[RndTbl] burning a DVD with xcdroast

John Lange john.lange at bighostbox.com
Fri Apr 9 17:51:06 CDT 2004

I'm curious what software you are going to use when editing video under


On Fri, 2004-04-09 at 02:39, Mike Pfaiffer wrote:
> On April 8, 2004 10:06 pm, Mel Seder wrote:
> > I am reading through documentation I found in
> >
> > http://www.xcdroast.org/manual/dvd.html
> >
> > It says
> > ==11111===============================================================
> >  Make sure you have a kernel version 2.4.x or higher. (you can test
> > this with the command uname -a). Next, download the appropiate binary
> > of cdrecord-ProDVD for your system from:
> >
> > ftp://ftp.berlios.de/pub/cdrecord/ProDVD
> >
> > For current linux distributions this would be the binary that ends in
> > -i586-pc-linux-gnu, e.g. cdrecord-prodvd-2.01a12-i586-pc-linux-gnu
> >
> > What you downloaded is a binary, that means, it can directly be used.
> > So, copy it to the xcdroast-bin directory (mostly
> > /usr/lib/xcdroast-0.98/bin or /usr/local/lib/xcdroast-0.98/bin). Name
> > it "cdrecord.prodvd". (I spent 2 hours of error tracking because I
> > renamed it to "cdrecord-prodvd", what is wrong!) Call chmod 755
> > cdrecord.prodvd to make it executable.
> 	Hey Mel...
> 	Here is an article I wrote for Call-A.P.P.L.E. 
> DVD burning under Linux 
> 	Well strictly speaking it is a single application under Linux. For now I'll 
> be talking about a data DVD. 
> 	Actually a couple of months ago I would never thought I'd be writing about 
> this subject. Chris (my business partner in Digital Civilization) dropped off 
> a DVD burner. It seems we may have some potential clients who want us to 
> transcribe some home movies for them. Chris already has a video input card 
> and since I have the faster computer (and a decent graphics output) she 
> decided my machine was to be the one where the editing was to take place.  
> 	Between the two of us, neither has had any experience with DVD burners. CD 
> burners and DVD readers are no problem. In fact the DVD burner had the reader 
> part configured automatically. Nothing easier. Linux said “I recognise this. 
> I'll set it up right away.”. Nothing to install. Just run MPlayer and let it 
> play a DVD. As one friend is fond of saying... Mickey Duck! 
> 	The program we are used to running is called xcdroast. It is a front end for 
> the command line cdrecord and mkisofs programs. After doing a bit of research 
> I found there is an alternative program called k3b. I'll take a look at it as 
> I get the time. As an aside, it is a good idea to go and grab the latest 
> version of xcdroast from http://www.xcdroast.org because many of the 
> distributions tend to include cut down versions. 
> 	It turns out there are modules for DVD creation in xcdroast. Unfortunately 
> there is a particular driver and key code which need to be installed. Again, 
> after research I found it is a relatively simple and painless process. To 
> tell the truth I goofed the first time I installed the driver. I downloaded 
> an earlier version and forgot to change the permissions to something 
> appropriate. 
> 	After a bit more digging I came across the following page (picture me 
> smacking my forehead and uttering an exasperated “D'Oh!”). 
> http://www.xcdroast.org/xcdr098/README.ProDVD.txt  
> 	This page gives the directions necessary to install DVD burning support in to 
> xcdroast. The long and short of it is to go here... 
> ftp://ftp.berlios.de/pub/cdrecord/ProDVD/
> 	To download the correct version of the driver for the computer. Then put it 
> into the correct directory. As they say... (e.g. /usr/lib/xcdroast-0.98/bin 
> or /usr/local/lib/xcdroast-0.98/bin) 
> 	Then rename the file to "cdrecord.prodvd". Then set the file permission with 
> chmod to 755. This will allow the root account to put in the key (which 
> expires in February 2004). The key can be found at... 
> ftp://ftp.berlios.de/pub/cdrecord/ProDVD/README
> 	The directions given by the ProDVD folks are not appropriate to xcdroast. Use 
> the directions found on the xcdroast site. 
> 	These directions allowed me to set up and create a data DVD. Since the whole 
> point of getting a DVD burner and a video input card was to transcribe some 
> home movies this is one way to do it. The next step is to see if we can get 
> it to work in a console DVD device. 
> Mike Pfaiffer
John Lange
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