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If you want to burn your DivX/AVI movies to CD-R (not DVD) to play in a DivX DVD player, then use Toast, but select DVD-ROM (UDF) in the Data tab. No encoding is necessary. Insert the CD-R, and away you go.
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Burn DivX/AVI movies to CD
Authored by: Rinzwind on Jan 06, '05 11:01:00AM

Is it absolutely necessary to use the DVD-ROM UDF format for some DivX players? I have two DivX players, and both have always worked fine on CDs I wrote using the "Mac & PC" setting. I'd just like to verify that there really are problems with this setting on some DivX players, then I'd better start using the UDF format in case I ever buy a new player so that I can still play the CDs I write now.



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Burn DivX/AVI movies to CD
Authored by: geckoalpha on Jan 06, '05 09:13:22PM

Hi,

I've burned avi's onto CD-R via Toast's Mac/Pc setting with no problems.

However, I cannot seem to get the subtitles to work on my foreign movies. Either my dvd player can't open the .srt file or it's the way I burned the disc.

Any tips on how to get subtitle tracks to work?

Thanks.



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Burn DivX/AVI movies to CD
Authored by: timhaigh on Jan 07, '05 05:33:54PM

I can only comment on the kiss dvd players that also play divx, xvids vcd, svcd, dvds, mpegs mp3, web radio etc.

They dont need any specially formatted cd's. I just use the standard data cd setting in toast and they work fine for me and never fail.



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Burn DivX/AVI movies to CD
Authored by: tetsuotheironman on Jan 06, '05 01:08:49PM

the ISO format works fine on those players.. It's not necessary to use UDF



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Burn DivX/AVI movies to CD
Authored by: mnb on Jan 06, '05 02:38:32PM

I use ISO 9660 with my Philips DVP-642 and it works great with CDs and DVDs. The manual for the player, while rather vague on this geek feature, did seem to indicate that that was the desired format.



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Burn DivX/AVI movies to CD
Authored by: chienr on Jan 06, '05 08:38:58PM

What if the DivX/AVI file is over 800MB? Is there a way to split it? Better yet, does Toast automatically split it into two or more CDs?



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Burn DivX/AVI movies to CD
Authored by: magir on Jan 07, '05 04:12:07AM

You mean 700MB? Toast does not allow overburning and it doesn't do splitting as this is not that easy. There are probably tools around which do that, and I think there are also burning tools which do overburning but then again I don't know which internal writers used by apple support overburning.



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Burn DivX/AVI movies to CD
Authored by: pyroleo on Jan 08, '05 02:56:17PM

I'm new here so I don't know why it didn't have an option to quote the original post, but this is in reply to questions from chienr.

If the avi file is not too much bigger than 800MB, then download Missing Media Burner at:
[code] http://homepage.mac.com/rnc [/code]

It allows you to overburn CD's, a feature which PC users have had available for some time in Nero. The only problem is that different brands of drives and blank CDR's may not all be capable of being burned to the same capacity. then too your DVD player could potentially have trouble reading an overburned CDR also.

You can split or join divx avi files using ffmpegx. Personally if they're bigger than one CD, or in VCD format on two or more discs, I just convert them to a DVD format using a combination of programs. You can get a lot of info and links to Mac software and tutorials at dvdhelp.com

pyroleo



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Splitting AVI Files
Authored by: Rinzwind on Jan 09, '05 09:51:02AM

Explicit is a nice and easy-to-use application for splitting AVI files:

http://sveinbjorn.vefsyn.is/explicit



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Burn DivX/AVI movies to CD
Authored by: geckoalpha on Jan 06, '05 09:14:49PM

Hi,

I've burned avi's onto CD-R via Toast's Mac/Pc setting with no problems.

However, I cannot seem to get the subtitles to work on my foreign movies. Either my dvd player can't open the .srt file or it's the way I burned the disc.

Any tips on how to get subtitle tracks to work?

Thanks.



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Burn DivX/AVI movies to CD
Authored by: red6rick on Jan 09, '05 11:48:09PM

The inability of Toast and other Mac cd burning utilities to write discs with DIVX-usable subtitles is fairly well known. I have tried everything I could find, and the only success I have has was with Discribe. And, to be honest, that success was not 100% -- I still rely on my old PC to burn discs with subtitle files.



