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Help an old lady, would ya?

Attention Mr. FBI man: this is all theoretical. Er, I'm doing research. *cough*

Say I have a TV show that was downloaded onto my computer. (.avi) Say that I wanted to burn it onto a DVD so I could watch it on my DVD player and TV. How would one go about that process, with the understanding that this is all hypothetical, and none of us would ever break the law?

And say someone had VSO Converter already. Is that what one (not me, certainly) would use?

I really want egg drop soup or hot and sour soup today. And then some tea. And a blanket. And a kitty to snorgle. And a show that was not downloaded from the internet and burned onto a DVD. :)

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madam_rptr
Feb. 5th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure — but were I in the same place as your hypothetical research tool, I'd first visit www.lifehacker.com and do a search for “burning .avi files to DVD” or some such other similar wording. I've yet to be disappointed by a search I've conducted there.
stoney321
Feb. 5th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
How could I have forgotten about that site!! Thank you so much!

Um, now my novel about someone who does these things can have the ring of authenticity! :D
madam_rptr
Feb. 5th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes. I use Lifehacker for much of me research needs.
swmbo
Feb. 5th, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)

I wish I could be of more help!

I used a program I got at http://www.videohelp.com/ for a while - there are lots of guides there.

But ultimately it became too time consuming so I just bought a new VCR for like 40 bucks that could play avi files.
stoney321
Feb. 5th, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
*bookmarks helpful site* Thank you! I may have to do that for the future, but... I have S3 of BSG that needs watching on the TV, not the computer, and I cannot wait, zomg!
madam_rptr
Feb. 5th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
email me ----> cacsr1095 at yahoo dot com





Really.
dancetomato
Feb. 5th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
Totally unrelated:

He was my first love at 5 years old. I was so in love with him, I would RUN FROM THE ROOM if his name was even mentioned, I was so embarrassed by the strength of my love. Now, 36 years later his is still the only piece of Mormon ass I'd tap in a heartbeat.*

*you don't count, because technically you are a "piece of ass that is formerly Mormon"

madam_rptr
Feb. 5th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
Before your icon completed uploading I thought it was going to offer a piece of ass - I think your comment had something to do with it...
dancetomato
Feb. 5th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
But masturbation cake is still mighty delicious!
madam_rptr
Feb. 5th, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
Mmmmm....icing.....



brb....
stoney321
Feb. 5th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
WHy have I never seen this? I will revel in this video for DAYS, hahahaha! SO. AWESOME. (I used to see Jimmy Osmond all the time when I was in college. I was a fry cook at the town's bowling alley, and he came in every week. Also: he's an asshole. I'm all, "You're the Tito of the family, biotch!"
dancetomato
Feb. 5th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
I KNEW that Jimmy was the Tito. And the Latoya too, I bet.

I love Weird Al and when I first saw the video for "White and Nerdy" I almost died from the squee of my boy Donny get his dork on, out and proud. Then a couple of days ago, my girl found me this, which is reason no. 382 why I love her. I might have watched this video 100 times by now. Seriously. No exaggeration. *watches it again*
timeofchange
Feb. 5th, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
Can't. Stop. Watching.
julia_here
Feb. 5th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
Therre's an epidemic of Chinese food cravings going on, I knew it! Me, I had sizzling rice soup last night; my regular Chinese place does Shanghai style h&s, with seafood and white pepper, and to get the thick red Peking style with pork and black mushrooms and pickled cabbage and asparagus beans I'd have to go downtown, and anyway one doesn't go there during the legislative session unless dying of bronchitus and needing a good anticongestant.

Julia, has Tea Leaf Special Spicy Pea Pods Beef left-over for lunch.
stoney321
Feb. 5th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
MMmmmMMMmmmm to the seafood/white pepper variety, my favorite. I think I like Shanghai cuisine most of all.

*pokes around in your fridge for any leftovers*
harmonyfb
Feb. 5th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
One would go to Amazon.com and buy a Phillips all-format dvd player that plays avi files for $50 (with free shipping!). At least, that's what I would have (hypothetically) done. Twice.

Edited at 2008-02-05 06:11 pm (UTC)
stoney321
Feb. 5th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, I am interested in this hypothetical solution to a hypothetical problem you have outlined. This will be helpful for my hypothetical research.

:D
ely_jan
Feb. 5th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.
Hot and sour soup. Yes. Now I know what I want for dinner.

See how helpful you are?
stoney321
Feb. 5th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
You should HAVE THAT for dinner. It has my seal of approval. You should also have fuzzy slippers on while eating it - I find it brings the flavors out more. :)
ely_jan
Feb. 5th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
Check and double check. Though my blue fuzzy slippers are a bit sad and fuzzled looking, still. FLAVOR.

And your icon reminds me - had a total Stoney-centric moment at the Denver Zoo with the baby giraffes.
copykween
Feb. 5th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
Man, I hate watching tv/movies on my computer. I recently got the bright idea of connecting the PC to the TV with an s-video cable, and it was smooth sailing from there.
draconin
Feb. 6th, 2008 09:52 am (UTC)
I Googled "avi to dvd" and got a whole variety of programs. One that stood out was Avi2Dvd, a freeware converter that lets you construct menus too.

From the site:
About: Avi2Dvd is an All In One tool in order to convert with just few clicks an Avi/Ogm/Mkv/Wmv/Dvd to Dvd/Svcd/Vcd.
Supports multiple audiostreams and up to three textual external subtitles. From the version 0.3.4 and later it can support DV-AVI videos, so it can handle captured avi's from digital videocameras. Avi2dvd can also produce semi professional dvd menus with chapter/audio/subtitles buttons with extreme facility !
This utility is 100% freeware and uses only freeware software.


I can't comment on it since I've never used it, but it does look like something you could use.
_tayler
Feb. 6th, 2008 01:17 pm (UTC)
Turn off your screensaver and any other programs that may slow-down or effect the smooth quality of the convertion software...you can turn it all back on later.

Open your VSO converter.
There should be a + sign to the right of the blank screen area...click this to add your .avi file to be converted.
You can change the name of the episode/movie title etc. if you choose by right clicking the now added file-name.
Pop in a blank dvd into your dvd burner.
Click "convert"
When it's done converting it should automatically recognize a blank dvd in your burner and begin the burning process...usually the dvd will eject when it's complete.

Also an eta readout will give you a idea of how long it will take to convert and burn...generally between 20 and 45 mins depending of the size of the avi.

Hope that helps Hon...anything else?...just ask...no prob.
:D

stoney321
Feb. 7th, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU.

Exactly what I needed. You are ACES!!

<3 <3 <3
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