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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"

       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

              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

              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 menu.
              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-compare-dvd(1),


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


       None known. Please report any bugs to!

                                  videotrans                     videotrans(1)

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