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NOTE: This guide, while still working, is very outdated and uses an older and complicated method to achieve an otherwise easy task.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You "can" technically continue this guide but it will take a long time and it is an outdated method, therefore one of the above is highly suggested.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, once the video file has been encoded, its time to start authoring the DVD itself. We wont create fancy menus or add extra features to the disc, but simply want to make a DVD-Video disc that plays the video once inserted into the DVD player and that's it. For this purpose, free IFOEdit is simply great.

Firstly, open IFOEdit. Then, go to DVD Author menu and select Author new DVD.

Select the source files

Now, click the little button next to the box that says Video and locate your .m2v file that TMPGEnc created for you and click Open.

Go to the next button down for Audio and locate the .mp2 audio file or .ac3 audio file (depending on whether you had the AC3 audio in your source or not), select it and click Open.

Take the next button, which says Subpicture and click it. Locate the .sup subtitle file you created earlier on, select it and click Open.

Now, we didn't have chapters here as most of the AVI files simply don't come with chapter information at all, so we leave the Scene changes selection totally blank.

(One option to create some method of navigating through the DVD is to create a dummy chapters.txt file with Notepad that includes numbers on each line, starting with something like 10000 on first line, 20000 on second line, etc. Take a look at your AVIcodec notes again and see how long the movie was and what was the framerate. Use the length to calculate the movies length in seconds -- i.e. 1h 30mins == 90mins, 90 * 60 == 5400 seconds. Then multiply this value with the fps value, like 5400 * 25 == 135000. Then keep the biggest value in your text file below this value and you're fine. Then simply click the Scene changes selection button in IFOEdit and select this file and you have chapters every 10,000 frames :-)

Finally, click the button next to Output stream and select a directory on your harddrive that has at least 4.5GB of free space in it and choose that directory as your output dir.


Now simply click OK and IFOEdit starts creating a new DVD-Video project for you. This may take couple of minutes, so wait patiently.

Once finished, click the Close button on log window and you're done. You should have appx. 4.3GB of files in the folder you chose to act as your output directory.
Written by: Petteri Pyyny