Okay, I'm really in a pickle now, and it's urgent as heck. (Explanation for the curious will follow...)
I have an AVI file (NTSC) and subtitles in an SRT file (actually a txt file with frame counts instead of timecodes, but I can convert that). From these, I need to create a regular DVD (PAL) that will work in a regular hardware player.
I've googled of course, but all the freebies ever mentioned are either old, or don't exist anymore, or don't do the job, or crash, or otherwise refuse to be useful. Thing is, this is urgent, as in I need a working solution right about now, else I'll become a laughingstock of a densely populated city. Okay.
Please, anyone. No lists of software (such as this: http://www.videohelp.com/tools/sections/all-in-one-dvd-converters
) - what I've tried from there doesn't work, and I don't have much time for trial and error. (FWIW, Nero can't do it, the AVS family apps can't, and neither can Sony DVD architect, as they don't support subtitles.) I can buy some software if it's reasonably priced, $100 max, but it'd have to be good.
Please only respond if you know how to do it, you've done it yourself and it went well and the DVD actually played in a hardware player
, and hopefully you've done it recently, so the software still exists in more or less the state you used it in. Only a known-working procedure, please. I don't just need to create the DVD, it's only one of a hundred things I need to do by Friday, but without the DVD I can just about curl up and wait for a heart attack. It's kind of serious ;)
Whoever has a proven working solution will save my a** big time.
Explanation for the curious - you can safely stop reading here. A couple of months ago a group of activists I'm a part of did a two-day event, a documentary film festival, the first on this particular topic in Poland. All at zero budget, we got screening rights from all the copyright holders for free (with one exception, where we all just chipped in to cover the fee), we translated the movies ourselves, did the subtitles, burned DVDs, designed and printed logos, posters and badges, prepare slideshows, prepared reports to accompany the screenings, went on several radio stations to advertise the festival, held Q&A panels, and had a great time doing all that. So two months on, I am now organizing a rerun of the festival in my home city, kind-of singlehandedly this time. And it's all wrapped up except for one little thing. The one person who was responsible for mastering the DVDs and was holding on to all the movies, just left Poland. I badgered him for a full month to get the copies, but he's the "busy" kind. I even traveled to Warsaw once to meet him and he couldn't meet me. So, he finally handed over the DVD copies at the last minute, but now I've found that one of the movies on DVD is without Polish subtitles, and another is AVI+TXT files instead of a DVD. Screenings are at a movie theater and they can only
play DVDs, not AVI files or anything computer-based. So for one movie I just need to generate a DVD; for the other I need to rip it to Avi, prepare subtitles in SRT and generate another DVD. All this plus my regular work and lots of other preparations, and I have only 4 days to go. It'll take one whole day to just manually type in all the timecodes to create an srt file with subtitles. I've spent the last few hours trying to dig up something via google, but nothing so far that actually works.
And oh, doing this thing is one of the top best things I've ever done. A highly recommended undertaking, just make sure your blood pressure stays nice and low!