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Can anyone recommend a DVD format converter which runs under ubuntu 9.04? I need to convert a DivX format into a regular DVD, but converters for other formats would be helpful (to me and others) as well. Free software would be nice but non-free is okay too.

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All of these should do the trick:

  • ffmpeg
  • mencoder
  • vcl

They are commonly included in the repos of all the major distros.

ffmpeg and mencoder are used as a backend by several linux apps, so you can either use some CLI ninja skills or do it via GUI as for example this one.

AFAIK, although VLC is best known in the form of GUI application you can also use it from command-line.

You also have the option to use video editing software like OpenShot or Kino to do your editing first and then save it as mpeg-2 files.

Once you are all set up with your files, you can then create a regular DVD to be played in domestic appliances with - amongst others - dvdauthor.

Finally there is a package called videotrans, which is a collection of scripts and tools for creating DVD's. Here's the project brief description:

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.

Hope this helps!

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thanks, this list is helpful – Carson Myers Nov 22 '09 at 21:46

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