I have some movies on my computer that I made with Windows movie maker. They are saved in WMV format. I want to record these for my inlaws onto a DVD so all that they need to do is to insert the DVD into there home DVD player and it plays.
Can someone tell me what format I need to convert these movies to so that they can be played on a standard DVD player?
it needs to be 720x480 in mpeg2 format with either mpeg2 sound or AC3 sound, then converted into VOB's(video objects) and authored into a dvd
windows freeware............use gui4ffmpeg to convert to mpeg2 then something like dvdstyler to author the dvd and burn it too if you wish
linux...........tovid is a freeware bash script that does anything to vcd or dvd, it has lots of dependencies, see the tovid wiki
as far as dvd compatibility, most of the time its a non-issue but I have run into people sometimes with older dvd players that have had problems with my work, usual solution is to use a 4x or 8x "-" format dvd instead of a 16x "-" or "+" format, these are getting hard to find these days, Ive been ordering them 300 at a time usually taiyo yuden brand
do not put stickers on top of a dvd for a label, use a sharpie and write it or get the white inkjet compatible disks but even those sometimes do not work right
I do this all of the time. First of all you will have a hard time finding a DVD player that WON'T play recorded DVD's. To encode the wmv to mpeg2 (DVD) you need an encoding program like Tsunami Mpeg Encoder. Google it. There are others that will encode as well.
Then after the encoding is done, you can author it to DVD with an authoring program. The encoding process takes a long time on my computer, about 12 hours for a 2 hr DVD.
Good question. I don't know the answer. If it can play DVD'R's, would WMV normally be a normally recognized format?
No, there's absolutely zero DVD players out there that will play a WMV file. The other guys gave you the needed answer already. I'll sum it up:
1. there's a difference between a container-format vs. the content of a movie. The container is what holds your data, like a tupperware containter that holds the content of pasta. The DVD-R physical disc holds your data and ALL DVD-players will accept it. However, the actual content on that DVD-R must be a series of .VOB files with MPEG-2 video inside at 720x480 resolution, 29.97fps (720x576@25fps for Europeans) using AC-3 or PCM audio @ 48khz. No other format will work.
2. many software packages out there will convert just about ANY video into the required MPEG2 format.
3. personally I like the Nero package because it's an all-in-one video-conversion, DVD-authoring and DVD-burning programme. Takes about 5-7 minutes to convert & burn a DVD on my MacPro clone starting from an AVI-DIVX file downloaded off the internet.