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First of all, I've been having a hell of a time trying to build qdvdauthor since Fedora Core 12. This morning, I finally had an epiphany -- it's not because my version of ffmpeg is too old, it's because it's too new! Apparently, qdvdauthor hasn't been built with ffmpeg 0.7 or newer. So I tried to build latest qdvdauthor on an old Fedora Core 14 machine (with ffmpeg 0.6.3), patched up a few things, and voila, it built and ran!
Enclosed is an archive with a patch that gets qdvdauthor to build and run on Fedora Core 14 with ffmpeg 0.6.3 -- I tried to be very careful with the tests on LIBAVCODEC_VERSION_INT, but you may want to verify what I did.
Unfortunately, the main reason I wanted the latest qdvdauthor was not solved. qdvdauthor is currently producing invalid dvdauthor files in certain cases.
Also in the enclosed archive is a qdvdauthor.xml file, and the dvdauthor.xml file it produced. The problem can be seen near the end of the dvduathor.xml file; there's a titleset section with a titles section with an empty pgc section. The empty pgc section causes dvdauthor to error out with "ERR: no VOBUs found". I can work around it by manually editing the dvdauthor.xml file to put one of my other pgc sections into that titles section, and then fixing up the links so that the video is found, but that's laborious.
Thanks in advance for looking into this! Let me know if you need any more info.
P.S. You may want to mention on http://qdvdauthor.sourceforge.net/tools.html which versions of ffmpeg can be used to build qdvdauthor. As far as I can tell, 0.6.3 is the last one that will work.