OK, I’ve finally got the entire toolchain for recording video DVDs under linux built and installed. At the moment, the process looks to be :
convert video stream to mpeg parts with transcode (the media swiss-army knife)
build dvd-complient mpegs with mplex (from mjpegtools)
build dvd image with makedvd (from the dvdauthor package)
build iso with the latest beta of cdrecord
record dvd with dvd+rw-tools
total time per disk depends on the transcode convert – it’s by far the most time consuming of the bunch.
If all goes well, I’ll be able to build fansub dvds for personal use. Which is why I bought the drive in the first place!