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I made this thread in an attempt to clean up on the clutter.
If any English in this post is unclear, please PM me or reach me in some other manner so that I can help clear up any errors or bad wording. As many of you know, Swedish is my first language.
Many questions are asked about DVD burning daily, and frankly the amount of clutter is ridiculous. This thread is NOT
for information on how to acquire files to burn to a DVD, only doing so once you have such files.
What programs do I need?
If you are burning a downloaded (cough, torrent) movie/video file, there is a wonderful program called ConvertXtoDVD.
It will convert avi, mpg, mov, wmv, mkv, ogm and more to DVD and burn it, and it even handles DVD to DVD copy. Unfortunately this program is not
free, only a trial version is. You can't really do much with a trial version, as it will watermark your video and restrict options. Solution? 'Acquire' it from somewhere. Like your favorite torrent site.
How do I use ConvertXtoDVD?
Step 1: Installation
Installation is fairly simple. Just choose your language and installation directory and go through the rest of the typical questions.
Step 2: Using the Interface
This is the standard GUI of the program. It can be altered with themes and such.
Step 3: Opening a file
Click the (+) button to open a file browser and add your movie.
Step 4: Advanced Options (SKIP if all you want to do is throw a file onto a DVD so you can watch it through a DVD player)
Using the information window you can tell a lot of things, but what if you have subtitles in an SRT file that you need to add? Or what if you need to set what languages each of your multiple (if you have multiple) audio streams are so you can select them properly later on your DVD player? And what about the chapter settings? Well now is the time to click the little + beside any file in your list to see more information.
--A. Audio Streams
Click the + beside Audio (2 steams). Obviously the number of streams will change depending on the number of audio streams in the file. You can now change the language of the audio. Firstly though, to make sure you are setting the correct language, right click on any of the audio streams and click Play Audio. To stop the audio playing, right click again and click Stop Audio.
Why would you want to set the language? The best reason to set what language the stream is, is to ensure that your DVD player can select your Default Language and that when you change audio, your DVD player will show you what language you have changed to, instead labeling them all unspecified or something else. To set the language, right click the stream and a drop down box appear. Click it and select whatever language the audio is. After you select it, click anywhere else on the list to close the box. The last thing I would recommend you do is set your default language settings. To do this, simply right click on an audio track and click Audio Options. This is just one of those settings that make life easier later on.
ConvertXtoDVD supports adding multiple .srt subtitle files. It's very easy to add subtitle streams, simply right click on Subtitles (0 streams) and click Add Subtitle Channel. A file browser window will now appear which you can use to locate your subs.
You can manually set chapters with ConvertXtoDVD or you can allow the program to select chapters automatically at a certain amount of time between each of them. Click the + beside Chapters and you will see a list of all automatically selected chapters.
Before looking at manually adding chapters, click Chapters Options
. This will allow us to set some delays between chapters and the minimum length a video has to be before the automatic selection is made. If Insert Chapter Every
is selected, then the given amount of minutes and seconds will be the delay between each chapter right from the beginning of the video (00:00).
Last but not least, how to add a chapter manually?
Right click on Chapters and click Add Chapter. This simple little window appears allowing you to cee a chapter at any hour, minute and second in your video file. A good idea on how to add good chapters is to use the Video Preview window to drag the slider to pats where scenes change. Then you can add a chapter at the position the Video Preview window tells you that you are at.
--D. Other settings
There are a slew of other options to edit, like the menu of the DVD.
I simply don't have the space in this post to discuss them. They are pretty straightforward, but that is if you know what you are doing. That being said, DON'T ADJUST THEM UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING.
Step 5: Conversion and Burning
Now that all the settings are out of the way you are ready to begin encoding. To start the conversion simply click the Convert button.
Depending on whether you selected it to automatically happen or not, you may be prompted to insert blank DVD media. As you can see you once again have the option to select the proper burner. You can select the speed at which you will burn (speed should automatically be selected based on the maximum write speed of your media). Delete folder after successful burn does exactly as it says, and should be selected if you are running on low disk space. The Volume Name of the DVD can be set to whatever you desire. The burning will automatically begin a number of seconds after you insert blank media but you can also click Burn to start it quicker or Cancel to finish the entire process without burning (folder wont be deleted).
This is the message you should receive if the process was successful. If you didn't burn it during the process then you can simply click Action --> Burn DVD now. Of course, you can burn it with other software too if you wish.
That's all for now. Whew.