Tuesday, March 13, 2018

How to convert MP4 to DVD - A step by step tutorial

This short blog post will teach you how to convert MP4 to DVD.  Converting MP4 to DVD is a quick and easy task so long as you follow the step by step instructions listed below.

Step 1:  Download and install the video converting software.

Step 2:  Start the video converting software.

Step 3:  Select the "Formats" tab and then click the "Browse..." button to manually search for the MP4 file that is to be converted to DVD (see the image below)


Step 4:  Select the "To DVD" thumbnail (see image beow)


Step 5:  Select a suitable "Profile" for your DVD disk  (see image below) e.g. NTSC or PAL are the two main options for your DVD disc.  Select NTSC if you live in the USA, Canada or Mexico.  Select PAL if you live in the UK, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand.



Step 6:  Insert a blank DVD disc into your DVD drive

Step 7:  Click the "Convert Now!" button and wait for the MP4 file to decomposed into its audio and visual files (it's these files that will be burnt onto your blank DVD disk at a later step)

Step 8:  Click the "Burn to Disc..." button (see image below)



Step 9:  Click the "Start Burning!" button (see image below) and wait for the audio and visual files, mentioned in Step 7, to be burnt onto your blank DVD disk



And that's it!  That's how quick and easy it is to convert MP4 to DVD.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

How to convert MP4 to Blu Ray and burn it to a disk - A step by step tutorial

This brief blog post will teach you exactly how to convert MP4 to Blu Ray.  This task is very easy to accomplish so long as you follow exactly the step by step instructions listed below.


Step 1:  Download and install the video converting software.

Step 2:  Start the video converting software

Step 3:  Select the "Formats" tab and then click the "Browse..." button to manually search for the MP4 file that is to be converted to Blu Ray (see the image below)



Step 4:  Select the "To Blu-ray"  thumbnail (see image below)



Step 5:  Select a suitable "Profile" for your Blu Ray disk e.g. Full HD or HD Ready are options for your Blu Ray disk (see image below)



Step 6: Insert a blank Blu Ray disc into your Blu Ray drive

Step 7:  Click the "Convert Now!" button and wait for the MP4 file to decomposed into its audio and visual files (it's these files that will be burnt onto a blank Blu Ray disk at a later step)

Step 8:  Click the "Burn to Disc..." button (see image below)


Step 9:  Click the "Start Burning!" button (see image below) and wait for the audio and visual files, mentioned in Step 7, to be burnt onto your blank Blu Ray disk




Friday, December 29, 2017

How to convert MP4 to AMV - A step by step tutorial

This short tutorial will show you how to convert MP4 to AMV format quickly and easily.

Step 1:  Download and install the video converting software.

Step 2:  Run the video converting software.

Step 3:  Click the "Formats" tab and then click the "Browse" button to find your MP4 file that needs converting to AMV


Step 4:  Select the “To AMV” thumbnail from the drop down menu.



Step 5:  Rename your output file i.e. your AMV file should have a name. In this example I have simply called mine “AMV file”.   Also, specify the location to which the AMV file will be saved.  In this exampe I have chosen to save the AMV file to my computers desktop.


Step 6: Select a suitable profile for your AMV file by browsing the drop down menu shown in the diagram below.  For my AMV file I have chosen size 160p x 120p at 16 frames per second.


Step 7:  Click the “Convert Now!” button


Sunday, January 12, 2014

How to Convert MKV to AVI - A Step by Step Tutorial

I used AVS Video Converter in this tutorial.  Read my review!

Step 1: Click here to download and install the video converter. Make sure that you get the latest version.

Step 2: Open the video converter.


Step 3: Add the desired MKV file (click icon in the top left corner) or the “Browse” button into AVS VideoConverter as shown below in the diagram.  Note: In this tutorial the input file (MKV) name is called “MKVFile”.

Diagram 1 – Selecting MKV file for conversion (i.e. MKVFile)

Step 4: Select the output format by clicking the large rectangular “To AVI” thumbnail that is located along the top of the software interface.
Step 5: Select Output File Name by clicking on the “Browse” button on the right hand side of the screen. Manually type a suitable file name for the output file. This is shown in the diagram below. Note: In this tutorial I have called the output file (AVI) “NewAVI”.
Diagram 2 – Selecting Output Folder and new file name (i.e. NewAVI)









Diagram 3 – Output Profile Selection










Step 7 (Optional): You may want to configure the “Advanced” settings for your specific application.  The properties of your output AVI can be changed here e.g. video codec, audio codec and aspect ratio may be changed here.  In my example I left everything as default.  Shown in diagram 4 below is the advanced settings panel.

