How to burn an AVI file to DVD



  1. Follow this guide from Step 1 to Step 7. This gives you a combined movie with the audio (.ac3) and video (.avi) streams separate.
  2. You now need to convert to MPEG-II format. That depends on what format of video you have. Use GSPOT to find out if you have NTSC or PAL.
    1. For NTSC: Follow step 9 - 12 in guide linked above, and skip to step four in this guide.
    2. For PAL: Follow steps in step three below.
  3. You are now going to convert PAL -> NTSC.
    1. Open TMPGEnc and select PAL (4:3) template. Ignore audio settings since we won’t be doing audio at all, and press Next.
    2. Select video file saved in step one and press Next.
    3. Press Other Settings to open advanced settings. Change Rate Control Mode to 2-pass VBR (VBR). Make sure Motion Search is Motion Estimate Search (Fast).
    4. Go to Advanced tab. Change Source Aspect Ratio to PAL 4:3 625 Line. Change Video Arrange Method to Full Screen (Keep aspect ratio). Click OK and Press Next.
    5. On next screen, change Make File Size 99% of Disk. Press Next and say Yes to the warning. UNCHECK Start Encoding Immediately and Press Finish.
    6. Press the Load Button and choose the Unlock.mcf file in the extra folder. Now pick ES (Video Only). Then in Settings change the size to 720 x 480. Press OK and now click Start.
    7. When the file is done open the new video file (m2v file) in DGPulldown. Select 25 -> 29.97 and press convert. The converted m2v file will be what you use in the next step.
  4. Open up TMPGEnc DVD Author and go to create a new project.
    1. Name the track on the left whatever you want. It doesn’t really matter.
    2. Go to Add File. Select your final NTSC m2v file. In the box that comes up choose the ac3 file from step one. Keep all of the default settings.
    3. Go to the Chapter Cut Edit tab and set it how you like. I prefer doing a set number of chapters and then 15, but the choice depends on the movie really. Then press OK.
    4. Press the create menu tab and choose what you want. I recommend No Menu unless you plan on adding other features than just a movie.
    5. Go to the output tab, and specify the folder you want. Then press Begin Output. It will create a VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS folder. This should not take very long. Test the folders in PowerDVD before burning.
    6. After it is done it will ask you what you want to do. Pick Open DVD Writing Tool Now. It will automatically select the two folders and queue them for burning. Insert your blank DVD, pick the recorder, leave the label blank, and press Write DVD.
  5. Go to and download the correct cover. Open it in Photoshop and edit the height to 7.2, constraining proportions. Cut it out and insert into DVD case.


Appendix A: How to convert non-AC3 audio streams to DVD-friendly format

  1. Open up FFMpegGUI. Select your file.
  2. Set the bitrate to 384 (or whatever you need).
  3. Make the sampling rate 48000 if it is not set to that already (it is the default).
  4. Make sure the output type is AC3, and then specify the output file.
  5. Press convert and then you’re done! It will be ready for DVD Author.


Appendix B: How to Convert VCD to DVD-friendly format

  1. Follow Steps 1-3 at to extract the data file.
  2. Open VCDGear and select the dat->mpeg conversion. Check the box next to “Fix MPEG Errors”. Select your dat file from Step 1 and then press Convert. It should take about a minute or two.
  3. Open new MPEG file in Virtual Dub Mod. Open up the Steams List and then select the audio stream. Press the “save as WAV” button to separate the audio from the video.
  4. Now follow the steps above for AVI files. It should work the same way. Use Appendix A to convert the WAV to ac3.


Appendix C: How to Convert 23.976 fps AVIs

  1. Follow normal procedure above. In TMPGEnc when in Advanced settings, use these: