Creation of a DVD from my photos

Robin Laing Robin.Laing at
Wed Feb 20 18:05:01 UTC 2008

Mikkel L. Ellertson wrote:
> Antonio M wrote:
>> First time with this problem.
>> If I have my pictures, a buch of ogg files for music, which is the
>> tool to create a DVD???
>> I have already given a short trial to dvd-slideshow but I get:
>> Input #0, wav, from
>> '/home/antonio/fotografie/dvd-slideshow_temp_18471/audio1.wav':
>>   Duration: 00:02:05.0, bitrate: 1536 kb/s
>>     Stream #0.0: Audio: pcm_s16le, 48000 Hz, stereo, 1536 kb/s
>> WARNING: The bitrate parameter is set too low. It takes bits/s as
>> argument, not kbits/s
>> Output #0, ac3, to
>> '/home/antonio/fotografie/dvd-slideshow_temp_18471/audio1.ac3':
>>     Stream #0.0: Audio: ac3, 48000 Hz, 5:1, 0 kb/s
>> Stream mapping:
>>   Stream #0.0 -> #0.0
>> Error while opening codec for output stream #0.0 - maybe incorrect
>> parameters such as bit_rate, rate, width or height
>> I suppose that something is wrong in ffmep settings but I have no idea
>> what to do (furthermore ffmep is not standard in fedora!!!)
>> Any help???
> Try using the -mp2 option for the audio. You can create a .dvd-slideshow 
> directory in your home directory with a dvd-slideshowrc configuration 
> file in it. I have in mine:
> debug=0
> ac3=0
> You may want to look at Slideshow Creator. It is a GUI front end for 
> DVD-Slideshow. I have used it to create DVD slideshows with music. It 
> does not support all the different transitions from one slide to another 
> that DVD-Slideshow does, but you can edit the text file it create to 
> change the transition type.
> Mikkel

Sorry for the late response.  To busy outside work and at work.

I found and used dir2slideshow to create DVDs from photos.

This is the procedure that I use.

1.  Make sure pictures are complete and in one directory in the order 

2.  dir2slideshow
    dir2slideshow [-o <output directory>] [-t <Seconds per picture>] [-c 
<Crossfade seconds>] -n <Slideshow name> [-T] [-M] [-s subtitle_text] 
[-notitle] <Images directory>

   > dir2slideshow -n 'Complete example' -t 5 my_pictures

3. dvd-slideshow
      dvd-slideshow [-n <slideshow name>] [-o <output directory>] [-b 
<background jpeg>] [-a <audiofile1> -a <audiofile2> -a <audiofileN>] 
[-p] [-L] [-H] [-mp2][-r] [-smp] [-border <bordersize>] [-theme 
<themename>] [-f] <input text file>

   > dvd-slideshow -n 'test complete' -f Complete_example.txt -a 

4.  Test the created *.vob file that was created with dvd-slideshow.
   I use mplayer for this.

5.  For a simple DVD, use dvd-menu to create a simple menu to start with.

6.  dvd-menu
     dvd-menu -t <ButtonText1> ... -t <ButtonTextN> -f <XML_file1 | 
MPEG_file1> ... -f <XML_fileN | MPEG_fileN> [-o <output directory>] [-n 
<DVD Title>] [-b <background jpeg>] [-e <embed image>] [-a <audiofile>] 
[-p] [-c] [-D] [-W] [-mp2] [-iso] [-nomenu] [-L]

   > dvd-menu -t 'My example' -t 'Slideshow 2' -f test_complete.xml -f 
test_complete.xml -n 'Complete Example DVD'

7.  Test the final DVD structure for full operation.
   I use mplayer or xine to test this.

8.  If you wish, you can create a DATA directory for your original 
pictures in the created dvd_fs directory.  I do this if there is enough 
space to give to others.

   > ls -F AUDIO_TS/ Data/ VIDEO_TS/

9.  Create ISO
  > mkisofs -dvd-video -udf -o dvd.iso dvd_fs

10. Burn DVD

 > dvdrecord -v -eject -dao speed=4 dev=0,1,0 dvd.iso

Robin Laing

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