Wednesday, 13 December 2006

The joys of making home-brew DVDs

Taking advantage of broadband, I decided to download the mpeg2 versions of Seddok and Lady Frankenstein and try making my own DVDs. With Seddok the procedure went fine, though with Lady Frankenstein it has proved a bit more of an exercise in frustration.

Having downloaded the mpeg2 file, I used AVS Video Converter to create the .VOB files. Though it did so just fine, it crashed before creating the .IFO and .BUP files which most DVD players and software need. I did not know this, however, and since I could play the files fine in VideoLAN tried burning a DVD using Sonic. It didn't like something and complained about a bad disc. I tried another disc, then another - all brand new, purchased that very morning - with no improvement. So then I burned the DVD using Linux. Burning worked, but playing back on anything other than VideoLAN did not. Then I discovered about the need for .IFO and .BUP files, and so downloaded, installed and used IFOEdit to create them. Burning with Sonic still failed; I haven't tried burning on Linux again yet...

The thing that particularly irks me here is how Sonic implies the problem is somewhere else. Maybe it is, but is certainly isn't with the discs I was using, seeing as how the same blanks worked just fine for the Linux burn of Lady Frankenstein and on Sonic itself for Seddok.

The joys of technology...

3 comments:

Wostry said...

KH, I think you should try out a couple of dvd authoring softwares, some of them are freeware, but the better ones are not of course.

K H Brown said...

Having done the .IFO and .BUP files, I tried burning the disc on my Linux machine, using whatever the default DVD burning software there is, and it worked perfectly.

I think I'm just wary of trying out other DVD burning/authoring software on my Windows machine because sometimes the different pieces of software don't get along too well.

Despite the frustration, I'm glad I got it working in the end - though I didn't do anything particularly complicated or sophisticated, it's good to know how to do.

Do you have any recommedations sofware wise by the way?

Wostry said...

http://torrentspy.com/torrent/783844/Tmpg_DVD_Author_2_1_5_77