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Cajo
19th August 2009, 08:53 AM
I am only new to Apple after just purchasing a iMac 24' and would like to know what is the best program/software to use to convert AVI films etc... to DVD Format.

Your feedback would be greatly appreciated.

nbetts
19th August 2009, 09:09 AM
From memory if you download Perian a tool that adds more codecs to Quicktime (its free) and then you should be able to covert your AVI files to a nice DVD in iDVD. Its been a while since i have done this but i am sure thats how i used to do it.

Brains
19th August 2009, 09:33 AM
Cajo, adding Perian (http://perian.org/) to your machine will give QuickTime many of the extra codecs needed to view and convert digital video files.

The best one-stop-shop program to turn an AVI into a normal DVD is the commercial package Roxio Toast Titanium (http://www.roxio.com/enu/products/toast/titanium/overview.html) -- it's the Nero of the Mac world.

Cajo
19th August 2009, 11:31 AM
Cajo, adding Perian (http://perian.org/) to your machine will give QuickTime many of the extra codecs needed to view and convert digital video files.

The best one-stop-shop program to turn an AVI into a normal DVD is the commercial package Roxio Toast Titanium (http://www.roxio.com/enu/products/toast/titanium/overview.html) -- it's the Nero of the Mac world.

I have tried Roxio Toast Titanium however when adding the file an error message keeps poping up:

"*******.avi was not added because a required codec is missing (XVID)

What am I doing wrong?

cgollner
19th August 2009, 11:45 AM
Your're not doing anything wrong.

AVI is just a container thats been bastardized. Looks like you have xvid video for the video track and probably mp3 or mp4 for the audio track. You need to ensure you have a codec that will handle xvid. Perian can do that. Make sure its installed properly. Open the file in quicktime. Press CMD-J. The format column tells you what is what. If quicktime can play it then you are decoding xvid.

patcanuck
19th August 2009, 11:48 AM
You can't go past VisualHub for burning to dvd. You can put as many as five movies on the one disk and they will ALL play as separate dvd movies on any bog-standard player. You can convert AND burn with this program. The other option is to get something like a WD Media Player and just connect a usb thumb drive or external usb hard drive to it and watch stuff straight on your wall-slamming lsd or plasma screen in senastional quality without having to convert at all (also detects subtitles). :)

Cajo
19th August 2009, 11:50 AM
Thankyou all i have finally got it working after installing Perian 1st.
Now Roxio Toast Titanium does the rest what I need to do.

Again thanks.

aussiedragon
16th January 2010, 06:06 PM
Hi Cajo.

I have the exact same problem and have read this post. I downloaded Perian but I still don't know what I am to do to make it then drag into Toast without getting that message. Can you explain?

Thanks

Brains
16th January 2010, 06:52 PM
Aussie, you first install Perian, then go into the System Preferences and enable Perian via its prefpane -- a lot of people miss this step. Once enabled (and your system restarted to make sure everything is correctly loaded) then the range of QuickTime-supported video codecs is almost tripled.

Note that there will still be some file-types and codec-types that Perian cannot handle, so you will need to rely on a separate program to transcode (decode, then re-encode with a supported codec) the miscreant videos before Perian (and Toast) can work with them.