Resources for “Making Movies with Kino”

Kino Home Page (provides information and sources for dvgrab as well):

Kino Packages:

timfx Home Page:

dvtitler Home Page:

Useful Information about the IEEE1394 Project:

“Kino Tips: Installing from Scratch and Exporting MPEG Video”, Olexiy Ye Tykhomyrov and Denis Tonkonog:

Source RPMs:



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Making VCDs using Kino

Fred Finster's picture

Thank you, authors, for this article in Linux Journal. I was looking for a manual for Kino or an introduction to setting up and using Kino to transfer my DV files from a Canon GL1 to the computer and then
create a VCD to play in a stand alone DVD player. I have used the DV Titler software addon and was able to dub some music using the Audio Dub function as detailed in the article. Thanks. I ripped 41000Khz audio WAV file from an audio CD using the command line tool CDParanoia. Then read in the whole track ( 2+ minute length) to audio tool Audacity where I could make a 30 second cut for export in a 48000 16bit Microsoft WAV file. I dubbed this music into the silent DV title I created inside KINO.

Here is my sample shell commands that I used to export from Kino.

For making an VCD CD disk tested and works November 30, 2004
HTML Links that have helpful directions for creating a VCD.

  • #In Kino, select the Standard VCD export format menu item from the export MPEG menu selection.
    #note that the option choices in the menu window for mpeg1, standard VCD, don't seem to change from Generic MPEG, VCD, standard VCD, user SCVD, through DVD.
    # from the standard mplex -v 0
    # I will ask the Kino forum about this behaviour
    # Please comment below if you find better options to use for the mpeg encoding option strings video "mpeg2enc -v 0", audio "mp2enc -v 0", "mplex -v 0"

    # if you uncheck the "Cleanup" Box on the export MPEG menu
    # then you may manually execute the steps to create the videocd.bin an d videocd.cue files. When using Kino 0.7.4 an extra equal sign '=' was added to the name created for the video file.
    example myfilename=.mpv This bug was fixed in Kino version 0.7.5

    # manually create a VCD CD-R cdrom disk to play on DVD player
    mplex -f 1 myfilem1.mp2 myfilem1.mpv -o video.m1s
    vcdimager video.m1s
    cdrdao write --device 0,0,0 --speed 4 --driver generic-mmc videocd.cue

    For making an SVCD CD disk This has not been fully tested, by me
    to work. The resulting Mpeg2 file was played on an Windows XP computer. Standalone DVD players seem to want an empty SEGMENT directory.

    mplex -f 2 myfiletest.mp2 myfiletest.mpv -o video.m2s
    #simple version of vcdimager
    vcdimager -t svcd video.m2s

    # use this vcdimager command below to make a more compatible SVCD for standalone DVD players

    vcdimager -t svcd --broken-svcd-mode --add-dir=/SEGMENT result.mpg

    # check for the created files videocd.bin and videocd.cue with "ls" directory listing command.
    ls -l v*

    # now write the videocd.bin file to a blank CD. Use slower speed writing to make sure than the DVD player can read the resulting CD-R CDROM disk. I have used speeds of 4 and 8 with sucess.
    cdrdao write --device 0,0,0 --speed 4 --driver generic-mmc videocd.cue

    Great FOSS tool for video. KINO, thanks to the authors for this article and all the comments on the KINO forum website.
    Hope to see more comments here on uses of KINO. WEB Links to example MPEG1 video created with KINO. More tests and examples of creating SVCD or XCD disks for playing in DVD players.