So you’ve got a movie in AVI format, but you want to put it on a disc so you can watch it through your DVD player. Sounds easy, right? The only problem is that you can’t just burn an AVI file to a disc. Well, technically you can, but your DVD player wouldn’t be able to read it. So, in order to get your AVI movie to play in your DVD player, you need to convert the file into a format that your machine can understand. Below, we’ll cover an extremely simple, cross-platform method that will get the job done in just a few minutes.
However, before we jump right into the tutorial, you should take a moment to determine if burning a DVD is necessary in the first place. There’s more than one way to skin a cat, and nine times out of 10, burning a disc isn’t the easiest option you have for getting that AVI movie onto your television set. If the only piece of hardware you have in your home theater is a DVD or Blu-ray player, then go ahead and skip to the next section and read the tutorial. But if you’ve got any kind of gaming console or set-top streaming box, burning a DVD probably isn’t your best option. All of the following devices will play AVI files, so if you’ve got one, all you need to do is pop that movie onto a flash drive, plug it in to the USB port in the back, and hit play.
|PlayStation 4||Boxee Box/Boxee TV|
|Xbox 360||Vizio Co-Star|
|WD Live TV|
Don’t have one of the devices listed above? Perhaps you’ve got a different set-top box like a Roku, Apple TV, or even just an old laptop lying around. If that’s the case, there are still ways to stream movies to your TV without having to go through the tedious process of burning a DVD. By installing UPnP software on your computer, you can wirelessly stream movies to most DLNA devices (smart TVs, streaming boxes, etc.). We won’t go into detail on how to do this here, but if you’ve got any kind of DLNA device in your house, we recommend trying out Plex or XMBC for starters.
Update: This article was first published on April 1, 2014, and updated on Aug. 29, 2014 to reflect recent software changes. DT writers Aaron Liu and Brandon Widder contributed to this article9
- AVI to DVD Free Converter (Windows)
- Free Video to DVD Converter and Free DVD Video Burner (Windows)
- Cloud Convert (Web-based)
AVI to DVD Free Converter (Windows)
Although there are dozens of conversion options out there for burning AVI files to DVD, we prefer Blingsoft’s flagship offering given its level of simplicity. The Windows-exclusive software features a dedicated utility for burning DVDs and can burn any one part of an AVI file if desired. Furthermore, the freemium software supports wide range of subtitle files and can combine several AVI files before burning them to a single DVD. It’s not the most attractive, nor can it do much beyond the aforementioned actions, but it does produce high-quality audio and video using image resizing arithmetic and a MPEG-2 video recorder.
Step 1: Head to the main Binglesoft homepage and click the blue Download link near the top of the page to download AVI to DVD Free Converter. Afterward, follow the on-screen installation instructions, paying close attention not to install any unnecessary software or malware as you go along. Launch the application when the installation process is complete.
Step 2: Insert a blank disc into your computer’s optical drive as you would normally and click the Files menu in the upper-left corner of the application window. Next, select the add video files option and choose the AVI files you wish to convert to DVD from its respective save location.
Step 3: Click the Converttab located directly underneath the main toolbar and find your file below in the Convert list. Then, click the Start Convert button beneath the conversion list.
Step 4: Click on the Burntab beside the Convert tab and select the VOB option from the list of assorted video containers. A VOB, short for Video Object file, acts as the container format for DVD video media. Afterward, choose the appropriate video format corresponding to your region — NTSC if you live in North America or Japan or PAL if you live in Europe or Asia — before clicking the Burn button below.
As one might expect, Blingsoft’s AVI to DVD converter isn’t the only freemium piece of software capable of making the conversion. DVDVideoSoft offers an entire suite of capable converters, downloaders, and recorders, all of which come with robust help menus and comprehensive instructions on the DVDVideoSoft website. Moreover, you can also download each utility individually, allowing you to avoid the heavy footprint associated with the full suite of applications. However, keep in mind the individual applications aren’t quite as attractive or feature-rich, either.
Step 1: Navigate to the DVDVideoSoft downloads page and click the Free Video to DVD Converter and Free DVD Video Burner options housed beneath the Others section. Afterward, follow the on-screen installation instructions, paying close attention during the process to avoid installing unnecessary software or malware (specifically add-ons).
Step 2: Once installed, launch Free Video to DVD Converter and click Add files… button before selecting the AVI file you wish to convert to DVD from its respective save location.
Step 3: Specify where you want to save the resulting, DVD-ready file within the entry field beside Save To and choose your video format from the drop-down menu beneath. Again, the general rule of thumb is that North America and Japan use the NTSC standard, while Europe and the rest of Asia use the PAL standard.
Step 4: Click the grey Create DVD button at the bottom of the application window. The program will then ask you if you want to launch Free DVD Video Burner, and assuming you do, click the Yes button to automatically launch the program while Free Video to DVD Converter continues to convert your AVI file to a DVD-ready format.
Step 5: Switch to Free DVD Video Burner once the conversion finishes and click Browse to select the newly-minted DVD folder from its desired save location. Afterward, insert a blank disc into your computer’s optical drive as you would normally and select the blank disc from the drop-down menu in the bottom-left corner before clicking the Burn button. Keep in mind you can also specify the disc title, change the burning speed, and set your computer to automatically turn off after burning the files by checking the various boxes within the Options panel.
Cloud Convert is becoming a notable mainstay among our conversion guides. The freemium piece software handles a melange of files — so long as they’re under 100MB — allowing you to convert image and document files alongside those for video. The process is also relatively straightforward, encased in an attractive interface, and quicker than many desktop-based applications sans the heavy footprint. You may still have to utilize a program such as iSkysoft’s DVD Creator to burn the DVD-ready files to a disc, but thankfully, there are plenty of program for doing so available for Windows and Mac OS X.
Step 1: Navigate to the main CloudConvert webpage, click Select files in the top-left corner, and locate the AVI file you wish to convert to DVD. Alternatively, click the downward arrow next to Select files and choose the file from either your Dropbox account, Google Drive account, or a specified URL.
Step 2: Once chosen, click select format and select vob from the resulting drop-down menu. Afterward, click the wrench icon beside the format type and choose your desired setting for the resulting file. Though the Web-based software is somewhat limited, you can still adjust the bit rate, frames per second, aspect ratio, and a few other video components. Click the blue Okay button when you’re satisfied with your selection.
Step 3: Check the box specifying how you’d like to receive the resulting VOB file — Google Drive, Dropbox, email, etc. — in the upper-right corner of the window and click the red Start Conversation button.
Step 4: Once the conversion has finished, click the green Download button or retrieve the file from the save location you previously specified. Afterward, head over to the iSkysoft homepage and click the button corresponding to your respective operating system to download a free trial of DVD Creator.
Step 5: Follow the on-screen installation instructions, enter your registration name and license code if applicable, and launch the software. Alternatively, simply click Continue to Try to bypass to the main DVD Creator page.
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Step 6: Once open, click the black-and-green Import button in the upper-left corner and select your newly-created VOB file from its respective save location. Then, choose one of the menu templates on the right side of the application window, enter a blank disc into the optical drive as you would normally, and click the large Burn button in the bottom-right corner.
Updated on 6-9-2015 by Digital Trends staff: Nintendo’s Wii was erroneously listed among the devices that allow for streaming media via its USB port.