This is more for my notes. I figured if I post it here, then I've got it written down in a place I can find again some day.
I have a Canon Powershot S230 and it records video in some format that has a .AVI extension and I think it's Motion JPEG or something like that.
Kino doesn't like the format, though. So I need to use ffmpeg to convert the files to a format that Kino does like:
Kino seems totally fine with that. No clue why or how--I figured it out by trial and error.
Then I insert all the .dv files I want in a given "movie" into Kino. After doing some fiddling around, I Export, click on the DV Pipe tab, make sure the frame of: dropdown thingy is set to All, write the file name in, make sure the tool is set to FFMPEG VCD Export and then click on the Export button. That creates a file that's in a format that I can record to a cd as a data file and it plays magically on my Philips DVD player.