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Old 02-22-2007, 11:18 AM   #1
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I'd like to take some Quicktime mov files (and possibly other formats) and put them on a DVD so a DVD player (the kind that hooks to a TV set) can play them. Each movie is only a few minutes long, so there will be quite a few on the DVD, and I need a decent menu system that is compatible with dvd players.

This is not a commercial venture, so slickness doesn't matter. I'd just like to translate some tutorials I have so I can view them on TV instead of on my computer.

Any suggestion for methods and/or software to do this?
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I believe the software that does that is called dvd "authoring" software. Try a google on that, you might find something free.
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Have you poked around in the crudware that came with the DVD burner? They usually seem to include this kind of thing. If not, do you have Nero? ISTR that it includes some such critter.

   
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I looked in Nero saw two thing. 1. It has a feature for writing movies and jpgss to CDs for replay on a DVD player. I was able to get jpegs to work, but Nero crashed trying to translate the movie files. 2. It has a feature for creating a DVD for playing in a DVD player, but it seems to want the files already converted into the correct format, and I don't know how to do that.
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It has a feature for creating a DVD for playing in a DVD player, but it seems to want the files already converted into the correct format, and I don't know how to do that.
Have you tried just converting the extension to .mpg? We had a similar problem at work and found that worked with some digital movie camera files.

   
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Any suggestion for methods and/or software to do this?
Don't know if you're using Windows but there's something called Windows Movie Maker. I've never used it but it looks as if it might do what you want. Maybe it just comes with the Media Centre edition but it might be available as a separate download.

I've used Pinnacle Studio which is cheap and cheerful and you can add stock menus or design your own. Fairly easy to use - well I managed OK so it must be...

I also tried Premiere Elements but it's maybe a tad too complex for me - I was only wanting to do something simple...;-(
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I'm not aware of any tool I have that converts mov to mpg.
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John, good idea. Movie Maker comes with all versions of XP, near as I can tell. It's certainly not just the media center edition. It's quite easy to use, lets you combine movies and stills and sounds and output a movie file in any of several formats. You can then use Nero or one of the other dvd authoring apps to create the menu and burn the DVD.

   
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I think Ann meant to to change the extension quite literally. Just change the filename from whatever.MOV to whatever.MPG

Makes no sense, I know. The salt with a sugar label on it *shouldn't* do the coffee any good, but I've heard of this working too.

   
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It didn't help. But a standard move did. I removed Nero and reinstalled it. Now it doesn't crash. And I also realize that it can't take mov files and create a standard video DVD. Only a video CD, which is something different.
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