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Converting from wmv (or mpeg) to TS(VOB, IFO, BUP..). - Ubuntu Linux 11.04

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I have dumped a video stream from a site on the Internet and saved it as a .wmv-file (Windows Media File) using mplayer --dumpstream on Ubuntu Linux 11.04. (mplayer version 1.0rc4-4.5.2).

Now I want to burn this file onto a DVD so that it (hopefully) can be played on most DVD-players. The best format to use would then be TS-files (VOB-files) eventually with .IFO and .BUP (backup)-files. I want to do some basic editing as well before I save the result as TS-files (such as cutting out unwanted scenes, making transitions and so on).

I have found that both Pitivi and OpenShot are excellent video editing tools, but I'm (so far) not able to save it as TS-files (with the appropriate file and disc structure).

Anyone having tools to recommend or other suggestions ?
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by:Merete
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Hi toyboy61, let me just fill in a few details about DVD suitable formats
DVD is a conatiner made up of IFO  / Bup files and Vobs, this container is created by authoring the video into the container
ifo and bup files act as directories or pointers if you like to the video aspect so that chapters and menues all play fluidly at the point of a button
 the vobs is another name for mpeg2
when the video is authored to a DVD container it sets the mpegs 2 as video_ts files so any type of video can be used but  I'd like to add going from WMV to mpeg2 and then DVD the play back may be a little pixelated as DVD uses 720x576
how big is the video scale of this WMV?
You coudl consider a VCD instead that's a Video CD

To burn an authored DVD playable on any DVD player you need an authoring tool,
Windows systems uses anything from Nero to Windows live Moviemaker Roxio and so on there is tons those are just a couple of authoring tools that include all those keys for transitions menues making chapters and burning the DVD

I would suggest you try using  DVD Flick it's free and does all these things you want, I can post snaps if you need assisistance
DVD Flick  everything you need is the tabs above
http://www.dvdflick.net/index.php
Guide
http://www.dvdflick.net/guide.php
Mencoder is another
Using MEncoder to create VCD/SVCD/DVD-compliant files
http://www.mplayerhq.hu/DOCS/HTML/en/menc-feat-vcd-dvd.html
And finally I woudl suggest you use DVD-r as these will play on almost all types of DVD players especially older models
Dont use DVD+r or DVD-RW etc
Buy the best brands like Sony or Verbatum
Burn speed on the discs X4 or X 8 and burn at that speed
finalise the disc when done
Cheers
Merete
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by:Merete
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You might like to cap up on on this as well
Easy DVD Authoring in Linux thanks to Wine and DVD Flick
http://www.opensourcetutor.com/2008/05/29/easy-dvd-authoring-in-linux-thanks-to-wine-and-dvd-flick/
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Merete: I found DeVeDe which does a great job for me in this case. qdvdauthor is a GUI wrapper for dvdauthor, and is also an alternative.. :-)
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by:toyboy61
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DVD Flick was far to slow to read the movie files on my Ubuntu installation... :-(
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Oh  I didnt realize you wanted it for ubuntu, my sincere apologies I missed that.
That's excellent good job toyboy61
I dont why I missed this sorreee
regards Merete
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I found the solution myself.. :-)
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