VCD (DivX) to DVD

Steve O'Hara-Smith steve at
Wed Nov 24 05:56:29 PST 2004

On Wed, 24 Nov 2004 13:20:15 +0000
Phil Brennan <phil.brennan at> wrote:

> No, your cdrom is a videocd ( VCD ), mpeg1. Its an old standard that
> most dvd players will play. What you've done there is turn a vcd into
> a divx, which is even less likely to work in your dvd player. You need
> to output to mpeg2 instead of mpeg4.

	There's a little more to it than that unfortunately. DVDs need
vobs which are almost but not quite mpeg2 streams they have additional
navigation packets in them. The only way I've managed to make them on
FreeBSD is to produce an mpeg2 video file and an mp2 audio file and
multiplex them with tcmplex (from the transcode port). I usually use
ffmpeg to do the recoding into a vob file (which doesn't work) and then
split it with mpeg2desc (it's in the dvdauthor port) and recombine it with tcmplex. See my post of July 8 with subject "Re: Hauppauge PVR-350 -> DVD query" for the mpeg2desc and tcmplex options I use.

	I think that the current CVS version of ffmpeg should make DVD
usable vob format straight off (without splitting and recombining) but
I haven't had a chance to try it.

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