Re: From AVI to DVD
by Ruler on May 4th, 2008, 2:35 am
Any DVD burning program that produces video-compliant DVDs is going to need a lot of space. This is because of the DVD format specification that players use. A standard, single-sided DVD is 4.3 gig; dual-layer is twice that. When you consider that the program needs to convert the source video into this format, then convert the audio as well, combine the two, generate a subtitle image for each line of text in the subtitle file, merge all these together, then generate all the data structures that DVD players rely upon to know what's on the disk and build an image, you can easily see why it takes a while to get done and takes a considerable amount of space. This is not due to Solid AVI/DIVX to DVD Burner or any other transcoding application - it's due to the fact that the DVD spec calls for 720x480 video at 29.97 frames per second compressed in MPEG layer 2 format.
Solid AVI/DIVX to DVD Burner is probably the best program for those who are of the mindset, "Im not a computer tek, im just a guy who wants to addfiles and burn them", as you put it. Here are the steps to put "a few movie files on dvd":
1. Download and install the program.
2. Start it.
3. Enable burning in project options.
4. Click on Add Title.
5. Pick the file(s).
6. Click OK.
7. Click Create DVD.
9. Wish you had a faster computer.
This is more than "2 steps, 3 tops" and won't give you any menus, subtitles, or any of the other sweet features that make this such an awesome app, but it'll certainly produce a usable disk assuming you don't want to learn anything.
Without your asking a question more specific than "wtf do I do then?", this is about all the explanation I can give.