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    AVI to DVD?

    I have a bunch of AVI files (~800MB each) that are meant to be (presumably) somehow stitched together in order and burned to DVD. I have no idea of what's required for this task, or where to begin. I do have Nero Vision Express 3, but I can't see where it might be able to join and compress these files, so that they can fit on a standard DVD - it says that just one of the AVI files is too big, and suggests DVD-9 format?

    I'm afraid I'm lost with all this. Any "baby steps" instructions and required software installs appreciated.

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    Re: AVI to DVD?

    Hi Alan

    I assume you have Windows XP. I have used( in a very basic action) Windows Movie Maker to edit a file from a digital camera. If you have a few large files this may take a lot of PC resources. It is a very simple interface which is drag and drop.
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    Re: AVI to DVD?

    Thanks Jezza. I just tried that, but got a message that the required codec was not installed. Strange (to me) because WMP has no problem playing them. I have the option set to download codecs as needed, but this makes no difference?

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    Re: AVI to DVD?

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    Have a look at this K-Lite Codec Pack It has got me out of a lot of problems when viewing various formatted avi's.
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    Re: AVI to DVD?

    I managed to use GSpot Codec Information Appliance to discover the codec, then search, d/l and install same. Now I need to find out how to use the Movie Maker. I'm guessing (late at night here) that I might have to use the import menu to get all 8 AVIs into a Collection. Doing this (with just the first) it began splitting it into a mass of tiny clips. I cancelled 3% in and got about 20 little clips! I actually want to do the reverse... combine 8 big ones into 1 megabig one, then be able to burn that in a DVD format. More digging needed I think.

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    Re: AVI to DVD?

    No, you are doing it right.

    Import your first avi and then drag and drop them into the time line in the order you want. Then import the next avi file and drag and drop the files onto the right side of the timeline. Impoert the next avi...ad infinitum...

    You can then go onto Edit Movie-->Finish Movie
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    Re: AVI to DVD?

    OK, but I'm in a bit of trouble already. When I drag part 3 of 8 onto the timeline, I'm told that the movie is now longer than 6 hours! I know this isn't possible, but the audio track time reported in file properties does seem to indicate this too ???

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    Re: AVI to DVD?

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    That is where my skills for this software ends I am afraid. My files are normally about 3 Mb in size <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>
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    Re: AVI to DVD?

    Are all of your source files compressed using the same codec?
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    Re: AVI to DVD?

    Yes, I believe so Mark. What I'm trying at the moment (and it's taking eons to do) is using Any Video Converter <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>ware to try to convert each AVI to a MPG. I'll then try to stitch them together on a timeline into a movie, as Jezza suggests, then make a playable DVD, after shrinking down if necessary. Any better ideas appreciated though.

    Alan

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    Re: AVI to DVD?

    Alan,

    You may want to try Movie Joiner. It is on my PC and I have used it many times to join individual multimedia files to form one new file. You can download the trial version which has a limitation of joining only three files together.

    It would be easy for you to work around the limitation while you are evaluating the program. Just combine the first three files into one, then you can add two more to that one making one, and so on... Very simple to use.

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