Friday, May 29, 2009

Simple DVD Authoring with videotrans

I used videotrans (Debian package from to author a few DVDs. I'm aware of more versatile packages, but this was the right tool for the job, with almost no learning curve.

Here are simple recipes for creating two types of DVDs:
  1. a single video clip/movie, without a launch menu (the video is played as soon as the disk is inserted to the DVD player):
    movie-to-dvd -m pal -M /path/to/video.mp4
    dvdauthor -t -o /path/to/dvd_directory /path/to/video.vob
    dvdauthor -T -o /path/to/dvd_directory
    mkisofs -dvd-video -udf -volid "SINGLE CLIP" -o /path/to/video.iso /path/to/dvd_directory
    growisofs -dvd-compat -Z /dev/scd0=/path/to/video.iso # /dev/scd0 is the path to my DVD rewriter
    (replace blue and red stuff with your own stuff)
  2. several video clips, with a simple menu showing thumbnails for each video clip, and a background image:
    movie-to-dvd -m pal /path/to/video1.mp4 /path/to/video2.mp4 ...
    movie-make-title-simple -o title -m pal -i /path/to/background-image.jpg -s -b ffffff # background color
    movie-title -o title.vob -t title /path/to/video1.m2v /path/to/video2.m2v ...
    mkisofs -dvd-video -udf -volid "MULTIPLE CLIPS" -o /path/to/video.iso /path/to/dvd_directory
    growisofs -dvd-compat -Z /dev/scd0=/path/to/video.iso

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