I’ll try to explain this clearly and slowly.
I’ve downloaded a 15ep series(1 hour 15 min each) in MP4 format. What I need to do is to have these played in a DVD player.
Now, I tried converting it to as DVD(VOB) and this will really took very long, and it’s impossible for me to wait that long.
My friend told me that AVI movies can be directly burned into DVD, as well having it played by the player.
Now here’s the question or rather questions.
1. Can a DVD player read AVI movies? If yes, how can I?
2. Can I directly burn MP4 and have it read by the DVD player?
I’ll try to explain this clearly and slowly.
Long answers, with a lot of extra information
1. It depends on the model. Regular standalone DVD players can only read movie DVD’s (those are in MPEG-2, and if you view them in Windows Explorer, you see a folder structure with VIDEO_TS, and files like .VOB .IFO and .BUP). (most can also read VCD and SVCD too)
Newer DVD players that are DivX-certified can (in addition to the above) read data CD’s or data DVD’s with an AVI file encoded in the DivX codec. The DivX site keeps a list of DivX-certified players here. Naturally those cost a bit more, but they’re convenient because most movies downloaded off the web fit a CD-R and are DivX or Xvid-encoded; this saves you the hassle of converting back to MPEG-2 DVD’s (with VOB files and the like).
One thing about DivX: it’s just one of many implementations of MPEG-4 part 2 (often just called “MPEG-4”) in the AVI container. Xvid is another one. DivX-certified players are certified to play DivX 3 (fourcc DIV3, DIV4), DivX 4 (fourcc DIVX), DivX 5 and 6 (fourcc DX50) AVI files. They may or may not play other fourcc’s. Many, but not all, may play XVID.
A rare few can also handle 3ivx, or other flavors of MPEG-4, part 2. You’d have to look at the specs of the model to know what it can handle. (Note: Xvid is working on certification similar to DivX for products)
2. It depends on the player. MP4 was supposed to be the official container for MPEG-4 video, but it never caught on. Instead, people have been implementing the video compression part of the standard in other containers (usually AVI - DivX and Xvid are the most popular).
There’s a couple of things you should know about MP4 files. Technically they can contain any codec, but in practice people just encode them in MPEG-4 (MPEG-4 part 2), or H.264 (also called AVC=Advanced Video Coding, or MPEG-4 part 10). Part 2 is the most widespread in use today, but you can’t know what’s in a file unless you use a diagnostic utility like gspot or look under file properties while playing in QuickTime. The fourcc for part 2 is mp4v and the one for H.264 is AVC1.
On the desktop, MP4 files haven’t been used much. On standalone DVD players, even less so. Nero is trying to promote the MP4 files by calling them “Nero Digital”. Most standalone DVD players that can play MP4 files will have the “Nero Digital” label on them. What I’m unsure about is whether this applies to just part 2, or if it includes part 10 decoding as well (that’s why I wrote all the junk above - it’s just something you want to look up and keep in mind).
Assuming you have all the requirements, you should be able to burn data CD’s/DVD’s with DivX or Xvid AVI files, or data CD’s/DVD’s with MP4 files and play them in compatible standalone DVD players.
What to do if you have MP4 files but you only have a DivX-certified player (that can’t play MP4)? First look if the file is indeed MPEG-4 part 2 (fourcc mp4v). Now I know you can losslessly transcode the video stream from an AVI in some flavor of MPEG-4 version 2 (usually 3ivx because it’s the most compatible, but sometimes with Xvid and DivX as well) to the MP4 container. The name of the process is transmuxing and there are tools for that. What I don’t know is if it’s possible to do the reverse: transmux from MP4 to AVI. You should be able to find more information on this on doom9.org or the 3ivx forums.
Thanks for the replies.
I converted all the MP4 movies to AVI. I’ve finish burning the DVD, so next will be testing. Unfortunately, my DVD player’s an ancient and broken.
Oh yeah, used DivX for burning and Magic Converter for converting(obviously).
Here is the answer to your question:
1. Most home DVD player will not be able to read AVI formats. Most possibily, they only read MPEG format.
2. Yes, there are quite a lot applications that will burn MP4 directly onto DVD disc which can be viewed on DVD player.Check out this guide: http://www.video-dvd-converter.net/tutorial/convert-burn-mp4-to-dvd.html
Just be sure you choose to finalize the disc when you burn it(some burning software call it close disc after burning),and use only ISO9660 file system, max 8+3letters in filename and all uppercase, like this VIDEO123.AVI, and no multisession.
Most dvd players can play divx avi with fourcc xvid even the cheap ones, they usualy have a divx logo on the front or back. You can even have subtitles with them in srt format with the same name as the video file.
AVS is not converting the large size movie files it takes very large time to convert the format of video....and when we want to convert the format of video after 10 minutes(while converting video format)shows error so please tell me which software is best for converting the large video files in win. xp and win. 7
to play avi dvdrip formats found the web u should look for a software called media info to know the exact format if the file is compatible to ur dvd player usually stand alone dvx player can play avi container (mpeg -4) audio is mp3 this is comjpatible in most dvdx players
for directly dvd data burning the video format should be in avi container divx or in xvid the audio should be in mp3 format, u can burn 6 movies in one dvdr used nero image the used imageburn for burning ur player should be divx compatible