I was able to have success eventually, to get a DVD that would play properly on my home DVD player.
I should add that I wasn't able to get a DVD menu at this point. The program says it can make them, but I didn't want to mess around with that, I
just wanted something that would work.
Let me just breifly outline what I think needs to be done (and anyone that sees any glaring errors, please chime in), because I found the process a
little confusing, and I think it will be helpful to anyone else trying this to have a basic outline.
So to do this, I will say we are starting off with a computer video file, in my case it was a .wmv file. Other types may be .avi and the like.
So you need to:
- Convert, with many programs wanting you to convert to a mpeg2 video, and then working with that to make the .vob and .ifo and other files for the
- Create an ISO image, which as far as I understand it is sort of like an virtual 'image' of the 'grooves' or picks in the phsyical dvd, as
opposed to the files being stored as their own seperate data files
- "Burn/Author", many of the programs that take the .wmv and process it, resulting in the .vob and IFO files don't actually write the DVD, so you
use a seperate program to burn the ISO image and generally set up the DVD to be readable
So I was able to get a program called DVD Flick. With this program, I 'add' my .wmv to it, and then I can set some parameters. The program claims
it can burn the DVD, but I didn't have any success using it to burn it. You can set it so that it creates an ISO image, and then burns it, or not,
and other settings, so I had success by just having it create the ISO image.
DVD flick you can get from here:
To burn, just dragging and dropping the ISO image into the DVD writer drive didnt' work. So I used a program called "ImgBurn" to select the ISO
and burn it.
Imgburn you can get from here:
If it wasn't clear, this had all started because what I had are DV tapes
. The tapes were sent to the computer via a 'fire wire' (which
requires a special card), and thats where they are set as the wmv format (from a selection of formats).
The long and the short of it is perhaps that, if you are buying a new movie camera, best perhaps to get one that writes directly to DVD. Seems it
would be easier to play that DVD in your computer or on your home player, than to muck around with all this other crap.
Of course, on the other hand, if you wanted to make copies of your direct to dvd home movies, you'd have to do this anyway I think.
So there it is, for anyone else struggling with this.
[edit on 27-2-2007 by Nygdan]