is CD BurnerXP, assuming you're running a WinXP-compatible system. Have fun, and remember: without the Adult Film Industry's relentless drive for quality playback and distribution, there would be no internet.
25th-May-2007 02:55 pm (UTC)
Will check this stuff out - thank you very much!
25th-May-2007 06:02 pm (UTC)
ITA about using Nero, it's super easy.
27th-May-2007 06:21 am (UTC)
If you just want to transcode the files and not do any menu authoring and stuff, just do a search for avi to dvd or mpeg to dvd. You can find a lot of great walk-through guides at AfterDawn.

Good luck with everything though. It was daunting for me when I first started burning non-standard video to DVD, but now I could probably do it in my sleep.

The biggest part is (so you don't waste a disc and a bunch of transcoding time), is make sure you're burning the DVD in the correct format. In my software, sometimes it likes to transcode into the PAL format, when TVs here in the US use the NTSC standard.
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