I have a long (5.7GB) MPEG2 file that I'd like to burn to a 4.7GB DVD. I'm a total ignoramus w.r.t. multimedia processing on Linux - how can I do that? Note that the running time on the movie is only about 1:15.
And in case you're wondering, the movie is "My Man Godfrey" from the wonderful public domain media site http://www.archive.org/details/movies.
Try one of these:
A couple of thoughts (or what I'd do)
install mplayer, ffmpeg and build tovid in aur.
Then I'd go back and grab the mpeg4 from archive.org of your movie.
at a command prompt do:
tovid -dvd -in my_man_godfrey.avi -out My_Man_Godfrey
you get a mpg2 ready to turn into a DVD (eventually)
makexml -dvd -in My_Man_Godfrey.mpg -out MyManGodfrey
you get an xml file for the next step which creates a burnable ISO
makedvd -burn -device /dev/dvd -speed 4 MyManGodfrey.xml
to burn it.
Or try this and see if it shrinks any (probably not)
ffmpeg -i my_man_godfrey.mpeg -target ntsc-dvd test.mpg
If works can rename
I'm downloading the mpeg2 and may have other ideas after it finishes. The file size is way off for a about a movie of that length.
You could shrink the mpeg with the following:
- tcprobe will identify what makes up your mpeg2 file. For example, maybe m2v for video and ac3 for audio.
- Use tcextract to demux the mpeg2 file. You will want to run tcextract twice. Once to extract the video stream and once to extract the audio stream.
- tcrequant will shrink the video stream you extracted with tcextract above. The audio stream remains untouched.
- mplex to multiplex the video and audio streams back together.
Now hopefully you have a dvd compliant movie that will fit on your dvd and is ready to author. Varsha is a good program for that or dvdauthor if you like using the command line.
Tcextract, tcprobe and tcrequant are part of Transcode (in the extra repository).
in the FWIW department, I got the mpeg. Its encoded with mp2 video(oops! mp2 audio). Ffmpeg recodes with ac3 video and results in a much smaller file and fits on a plain old DVD.
Why can't they make opening credits like that anymore. BTW, thanks for the steer, Betty Boop is always worth watching.
Thanks to everyone for the help. It might be a few days before I have time to try anything but I'll post back with the results.
As to the opening credits - yep, they're something special. And the opening scene in the dump is beautiful B&W cinematography. Glad to have passed on the tip.