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.mov --> DVD?

My brother is doing a history day project (similar to a science fair type thing, but with history stuff) and he would like to play some .mov files on repeat at his table. There are 15 files and they total just under 40MB. Originally he was asking me to make a DVD out of them. From the very small amount of research I did, I have found that this will require converting the files from .mov files to .avi or another mpeg-2 standard file so that I can then burn them to DVD using an authoring program (which I have because they came with my burner). So, first question: What would a good program be? I'm pretty sure I would have to pay for it so that I can be guaranteed the appropriate quality for his project. I also don't want to have to fuss around with something for ever to get it to work. So, if anyone has any suggestions, I would love to hear them!

Alternately, since he will need my laptop to play the files anyway, I'm thinking that it might be easier to just have him play them from the hard drive (instead of creating the DVD), but that leaves me with a new problem: How do I get 15 .mov files to play in a continuous loop at full screen? Any ideas on this aspect would also be appreciated!

Also, if you have some other solution that is different than the 2 above ideas, please feel free to share!



ps, I'm sure I'll have a real-live-personal-type post at some point. If you are lucky. :-P

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bassfingers
Apr. 23rd, 2007 04:26 am (UTC)
I haven't played with much video in iTunes, but I'm wondering if you could make a playlist of videos and set that playlist to loop? (I'll check into it with a couple of scraps I've got lying around... don't know if I have more than a few videos on my machine at the moment that might be in the same format, much less a format that iTunes can recognize natively...)

I'll be back with results...
bassfingers
Apr. 23rd, 2007 04:39 am (UTC)
Yeah, that seems to work. Performance wasn't great, but I had some other apps open, and my original clips were being scaled pretty large, but it worked full-screen and looped...

Thinking if it's coming from TV-like source 640x480 at something like 15 fps might work? Depends on the encoding, the processor of the machine playing back, ram, and other factors too. QuantumDuck could probably give better specifics, as that's one of the things he does for a living. (Whereas for me it's just a prior vocation, so I'm not up to speed on the latest techniques...)
mountainheather
Apr. 23rd, 2007 04:44 am (UTC)
If in the process you find free software to convert .mov's to mp3's let me know. :-p
starfreak359
Apr. 23rd, 2007 05:11 am (UTC)
The RAD video tools can rip the audio to a wav file. From there you should be able to make an mp3 using the audio editor of your choice.
mountainheather
Apr. 23rd, 2007 03:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I shall try that!
quilynn
Apr. 23rd, 2007 10:43 am (UTC)
Some DVD programs, like iDVD, are .mov compatible. You can import several different types of files into the program and when you're ready to burn the DVD it will convert everything for you.

On the other hand, I've never known a DVD to loop.
dracheitskara
Apr. 23rd, 2007 11:17 am (UTC)
Microsoft movie maker should allow you to pull a bunch of clips into one contiguous lump. That's my suggestion... though I have little experience with the subject.
pumpkingod
Apr. 23rd, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC)
For conversion: I have yet to try it, but LifeHacker raved about DVD Flick for being the easiest way to convert multiple video formats for DVD. Seems easy enough, I just haven't yet tried it.

For looping: SOME, but not all, stand-alone DVD players do indeed have a "loop" function. It's usually in the setup menu under controls, and it's an on-off toggle. IDK about your laptop's drive, which'd probably be easier to control through the software player anyways.

For playing: Yeah, I'd say it'd definitely be easier to play them all as stand-alone files. In theory, at least. But I don't know of a program. I see that iTunes was recommended. The only other thing I can think of, off the top of my head, would be WinAMP, which can play video.

Let us know what happens! I'm intrigued!
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