Scriptable DVD authoring solution for Linux?

  • cschol

    I am currently using DVD Flick in Windows to author a DVD from a .vob video file in a manual process, i.e. setting up the project etc..

    Now, I would like to

    1. do the same in Linux, i.e. author a DVD from a .vob file. I dont need any fancy menus etc. just create the DVD structure for a video file, which just plays when inserting the DVD.
    2. automate the creation of the DVD as much as possible, i.e. scripting support or CLI

    If possible the solution should allow to create an ISO for easy duplication.

    Does anybody know any software that supports this?

  • Answers
  • nagul

    dvdauthor is an excellent command-line utility that can do what you want. There are also a number of GUI authoring tools, a lot of which are front-ends for dvdauthor:

    On Ubuntu, some of these are already included in the repository, so you can install them using apt-get or graphically through the Add/Remove.. menu.

    A full list of front-ends to dvdauthor, as well tutorials on its use, are on the project site.

  • Ryan Thompson

    This page offers a command-line solution:

    You could encapsulate those commands in a script, but you might have to include some options for things like aspect ratio.

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    I've used DVD Flick for just this purpose.

  • pgs

    I've started looking at DVD software. Some free ones to consider (I'm assuming windows) are:

    I'm sure there's plenty more.

  • Brian

    The full Nero package is very easy to use and I've had good experiences with it.

  • dma_k

    I am using Free Video Converter for a while. It is very easy to use, but has no DVD menu editing possibilities. And it's free!

    Some few links on this forum: Best free AVI to DVD converter and How can I burn many movies to a video DVD. Another nice list, which I used to make a small evaluation is Video editing software.

  • Fred Hamilton

    It's not free, but I'd consider Adobe Premiere Elements. You can find it on-sale for ~$70; I've even seen it bundled with Photoshop Elements for $80. Besides Nero (see my comments on an earlier answer), it's all I've had experience with, but it certainly seems more powerful and professional than Nero.

    BTW, I'm not trying to slam Nero - I use Nero Burning ROM quite a bit - but I was surprised how cheesy the DVD creator portion of it was.