Diagram 4 – Advanced settings for AVI output
STEP 8: Convert your video
You are now ready to convert your video from MKV to AVI.  The length of time this takes depends on the file size and selected bit rate.  You can monitor your conversion progress via the progress bar at the bottom of the software interface.  You may need to pause your conversion during the process.
Diagram 5a – Convert your video









You can monitor your conversion progress via the progress bar at the bottom of the software interface.  You may need to pause your conversion during the process. Beside the pause button you will notice a large red arrow pointing to a drop down menu box.  In the drop-down menu you may choose what you want the software to do once the conversion has been completed.  What I found very useful was the option to have the software shut down my computer when the conversion finishes.  This is really especially when you are the end of a long day and the file conversion is going to take an hour!
Diagram 5b – Progress of conversion









Step 9: Multiple Conversions Simultaneously
You may need to run several MKV to AVI conversions simultaneously.  To achieve this just keep adding files like you added the first one.  Don’t worry about the order you add them if you want to prioritise the order at which the conversions run.  You can do this afterwards using the arrows at the right hand side of the software interface.
I hope this tutorial has helped you.  I very much recommend AVS video converter.  Read my review of this very useful piece of software.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

How to Convert AVI to MP4 - A Step by Step Tutorial

In this tutorial I use AVS Video Converter

Step 1: Click here to download and install the video converter. Make sure that you get the latest version.

Step 2: Open the video converter.

Step 3: Add the required AVI file (click icon in the top left corner) or the “Browse” button into AVSVideo Converter as shown below in the diagram.  Note: In this tutorial the input file (AVI) name is called “FileName”.

converting avi to mp4
Diagram 1 – Selecting AVI file for conversion (i.e. FileName)

Step 4: Select the output format by clicking the large rectangular “To MP4” thumbnail that is located along the top of the software interface.
Step 5: Select Output File Name by clicking on the “Browse” button on the right hand side of the screen. Manually type a suitable file name for the output file. This is shown in the diagram below. Note: In this tutorial I have called the output file (MP4) “NewMP4”.
Diagram 2 – Selecting Output Folder and new file name (i.e. NewMP4)

Step 6: In the “Profile” section, select the most appropriate output setting for your video file.  This may be a good time to consider what device your new MP4 file will be most played on.  I have selected “PC – Standard Quality” for mine as I will be watching my output video on my PC.  Note: AVSVideo Converter has created a very comprehensive list of profile outputs that are suited to a variety of different video playback devices e.g. tablets, mobile phones and video consoles.  Be sure to experiment with different output profiles to find one best suited to your needs.
Diagram 4 – Advanced settings for MP4 output
Step 7 (Optional): You may need to configure the “Advanced” settings for your specific application.  The properties of your outputs MP4 can be changed here e.g. video codec, audio codec and aspect ratio may be changed here.  In my example I left everything as default.  Shown in diagram 4 below is the Advanced Settings Panel.
STEP 8: Convert your video
You now may convert your video from AVI to MP4.  The length of time this takes depends on the file size and selected bit rate.  You can monitor your conversion progress via the progress bar at the bottom of the software interface.  A 30MB AVI file should only take a few minutes to convert.  You may need to pause your conversion during the process.
Diagram 5a – Convert your video
You can monitor your conversion progress via the progress bar at the bottom of the software interface.  A 30MB AVI file should only take a few minutes to convert.  You may need to pause during the conversion.  You can do this using the “Pause” button.  You can also choose what the software does when the conversion finishes e.g. play a sound or just do nothing.  What I found very useful was the option to have the software shut down my computer when the conversion finishes.
Diagram 5b – Progress of conversion

Step 9: Multiple Conversions Simultaneously
You may need to run several AVI to MP4 conversions simultaneously.  To do this just keep adding files like you added the first one.  Don’t worry about the order you add them if you want to prioritise the order at which the conversions run.  You can do this afterwards using the up/down arrows at the right hand side of the software interface.
Thank you for reading my tutorial.  Read my review of AVS Video Converter here to get the whole picture of this software.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

How to Convert AVI to DVD - A Step by Step Tutorial

This tutorial is going to show you how I convert AVI to DVD format using AVS Video Converter

Step 1: Click here to download and install the video converter.

