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Old 17. Mar 2009, 12:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Downloading Files ie, "YouTube" to DVD to View on TV.

I know absolutely nothing with respect to Multimedia. I've never even burned music to a CD because a friend does this for me.

I would like to copy online videos/clips in a DVD format for my mother to watch on her DVD player.

I realize there are many "compatibility" issues to consider but I'd like to know how to begin. I'd appreciate any recommendations on converters (free or for purchase.)

If this is too broad a question, perhaps someone can lead me to a instructional site?
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Old 17. Mar 2009, 12:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sky,

this is only a 'desperate' try. You're possibly raising hell here, but welcome

To get the stuff down and convert it to .avi format which most players can play use

videodownloadhelper for firefox
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3006

to burn the stuff on a dvd kindly visit - will you follow me, sir -

http://www.techsupportalert.com/best...g-software.htm

I'm a bit scared, when I read "to view on TV". This might involve a dvd-player capable of playing .avi files...But Thank God this is hardware, and I do not know the least thing about hardware...
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Old 17. Mar 2009, 01:11 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Sky,

this is only a 'desperate' try. You're possibly raising hell here, but welcome

To get the stuff down and convert it to .avi format which most players can play use

videodownloadhelper for firefox
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3006

to burn the stuff on a dvd kindly visit - will you follow me, sir -

http://www.techsupportalert.com/best...g-software.htm

I'm a bit scared, when I read "to view on TV". This might involve a dvd-player capable of playing .avi files...But Thank God this is hardware, and I do not know the least thing about hardware...
By no means do I want to raise Hell but
its something I've pondered for a long time.

When I mentioned "compatibility" issues, I thought there might be a problem re: my mother's DVD player & TV functionality. I'll have to review the model #'s etc. before I get underway with what you've given me - which I thank you for.

I don't mind you calling me sir at all, but my name is Sharon. (SKY) are my initials
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Old 17. Mar 2009, 01:47 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I don't mind you calling me sir at all, but my name is Sharon. (SKY) are my initials
... Dear Lady,

I pray for your forgiveness, this once, will you let it go unpunished?

Honestly sorry, ma'am, but there are sooo many guys (male) around here, you are a rare and very welcome exception.

Please, check your mother's dvd-player, many of the new ones play .avi files, and with the tools recommended you also should be able to produce a video dvd.
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... Dear Lady,

I pray for your forgiveness, this once, will you let it go unpunished?

Honestly sorry, ma'am, but there are sooo many guys (male) around here, you are a rare and very welcome exception.

Please, check your mother's dvd-player, many of the new ones play .avi files, and with the tools recommended you also should be able to produce a video dvd.
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I forgive you (this once.)
..and your welcome is noted
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Old 17. Mar 2009, 02:04 PM   #6 (permalink)
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What you want to check on your mother's DVD player is whether it is "DivX Compatible". If it is, then it will be able to play videos encoded in either DivX or XviD. (These come in an .avi container). Also, check which types of discs the player will accept for this as my DVD player only accepts DivX/XviD on CD-R discs.

Most videos online will come in flash (.flv) format, so they will have to be converted. Probably the easiest way is to use the Firefox addon Christoph suggested.

Converting to DVD playable takes quite a bit longer than DivX/XviD conversion and the DivX/XviD can be burned to disc as regular data which is very quick.
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What you want to check on your mother's DVD player is whether it is "DivX Compatible". If it is, then it will be able to play videos encoded in either DivX or XviD. (These come in an .avi container). Also, check which types of discs the player will accept for this as my DVD player only accepts DivX/XviD on CD-R discs.

Most videos online will come in flash (.flv) format, so they will have to be converted. Probably the easiest way is to use the Firefox addon Christoph suggested.

Converting to DVD playable takes quite a bit longer than DivX/XviD conversion and the DivX/XviD can be burned to disc as regular data which is very quick.
Thanks for the info!
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Old 18. Mar 2009, 12:39 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Sky - I use and highly recommend the open source freeware 'DVDFlick.....it does the lot; converts, authors and burns video files to DVD (for watching on TV), all in the one go. It is very easy to use too.
Just 'add' your video files (any format, mixed formats too) and it will do the rest.

http://www.dvdflick.net/

cheers....JIM
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Sky - I use and highly recommend the open source freeware 'DVDFlick.....it does the lot; converts, authors and burns video files to DVD (for watching on TV), all in the one go. It is very easy to use too.
Just 'add' your video files (any format, mixed formats too) and it will do the rest.

http://www.dvdflick.net/

cheers....JIM
Hi Jim,

I will still have to find out the spec's on my mom's DVD player, no? but I won't be able to get that info for a few days.

I'm making this a personal project, so I'm gathering up all the info I can to determine what to do next....

I have to admit, I'm in "information overload" at the moment , but dvdflick.net sounds deliciously simple.

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Hey Sky - No, DVDFlick burns a DVD in universal format so you will not need to check the specs of your Mum's player....the resultant DVD will play in any DVD player.
Yes, there is a lot to absorb....if you need any help along the way just post here or perhaps send me an email. If you decide to go with DVDFlick (which is the best solution) there are just a coupla tricks you need to be aware of....just let me know and I will step you through it.

cheers now....JIM
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