First the dilemma, then the question. I bought a laptop, and it came with Powerdirector 6. It’s not a bad program. So I spent the last two weeks making an elaborate slide show movie with music, and videos spliced in it. This is how they reel you into buying their product. They let you do just about everything, just about.
One thing you can’t do without paying for the program is upload videos with sound. You can upload the videos, but the sound is nowhere to be found. I got around this by downloading a program that extracts the audio from the track, then I placed the audio track in sync with the video. Ha ha!
So, like I said I built this big project, then I get to the end. This program has options for uploading the file to youtube, and a bunch of other options. The only thing it doesn’t let you do is burn it to a DVD. So I saved the file to a folder somewhere, and here’s my question...
What format/codec does this file need to be to be read by a generic DVD player. I’ll be sending the dvd to relatives so I couldn’t possibly know the specs on their dvd player. My idea is to take their file and transfer it to a different format using the Super program.
So if any of you guys with more knowledge than myself could point me in the right direction, or at least tell me if what I’m thinking is possible, that would be awesome. If I can possibly get around paying 50 dollars for something I will only use 1-2 times that would be awesome.
Thanks for the help.
Since your problem about codec has been answered, I’ll move on to the “cheap” method you’re looking for. Two words: Open Source! Get a user friendly flavor of Linux (e.g. Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Knoppix), follow an online tutorial on how to make a Live CD, and download a free application for transcoding, like Arista Transcoder. I’d recommend Ubuntu for a new user because of the wide user base and the well maintained software repository. It’s up to you, but if you want to start doing more for less money, give it a try.