AVI to DVD Conversion Guide
This guide explains in detail how to easily convert any AVI file into a standard DVD-Video disc with optional subtitle streams.
With this guide you can create a compatible DVD-Video from any AVI (DivX, XviD, etc) file.
If your source AVI file has a multichannel AC3 audio stream, even better: this guide explains how to create the DVD with the original AC3 sound included, since most DVD players support AC3 audio.
Step 1: Audio Extraction
Open your source video file with GSpot to find out the audio format used. Also take note of the FPS value indicated in the Video section.
- If it's not an AC3 audio stream, need an uncompressed WAV file of large size.
- If it's an AC3 audio stream, extract it this way:
Step 2: AVI to MPEG2 Conversion
Open TMPEG Encoder and if the Project Wizard doesn't appear go to File > Project Wizard.
In the next step, click Browse to select the Video file only and click Next.
- If your source video aspect ratio is not fullscreen: Enable the Clip frame option. In the popup window click Arrange setting and from the drop-down list chose Fullscreen (Keep aspect ratio) option to ensure video will have a proper aspect ratio and size.
In this last step you'll see additional conversion options. Video resolution should be 720x480 for NTSC video or 720x576 for PAL video. Once ready, click Next and then start encoding the file.
Note: TMPEG Encoder will generate a video file with MPG or M2V extension. Also, a WAV file may be generated as well. This WAV file is useless and can be deleted instantly.
Notice that TMPEG Encoder may take a few hours to finish the conversion on slower machines, therefore it is recommended to do this process at night or whenever the computer is not in use.
Open DVD-lab Pro and in the Default Project dialog select the target format NTSC or PAL accordingly to the setting used previously in TMPEG Encoder. Also select the Simple (Movie Only) option, since our DVD-Video won't have special menus nor additional features.
To add the created MPEG-2 video and the extracted AC3 or WAV audio files, right click on the Assets zone and select Import. If you followed this guide perfectly, both audio and video files will be immediately added without problems.
The audio stream is added as English by default. To change the stream language, click the Audio 1 button and select the proper language in the popup dialog.
Adding Subtitles [Optional]
To add a subtitle stream from a SUB, SRT, SSA or SON subtitle file, click the Sub 1 button. In the Subtitle window click Import and open yout subtitle file. To ensure the subtitle file is error-free, we recommend you to open it with DivXLand Media Subtitler to adjust or correct it.
Make sure to chose a clear font and size. Here we are using 'Trebuchet MS' size 24. Click Generate Subtitle Stream and the subtitle stream will be generated and added automatically. You can add additional subtitle streams by clicking the Sub button and repeating the process..
To generate the DVD chapters, go to Movie > Auto Chapters.
Enter the amount of chapters to add and click OK.
Finally, go to the Project menu and select Compile DVD..
Step 5: DVD Burning
We'll use the free tool Ashampoo Burning Studio 6 to burn the DVD, but you also can use Nero or whatever program you regularly use to burn DVD discs.
Start the program and select the Burn Movies > Burn a Video DVD from a Prepared Folder menu item.
In the next step, select the VIDEO_TS folder created earlier by DVD-lab Pro and press Next.
Tip: To test the created DVD, open Media Player Classic and go to File > Open DVD. The video playback should begin immediately.