|Written by Ann Aguilar-Yo|
AVI¬†is the¬†acronym of "Audio Video Interleave" that was introduced by Microsoft. AVI files have audio and video data which¬†can also be synchronized to produce audio and video playback.¬†It's a common digital video (multimedia container) format that can convert AVI files to be viewed as a DVD format which will allow¬†you to watch those converted files on¬†TV or through the DVD player.
If you have a movie that was stored on your hard drive in AVI format then you need burn it to a disk in order for you to watch it on a standard DVD player. Some digital camcorders and cameras¬†can create¬†short type¬†of¬†movies so you also need to burn these AVI movies to CD or DVD files¬†so that you can enjoy viewing them and¬†share those memorable moments with friends and family.
1. Convert video files to DVD with Cucusoft MPEG/AVI to DVD converter. Cucusoft is an example of a software converter but there are many to choose from and all you need to do is research. Start launching the¬†Cucusoft AVI to DVD/VCD/SVCD Converter pro version, then wait till you see the right UI. After that,¬†press the radio button¬†to "DVD" then¬†press the "batch" tab.
You need to click the "open button" to open your movie file or files. Next, set your preference, this is an option given to you. If you can see region "4" in red frames, then you¬†can set the output to MPEG properties. You can also set the advanced settings by clicking the¬†"convert button" to start the conversion task. A dialog box will pop up automatically for you after clicking the¬†"convert button".
Once the video conversion is done, the "CD/DVD Burning Engine" will automatically be launched¬†and you can choose the DVD burner. Put a DVD-/+R/RW disc into your DVD burner. If you have a rewritable disc, the program itself will erase it before burning DVD disc. After the DVD burning is finished, the DVD disc will¬†automatically be¬†ejected. Take note that you can find the output file¬†through the output folder.
There are also free software¬†available but make sure¬†that these are reliable products so that you will not waste your time. It's advisable that you read reviews prior to purchasing any product or a software converter in the market.
2. Download WinAVI Video Converter from WinAVI.com. This is another example of AVI file converter. Begin installing WinAVI and you can see dialog box that will guide you through the¬†step-by-step installation process. Next, open WinAVI and type your registration name¬†including the¬†code. You can click the "DVD" button¬†on¬†through the bottom right corner of the displayed window. After clicking it, a box will open so that you can locate the AVI file you that want to be converted.
Select your AVI video file¬†then open it. Start clicking the green plus button¬†so that you can¬†add more videos to be converted to your DVD or you¬†can also select the red minus sign in order to remove the files that you don't like. There are also other options to choose from, like you can create separate titles on the same DVD or select¬†and¬†combine files into one title.
You can now¬†look for your output directory and select the output format. You don't need to change the output format if you had¬†selected it via default to DVD. Just click the "OK" button to continue then wait for the conversion to get done. It could take a while to finish depending on your file size but once it's finished, you can burn your DVD by clicking the button through the bottom on the left side.
A new window will be opened then you'll need to point it towards your output folder that you had recently¬†made. Finally, you can label your DVD on the right side portion then just click "Burn" to create your own DVD.
3. Download AVI2DVD freeware. Install it and follow the tabs that are labeled with numbers step-by-step.¬†Press the tab¬†labeled "step 1", then start selecting the AVI file¬†that¬†is found in¬†your computer that you like to convert. Next, you can¬†press the tab labeled "step 2" then choose the DVD output format through the radio button. Press the "step 3" tab¬†and¬†choose the encoder that you want to use when processing the file.
It's advisable to use the default selection if this is your first time converting AVI file to DVD format. Press "step 4" tab and type the subtitles that you want for the DVD menu. You can now press¬†"step 5" and start creating your DVD menu. Take note that the first button on the page that you can see¬†will be¬†used to choose for your DVD thumbnail icons or images while the second button is for the "MP3-MP2" audio on the DVD menu.
The last button is for your¬†"DVD menu" (WYSIWYG also known as "What You See Is What You Get" interface). Just press "Go!" once you had¬†finished¬†editing since it will immediately start to create¬†your DVD. Once you're ready, use the DVD burning software and burn the DVD file system into your disc.
Search online and read recommendations from tech sites. Avoid paying money for¬†a full AVI to DVD video conversion program. Try it first because there are free software that you could use without spending any money. Once you agreed to pay but you don't like the video conversion software, the chances are, you¬†may no longer get your money back. Make sure¬†that your video conversion software runs on Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista¬†or Windows 7.
Choose AVI to DVD burner¬†with additional video editing features like clipping unwanted parts, cropping image size, adding audio tracks and subtitles, and adding watermarks. There are burners where you can create customized DVD menu with customized background music and picture, along with menu topic and opening film clip. Consider a high-speed to burn from AVI to DVD, MPEG to DVD with just a few clicks so that you can save time and effort. Some¬†will not only burn DVD movie disc, but can also create DVD folder and ISO image file and offers a wide range of menu templates to create your very own DVD menu.
Examine if the software will allow you to add multiple audio tracks into a video, easily adjust volume, set audio delay, and choose loop option to make a multi-audio DVD.¬†¬†A simple interface is also important for easier navigation. Check if it has adjustable settings that includes television standard, video/audio quality, resize mode and among other things. It's also important if you can easily set an action like if you want it to hibernate, shut down, exit or standby. Auto performance is a wonderful feature¬†especially after conversion is done to minimize the waiting period and therefore saves you¬†a lot of time.
There are available AVI to DVD converters that automatically select the right conversion format.¬†Choose a¬†software that can work for PAL¬†including NTSC videos and can convert your existing videos from camcorders and handy cams into DVD format. You¬†may also check¬†if it's capable of creating different chapters automatically and supports multiple audio formats.
Take note that some DVD conversion software trials will usually expire¬†for a short period of time or has a very limited number of uses. Because you're using it for free, you could also expect something that has less¬†serviceability and advantage compared to¬†a paid full copy. It's advisable to read reliable reviews from customers who had used the software and from other trusted tech sites than accept free offer trials so that¬†you will not¬†waste your time.
There are some video converter programs that provides poor quality when the picture and sound will be synchronized. The scenes could be clear at the beginning including the sound, but when you had created a longer movie, a¬†deferment or¬†interruption between picture and sound may occur. Make sure that the DVD you had created will not only play in your PC but also in your DVD player.