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Old 02-09-2007, 10:02 PM   #1
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DivX to DVD

I have some vid clips that are a-v-i files and say "DivX" in the filename. How can I burn these to a DVD that will play in a DVD player (not computer drive). I have blank DVD-Rs and a DVD burner. What programs will I need? My mom says my screen is too small and insists on something she can put on her TV.
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I'm glad you posted this cause I've been meaning to look into it. I DL'd Boilsoft, but I haven't tried it yet. I have some avi's I want to convert so I'll let you know.

I do know that the free version leaves a watermark on the output, but I'm cool with that.
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Old 02-10-2007, 12:25 AM   #3
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It depends. Do you want the DVD to have menus and stuff(like real DVDs do) or do you just want it to start playing the video as soon as your dvd player reads the disc?

Also, are these files fullscreen? If not, they're going to be stretched out and somewhat distorted on a TV screen.
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It's widescreen. The biggest file is like 1.6GB. Ideally, I'd like to make a menu and chapters (even if the chapter is just time intervals, not ones I choose). I've made VCDs before. Is that easier? I just want to be sure it will actually play in their DVD player, and right now all I have is blank DVDs, no CD-Rs.
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Oh, and if I have to purchase a program license, that's fine. I just don't know which ones are "good".

Could I do this with iLife on a Mac?
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I'm not sure what the ratings are, but ULead VideoStudio and Nero Vision can accomplish this task.
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Thanks. I'm doing a 30-day trial of ULead.
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Ok, I've got the title and chapters and such, but when I preview my project, the video is a tiny little widescreen box surrounded by black. How do I force it to just be like any widscreen DVD where it adjusts to the size of the TV?
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I'm glad you posted this cause I've been meaning to look into it. I DL'd Boilsoft, but I haven't tried it yet. I have some avi's I want to convert so I'll let you know.

I do know that the free version leaves a watermark on the output, but I'm cool with that.
I had no success with this.
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Ok, I've got the title and chapters and such, but when I preview my project, the video is a tiny little widescreen box surrounded by black. How do I force it to just be like any widscreen DVD where it adjusts to the size of the TV?
I'm not familiar with that adjustment (without stretching the image). When I play dvds of films (2.35:1 aspect) on my 16:9 or 4:3 TVs, I get black bars on the top and bottom unless I adjust the TV (or dvd player) settings to stretch the image. But then things look either too flat or too tall to some extent. E.g. U2's Slane and Chicago are 16:9 (HDTV ratio), whereas Boston is 4:3 ratio. E.g. Slane played on my standard TV will look too tall (but have no black bars), so I flatten it using the "16:9" button.
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The black bars on the bottom are fine, since we don't have a widescreen TV, but what it did was make this tiny image in the middle with tons of black on ALL sides of the image. I want it to stretch so it fits the right and left sides of the screen, with the black on top and bottom.
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That's really bizarre - maybe a trial edition thing, low original resolution, codec issue among other possibilities. Maybe try to import a brief clip into WMM and save it to WMV format and import that into Ulead.
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Oh well, I think I'll just buy CD-Rs and make a VCD and hopefully it will play for my mom.
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The best software i've found for this is Convertxtodvd. It does a very nice conversion to dvd format and adds chapters every 5 mins. Below is a link to their site.
http://www.vso-software.fr/products/convert_x_to_dvd/

If you wish to add your own menu and chapters i would recommend TMPGEnc
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The best software i've found for this is Convertxtodvd. It does a very nice conversion to dvd format and adds chapters every 5 mins. Below is a link to their site.
http://www.vso-software.fr/products/convert_x_to_dvd/

If you wish to add your own menu and chapters i would recommend TMPGEnc
I have had success with this. Quality isn't perfect, but then again, neither was the source material. There is a watermark on the output for the free version, but I can live with that.
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