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I have lots of movies in avi format. Some of them are not compatible with my DVD-player.

Is there a one-liner for mencoder or ffmpeg - to do just minimal conversion to make the videos DVD-player-compatible?

I don't want to lose any quality or do any transcoding. There's a DeVeDe but - it doesn't do just minimal conversions.

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Does your DVD player play some AVI files but not others, or does it only play standard DVDs? –  TooManyKooks Aug 2 '11 at 8:44
    
It does! I think it's a pretty standard dvd-player - and the problem is relevant for many people. –  Adobe Aug 2 '11 at 8:50
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Could you please clarify? Does it play some AVI files or does it only play DVDs? –  CadentOrange Aug 2 '11 at 9:05
    
@Adobe - the point is that if it only plays regular DVDs, it will require DVD-formatted streams of PAL/NTSC MPEG-2 video and precisely nothing else. If it plays some AVI files but not others, maybe the others can be tweaked without reprocessing. –  TooManyKooks Aug 2 '11 at 9:10
    
I appreciate Your help. It plays both - for sure - DVDs and some AVIs. For some other AVIs it says - "the format is not supported". It could also play mp3. So overall - it's really just basic modern dvd-player ("it's a Sony" BTW). –  Adobe Aug 2 '11 at 10:26

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Found soulution:

mencoder inputFile -ovc xvid -xvidencopts pass=1:threads=4 -oac mp3lame -lameopts vbr=3 -o outputFile.avi

(subsitute your's number of threads, or if you have a single thread discard ":threads=4")

I tried it for both avi file I coundn't play before, and mkv file. Both plays well in my dvd-player (Sony) after the above transcoding. Both files got a little bit fatter after transcoding:

  • avi: 1.5G -> 1.6G

  • mkv: 1.4G -> 2.1G

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I'd recommend handbrake.

But a warning. Be prepared to lose a good amount of quality. This is inevitable due to, well, the laws of nature. Short of retouching each frame manually, this will apply til the heat death of the universe.

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How will Handbrake help if you don't even know which formats are compatible and which not? Handbrake does not even output AVI containers anymore, and no MPEG-2 either (if that's what the DVD player needs). –  slhck Aug 2 '11 at 9:14

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