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I'm not really *here* here, but I've been struggling with this stupid computer for two days and I just need someone to help me before I set my hair on fire.

Please help me burn video files from the computer to play on a standard DVD.

Take note - this is on a Mac. Any solutions for Windows won’t help me.

What I want to do:

Burn a video file to a DVD-R so that it is playable on a plain old standard DVD player.

What I have:

Three .mp4 files, around 600 MB each, and three .mkv files, around 1.7 GB each

A MACINTOSH COMPUTER (MacBook Pro with SuperDrive)

OS X Mavericks 10.9.1

Handbrake 0.9.9
FfmpegX 0.0.9y-L r2
MPEG Streamclip 1.9.3b8 beta
QuickTime Player 10.3
VLC 2.1.2
iMovie 10.0.1
iDVD 7.1.2
Burn 2.5.1
Toast Titanium 10.0

What I DON’T have:

money to buy any other software.

The problem:

While I have managed to burn two playable DVDs from one of the .mp4s (once with Burn and once with Toast), the video, which is widescreen format, ends up in 4:3 on the DVD, and I don’t know why.

When I tried to convert an .mp4 file to “DVD” using FfmpegX, I let the conversion run overnight, and it was only 33% finished by morning.

What am I doing wrong? Does anyone have a simple solution?

Um... hi!

Date: 2014-01-13 08:20 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] terrio
Oh, dear, I know I have done this, but it was many years (and OSes) ago. I used an ancient version of Dragon Burn that came with my DVD drive... which tells you more about how long ago that was; before I got my Mac Mini, which was in 2009.

There is a setting in Burn to force 4:3 aspect ratio; any chance that somehow got set?

There's also another free burner you could try: SimplyBurns. (Though now that I look more closely, I don't think it does file conversion, darn it.)

Date: 2014-01-22 04:03 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] terrio
Hey, there -- dunno if this is still an issue, but I just found another freeware video converter/editor: Shotcut.

I poked around on the web site, but couldn't find a spelled-out list of codecs it supports, but it says it's built on FFmpeg, so that should give you a good bunch.

(And even if you're not *here* here, it's good to see you!)

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