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Burn DivX/AVI movies to CD
Authored by: Peter Kappesser on Jan 07, '05 01:20:57AM
If you don't have Toast, you can burn an ISO-formatted CD-R with the command-line tool hdiutil. Here's a simple script I wrote for my own use:

#! /bin/bash
# isoburn - burn a CD-R using ISO/Joliet

hdiutil=/usr/bin/hdiutil
image=/tmp/cdr$$.iso
source=$1

echo "Source: $source"

$hdiutil makehybrid -iso -joliet -o $image "$source"
$hdiutil burn $image -forceclose -noeject

rm $image
(Yes, I've since learned that use of /tmp in this fashion is insecure. I'll leave it as an exercise for the reader to improve it if their situation warrants. Mine doesn't.)

Your AVI file(s) must be enclosed in a folder. One advantage of using ISO format over the standard Disk Image/Finder Burn is that, since the extra Mac-specific filesystem structure is not included, you can cram about 40MB more onto a CD-R (a full 700MB instead of 660MB).

I've tried making a drag-n-drop app with this script using Platypus, but for some reason it doesn't work. Also I've tried burning a DVD, and although it seems to work and verifies with no errors reported, the Mac won't mount the disk afterward and doesn't recognize the filesystem.

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An applescript to choose filesystem formats
Authored by: magnamous on Jul 17, '05 03:09:42AM
I made an applescript to do this. It asks you:
  1. which filesystems you would like to include in the disk image
  2. which folder contains the items you want to include
  3. what name you would like the volume to have
  4. and finally, whether you would like to create the disk image, create the image and burn the CD, or do nothing
I created this because I didn't like Disk Utility's semi-cryptic and inflexible options. Also, I made the assumption that the user would want to keep the disk image (which is saved to the user's desktop folder). Any improvements to this script are very welcome!

tell application "System Events"
	activate
	
	(* get the formats the user wishes to use
	
	 There is seemingly a bug in this - no matter what I try, I can't get this 
	 dialog box to recognize pressing Cancel. It just goes on to the next dialog. 
	 I also can't figure a way around the bug...
	 
	The only thing I've been able to figure out to do is set the
	cancel button as an "All formats" button and then set the chosen
	formats manually. But this means that for now there is no cancel button  : (   *)
	set chosenFormats to {}
	choose from list {"HFS+", "UDF", "ISO 9660"} with prompt 
		"Which CD format(s) do you wish to use?" with title "Burn Hybrid CD" OK button name "Continue" cancel button name 
		"All Formats" with multiple selections allowed without empty selection allowed
	if the result is not false then
		set chosenFormats to the result
	else
		set chosenFormats to {"HFS+", "UDF", "ISO 9660"}
	end if
	
	-- ask the user if the Joliet extensions to ISO 9660 are desired. Add them if they are desired.
	repeat with i from 1 to count of chosenFormats
		if item i of chosenFormats is equal to "ISO 9660" then
			display dialog "Would you like to add Joliet extensions to the ISO filesystem?" buttons {"Do not add Joliet", "Add Joliet"} default button 2
			if the button returned of the result is "Add Joliet" then
				set chosenFormats to chosenFormats & {"Joliet"}
				exit repeat
			end if
		else
			set i to i + 1
		end if
	end repeat
	
	(* set the variable that will determine which formats are used later on
	in the shell script. It's rather kludgy: it could use some optimizing. *)
	set formatsToUse to ""
	set confirmationListOfFormats to ""
	(* in this, confirmationListOfFormats set to a semi-nice-looking
	string which will be used later to confirm that this is what the user wants *)
	if the (count of chosenFormats) is 4 then
		-- leave formatsToUse as empty
		set confirmationListOfFormats to "HFS+, UDF, ISO 9660, Joliet"
	else
		repeat with i from 1 to count of chosenFormats
			if item i of chosenFormats as string is equal to "HFS+" then
				set formatsToUse to formatsToUse & "-hfs "
				set confirmationListOfFormats to confirmationListOfFormats & "HFS+   "
			else if item i of chosenFormats as string is equal to "ISO 9660" then
				set formatsToUse to formatsToUse & "-iso "
				set confirmationListOfFormats to confirmationListOfFormats & "ISO 9660   "
			else if item i of chosenFormats as string is equal to "Joliet" then
				set formatsToUse to formatsToUse & "-joliet "
				set confirmationListOfFormats to confirmationListOfFormats & "Joliet   "
			else if item i of chosenFormats as string is equal to "UDF" then
				set formatsToUse to formatsToUse & "-udf "
				set confirmationListOfFormats to confirmationListOfFormats & "UDF   "
			end if
			set i to i + 1
		end repeat
	end if
	
	-- get the folder with the items to be burned
	choose folder with prompt "Select the folder containing the files you wish to include"
	set sourceFolder to the POSIX path of the result
	
