Well, I've noticed that plenty of people seems to ignore that an movie can watched in a DVD played even if it is recorded on a CD-R. Since I think that, starting fro an average AVI, making a DVD won't give a better result than making a (S)VCD (apart the problem of 'splitting' the movie in more CDs), I'm starting this faq thread which should collect all links to guides and the existing 'sticky' threads about this issue: (S)VCDs and K(S)VCD. I hope you'll found it useful and want to try them (even if you have a DVD burner). Well, the basic process is this one: 1) Encoding (AVI/RM/WMV --> mpeg; mpeg = MPEG-1 [CBR] for VCDs and MPEG-2 [VBR] for SVCD or DVD) 2) Authoring (mpeg -> (S)VCD or DVD image) 3) Burning Many 'authoring' applications do (2) and (3) at the same step (a little risky, but feasable), some application are good 'encoders', other (like the lame Nero) are bad 'encoders' or try to 'encode' and 'author' simultaneously. DVD Lab is the only known authoring application capable to author (S)VCD movies on a DVD-R (like having a 4700 MB CD-R), some lame appplications (Nero, again) try to convert a 352x240/288 movie into a 720x480/576 movie (absurd, since garbage in = garbage out)! Remember that almost all DVD players (except the very cheap ones) can read VCDs and many of them (check its specifications) can read SVCDs. K(S)VCDs have the same 'acceptance' specification of (S)VCDs. Remember also that a 80' CD-R can keep about 80' of VCD movie, 55' of SVCD movie (at a good bitrate) and 120'-140' of KVCD movie. Therefore, apart for KVCDs, often splitting a movie into many CDs is needed, for movies on CD-R. Some useful tutorials/threads (more in http://www.afterdawn.com/guides/ ): - advanced TMPGenc guide http://www.afterdawn.com/guides/archive/advanced_tmpgenc_guide.cfm - advanced TMPGenc Xpress guide http://www.afterdawn.com/guides/archive/advanced_tmpgenc_xpress_guide.cfm - how to put VCDs on a DVD http://www.afterdawn.com/guides/archive/vcd_to_dvd-r.cfm - making a VCD http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/110106 - making a KVCD http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/124272 - [bold]tests to do to the AVIs [/bold] (to [bold]prevent sound problems[/bold]) http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/129217 - extracting the sound as an uncompressed WAV from an AVI with MP3 sound (most of them): 1) open the AVI with VirtualDub 2) Set Audio____Full processing mode, and 3) do File__Save WAV. The WAV should be 10.1 MB x its lenght (in min.) big. If it is smaller, the AVI had an 'exotic' compressed sound stream, like Dolby Surround (AC3). If so, leave audio___Direct Stream Copy, do File___Save WAV (but call it 'sound.ac3'] and [bold]use it directly to author your DVD[/bold] ( read http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/351013 ) . - replacing an audio stream in an AVI http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/190445 - Nero SVCD burning guide http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/139493 - DVD --> VCD with TMPGenc (and some other stuff http://www.afterdawn.com/guides/archive/dvd2vcd_with_smart_dvd2avi_tmpgenc.cfm - DVD --> SVCD with TMPGenc (and some other stuff http://www.afterdawn.com/guides/archive/dvd2svcd_with_tmpgenc.cfm - Burning AVI to VCD or SVCD with Nero http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/4077 - VirtualDub's error: different sampling rates http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/309635 I've 'hidden' the original 'sticky' threads, to keep order in this forum. I hope you found this collection useful.