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

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