Category: Linux video encoding


In addition to using Nero to create UDF DVD video in Linux, with the help of the Linux community and the discovery of a little program called DVDFab hd decryptor, I have learned another technique for creating DVD video disk that will play on standalone dvd players. This technique involved creating an iso file from your VIDEO_TS folder. After that you can simply open the file you created with k3b and burn to dvd.

For me the first step was to install DVDFab hd decryptor. Unfortunately this is a windows program but it is available for free and it works with wine.

Here is a link to DVDFab

Once DVDFab is installed, open it up and click on the blue folder next to Source. Select your VIDEO_TS folder.

Then after that, click on the icon with the little disk next to target to select the location and the name of the iso file.

Then simply click on start to create the iso file. As mentioned previously you can open the new iso file with k3b and burn it to dvd to create a dvd video in Linux which should play on most standalone dvd players. I stress most since there does seem to be a lot of inconsistency with dvd players.

There are other programs in Linux which some have successfully used to create dvd video iso files. Unfortunately none of them have worked for me.Whether it is a problem with the programs I have tried such as DeVeDe, k3b and from the command line growisofs or whether the real problem exists between the keyboard and chair, I am not sure as I am rather new to doing this in Linux. This is simply my experience as to what has worked for me in Linux. I hope if you are having difficulty with this task that this information will be helpful to you as well.

The good news is that with this technique I was able to create the DVD in k3b instead of having to use Nero. Now I just need to find a way to create an iso file that will work properly. So far the iso files that I have created in other give errors when I try to play the disk in my dvd player. Some of them would play on one dvd player but not the other.

If anyone has any tips or tricks that they would like to share for creating DVD video iso files in Linux, feel free to leave a comment.

 

It is actually quite easy to do. There are a number of programs that provide a gui for this task. In my case I tried numerous programs for hours and ran into problems with each one. What I did find that worked was to simply use ffmpeg and convert the video from the command prompt. It’s okay, the command prompt is your friend. There really are worse things than using the command prompt. So, now that we have got your fear of the command prompt out of the way, here is command that you will need:

ffmpeg -i input file output file.webm 

It is that simple. For the newbies out there, the input file is the path
and name of your file for example lets say the file is test.avi in your 
home/linuxnewbie folder, so your code would be something like: 

ffmpeg -i /home/linuxnewbie/test.avi test.webm 

Then you would go back to your /home/linuxnewbie directory and find the 
test.webm file.