	-- just a perk for the user: allowing the user to specify a name for the CD
	display dialog "Example: Burned Files" with title "Specify the name you want for the CD" default answer ""
	if the text returned of the result is not "" then
		set cdName to the text returned of the result
	else
		set cdName to "BurnedFiles"
	end if
	
	-- allow the user to choose what to do
	-- giving one last opt-out chance, and the ability to create just the image
	display dialog "Chosen folder:" & return & return & sourceFolder & return & return & 
		"Chosen filesystems:" & return & return & confirmationListOfFormats with title 
		"What would you like to do?" buttons {"Cancel", "Create Disk Image", "Burn CD"} default button 3
	set chosenAction to the button returned of the result
	
	-- prepare the variable for use below
	set sourceFolder to the quoted form of sourceFolder
	
	-- create a name for the disk image
	do shell script "uuidgen"
	set imageName to the result
	set imageCDpath to "~/Desktop/cdr" & imageName & ".iso"
	
	-- do what the user wants
	if chosenAction is "Create Disk Image" then
		do shell script "hdiutil makehybrid " & formatsToUse & 
			"-default-volume-name " & quoted form of cdName & " -o " & imageCDpath & " " & sourceFolder
		display dialog "Your Disk Image is being created. It will appear on the desktop when the process has finished." buttons {"OK"} default button 1
	else if chosenAction is "Burn CD" then
		do shell script "hdiutil makehybrid " & formatsToUse & 
			"-default-volume-name " & quoted form of cdName & " -o " & imageCDpath & " " & sourceFolder
		display dialog "Your CD is being burned. The computer will eject it when it has finished burning." buttons {"OK"} default button 1
		do shell script "hdiutil burn " & imageCDpath & " -forceclose -eject"
	end if
	
end tell


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Burn DivX/AVI movies to CD
Authored by: Mars_Artis on Jan 07, '05 03:15:27AM

The main hint is really not useful as it would appear for the following reason:
is a fact that StandAlone DivX players do not really appreciate UDF filesystem and have performance issues when dealing with UDF discs.
The following should be used as guidance rules for the best way to BURN a CD or DVD with divx on it:
- data disk
- No multisession
- Iso level 1
- Mode 1
- ISO 9660
- Finalizel CD
- Disk at once
- low speed

The above are useful infos to configure your fav burning app /either on Mac or PC)
I just want to add that on the pc if u use Padus DiscJuggler u can choose to burn discs as UDF/ISO without problems since the SA would prefer the iso filesystem.

Just an ending note, the SA player usually don't perform well with files (avi) larger than 2Gb, maybe because most of the tine u are obliged to burn in udf for such dimensions, so if u have movies splitted in 2 or more chuncks, well leave them in this way.



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Burn DivX/AVI movies to CD
Authored by: ilya on Sep 04, '05 03:07:31AM

Hi,

I've followed ther instructions with the ISO setting, but my DivX-capable DVD player reports "resolution not supported". The AVI movie I have is 530Mb, 800 x 474, encoded with 3ivX D4 4.5.1 codec.

I'd appreciate any help on the matter.

Thanks,
Ilya Schofield



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Toast burn errors?
Authored by: taxi on Jan 10, '05 06:19:41AM

At times, I have found Toast to be a bit flaky - I get more Key Sense Errors with it (it maybe the new DVD-Rs I bought) than from say, iTunes, or the Finder.



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Burn DivX/AVI movies to CD
Authored by: peewit on Jan 10, '05 07:14:23AM

Hi I'm the author of the original 'hint'
Thanks for all your comments. What I omitted to say was that if I burn in ISO format I get a menu on the screen and have to select the file to play. If I burn in DVD (UDF) format the player recognises it as 'DVD-VIDEO' and plays the movie as if it were a 'DVD'. A more elegant solution I think. Of course this could be a quirk of my player.



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Burn DivX/AVI movies to CD
Authored by: peewit on Jan 10, '05 07:17:13AM

Sorry ignore this last comment its bull**it.



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Burn DivX/AVI movies to CD
Authored by: stevelentini on May 27, '09 08:12:56PM

I just burned an .avi file from my mac to a cd disc by simply doing the following:

1. Right-click on the file you wish to burn

2. Select "Get Info"

3. Change the "name and extension" from .avi to .divx

4. Create a burn folder and burn the .divx file to a cd

5. Enjoy - simple as that, no conversion, no hassle - just change the extension and burn

The same principle shall hold for other types of files, just change to .divx and burn



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