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How to get around size limits making a DVD in Nero Video?

OK, so I want to create a DVD from AVI files for example. I know the basics. I select create a DVD, then Click on import files. I am then presented with a cope of options, regular DVD or DVD9. However, those sizes are both limited in length. Once I select DVD or DVD 9 and import the files, if I go over the length of the DVD I get a red mark indicating the selected file will not fit. However once I select files within the proper range, I can then choose either the DVD drive I want to burn to, or burn to a file on a hard drive. Since I want to burn to a USB stick, which is say 30GB, why can't I burn a 13 episode TV show at once? Or can I? Right now I just burn 1 episode at a time, creating 13 folders on the USB stick, creating 13 individual DVDs instead of the 1 -13 hour DVD I'd like to make. Is it possible to do this?
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  • Hi Steve,
    I'm wondering why you need to go via Nero Video in the first place if you end up writing to a USB drive?

    Is there a particular file format that your player needs instead of .avi files?

    If so, you might want to "Export" from Nero video instead (Export video to file), choosing the file type you need as the output.

    The Export button is at the bottom of the screen in Nero Video.

    For example, if you choose "Make Express Movie", or "Make Advanced Movie" you can import the video files and then select Export ... perhaps you want .mpg (Mpeg-1 / Mpeg-2) or .mp4 (Mpeg-4) or .m2ts (AVCHD/ Blu-ray)

    I think it is not possible to have menu buttons added and still be able to export, but if you don't need menu buttons, then this method might be one that will work for you?
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  • Steve,

    I've created a 10 title DVD, each title ~1 hour long:



    The resulting DVD Structure plays fine with correct menu selections in several different programs. A warning dialog appears when "Write" is clicked, but it can be ignored. I don't have a large enough USB thumbdrive to test it in my player.

    Note that I made this test using the same previously encoded .VOB files with SmartEncoding enabled. So, the creation process goes very fast.

    Anyway, it seems to work for a 23 GB structure. I suspect it will work for your case.
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  • I',m not sure we are on the same page here Omega Tester. Your solution looked fine, until I read your note, that you used previously encoded VOB files. My purpose in doing this is not really so much to get rid of the individual files, as it is to save time. What I want to do is go back one step from your screen shot, and attach 10 AVI or MPEG-2 files that I download from a torrent, and then have Nero create the VOB files and make the Final DVD. The way I see what you're saying, is you did what I did and create individual 1 hour DVDs, then take the VOB files out and have Nero string them together. If I have to do that I can just leave the individual DVD files as is because the TV can read it that way. I just want to re-encode the files into a long DVD in one shot..
    • Steve,

      I used .VOB files so that they could be SmartEncoded since I didn't want to wait all day for the encoding. Also, I used a menu and forgot to select "Play next title", so mine jumped to the menu after each video:



      If you want to test that your project will work, you could do the same thing or you could start with the AVI files and wait?
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