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Converting AVI video's to a format that can be played on DVD

by awswank / June 19, 2006 8:47 PM PDT

How can I convert AVI video files to files that can be burnt and played on a DVD player quickly and easily???? I would like an option that would not be too expensive to buy. If anybody can help me on this it would be much appreciated I find it so hard to get my head around most of this computer stuff!

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You need software...
by GeeBee / June 20, 2006 12:48 AM PDT

...such as Nero, or Roxio.

Using whichever you decide...

(only a search engine away : dvd video recorder software)

...the DVD software is capable of doing the job for you. You basically choose "DVD video" as the disc format, then select the files you wish to put on the disc. The software then converts the files (from original uncompressed AVI, to compressed MPeG2) without much extra work entailed, although you do have to choose playing times and resolutions of the DVD you're trying to create.

However, not ALL AVI's will be converted. Many other video files use DIVX/XVID/WMV compression, and can also have the "AVI" extension (don't blame me, I didn't name them!), and those certainly won't convert to MPeG2 DVD video formats.

To find out what your AVI's are really, go to this link :

Gspot ("Graphics Spot") will identify the video and audio codec used by a file when you drag and drop the file in it. Standard AVI files are uncompressed Video and Audio, and if Gspot shows your AVI's are using some coder/decoder (codec), you'll almost certainly not be able to drag & drop & convert to DVD video easily. Sadly it's not often very simple...

Good luck,


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by awswank / June 20, 2006 6:03 PM PDT
In reply to: You need software...

Thanks so much, your information was so helpful. Turns out my avi files do have codec's installed (xvid)so I assume that will make it quite difficult to convert so I dont think I will bother. Thanks again for your help!!!!

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by damasta55r / June 21, 2006 3:12 PM PDT
In reply to: THANKS!!!!
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convert avi files
by sp8smate / June 23, 2006 11:05 AM PDT
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Converting AVI video's

Converting AVI files is quite simple actually. Download DVDSanta, it has a free trial. Then go to this site - and install the divx codec and the xvid codec. This should be all you need.

As the previous poster mentioned, download GSpot and have it check your avi file. It will then confirm if you have the correct codec installed.

Then run the avi through DVDSanta. When it is finished you can view the dvd compliant file through Power DVD, WinDVD or whatever. If you are happy with the reult you can then burn to dvd. If you like DVDSanta then you can buy it.

I have converted several avi files with DVDSanta and the only problem was due to not having the correct codec installed. Once installed DVDSanta worked fine.

Do not give up so soon, this is really quite easy.


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Try winavi
by jc1234 / June 23, 2006 8:32 AM PDT
In reply to: Converting AVI video's

you can try it but it aint free but does a simple convert

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by megina / June 23, 2006 6:16 PM PDT

Easy way to transfer AVI movies to DVD try It is very simple but very good program. You can download trial version try it you will like it.

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Nero rocks!
by moerose / June 27, 2006 6:56 AM PDT

I do a TON of downloading, and was very frustrated when I couldn't convert my files. Nero Ultra Version 7 makes it so easy, you'll be amazed. Good Luck!

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