How to Use Avidemux to Convert an AVI to a DVD

Written by kristen waters
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Avidemux is a cross-platform video editing software program. It can be installed on the Windows, Mac OSX, Linux and Unix operating systems. You can use Avidemux to convert an AVI video into an MPEG video that you can record on a DVD. The AVI video format was designed to be viewed on a desktop computer. The MPEG video can be burnt to a recordable DVD, and viewed on any device that reads video DVDs. Avidemux does not have the capability to create DVD menus, or burn the video to DVD.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open the Avidemux program.

  2. 2

    Click on the "Open" button, and choose the AVI file that you want to convert.

  3. 3

    Click on the "DVD (lavc)" menu option in the first drop down menu, under the "Video" section.

  4. 4

    Click on the "AC3 (lavc)" menu option in the first drop down menu, under the "Audio" section.

  5. 5

    Click on the "File -> Save -> Save Video" menu option.

  6. 6

    Type "video.m2v" in the "Save As" text box, and click the "OK" button. Replace "video" with the name you want to give the video portion of the file. The video encoding process will start. This process may take some time, depending on the size of the AVI video.

  7. 7

    Click on the "Audio -> Save" menu option to save the audio.

  8. 8

    Type "audio.ac3" in the "Save As" text box, then click the "OK" button. Replace "audio" with the name you want to give the audio portion of the file. The audio encoding process will start. This process may take some time, depending on the size of the AVI video.

  1. 1

    Click on the "Open" button and choose the "m2v" file that you encoded.

  2. 2

    Click on the "Audio -> Main Track" menu option.

  3. 3

    Click on the "External ac3" option from the "Audio Source" drop down menu.

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    Click the "Browse" button, and choose the ".ac3" file that you created.

  5. 5

    Click on the "MPEG-PS (A+V)" option in the "Format" drop down menu.

  6. 6

    Click on the "File -> Save" menu option, and save the file with the ".mpg" file extension. The audio and video will be combined and a DVD quality MPEG video will be created.

  7. 7

    Use a DVD authoring package, such as DVD Styler, Varsha or K3B to create a DVD ISO, or burn the file directly to a Video DVD.

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