updated for version 5.xx/3.xx

The guide below shows a way to convert your DivX / XviD files to DVDs. I admit that these programs are not the best way to do the job, just I believe it's the easiest one. So if you find the TMPGEnc Plus / DVD Authoring program way too compicated, this guide will let you convert your DivX and XviD files with just a few clicks.
The programs we are going to use are Cucusoft AVI to VCD DVD MPEG Converter Pro and MPEG to DVD Burner. To get free trial versions of the programs, just click the two links before. The first one converts your AVI files and the second ones creates the DVD files and burns the disc. Note that you will not get menu and all kind of fancy stuff, but the job will be done fast and easy.

The new versions of these programs have some very important changes. First, the AVI to VCD DVD MPEG Converter GUI is much improved and changed, so the new guide was essential. It's encoder is much improved too, as it is much more stable than before and faster as well. The MPEG to DVD Burner has also a lot of bugs fixed, as well as support for new DVD burners.

Obviously the program you are going to use first is AVI To VCD DVD MPEG Converter Pro. First of all you select the conversion you want to do. We want to convert our AVI file to DVD, so select AVI To DVD. Now you have to select between two tabs. Merge/Join will join all the video you add (as you can add more than one) to one MPG file. Batch will encode each AVI to a different MPG file (so that you burn it in more DVDs). As you understand if the videos are small select Merge, if it's big movies you want to put into different DVDs select Batch. If you are only encoding one video, then anything should be OK, so leave it to Merge. Now it's time to add a video file, so click Open to load the video files you want to convert.

Now it's time for the output settings. First of all select the location and the name of the output file (1). Then select Keep Aspect Ratio (2) to maintain the original aspect ratio of the video file you are encoding. After that select the output format (3) between PAL and NTSC depending on your source file. (most DVD players play both formats, so by encoding a DVD with the same video system as the source file you avoid many errors like audio/video synchronisation). The PAL and NTSC selections will set the right output size (resolution) (4). Also if you want your PC to shut down after the conversion (usefull as the conversion may take some time) select option (5). Option (6) opens some advanced settings, where you can select between Variable bitrate (better quality) and Constant bitrate ( not so good quality but lower proccessing time). When you're done with all the settings, click CONVERT.

This is the window that will show you the progress of the encoding. Depending on the video's length and your settings this will take from 2 to 5 hours. Wait for it to finish and after it does, close AVI To DVD, open MPEG To DVD Burner and proceed to the next step.

First of all load the MPEG file we encoded in the previous steps (1) in MPEG To DVD Burner.

There are some more settings before you burn. Select the drive you are going to put the temponary files into (1) and then select your DVD burner and the burn speed (3). After this you should be OK. Click Burn (3) and the program will create DVD files and burn them to DVD. Here you go! In just 5 steps you converted your DivX / XviD file to DVD!

Click here if you want to download trial versions of AVI to VCD DVD MPEG Converter Pro and MPEG to DVD Burner.

If you want to buy the tools you can do it by clicking here for AVI to VCD DVD MPEG Converter Pro and here for MPEG to DVD Burner. These links will bring you to RegNow's order page, from where you can safely pay and download the products.


#10 Kouba 2008-06-03 04:49
I downloaded the trial version of AVI to VCD DVD MPEG Converter Pro listed above, installed it, tried to open an avi. (that I know already worked), then it crashed. I un-installed the program, but Now I can't play any avi.'s AT ALL. Windows just closes whatever player i'm using and says it has encountered a problem. Any help would be appreciated.
#9 Souparus99 2008-02-19 20:58
I've tried using this software with standard NTSC and 23.97 FPS and I have a slight frame lag. Trying the above steps using 25 FPS results in a very choppy display. I use AVS, which is flawless but the output takes approx 3 hours on 1.8ghz with 1gig ram. Cucusoft does the same in approx 1hr 15 minutes. So it falls back to, quality or quantity?
#8 Calimero 2007-09-18 01:04
Cucosoft..... OMG, do I have to laugh or cry now ?
#7 kbr 2007-08-03 11:36
Oops - I set the "Output quality and speed" to "Level 3", not Level 2 as stated above.

The quality is good enough for my small (21") tv, and other settings sometimes cause problems.

#6 kbr 2007-08-03 11:25
There's a lot of criticism of this software, but I use it exclusively for converting downloaded avi files and .srt subs.
I have experimented with just about everything else available, both free and pay-for, and for consistent reliability and (most importantly) low hassle factor, I have settled with Cucusoft Pro. v7.07. The main failing is the lack of information and instruction - the Help files are useless, so you have to experiment, and hope that some kind soul has produced a guide like the above.

My (now) well-establishe d process is:

1. Convert with Cucusoft to DVD, but with NO DISK IN THE DRIVE. When I get a message asking for a disk, I select "Cancel" (Abort...etc).

2. I then author the DVD files produced by Cucusoft with TMPGEnc DVD Author 1.6, cutting as necessary, and adding chapters and menu. (This is a brilliant tool and tho' there is a later version(s) I am happy with v1.6 - familiarity, I guess.)

3. I burn the DVD disk using the DVD burner which is part of TMPGEnc DVD Author. (I feel that if TMPEnc authored it, then it is the best thing to burn it!)

As for Cucusoft settings:
- I select PAL and 25fps (TMPEnc demands 25fps);
- I set the "Split target movie" to something like 6000MB.
(I reckon to deal with "overspill" later, with, say DVD Shrink, and I have found that de-selecting the split option is not always reliable;
- Variable bitrate;
- Quality setting, Level 2.
- Aspect ratio is left as is, except for some TV episodes that need to be "stretched" (you can usually see this in the preview screen and abort and restart the process as needed).
- For TV episodes, I select "Merge", and split them as part of the authoring process.

That's about it. I usually see a converted DVD, ready for authoring within an hour (time to process is more to do with the host PC than the conversion software), and I have had 100% success rate for the last year or so - I don't even bother testing the finished DVDs on the PC DVD player any more, just put them on the shelf for future viewing on the domestic player.

VCDs are just a straightforward convert and burn (again with subtitles) - settings are much the same, but I let Cucusoft do the burning.

#5 Parra 2007-05-07 16:34
Exelente sitio
#4 t3iss 2007-03-20 17:39
Great guide! Thanks!
#3 Devin 2007-03-19 22:01
what would the output file like how they be in dvd movie folders
#2 ruselllllll 2007-03-19 15:11
Everytime i try and load a avi file into this program it just crashs the files play fine on my computer and i can convert them using avi2dvd but i cant get that one to combine 2 avi files so i wanted to try this one. but it crashes no matter one i put into it.
#1 jules100 2005-12-01 22:56
At last!! A really clear and easy to use walkthrough. Only prob I have at the moment is that I don`t get any options in the DVD burner setting section or speed menus. Dont know why this is but am gonna try to just follow the instructions as closely as I can. Fingers crossed.!

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