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       videotrans - A package to convert movies to DVD format and to build DVDs with


       videotrans  is  a  set of scripts that allow its user to reformat existing movies into the
       VOB format that is used on DVDs.

       Furthermore, videotrans supplies programs which allow its user to create a  complete  DVD,
       including  selection  menus  which  allow the viewer to choose which movie he/she wants to
       see, if more than one movie fits onto a DVD.

       If you want to start quickly, please read on to the "quick start" section.

       videotrans has the following programs available (each program has a separate  manual  page
       that explains the program in detail):

              The  movie-to-dvd  program  takes  one or more input files and converts them into a
              separate MPEG2 video stream and a separate MP2 or AC3 audio stream.  If  you  want,
              it  will combine the video and audio into a DVD-compatible .vob file, although this
              is usually not necessary because the program movie-title will do this for you if it
              hasn't  been  done  yet  when you are generating a DVD image to burn to a real DVD,
              which saves disk I/O.

              This program takes care  of  all  the  necessary  conversions,  such  as  framerate
              adjustment, audio adjustment, zooming/shrinking for DVD frame sizes, etcetera.  The
              program can  determine  which  conversions  are  necessary  on  its  own,  no  user
              intervention is required (but of course, it is possible).

              When  making a DVD, you'll first convert all the movies that you want to put on the
              DVD into the MPEG2 video and MP2 or AC3 audio streams.  Later, you'll combine these
              with the movie-title program into a complete DVD.

              The  movie-title  program  takes one or more video files that were converted by the
              movie-to-dvd program and a special title sequence that was produced by  movie-make-
              title  or  movie-make-title-simple and combines all of these into a menu from which
              the viewer of the DVD can choose which movie he or she wants to watch.

              The menu is created by displaying the title image or movie in the background,  with
              no  images  or  static or animated picture-in-picture versions of all the movies on
              top of that.  The creator has the option of supplying information about the movies.
              This information can be viewed from the menu as well, on a movie-per-movie basis.

              The  program also generates an XML file for use with dvdauthor, the program that is
              used to actually create the DVD image that you will burn  onto  a  DVD  disc.   The
              program tells you how to run dvdauthor to do the processing for you.

              The  movie-make-title  program  is  used  to create a background movie and an audio
              track for DVD menus.

              The movie-make-title program takes a single movie and cuts a specified part of  out
              it.   It  then  converts this piece of the movie into separate frames and saves the
              audio track in a WAV file for you.

              You'll have to manually view all the frames and throw away those that  you  do  not
              want  in  the  title  sequence  of  your DVD (the first few frames and the last few
              frames).  It's not possible to automatically cut out the piece of  the  movie  that
              you  want exactly.  I recommend xv for this purpose, although any image viewer that
              understands JPEG picture files will do.

              Also, you'll have to process the WAV audio file by hand, to cut  out  exactly  that
              audio  track  that  you want to hear when the menu is displayed.  I personally find
              sweep a very useful graphical audio processor for this  purpose.   The  movie-title
              program will make sure that the audio track lasts exactly as long as the movie clip
              that you cut out does.  This is to compensate for possible  changes  in  the  video
              frame   rate   and   to  correct  small  mistakes.   Sweep  can  be  downloaded  at

              The movie-make-title-simple program is used to create an optional background  image
              and an optional audio track for DVD menus.

              You  have  the choice of using an empty background of a specific color (black being
              the default) or an image that you supply.

              You also have the choice of including an audio track or to have no sound  with  the
              The  program  is  a  convenience program that I personally use to
              gather interesting information about TV series.  Given the name of a  series  (such
              as  Star Trek Enterprise), a season number and an episode number, this program will
              create an information file in the correct  format  for  use  with  the  movie-title
              program.   The  movie-title program will then be able to display the episode's name
              in the menu and  provide  an  information  button  which  leads  to  the  generated
              information  (such  as  the  director, the guest stars list, the description of the
              particular episode, etcetera).
              The program is a convenience program that  can  convert  an  EPG
              data  file generated by VDR into a .info file that can be used together with movie-
              title.  The movie-title program will then be able to display the  movie's  name  in
              the   menu  and  provide  an  information  button  which  leads  to  the  generated

              The movie-compare-dvd program can be used after burning a DVD image to a  DVD  disc
              to verify whether all the data was written onto the disc intact.  The program takes
              the on-filesytem copy and the on-DVD copy and compares the checksums of  the  files
              on both to find any differences.


       If you want to start quickly with these programs, and you have a couple of movies that you
       want to put onto a DVD, try this (assuming that your TV standard is PAL, otherwise specify
       ntsc instead of pal everywhere that it's used):

              movie-to-dvd -m pal movie1.avi movie2.avi movie3.avi
              movie-make-title-simple -o title -m pal \
                    -i background.jpg -s -a music.mp3
              movie-title -o title.vob -t title \
                    movie1.m2v movie2.m2v movie3.m2v
              dvdauthor -o dvd_directory -x title.vob-dvdauthor.xml
              a_command_to_burn_a_dvd_from dvd_directory

       In case you don't want a selection menu, you may also try:

              movie-to-dvd -m pal -M movie1.avi movie2.avi movie3.avi
              dvdauthor -o dvd_directory movie1.vob
              dvdauthor -o dvd_directory movie2.vob
              dvdauthor -o dvd_directory movie3.vob
              dvdauthor -o dvd_directory -T
              a_command_to_burn_a_dvd_from dvd_directory

       In  this  case,  you'll  have  to  use  the DVD player's navigation controls to get to the
       various movies on the DVD.


       movie-to-dvd(1), movie-title(1), movie-make-title(1),  movie-make-title-simple(1),  movie-, movie-compare-dvd(1),


       The  author  is  Sven  Berkvens-Matthijsse  (   Please send any project
       related e-mail to


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