At the time of writing VSO Software are offering a free program called VSO DivxToDVD to quickly and easily encode files to DVD. DivxToDVD accepts many different formats including AVI (DivX/XviD), MPEG files, VOB files, MOV files AMV and DV files. The program only has a few steps and will create a VIDEO_TS folder for you for your encoded files to be easily burned to DVD. While the program at this time does support encoding multiple files and putting them on the same DVD, it does not yet have the ability to create a menu to allow you select separate files, which can cause some playback problems with some DVD Players. DivxToDVD will also encode your audio files to 2CH AC3 format, which is a better option than MP2 for NTSC DVD's.
Introduction & Requirements
The only thing you need is to install DivxToDVD. You can get it from the here.
This guide is a simple guide to help you quickly get the hang of this simple program. This program is free at the moment but future versions might not be because VSO have many plans for new features. This guide will be updated whenever any new features are added to the program.
The Interface could not be more easy to explain. The first area we can see allows you to set your source file(s) and your Destination folder. Beneath that you have the option to Burn with CopytoDVD if you have it installed on your computer. You also have options for the Aspect Ratio and the Standard (NTSC or PAL). Beside this area is your preview area. After you select a source file or during encoding, a little screen appears here allowing you to take a preview at what the video should look like after encoding. Then you have your convert button and conversion progress bar. Beneath this, you have the Operation Log that logs everything as it happens.
To convert a file to DVD first you need to tick the little folder icon beside the Source File field. Locate your video file, select it and click Open. Secondly, select your Destination folder by clicking the folder icon beside the Destination folder field. The Aspect Ratio is often ok just left at Automatic, but you can also choose between Force 4:3 and Force 16:9 (the preview will allow you to see if it is being displayed correctly before the encoding finishes). The Standard lets you decide between NTSC and PAL framerates or it can be left at Automatic. The only other option you have now is to select the Burn with CopytoDVD box if you have the software installed on your computer. You can now click Convert and it should begin encoding the DVD for you.
Encoding multiple files
You can also put multiple files on the same DVD with DivxToDVD. In order to do this, simply just add more than one Source file. You will notice that the multiple paths will now be displayed in the Source File field. To completely remove all videos from the Source File field, click the red X button. After the conversion is finished, you will get a DVD with multiple VTS, depending on the amount of source files you choose. There will be no menu however, so there may be some playback issues with some DVD players. Also with multiple files it might be the best option to leave Aspect Ratio on Automatic, unless of course you notice that the preview doesn't look correct.
So as you can see this program is very easy to use. It's a pretty fast encoder with acceptable quality and best of all it's free (for now). I'm looking forward to seeing this software expand to cover more useful features like the ability to automatically create a menu that lets you choose between multiple video files on the DVD or more encoder options. Whenever any new features are added they will be added to this guide. If you have any problems, please visit our Discussion Forums and ask any questions you need to there.
v1.0 -- 23rd January, 2005, First version online (Dela)
Written by: James Delahunty