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Topic # 24103 15-Jul-2008 13:30

Hi

Looking for a program where I can convert and burn avi files to dvd?
At the moment I got VisualHub but it doesnt give me an option to have a menu and when i play the dvd on a dvd player it doesnt give me the option to view the different chapters (hope that makes sense lol)

Ive got convertx on my microsoft windows which is perfect does anyone know a similar program for mac?

Need one that can have a menu
View the different chapters
and fit 2movies on one disc

thanks:-)

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  Reply # 148079 15-Jul-2008 13:46
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fairly sure that iDVD can do all of that.



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  Reply # 148080 15-Jul-2008 13:55

ive never used idvd
so i can convert and burn using idvd?

sorry but im new to mac havnt used most of the programs that came with it
is the quality good tho?

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 148088 15-Jul-2008 14:17
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You drag and drop the avi files into iDVD, you choose the menus you want, set the chaptermarks and tell it to burn a DVD, its fairly simple,

Just go play with it,

The quality is determined by how good the source is,

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  Reply # 148089 15-Jul-2008 14:18
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As long as Quicktime can run the file then iDVD can make it into a DVD.  Do you have iLife?  If Quicktime can't view the file then download flip4mac and install it.  This is a codec pack enabling Quicktime to play a variety of video files.

If iDVD has problems with the file even if Quicktime can use it, try exporting it to a MOV using Quicktime (PRO version only) and then use the MOV in iDVD.

The Quality will only be as good as the source video.  If it's an AVI then chances are the quality is average, meaning the DVD quality will be average.  Making an AVI into a DVD will not upscale the quality.



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  Reply # 148090 15-Jul-2008 14:19

kewl i hope this works
so it converts the file to dvd as well?

whats imovie is this different from idvd?

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  Reply # 148091 15-Jul-2008 14:20
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Probaby useful to have the perian plug-in for quicktime installed also.

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  Reply # 148095 15-Jul-2008 14:21
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UPRYZ: kewl i hope this works
so it converts the file to dvd as well?

whats imovie is this different from idvd?


Thanks WellyGary, Perian is what I was thinking of, not flip4mac!

iMovie is used to edit video clips together, add transitions and text layers etc - basically it's a video editing suite.  The finished movie that you end up with can be made into a DVD with iDVD.  iDVD is the app that actually converts the video file into a DVD playable/burnable format

Failing iDVD, Toast should be able to do the job for you as well.



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  Reply # 148098 15-Jul-2008 14:31

sweet
yea i had toast before my mac crashed but not too fond of it as it can only let me add one movie per dvd

the files i have dont play on quicktime
but i downloaded divx and its codecs and now they play on my mac
so much information lol

k ill get that perian plug for quicktime and then play around with idvd

thanks heaps guys
i jst dont use it as i dont know how too but this will be good tho lol

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  Reply # 148166 15-Jul-2008 16:31
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make sure you remove divx before installing perian....use perian as your one-stop-shop for codecs otherwise you will run into conflicts. 

what version of toast were you using?  I never had that probem...

also, try and use VLC for your movie playback instead of quicktime (www.videolan.org)....it's a lot more featured and will play anything you throw at it.  the thing about quicktime is it is the back-end of most of the apple applications.  so you need to make sure it works with the media you want to use otherwise things like imovie, frontrow etc won't work with them. 
but for basic playback of videos use VLC all the way.



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  Reply # 148185 15-Jul-2008 16:55

think it was toast 7?
everytime i tried to add a second movie keeps coming up that disc space is not enough although its a 4.7gig cd?

ok will do this when i get home after work lol
so i have to remove the divx and install perian

which version toast did you use cos if i can put 2movies onto a disc on toast ill jst get that again

so many new things to learn lol
hmmmm k so will also get that VLC thing to play movies on

you also mentioned ilife - whats this?
i think ive seen it on my mac but yet again dont know what it does or whats it for


hey thanks for all the help guys
keep on posting i appreciate all the info on how to the diff programs on a mac:-)

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  Reply # 148642 16-Jul-2008 20:57
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UPRYZ: Hi

Looking for a program where I can convert and burn avi files to dvd?
At the moment I got VisualHub but it doesnt give me an option to have a menu and when i play the dvd on a dvd player it doesnt give me the option to view the different chapters (hope that makes sense lol)

Ive got convertx on my microsoft windows which is perfect does anyone know a similar program for mac?

Need one that can have a menu
View the different chapters
and fit 2movies on one disc

thanks:-)



I always use Aimersoft DVD Creator for mac, it can easily convert all popular video formats (AVI, MP4, MPG, MPEG, 3GP, WMV, ASF, RM, RMVB, DAT, MOV, FLV, etc) to DVD and burn DVD movie played on portable and home DVD players on mac, that's very good, you can check it out for free



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  Reply # 148672 16-Jul-2008 22:21

hey thanks heaps!
downloading the free trial right now hope it gives me what im looking for:-)



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  Reply # 149028 17-Jul-2008 22:35

hi windbell
i downloaded the free trial but its not letting me convert anything saying that the file is not supported but its an avi file?
help please....

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  Reply # 149096 18-Jul-2008 09:58
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I think your best bet is iDVD. You may have run into trouble with toast because even though a DVD can hold 4.7gb and your movie files may only be 1gb, the DVD format (.vob if i recall correctly) is much larger so you would fill up the space on a dvd much faster. I think (I stand corrected if I'm wrong) that you can only fit roughly 2 hours of standard play video on one DVD, so that might also be your problem.

All you need to do with iDVD is open the application, play round with the menus screen that comes up till you get one you like. The open finder and grab the movie file you want, drag and drop it into the background of the DVD screen (take care not to put it into a 'drop zone' on the menu, rather drop it on a place where there is nothing. (Hopefully this makes sense Smile)



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  Reply # 149730 21-Jul-2008 00:23
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Im not sure if replying after this long will help but,
you can use VisualHub.

It saves the converted AVI into a DVD ISO ready for burning.

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