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    I've tried to make a regular dvd from an avi file with subtitles with ffmpegX. When I encoded the avi. with the subtitles, it works on my computer in VLC player. But when I burn it onto a DVD to play on my tv, it doesn't show anything and it skips the whole time.
    Then I've tried to make a DVD folder, with the two folders AUDIO_TS and VIDEO_TS. This worked, but I can't play this on my mac DVD player. And it's only 140MB, so that's wrong I guess.

    How can I make a normal DVD from avi files???
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    Your post is a bit confusing, so I apologize in advance if I've misunderstood you. In any case, here are the steps you need to follow:

    1) Use ffmpegx to convert to DVD. Be sure that the "author" option is checked. It should automatically be selected by default, but checking is a good idea.

    2) Let the conversion finish. The result of the conversion is a VIDEO_TS folder (and an empty AUIDO_TS folder, possibly; its presence or absence is irrelevant). Verify that you can play the movie contained in this VIDEO_TS folder.

    3) Burn a video DVD from that folder. If you burn a data DVD, you will not be able to play the movie in most standalone players. It must be a video DVD.

    If the result has a problem, then the cause could be a burner/media problem.

    From your post, it seems that you did not create a VIDEO_TS folder in your first attempt, so it's confusing what you did to burn a DVD. And then it's more confusing that your next attempt involved the creation of a VIDEO_TS folder (how?), and that "it worked" (by what means did you verify this?), but not really (?). But it doesn't matter. Just follow the 3 steps above, and it will work.
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    Normally,
    the way to go would be to get a copy of Toast 8,
    drag and drop your avi into the Video Tab, select
    DVD, and click burn.


    But you have subtitles involved, and that is always tricky.
    Do you want them constantly on? or do they need to be selectable?
    If constantly on, there are ways to "burn in" the subs to the file
    and then you can drag and drop them into Toast.

    If selectable, then you would need an authoring Program for DVDs,
    like DVD Studio Pro.
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    Thank you both!
    Is it also possible to put more than 1 avi file onto 1 DVD, because I have to whole 3rd season of desperate housewives that i want to put on dvd.
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    yes it is.the average tv show is 41 mins. In best quality,
    you can fit three, in good quality you can fit 5 on one dvd.
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    Originally Posted by marjolein01
    Thank you both!
    Is it also possible to put more than 1 avi file onto 1 DVD
    As Terry said, it sure is possible. With Toast 7 (et seq) choose "DVD Video,
    then drag the the DVIs into main window. It'll even let you set up a menu
    entry for each episode. Pretty slick.
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    Try Super, it's free. Pick VOB DVD Compliant.
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    OOOPS!
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    Originally Posted by albloom

    As Terry said, it sure is possible. With Toast 7 (et seq) choose "DVD Video,
    then drag the the DVIs into main window. It'll even let you set up a menu
    entry for each episode. Pretty slick.
    I'm assuming (and hoping) this works with Toast 6 as well? BTW, I tried dropping a 1.5GB .AVI file into Toast (DVD Video tab) and when I hit 'record', it tells me that the blank DVD-R doesn't have enough space. The DVD-R is a regular 4.7GB disc, and Toast says I need like 8 or 9GB... is this normal??
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    It depends on the length of the movie, not the size of the file. If your avi movie is around 4 hours in duration, then it will indeed end up as an 8 or 9GB DVD when encoded at "standard" quality. I don't recall if Toast allows you to select different quality levels (data rates), but I'm sure someone else on this forum will chime in (or, heaven forbid, you could also check the documentation).
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    Toast 7 or 8 will allow you to fine tweak the Bitrate on the DVD,
    thus affecting how much footage you can squeeze onto a single DVD.
    It's under the "more" ( Advanced) button when in the Video Tab, and with the
    DVD-video option selected. Select Encoding, and then Custom to tweak
    the Bitrate. Use a BitRate Calculator to help achieve best results.
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    Toast 6 does not offer compression. That came with V7.
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