At first I burned two DVDs using “Bombono DVD”. It’s simple, intuitive, drag ‘n drop files, does transcoding.
But DVD Flick had a feature I’m not finding in any Linux alternative. Maybe I’m missing an option or something. With DVD Flick (a Windows freeware program), I can highlight, say, 4-hours of video files and drag them over in one bulk drag into DVD Flick. Somehow DVD Flick would adjust the quality so the 4-hours of video would fit on an ordinary 4.7-GB DVD-R. The Linux authoring tools won’t let me burn more than about 2-hours of video. I hope I’m clearly describing the problem. Sort of like using a 2-hour VHS tape to record in the 6-hour (“EP”) mode.
Bombono DVD — This program stopped working for me so I uninstalled it. I would drag video files into it, and then the program would simply vanish. From doing some Google research, it seems I am missing some dependencies required for certain file types, like FLV. I tried installing some codecs but it did not fix the problem.
DeVeDe — This works! At least so far! I have transcoded MOV, FLV, AVI, and MP4 formats into a DVD image (ISO).
Bit Rate — The key to being able to fit more time on a standard DVD is to adjust the bit rate. DeVeDe makes this really easy. On the project I burned recently I dragged 13 video files (25-minutes each) into DeVeDe. It informed me that I was ~350-percent over the capacity of the blank DVD-R. That’s OK. All I need to do is adjust the bit rate, by clicking the “Adjust disc usage” button, and DeVeDe fits it all onto a standard DVD-R. After pushing that button it reported my project would consume 99-percent of capacity of the DVD, Perfect!
Brasero — This is a nice little program that burns an ISO image file onto a DVD-R.
I am *very* happy to have made this progress in Linux Mint. DVD authoring was one of the major reasons I needed to keep Windows around. Now it seems I have the tools I need in Linux.