Determine the audio and video format

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NOTE: This guide, while still working, is very outdated and uses an older and complicated method to achieve an otherwise easy task. Luckily, AfterDawn has many other guides that use free or commercial software to achieve this task and in 2008, it has never been easier before. Here are your options...

How to convert video files to DVD using VSO ConvertXtoDVD

This is by far the easiest and fastest method. It will take an AVI file (or MKV, WMV, OGM, FLV, .DIVX, MPG etc.) and convert it to a DVD ready to burn, complete with chapters, subtitles and a motion menu (all optional), all in a few clicks. As of March 2008, this software item has had 212,000 downloads.

How to convert AVI files (DivX, XviD etc.) to DVD with Avi2DVD

This guide is another excellent method to convert AVI (or MKV, OGM) to DVD using the freeware tool, Avi2DVD with either a freeware video encoder or a commercial video encoder. This guide arguably produces output of a small bit better quality than ConvertXtoDVD (if using CCE SP), but it will take more time. It produces a DVD ready to burn with optional subtitles and chapters. As of March, 2008, Avi2DVD has been downloaded 718,326 times.

How to Convert DivX to DVDR with DVD2SVCD

If you have CCE SP, this guide will arguably create the best quality DVD when it is finished of all the options. CCE SP is a very expensive MPEG video encoder but for what it does, it does it fast. Unless you have CCE SP, you are better off with one of the above options.

You "can" technically continue this guide but it will take a long time and it is an outdated method, therefore one of the above is highly suggested. You may also want to learn how to join two AVI files, if your video is in two or more parts. You can find that and many other great articles in our Guide section.

Now, open the AVIcodec tool and click Select button. This opens up a file dialog. Locate the AVI file you're about to convert to a DVD format, select it and click Open.

Now, you should see the video file details in the main window. In our case, we can see that the video has been encoded using XVID Mpeg-4 codec and the audio has been comporessed using MP3 format. At the bottom of the page we can also see further details for audio and video coding, such as the frequency of the audio, which is this case is 48000Hz.

Please take a look at also the fps value of the video and write it down -- normally this should be either 25.00 fps, 23.97fps or 29.97 fps (or neaby number).

If the movie is in two parts, join it

Now, if your movie is split into two or more parts, you need to join it into a one, using VirtualDub. We suggest that you use this guide to do this.

AC3 audio? Let's extract it

If you have AC3 surround audio in your movie, please read this guide in order to extract AC3 audio from the AVI file into a separate file. If you have MP3 audio in your movie, skip directly to the next part, which handles the subtitles.
Written by: Petteri Pyyny