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Burn DVDs from recordings
Developer: Sascha Volkenandt,
Ralf Mueller
Category: Plugins
Website: http://www.xeatre.tv/community/burn

The burn plugin lets you choose the recordings you want to burn as DVD, automatically creates menus and finally burns the DVD. If the recordings are too big in size, they are requantizised to save space.

Hardware requirements

  • DVD writer

Software requirements

  • vdrsync.pl
  • Requant
  • tcmplex (transcode)
  • Imlib2
  • dvdauthor
  • dvd+rwtools
  • mjpegtools
  • ImageMagick
  • genindex


See plugin installation.

Copy the burnmark script into the $PATH

cp burn/burnmark.sh /usr/bin

Copy the font file and menu image templates to the plugins configuration directory /etc/vdr/plugins/burn

cp -r burn/burn /etc/vdr/plugins/


Option Description
DDVDDEV=/dev/dvd use DEV as DVD Writer (= Parameter -D --dvd=DEV)
ISODIR=/video use DIR to store ISO images (= Parameter -i DIR --iso=DIR)
DEBUG=1 Enable Debuging


Add the following entry to your reccmds.conf

Mark for DVD-Writer: /usr/bin/burnmark.sh -add
Delete Mark        : /usr/bin/burnmark.sh -del


Parameter (short) Parameter (long) Description
-d DIR --datadir=DIR use DIR for temporary files (default: /dev/dvd)
-D DEV --dvd=DEV use DEV as DVD Writer (default /dev/dvd)
-i DIR --iso=DIR use DIR to store ISO images (default: none)


  • No transcoding (Videos must be DVD compliant)
  • Display problems with VDR >= 1.3.7


[1] http://projects.vdr-developer.org/projects/plg-burn Currently maintained version
[2] http://linux.kompiliert.net/contrib/ Older versions
[3] http://www.xeatre.tv/community/burn Plugin homepage (ancient version)
[4] http://vdr.unetz.com/download Enhanced version (also very old)
[5] http://vdrsync.vdr-portal.de vdrsync.pl
[6] http://metakine.com/files requant
[7] http://www.transcoding.org/ transcode
[8] http://enlightenment.org/pages/imlib2.html imlib2
[9] http://dvdauthor.sourceforge.net dvdauthor
[10] http://fy.chalmers.se/~appro/linux/DVD+RW dvd+rwtools
[11] http://mjpeg.sourceforge.net mjpegtools
[12] http://www.imagemagick.org ImageMagick