DeVeDe is a great way to create DVDs quickly and easily. You won't be able to make fancy menus, but sometimes you want to just pop in a DVD and have it play.
DeVeDe should be available in your distribution's repositories. If it's not, or if you want the newest version, you can download it from the DeVeDe homepage. Installation is easy. In a terminal enter the directory you downloaded DeVeDe to and unpack it with tar xvjf devedefilename. Enter the directory created with cd devededirectoryname and type ./install.sh as root. Ubuntu users will use sudo ./install.sh then type their password. Others will first su, enter their password, then type ./install.sh. The install script will install DeVeDe and create a menu entry.
When you first open DeVeDe you are given the option of choosing different discs to create. Select Video DVD.
Under Files on the top right of the window, click Add.
Now click the Forward button in the lower right corner.
Select the file you want to convert. You also need to select the video format here. It defaults to PAL/SECAM, which is used in Europe, so if you live in North America you'll want to change this to NTSC.
Click OK. You will see a Disc usage bar showing how much disc space the movie will take. This bar is lying to you. DeVeDe always seems to overestimate how large the final file will be. A single two or three hour movie should almost always fit on a single 4.7 GB DVD.
Now we want to choose how the converted file will be saved. Choose Only convert film files to compliant MPEG files if you want to save the file as an MPEG-2 file and author it with another program such as DVDStyler to add menus. I've shown how to use DVDStyler in my article Making DVDs in Linux.
Create disc structure will make a VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS folder with the VOB video files necessary to create a DVD. These can be used by a disc burning program to make a DVD.
We're going to Create an ISO or BIN/CUE image, ready to burn to a disk. Click that option, then click Forward.
Select where you want the image saved, and name it. Click OK.
DeVeDe will now spend some time transcoding the movie and creating the disc image. Time to have some dinner, watch TV, or have a nap.
Once it's done we have to burn the image to a DVD. In Gnome it's really easy. Just open up Nautilus, the file manager, find the iso image, right click it, and select Write to Disc.
It's almost as easy in KDE. Find the iso file in Konqueror, right click it, go to Actions and then select Write CD Image with K3B. When K3B pops up, click Start.
That's it. In a few minutes you'll have a shiny DVD ready to play. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any suggestions or problems by emailing me or leaving a comment.