So I have AVIs that I get from by brother (family stuff from his digital video camera) and have been getting a little lost in trying to pick the best workflow to get them to DVDs playable on home standalone players. I own TMPGEnc Plus and Author, Nero Ultra, and have of course DVDShrink. Unless there is a drastically better tool out there that I don't currently have, I'd like to stick with these.
Now TMPGEnc Plus allows for either ES or System Stream, and Video+Audio or just Video. I tried ES V+A with Linear PCM as I've read suggested in other threads, and get an m2v + wav file set (which already started getting me confused because of the recommensations to go with ac3). (BTW, thanks to one of the gang on this site for that great template.) The problem I had with this approach is that I could not make a DVD with audio sync'd to the video, and was getting very frustrated trying to get it to work. So I tried a System Stream with MPEG1 Audio (48 KHz, 448 kb/sec) and got one nice mpg file. Is that a good way to go? Are there any downsides to this approach?
I then use TMPGEnc Author to generate the VOB files. I get the impression I could do this with Nero Vision Express, but again is one better than the other in this workflow?
I guess at this point I should mention that I've tried the m2v + wav > Vision Express > DVD route, and could not get the DVD to play on my home machine (Panny RV30) It would load up okay and display the menu, but nothing I could do would get the actual video content to play. I tried DVD-ROM and DVD+R. So this got me wondering if either using the straight Burning ROM program, or the burning capability in TMPGEnc Author, would help me get past whatever was causing me trouble.
I've read through a bunch of the threads and guides, but still can't seem to find answers to the sort of workflow questions I have here. Any help would be most appreciated.