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Live on 64-bit Raspberry Pi 4 with Gentoo

August 15, 2019 — Jesse Harris

I recently wrote that the site is now hosted from the raspberry pi 4.


Converting VHS and DV to Modern Formats - Part 1

May 26, 2019 — Jesse Harris

Over the past 10 years I've been meaning to convert my family's VHS tapes to a modern format. Originally that would have been DVD, but as it seems that DVD and Blu-Ray would have a limited lifespan, I've opted to go directly to modern encoding formats.


Burning a DVD Video on Gentoo

May 15, 2018 — Jesse Harris

Quick note for my future self


  1. Convert media to dvd compatible format
  2. Author DVD title
  3. Author DVD Table of Contents
  4. Convert DVD folder to ISO
  5. (Optional) Loopback mount ISO and test.
  6. Burn ISO to DVD

Packages Required



Start by using ffmpeg to convert the media to a dvd compatible format:

        ffmpeg -i Big\ Buck\ Bunny.mp4 -target pal-dvd BigBuckBunny.mpg

Now use dvdauthor to author a title

        dvdauthor -t -o dvd --video=pal -f BigBuckBunny.mpg

Add a table of contents

        dvdauthor -T -o dvd

Create the ISO file

        mkisofs -dvd-video -o BigBuckBunny.iso dvd/

(Optional) Mount to a loopback for testing

        mkdir mount
        mount -o loop BigBuckBunny.iso mount/

Play the video using VLC or some other tool to check it, then unmount

        umount mount/

Burn to a disc

        growisofs -dvd-compat -Z /dev/sr0=BigBuckBunny.iso

Credit to andrew.46 over at the ubuntuforums

Tags: burn-a-dvd, gentoo, ffmpeg, linux