AVI to DVD in 64studio - how?

  • cr
Posted: Sat, 08/11/2007 - 09:21
Please excuse me if this question is too elementary - I'm looking to convert some AVI's to DVD format (VOB's and so on, so they'll run in a normal DVD player) - does 64Studio include the necessary apps for that 'out of the box' or can they easily be installed? (I'm currently running Debian Etch 32-bit on a AMD64. I have spare partitions for trying out a new distro). Cheers cr


  • mick.ca
  • 05/23/07
  • Mon, 08/20/2007 - 18:48
I convert all my avi's using Avidemux or a script if the .avi is small enough. Here's a small tutorial for using it. http://forum.videohelp.com/topic242455.html Also, here are a couple of command line scripts that work well for both .mov and .avi's. My little digital camera can take little quick .mov files which are a pain but I convert them this way. MOV to AVI mencoder -of avi -oac pcm -srate 48000 -af resample=48000:0:2 -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mjpeg inputfile.mov -o outputfile.avi AVI to MPG ffmpeg -i file.avi -y -f vcd -vcodec mpeg1video -map 0.0:0.0 -b 1150 -s 352x240 -r 29.97 -g 12 -qmin 3 -qmax 13 -hq -acodec mp2 -ab 224 -ar 44100 -ac 2 -map 0.1:0.1 movie.mpg To author a DVD after getting all these .mpg's done is a little tool called DVDStyler. It has a wonderful help guide online at their website. You can get Avidemux and DVDstyler from their websites and .deb's are available. cheers MiCK

Making DVDs

  • Daniel
  • 05/22/07
  • Tue, 08/14/2007 - 17:18
It is possible to turn a video file into a DVD on 64 Studio, but unfortunately we cannot ship some of the critical packages due to software patents. The debian-multimedia.org apt server has every extra package you need. transcode and dvdauthor are a good starting point, plus there are several GUI front-ends available for DVD production. There are some tips about AVI conversion here: http://linuxnewbie.internet.com/forum/printthread.php?t=142299&pp=40


  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Mon, 08/13/2007 - 20:33
I know the feeling. This is why I got myself an iBurst wireless broadband connection soon after taking up Linux as a hobby... The easiest way for you (you are in the same boat as my musician brother) is to get a friend with broadband, and get him hooked on the 64studio idea. Let him try all the cool new features, and then visit him every now and then with a usb hard drive. Copy his /var/cache/apt directory and create a local debian repository on your hard drive using the binaries from it. You should then have all the stuff you need to get exactly what your friend has on his system. I keep the hard drive handy if I have to do a quick reinstall of my stuff. (Thats one of the joys of testing software... You sometimes get it horribly wrong!) So, I am sure it is possible... just get a friend with bytes to burn! Cheers,


  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Sat, 08/11/2007 - 16:33
It boils down to this... If you can do in in Debian, you can do it in 64Studio. Easy answer. I haven't done it myself, but I know it can be done. Happy hunting! Cheers,


  • cr
  • 08/11/07
  • Sun, 08/12/2007 - 09:16
Thanks Quentin, but I'm not sure it can be done on out-of-the-box Debian Etch. Some of the packages which _may_ be necessary like e.g. Cinelerra or avidemux aren't in the standard Etch distro, and others like transcode are there but won't install due to unmet dependencies. Due to my circumstances (I have heaps of spare hard drive space, but I'm on a flaky 56k phone line) I find it much easier to get a whole distro by post on DVD and install it on a spare partition, than I do to play dependency ping pong down the phone line. :) So if I can find a distro that has all (or even most of) the necessary bits included, that's my easiest option. That's what I'm hunting for. Cheers cr