DVDFlick is a free, open-source Windows application able to convert downloaded DivX, Xvid, and other popular formats to a DVD image file. This image may then be burned to DVD for playback on your PC or in a standard DVD player on your full-sized TV. Although the application is free, if you find the software useful, you should consider making a donation to the project.
DVDFlick can be downloaded here.
The version we grabbed was 126.96.36.199. This was approximately a 16 megabyte download.
In this step-through, we’ll look at converting a sample movie file found on the internet. Ninety-minute movies are often found encoded (or more accurately, transcoded) to files that are about 700 to 1,200 megabytes, and thirty-minute shows are about 250 to 300 megabytes. Our objective here is to convert a 703 megabyte DivX-encoded .avi file to DVD format and then burn it to a DVD-R.
This movie probably originated from a DVD or VCR recording and was then converted to DivX format to reduce the file size for sharing or for local storage. This produced some diminishment in video and sound quality, and converting it back to DVD will further degrade the end result. Fortunately, DivX is very good at retaining the important parts of the original source, so our DVD should be adequate for watching on TV.
DVDFlick has features for more advanced DVD authoring like adding a commentary, menus, multiple titles on one DVD, and subtitles. These advanced capabilities are not hard to master, but here we’ll try to keep it simple.
This is what the application looks like at first run. (Click for a larger image.)