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Free/Open Source m4v to DVD burners?


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#1 DnDer

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Posted 26 April 2011 - 10:24 PM

My primary computer is a mac. I didn't realize it DVD burner until tonight. I need to burn a DVD.

I took the m4v file to my windows tower, and I can't get it to burn as a DVD people can watch in a television.

Is there an open source solution to this issue that anyone knows of?

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 06:45 AM

If it doesn't have DRM. . .

You could try DVDstyler, I'm told it will convert and burn m4V to DVD. It's free. The last time I installed it, it wanted to install a toolbar, But you don't have to install the toolbar, just un-tic it. No spyware that I could see.

It's finicky, but when it works, it works well.

You can create some really nice menus too. Wish it would make a DVD with PCM/LPCM, but it won't.

http://www.videohelp.com/tools/DVDStyler

or you could try DVDflick.

http://www.dvdflick.net/

MultiAVCHD is worth a try, not sure if it will burn M4V to SD DVD. If you're interested, check out the Doom9 forums.

Hope it helps.

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 10:15 AM

Thank you. I'll try those later.

No, the file isn't DRM'd. It's home video I took on my vacation, uploaded to my mac, and strung together with some slides and transitions in imovie. A teacher friend of mine wanted to share it with his class, because they're studying that part of the world this week. ^_^

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 11:08 PM

You should find out what formats your DVD player will handle. "Burning a DVD" can be taken two ways:

1. A proper DVD with MPEG2 files and menus
2. A data disk with a bunch of video files (mpeg, xvid, mkv etc)

If you just want to play files, convert them to whatever format is needed for the player and record as a data dvd. A proper DVD with menus is very time-consuming to make, although some apps will produce a basic setup. If you don't want to keep the converted files, use a RW DVD so you can record others over the top (again making sure your player can read DVD RW).

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 06:46 AM

My primary computer is a mac. I didn't realize it [didn't have a?] DVD burner until tonight. I need to burn a DVD.

I took the m4v file to my windows tower, and I can't get it to burn as a DVD people can watch in a television.

Is there an open source solution to this issue that anyone knows of?



This is an old post, but, maybe someone else can use this info.

Here is another solution, in addition to all the above.

Create your MV4, FLV, or MPEG 4 or whatever video in iMovie / iDVD on your Mac.

(I use Mpeg Streamclip to convert to DV. The quality is much better IMHO)

Then in iDVD, drag your video in, create your menu or whatever, then under "File" > "save to disc image" Click the burn icon. And wait . . . And wait . . . and wait. (incidently, iDVD will create a DVD with PCM, so that's cool)

When iDVD is done, Find and double click the the disc image to show the VIDEO_TS folder. (You don't need the AUDIO_TS folder)

Drag the VIDEO_TS folder to a thumb drive or external hard drive.

Now move to your windows machine. Connect thumb/external drive to Windows USB.

Copy the VIDEO_TS folder to Windows. Or burn right from the thumb/external drive, your choice.

Burn the VIDEO_TS folder with Imgburn, or whatever you like.



My superdrive died on my Mac, so this is how I do it now. Works good. :)


Or, just buy an external DVD burner to plug in to the Mac. :)




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