Plz help me burn fun .flv and .mp4 vids to DVD for people without puters.
December 16, 2011 5:21 AM   Subscribe

I'd like to burn .flv and .mp4 files to DVD for people without puters, to watch on US DVD players. What format do they need converted to (I can use VLC media player to convert them, if they need converted) and what is a good open source and/or free software to burn said converted files to DVD?

I've got fistfuls of youtube and vimeo videos, mostly .flv, some .mp4, the odd .avi here or there. I want to burn them to DVD; I watch vids online, no problem, but lots of people I know either don't have or don't want to deal with watching on their puter, and it'd sure be fun to show them some of the great stuff you and I see all the time and take so for granted.

So. What format is best to be burned from—flv or mp4 or does it matter—and what is good software to burn them with? I've seen some ripping/burning software that has a zillion trillion settings to be dinked with; that's not the software I'm looking for. I can burn mp3s and data discs etc but get a headache even thinking about all those settings on the software I've seen, I have no idea what they are asking for.

Also, if there is a better conversion software than VLC, maybe something I could use for batch conversion, and it's fairly simple, what is it and where would I find it? (I *love* VLC, no problem using it, just if you have something better, pray tell.)

Any help greatly appreciated—thank you Oh Great Green!
posted by dancestoblue to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
What kind of computer do you have? For a Mac, I would recommend Burn. Drag the files to it, it will convert them, click Burn, and you'll have your DVD.
posted by OmieWise at 5:38 AM on December 16, 2011 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: OmieWise:"What kind of computer do you have?"
HP630 Laptop, intel P6200 @ 2.13 GHz, maybe six months old
WIN7 Home Premium SP1 64 bit OS

Can't believe I didn't put that in the post...
posted by dancestoblue at 5:54 AM on December 16, 2011

I'm on a Mac so I can't say for sure, but this Lifehacker post discusses the matter:
posted by krilli at 6:03 AM on December 16, 2011

Handbrake is a good video converter (and free).
posted by doctor_negative at 6:56 AM on December 16, 2011

On a win pc, I've had good luck with DeVeDe. Seems to accept most any video format(flv, avi, mp4, etc), and turn it into a DVD image to be burned onto disc. It allows for simple DVD menu, and a good deal of encoding customization if you find it necessary.

If you use it enough, you'll still occasionally come across some odd little incompatibility that can be difficult to trace down. Some obscure parameter on some video file is not kosher, or some such thing. But for the most part, I've been happy with it.
posted by 2N2222 at 7:24 AM on December 16, 2011

If you don't mind poking around on some *cough* trackers, ConvertXtoDVD is one of the easier and faster tools for transferring video files to DVD.
posted by kuanes at 4:05 AM on December 17, 2011

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