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Converting .AVI file to a DVD



I've tried converting a file ending in .avi to a DVD using Toast 8, but the quality on my TV is all jagged and unwatchable. Other people have managed to get great results using PC software but I bought Toast 8 in the hope of getting a good result on my iMac. The original AVI file looks fine on my iMac's DVD player but when I make a DVD of it with Toast 8 it sucks on the TV!


Here's the info for the file:-


Duration: 00:46:35 (69,863 fr)

File Size: 303 MB (or 311,137 KB or 318,604,674 bytes) bytes


=== Video Information ===

Video Codec Name: XviD

Video Bitrate: 795 kb/s

Bits / Pixel: 0.128 bits/pixel

Resolution: 576x432 (1.33:1) [=4:3]

Frames Per Second: 25.000 fps


=== Audio Information ===

Audio Codec: 0x0055(MP3) ID'd as MPEG-1 Layer 3

Audio Bitrate: 109 kb/s (54/ch, stereo) VBR

Frequency: 48000 Hz


Can anyone please advise the step-by-step method to get a good quality DVD from this file? Is Toast not up to the job? Is there alternative software I could try on a Mac?

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That's a very highly compressed XviD video so it's no surprise that re-encoding and enlarging the resolution results in noticeable artifacts. You might try turning on Half-Pel in the Toast Custom Encoder window to see if that helps. Otherwise, go to the Mac forum at videohelp.com to find out if some other MPEG 2 encoding application may work better with that low=quality video.

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