I’ve never burnt .avi movies onto DVD before. What program can I use to convert the file? And I’ve read that the file increases in size during conversion. Whats the best size of .avi to start with so that it fits onto a DVD and has good quality? (I want to burn a movie that I can’t buy where I live as a gift and they’ll be watching it on a pretty large tv.) Thanks a lot!
Size of the source file has absolutely no bearing when converting to DVD. It’s about the [B]running time[/B].
The problem with AVI (usually Xvids) is that that they have taken a quality hit when made from the original source (hopefully a DVD). They were meant to be an end result, not an intermediate step back to DVD.
That said, if quality is what you’re after, FAVC, or AVS2DVD, would be my choice(s)
I would recommend neither. FAVC has a number of unresolved bugs, no IFOs being created at times (lowering the MAX bitrate to 7000 seems to help) and the latest version re-encodes DVD compliant audio, ie AC3 5.1 becomes 2 channel. Use 1.06 rather than the latest. By AVS2DVD if you meant AVI2DVD that is an older beta whose components haven’t been updated in awhile and is a quite twitchy. If you meant AVStoDVD that is a good choice for longer running time (low video bitrate conversions using HCenc 2 pass) AVIs.
To the OP, don’t expect miracles, especially from the standard 700MB AVI movies floating around. For a given running time the larger the original AVI the better the quality, but as far as final size on a DVD that is determined by the [B]running time[/B].