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Videotrans is a set of scripts that convert a movie file in any format that mplayer understands to a DVD-compatible VOB file.

video_trans Videotrans is a set of scripts that allow its user to reformat existing movies into the VOB format that is used on DVDs.

Furthermore, videotrans supplies programs which allow its user to create a complete DVD, including selection menus which allow the viewer to choose which movie he/she wants to see, if more than one movie fits onto a DVD.

This site only contains the manual pages for videotrans at the moment, so that potential users can find out whether the package would suit their needs.

Videotrans has the following programs available:
The movie-to-dvd program takes one or more input files and converts them into a separate MPEG2 video stream and a separate MP2 or AC3 audio stream.
This program takes care of all the necessary conversions, such as framerate adjustment, audio adjustment, zooming/shrinking for DVD frame sizes, etcetera. The program can determine which conversions are necessary on its own, no user intervention is required (but of course, it is possible).
When making a DVD, you'll first convert all the movies that you want to put on the DVD into the MPEG2 video and MP2 or AC3 audio streams. Later, you'll combine these with the movie-title program into a complete DVD.

The movie-title program takes one or more video files that were converted by the movie-to-dvd program and a special title sequence that was produced by movie-make-title and combines all of these into a menu from which the viewer of the DVD can choose which movie he or she wants to watch.
The menu is created by displaying the title sequence in the background, with animated picture-in-picture versions of all the movies on top of that. The creator has the option of supplying information about the movies. This information can be viewed from the menu as well, on a movie-per-movie basis.
The program also generates an XML file for use with dvdauthor, the program that is used to actually create the DVD image that you will burn onto a DVD disc. The program tells you how to run dvdauthor to do the processing for you.

The movie-make-title program is used to create a background movie and an audio track for DVD menus.
The movie-make-title program takes a single movie and cuts a specified part of out it. It then converts this piece of the movie into separate frames and saves the audio track in a WAV file for you.
You'll have to manually view all the frames and throw away those that you do not want in the title sequence of your DVD (the first few frames and the last few frames). It's not possible to automatically cut out the piece of the movie that you want exactly. I recommend xv for this purpose, although any image viewer that understands JPEG picture files will do.
Also, you'll have to process the WAV audio file by hand, to cut out exactly that audio track that you want to hear when the menu is displayed. The movie-title program will make sure that the audio track lasts exactly as long as the movie part that you cut out does. This is to compensate for possible changes in the video frame rate and to correct small mistakes. I personally find sweep a very useful graphical audio processor for this purpose. Sweep can be downloaded at http://sweep.sourceforge.net/.

The movie-rip-tv.com program is a convenience program that I personally use to gather interesting information about TVseries. Given the name of a series (such as Star Trek Enterprise), a season number and an episode number, this program will create an information file in the correct format for use with the movie-title program. The movie-title program will then be able to display the episode's name in the menu and provide an information button which leads to the generated information (such as the director, the guest stars list, the description of the particular episode, etcetera).

The movie-compare-dvd program can be used after burning a DVD image to a DVD disc to verify whether all the data was written onto the disc intact. The program takes the on-filesytem copy and the on-DVD copy and compares the checksums of the files on both to find any differences.

If you want to start quickly with these programs, and you have a couple of movies that you want to put onto a DVD, try this (assuming that your TV standard is PAL, otherwise specify ntsc instead of pal everywhere that it's used):
movie-to-dvd -m pal movie1.avi movie2.avi movie3.avi
movie-make-title -o title -m pal -s 0 -e 60 -m pal movie1.avi
movie-title -o title.vob -t title movie1.m2v movie2.m2v movie3.m2v
dvdauthor -o dvd_directory -x title.vob-dvdauthor.xml
a_command_to_burn_a_dvd_from dvd_directory
In case you don't want a selection menu, you may also try:
movie-to-dvd -m pal -M movie1.avi movie2.avi movie3.avi
dvdauthor -o dvd_directory movie1.vob
dvdauthor -o dvd_directory movie2.vob
dvdauthor -o dvd_directory movie3.vob
dvdauthor -o dvd_directory -T
a_command_to_burn_a_dvd_from dvd_directory
In this case, you'll have to use the DVD player's navigation controls to get to the various movies on the DVD.
What's New in This Release:
· All sorts of clean-up was done.
· Some long-waiting feature requests have been implemented.
· In general, the program should work on more systems now.

The list of manual pages:

An introductory manual page that explains which components the system is made up of and how they are related.
movie-to-dvd is the program that converts any movie in a format that mplayer is able to play into DVD compatible video and audio streams. It will optionally combine the two streams together into a DVD compatible VOB file, but movie-title will also do this for you automatically if you create a complete DVD with a menu.
movie-title is a program that creates a nice DVD menu from which a DVD's viewer can choose which movie to watch. It works by taking a title sequence, which is created with movie-make-title, and all the movies that you want to put onto the DVD. It will combine these to create a menu with the title sequence in the background (and the audio of the title sequence will be audible while the viewer is choosing) and picture-in-picture previews of all the movies. Furthermore, it is possible to supply extra information about the movies, which a viewer can choose to look at as well.
movie-make-title is a program that takes one movie, cuts out a part of it and uses that as a so-called "title sequence". Such a title sequence can be used as the background of a navigational menu that you can create with movie-title.
movie-make-title-simple is a program that takes a combination of a background color, optionally an image and optionally an audio track and converts these into a title sequence that can be used with movie-title.
movie-rip-tv.com is a program that can rip information about TV episodes from tv.com and save that information is a format suitable for the movie-title program. The viewer of the DVD will be able to view the extra information by choosing the little "information" icon that will be available with the episode in the DVD's menu.
movie-rip-epg.data is a program that can rip information about TV episodes from a VDR epg.data file. The viewer of the DVD will be able to view the extra information by choosing the little "information" icon that will be available with the episode in the DVD's menu.
movie-compare-dvd is a small script that can be used to verify that the image of a DVD was correctly burned onto a real DVD by comparing all the files on harddisk with the files on the DVD.


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Ubuntu is a Linux distribution that offers an operating system predominantly focused on desktop computers but also provides support for servers. Based on Debian GNU / Linux, Ubuntu focuses on ease of use, freedom in usage restriction, regular releases (every 6 months) and ease of installation.
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