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This guide will help you to create a DVD from video files in four steps:

  1. Encode to DVD video format
    • If you have downloaded or created an AVI, DIVX, MOV, MPEG or other type of video you will need to convert it into a format which your DVD player can understand.
  2. Create a DVD filesystem
    • DVDs have a special file organization which must be adhered to in order for the DVD to be recognized as such. This includes DVD menus.
  3. Copy an existing DVD
    • Covers taking a mirror copy of a DVD.
  4. Burn the DVD
    • Of course, you probably do not connect your DVD player directly to your PC, so you will need to place the DVD filesystem or image onto a disc.
Note: Please obey local laws regarding copyright and fair use.


If you would like to get a head start, you will need these programs throughout the tutorial:

mkdir -p /etc/portage/
echo "media-video/mplayer encode" >> /etc/portage/package.use
emerge transcode ffmpeg mplayer dvdauthor dvd+rw-tools

And possibly one of these tools:

emerge dvdstyler k3b gnomebaker xcdroast


You might want to consider looking at some of these other useful resources as well.

From Gentoo Forums:

From Wikipedia:

From Doom9:


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