Create DVDs In Linux

Digital Versatile Disc

In the Windows world you are spoilt for choice if you want to author (burn) a dvd, so it can be played in a standalone dvd player (set-top box). In Linux, your options are limited, but they do exist.

One package I used recently is Bombono. A GUI front-end to DVDAuthor. Its an easy to use product for burning DVDs, and its available on Gnome, KDE, and most other Linux desktops.

I run a spartan install of Debian with XFCE4 desktop. Bombono, downloaded, installed and worked without a hitch. To get Bombono onto your system, do:

aptitude search bombono

aptitude install bombono-dvd

A few minutes later, I had it running.

If Bombono does not show up on your search, check your /etc/apt/sources.list. You may need to add Christian Merillat's Debian-Multimedia repository to your list.

If you don't like the look or feel of Bombono, you can use Q-DVD-Author. As with Bombono, its a front-end for DVDAuthor. I haven't used QDVDAuthor, so can't comment. But it looks a useful tool. There's a HowTo over at this website.

Another option is DVDStyler, a cross-platform application available on Linux, Mac and Windows. I haven't used it, so don't know how good it is.

Then there's DVD::Rip. A DVD copy program written in Perl, that provides an easy to use  GUI to control most aspects of ripping and transcoding. Utilising the widely used video  processing engine transcode and other Open Source tools.

Try it yourself, and let me know.