Converting BitTorrents to DVD

What Format are BitTorrents?

Bittorrents can come in a wide range of file formats, including:

  • MP4/MPEG-4
  • MKV
  • MOV
  • FLV
  • DivX
  • AVI

If using a bittorrent downloader such as Vuze, it is possible to see most of the file extensions when looking at the downloaded and downloading torrents in ‘library’.

Converting BitTorrents to DVD

One particularly useful programme is DVD Flick, which is free to download and extremely simple to use.

Simply:

  1. Open the programme after installation
  2. Click ‘add title’ in the top right
  3. Brows to, and select, the torrent files to burn
  4. Click ‘brows’ at the bottom right to select a destination folder either on the hard drive or DVD
  5. Click the ‘create DVD’ button along the top

A yellow bar to the left will show how much space the project is taking up on a standard DVD.

If a bittorrent file is not visible when browsing, this means that DVD Flick may not support the file type. This is a common problem with .avi files.

Converting AVIs to DVD

Before burning to a DVD it is sometimes necessary to convert a bittorrent file into a DVD-friendly format. This means separating out the audio and visual files and compressing to an acceptable size.

One of the best programmes available for this is AVS Video Converter, also known as AVS4YOU.

Although AVS4YOU can be downloaded free, it will place a logo watermark on the video files so it is recommended to invest in a registered version which does not have this. The programme can be registered for one year ($39/£25) or for life ($59/£38) during sale offers which happen regularly throughout the year.

Using AVS Video Converter

AVS is as easy as DVD Flick to use. Simply:

  1. Select the ‘To DVD’ button along the top
  2. ‘Brows’ to find the desired .avi torrent to convert
  3. ‘Brows’ again to find a destination file on the computer
  4. Click ‘convert now!’ in the bottom left

‘Advanced’ gives more control options over the conversion format, but on the whole the process takes care of itself.

Once the file has been converted using AVS4YOU, simply open up DVD Flick again and brows for the file – this time it should display, and open, so that it can be burned to DVD in the usual way.

Finally, this is a process that takes some patience. Both DVD Flick and AVS Video Converter can take between 30 minutes to several hours to complete their tasks, depending on the size and format of the file. Make sure to have enough CPU left to carry on using the computer for other things whilst waiting for the file conversion to complete.

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