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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. 

I recently embarked on the journey of attempting to burn a DVD video disk in Linux that would play on standalone players. Armed with my VIDEO_TSĀ  files lots of caffeine and sugar and some time to burn, I tried K3b and a few other Linux programs. Resulting in many hours of failed attempts. I decided to try out Nero for Linux. A fully functional trial version of Nero for Linux is available for free. I was able to successfully burn a dvd that would play in most standalone players using the DVD-ROM (UDF) option. The next step is to click on the udf tab and click on file system version and set to 1.02 and set the udf partition type to physical partition. Then click on the Multisession tab and set to no multisession.

The full version of Nero for Linux is available for only 19.99. At least it saves me from running late on this project. Now that the project is finished I still have some time left on my free trial.

Still, I hate to spend money if it isn’t necessary, so I was wondering if anyone has any tricks for successfully burning dvd videos in Linux that will play on standalone dvd players.