I'm a newbie here so have patience. I've looked around on this after discovering a new tool - AVStoDVD, but haven't found a definitive answer. What I'm trying to do is combine several DVDs onto a single BD. My reasoning is that I can extract the MPEG files for each DVD and then combine them with AVStoDVD (with menu buttons for each feature), but my question is, will this work to create a new VIDEO_TS folder of extended length which can be burned onto a 25 or 50GB BD and played in a stand-alone BD player? I don't need menus - just the features which are already in MPEG form.
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Last edited by RBTO; 17th May 2016 at 09:37.
No. AVStoDVD makes DVDs only. No BDs. It won't be M2TS type (BD MPEG transport streams), it'll be VOB type (DVD MPEG program streams). To make a proper BD you need a proper BD authoring tool.
If you're trying to make a "DVD-Video title on BD media", this is a format that is highly untested, so support would be extremely hit-or-miss. If you've got the BD media, make a BDMV-compliant title.
No, this probably won't work exactly as you want. You can set the output of AVStoDVD to a custom size, and thus make a very big DVD from it, larger than you would normally see. This will allow you to get the most efficient use of the blank Blu-ray media.
Then use DVD2BD Express to make a Blu-ray out of it. I would suggest setting chapter interval rate in Preferences of AVStoDVD to 999, else you get slight glitches in the Blu-ray at 5 minute intervals where the chapters would normally be placed.
I made a guide for this process years ago: http://club.myce.com/f32/guide-combining-dvd-videos-into-blu-ray-331859/
But really, its outdated and much easier to do this with BD Rebuilder. Put all of your mpeg files into one folder. Then import them into BD Rebuilder using File-->Import-->Video Files. BD Rebuilder will make a very simple menu, so you can select each separate video. Set the output of BD Rebuilder to Target Size BD-25.
The result will be a Blu-ray movie, with a simple menu, that should play in any Blu-ray player.
AVStoDVD could crunch all those MPEG files and deliver an output in the 25GB range.
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Thank's Cornucopia and Kerry56 for your replies and suggestions.
DVD-Video format doesn't EVER use a single TS (and here, I believe you mean to say "VIDEO_TS.VOB" or "VTS_##_#.VOB"-type) file. It needs 1 or 2 or more for the MENU structure and 1 or 2 or more for the Video TitleSets, which may or may NOT be broken up into individual Titles (with their own series of files). ALL of which can never be more than "1GB-minus-1byte", so a 25GB-spanning title will at least have 1 VOB for the menu and ~24-26 VOBs for the movie, depending upon where in the file it can cleanly break it up. Regardless, in order to play in a settop player, you will either need to have a compliant DVD-Video structure or a compliant BDMV structure.
BTW, TS in modern video nomenclature refers more to Transport Streams (e.g. MyVideo.M2TS) than it does to TitleSets (which is what DVD refers to).
All of the MPEG files I'm looking at, total up to just short of 25GB (9 separate DVD features).
I would advise putting less than 23gb in each single layer disc to avoid this.
I will most likely adopt the approach Kerry56 provided and work toward a BD compliant structure using BD Rebuilder, which should guarantee playability on a BD machine.
Just info for those interested.
I went ahead and used AVStoDVD to put the nine individual DVD features on a single BD in a single VIDEO_TS folder (wanted to see if it would work).
The folder ended up around 38GB in size, so I used a DL BD disc. It took about 5 hours for AVStoDVD to compile the final VIDEO_TS folder which contained a little over 10 hours worth of video. I selected custom size in AVStoDVD for the output, and used ImgBurn to burn that VIDEO_TS folder to the BD (no problems there).
The disc plays on my computer using MPC-HC just fine and the menu thumbnails work just as they would with a regular DVD, selecting the individual features. However, my Panasonic BD player has trouble with the disc (kind of expected). It accepts the disc, but just comes up with an on-screen list of BD titles which is blank, so there is no way to access the videos.
I can live with the disc the way it is since I can take the disc with me and play it on my laptop (which was my original intent anyway), but I will follow through on Kerry56's suggestion with BD Rebuilder just to learn something about it and see if I can get a BD compliant disc.
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now all i have to do is remember it in the future, should the need arrive