Sometimes I do a bad impression of the New Media guy on DTLT TV. I’m not very convincing, but that’s just because I use a MAC.
Speaking of which, I think it’s high time I started doing a little documentation for one of my favorite free applications: ffmpegX. The following fast and loose slideshow takes you through the steps for reformatting DV files (but applies equally to several other codecs) to Video Object Files (VOBs) so that they can in turn be burnt onto a DVD that will work with a stand alone player. And, while you can’t edit clips effectively in ffmpegX, you can join two clips which may prove useful–with little of the iMovie bloat. Also, see this list of digital video resources for more free options (particularly MPEG Streamclip) that enables basic edits and file compression.
A similar tutorial can be found on the ffmpegX site here, and I fully acknowledge that mine is derivative. I am really just throwing a few screenshots up on Flickr (replete with descriptions) to take you through this process with a recent version of ffmpegX, namely because I had to do this six different times this morning because I couldn’t get iMovie and iDVD to cooperate. And I figured there can never be enough digital video documentation out there.
Click on each image for specific directions for this step-by-step tutorial. Hope it’s helpful.