Kubuntu [simple] DVD authoring tools

Paul Lemmons paul at lemmons.name
Mon Jul 20 17:15:06 UTC 2009

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Subject: Re:Kubuntu [simple] DVD authoring tools
From: Paul Lemmons <paul at lemmons.name>
To: nigel at prayingforisrael.net, Kubuntu Help and User Discussions 
<kubuntu-users at lists.ubuntu.com>
Date: 07/20/2009 09:56 AM
> -------- Original Message  --------
> Subject: Kubuntu [simple] DVD authoring tools
> From: Nigel Ridley <nigel at prayingforisrael.net>
> To: Kubuntu Help and User Discussions <kubuntu-users at lists.ubuntu.com>
> Date: 07/20/2009 07:58 AM
>> Running 9.04
>> OK, I've Googled the subject line and read loads of tutorials etc and 
>> got information overload....
>> I just want to take a collection of .mwv [fishing] video clips and 
>> burn them to DVD (for stand alone players) so that I can give them to 
>> some friends for their encouragement.
>> How can I get all of them to play one after another with/without user 
>> intervention?
>> The apps that I looked at all seemed geared to create titles and 
>> menus etc.
>> Any suggestions? cmd line is OK.
>> Blessings,
>> Nigel
> I have used "todisk" with excellent results. It re-encodes video if 
> needed, creates menus, offers previews and generates a directory that 
> can be burned directly to DVD using k3b. It is a command line utility 
> but it is fairly straight forward. I usually put the command in a 
> script file so that I can edit it and rerun until I have it the way I 
> want.
I should have added this to my original post. Here is an example:

todisc \
  -tovidopts "-wide -overwrite" \
  -3dthumbs \
  -seek "70 27 13 45 5" \
  -menu-title "H20 - A Journy of Faith\nDisk 2 of 2" \
  -background MovingWater2.jpg \
  -files \
      06-H2O-Drowning.mpg.enc.mpg \
      07-H2O-Drink.mpg.enc.mpg \
      08-H2O-Clean.mpg.enc.mpg \
      09-H2O-Vapor.mpg.enc.mpg \
      10-H2O-River.mpg.enc.mpg \
  -titles \
      1-Drowning \
      2-Drink \
      3-Clean \
      4-Vapor \
      5-River \
  -out h20-dvd-disk2

The only non-obvious option above is the seek option. The menu that is 
generated is a 10 second clip from the video. The numbers in the seek 
are the starting point within the video to start the clip. I had also 
run the command once before this final copy. The original files did not 
have the "enc.mpg" suffix. The "enc.mpg" files are the re-encoded files. 
I updated the command to use them instead of the originals to keep from 
having to re-encode every time I ran the command.

Sometimes I wonder.  Were our faith able to stand upright and look around, would it be looking down at the mustard seed or standing in awe of the height and breadth of it.

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