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DV to dvd

Encoding for DVD (MPEG-2)

Important Informations:


maximum bitrate of DVD video/audiostream should be below: 10080 kbps The videostream itself below 9800 kbps !

Video/Audio Formats for DVD:

  • MPEG-2 / MP2
  • MPEG-2 / AC3
  • MPEG-2 / PCM (uncompressed)

Video Frame sizes:

  • 720x480 (NTSC) or 720x576 (PAL)
  • 352x480 (NTSC) or 352x576 (PAL)
  • 352x240 (NTSC) or 352x288 (PAL)

Encoding with ffmpeg

ffmpeg -i source_movie.avi -target pal-dvd 4dvd.mpg

Encoding the Video-Track

  ffmpeg -i source_movie.avi -b 8000 -an 4dvd-video.m2v

  transcode -i .source_movie.avi -y mpeg2enc,null --export_prof dvd-pal /
--export_fps 25 -F 8 -Z 720x576 -o 4dvd-video.m2v

Encoding the Audio-Track

  ffmpeg -i source_movie.avi -vn -ab 384 4dvd-audio.mp2

Multiplexing Audio & Video

  mplex -f 8 4dvd-audio.mp2 4dvd-video.m2v -o 4dvd-complete.mpg

Generating DVD file structure

  mkdir dvd

1. using dvdauthor to add 1 (or more single movies):

  dvdauthor -o dvd 4dvd-complete.mpg
  dvdauthor -o dvd -T

2. using dvdauthor XML-Config file:


 <dvdauthor dest="dvd">
   <vmgm />
         <vob file="4dvd-complete.mpg"/>
          <post>jump chapter 1;</post>


  dvdauthor -o dvd -x simple-sample.xml
  dvdauthor -o dvd -T

Burning the DVD

use k3b

use k3b burn the DVD-filestructure to DVD


  • create ISO image
    mkisofs -dvd-video -udf -o dvd.iso dvd/
  • burn generated ISO-image
    growisofs -Z /dev/scd0=dvd.iso

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