Step 2: Open the video converter

Step 3: Add AVI file (click icon in the top left corner or use the “Browse” button) into AVS Video Converter as shown in the picture below.  Note: In this tutorial the input file (AVI) name is called “FileName”.
Picture 1 – Selecting “FileName” .avi file for conversion (i.e. FileName)
Step 4: Select the output format by clicking the large rectangular “To DVD” thumbnail that is located along the top of the software interface.
Step 5: Select Output File Name by clicking on the “Browse” button on the right hand side of the screen. Manually type a suitable file name for the output file. This is shown in the picture below. Note: In this tutorial I have called the output DVD folder “NewDVD”.
Picture 2 – Selecting Output Folder and new file name (i.e. NewDVD)

Step 6: In the “Profile” section, select the most appropriate output setting for your DVD file.  There are two main types of colour encoding systems for DVDs namely PAL (Phase Alternating Line) and NTSC (National Television System Committee). What this means for you is that if you choose one over the other in the “Profile” section then you will be limited to the number of DVD players . I have selected “DVD PAL High Quality” for mine as I will be watching my output video on a PAL compatible DVD player.  [Note: AVS Video Converter has created a very comprehensive list of profile outputs that are suited to a variety of different video playback devices e.g. tablets, mobile phones and video consoles.  Make sure to experiment with different output profiles to find one best suited to your needs.]

Picture 3 – DVD Profile settings

Step 7 (Optional): You may need to configure the “Advanced” settings for your specific application.  The aspect ratio of your DVD file may be changed here.  In my example I left everything as default.  Shown in picture 4 below is the Advanced Settings Panel.




Picture 4 – Advanced settings for DVD output

Step 8: Convert your video
You now may convert your video from AVI to DVD.  The length of time this takes depends on the file size and selected bit rate.  You can monitor your conversion progress via the progress bar at the bottom of the software interface.  My 30MB AVI file took less than a minute to convert.
Picture 5 – Convert your video

You can monitor your conversion progress via the progress bar at the bottom of the software interface. You may need to pause during the conversion.  You can do this using the “Pause” button.  You can also choose what the software does when the conversion finishes e.g. play a sound or just do nothing.  What I found very useful was the option to have the software shut down my computer when the conversion finishes.

Step 9: Multiple Conversions Simultaneously
You may require to run several AVI to DVD conversions simultaneously.  To achieve this just keep adding files like you added the first one.  Don’t worry about the order you add them if you want to prioritise the order at which the conversions run.  You can do this afterwards using the arrows at the right hand side of the software interface.
Step 10: Creating a DVD Menu
Another amazing feature of the AVS video converter is the ability to create chapters for your DVD and also a chapter menu so that you can navigate through the chapters via your DVD player.


Picture 6 – Create a Disc Menu


I am not going to go into the details of how to exactly do this here but if you are interested in doing this watch the video here or read my written tutorial here.
STEP 11: Burning to DVD disk
As soon as the file conversion is complete you will have the option to burn your DVD files to disk.  This dialogue box is shown in the picture below.
Shown in the picture below is the burn disc options menu.  It is here you select the disk drive your blank DVD disk is contained.  Also you can give your disk a name e.g. Holiday Footage and also the disk writing speed.  The default settings resulted in a DVD that worked fine on my DVD player which to be honest is a fairly average DVD player.  I would recommend using a DVD-RW just so that you can erase and re-burn your DVD using different write speeds and see if this improves quality.  It could well be worth doing.





Picture 7 - Burning your DVD file to DVD disk
Shown in the picture below is the burn disc options menu.  It is here you select the disk drive your blank DVD disk is contained.  Also you can give your disk a name e.g. Holiday Footage and also adjust the disk writing speed.  The default settings resulted in a DVD that worked fine on my DVD player which to be honest is a fairly average DVD player.  I would recommend using a DVD-RW just so that you can erase and re-burn your DVD using different write speeds and see if this improves quality.  It could well be worth doing.

Picture 8 – Burn Settings for DVD
Thank you for reading my tutorial.  Please read my review of AVS Video Converter here