Greetings, this is my first post to the group and nice to meet you. I'm not sure which forum this should be placed in so I'm posting it here.
I have tried playing DVDs I've burned with DVD Shrink, ConvertXtoDVD 4, Nero 8 and imgburn in both my different computers and two different stand alone players; one a Panasonic & the other a Sony. All of the DVDs play in all of the computers but they often won't play in the stand alone players. I also have AnyDVD 126.96.36.199 installed.
Some of these came to me as pre ripped as MKV, Video_TS folders and iso files. No matter what I have done thus far, I find roughly 1/2 will not play in the stand alone players. I've been as creative as I can be in getting them to be "stand alone" friendly but I've failed thus far. As they all play in the computers perfectly I am curious what I can try doing to burn these files to DVDs that will play in the stand alone players.
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I am in the US but when I convert so it will burn to a DVD I have it convert to NTSC by default and I have it strip the region setting to a default of 1. My DVD player is supposed to also play PAL although I haven't put a PAL disc in & I don't know how it would get past the region settings in the player.
Do they stutter or freeze or just refuse to play. If this is your problem change your media and DO NOT buy bargain bucket media at pennies per hundred. They are that cheap for a reason. Sometimes its good quality branded media that failed quality control so is sold of and other companies sell them as cheap media
What software are you using as some 'helps' you but messes it up instead, IMGBurn should be your best option as it produces the most compatible burns than most commercial software
What burn speed are you using, as a LOT of burning software automatically burns at the fastest speed your DVD media or burner can handle, which can and does cause problems. Personally I burn no faster than x8 for DVDs and for install disks as slow as the burner or media can handle. Usually its about x4 now as its very difficult the find media that burns slower than that
Sometimes how fast your drive can burn is not the best option
I've read on here over the years the major issues that the USA have with PAL sources, its as if the USA just don't recognise anything but NTSC. If it ain't NTSC we ain't bothering, and region free standalones appear to be practically impossible to find
The UK is much better in that respect that pretty much any bargain bucket standalone will play practically anything that you put in it. I've had NTSC, PAL and other less common region commercial DVDs I've bought online play perfectly happy with the player happy to work it all out for you, and the vast majority of TV's/LCD's over here are auto-region unless you have a really old TV that is 20 years old or more. So if it detects NTSC/PAL it does it all for you and plays perfectly
Have a look at AVStoDVD, its FREE and I'm impressed just how easily it handles pretty much anything your give it as a source, and it can convert PAL to NTSC or NTSC to PAL. It uses nothing but FREE software to do everything, and can even burn the DVD after conversion. No I don't work for the creator of it, just like how easy it is, but lets me play with AviSynth for more powerful editing
It sounds like you've got a dodgy batch of discs - some play on PC, some play on PC and standalone.
I just had a similar problem myself with some Taiyo Yuden discs - 5 out of a 50 pack (cake) won't play in a standalone.
So I'm now using Verbatim blank DVDs exclusively as I've never had a problem with them at all.
I agree with mike20021969 that it's most likely bad media. Standalone players are much fussier about this than PCs are.
The ONLY consistently good media made any more is Taiyo Yuden and Verbatim (everything except their low quality Life series is top notch).
Problems with Taiyo Yuden as mike20021969 reports are unusual, but I do know that in the past there were issues with some TY DVDs rated at 16x speed if you burned them that fast. TY makes excellent media, but I do recommend burning at slower speeds. I never burn above 4x myself.
One other possibility.
Are you burning DVD +R's ?. Some stand-alones choke on these. DVD -R's give best compatability but do check your stand-alones' manuals also.
Originally a member since 2001, LONG LIVE TARAN's!!!
Heh, no, no stuttering at all. Just get responses that the disk can't be read. Different words on the Panasonic stand-alone vs the Sony stand-alone. Maybe I'm not using anydvd correctly? I just don't know what's with the failures. Since they play in any computer but not in the stand alone ROM, there must be something I'm missing.
Megalomando, I will contribute to this tread again despite the most useful posts of Tweedledum and Tweedledee aka hech54 and Noahtuck as above. And to these know alls, as long as there exists a player that does not play DVD+R's - I have one - the 'Possibility' exists.
I will not directly repeat my 'bullshit' but ask that you give some more information.
1. The Make Model of both your stand-alones
2. Did you burn all these disks yourself or receive some of them from others ?
3. Have you always used the same brand and type of media ?