I've been asked to copy a custom-made "home movie" DVD of travel momentos. This DVD will not play back on Sony DVD players or on Windows Media Player XP. Sony DVD player says to "insert disc." HOwever, it's fine on all other players.
There seems to be something quirky or non-standard about how the DVD was authored/encoded. WIthout having the original video source, is there a way to uncompress the video, and re-encode and reauthor it to make it agreeable to the SONY player?
I have tried ripping main movie with DVD Shrink, with VirtualDubMod and reencoding with DVD Flick, but without success. In this case, have sound , but no video.
I suspect the video is the problem -- is there a way to fully uncompress the video to a more raw video format?
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This is the folder structure of a DVD video disc:
If you see something similar to this on that disc (on your computer)....open the first LARGE .vob file in MediaInfo (text mode) and post the results here.
You may even want to post the file structure of the entire VIDEO_TS folder too.
It could be PAL DVD. The problem you are describing could well be caused by a PAL DVD. Sony players are infamous in the USA and Canada for refusing to play PAL at all. Where exactly did you get this DVD made? If you list the country, we can tell you if it's PAL or not. Your steps may have simply left it in PAL format. Additionally, you can install MediaInfo and post the output here. Open a large VOB file under the VIDEO_TS folder (look for something 1 GB in size) and post back what it says about the file. We can tell from that if it's PAL.
WMP refusing to play it proves and means nothing. WMP is a POS. I have with my own eyes seen fully updated WMP refuse to play non-encrypted WMV that VLC could play fine. If I ever had the chance to talk to Microsoft engineers, I would like to ask them this - "If you had infinite resources of time and money where neither was an object, do you think it would be possible to actually make WMP even worse than it is right now? Or you have made it as bad and useless right now as it can possibly be?".
But if this really is a home-made dvd you should be able to copy/paste the video_ts folder from the disk to your hdd and just use imgburn to burn another disk.
I would also ask that you also post the folder strucure of the disk. There may be an additional folder on the disk such as 'Video_RM'. That would indicate that you do not have a standard dvd-video disk but a VR_disk.
It was made in Africa, but it seems to be NTSC. As I say, I rip it, re-encode it to dvd image, and burn it, but still no luck.
Directory of E:\DVDl\VIDEO_TS 03/10/2013 10:16 PM <DIR> . 03/10/2013 10:16 PM <DIR> .. 03/01/2013 06:30 AM 14,336 VIDEO_TS.BUP 03/01/2013 06:30 AM 14,336 VIDEO_TS.IFO 03/01/2013 06:30 AM 8,192 VIDEO_TS.VOB 03/01/2013 06:33 AM 38,912 VTS_01_0.BUP 03/01/2013 06:30 AM 38,912 VTS_01_0.IFO 03/01/2013 06:30 AM 52,924,416 VTS_01_0.VOB 03/01/2013 06:32 AM 1,073,709,056 VTS_01_1.VOB 03/01/2013 06:33 AM 1,069,197,312 VTS_01_2.VOB 8 File(s) 2,195,945,472 bytes
General Complete name : E:\DVD\VIDEO_TS\VTS_01_1.VOB Format : MPEG-PS File size : 1 024 MiB Duration : 17mn 3s Overall bit rate : 8 396 Kbps Video ID : 224 (0xE0) Format : MPEG Video Format version : Version 2 Format profile : Main@Main Format settings, BVOP : Yes Format settings, Matrix : Custom Format settings, GOP : M=3, N=16 Duration : 17mn 3s Bit rate : 8 000 Kbps Width : 720 pixels Height : 480 pixels Display aspect ratio : 16:9 Frame rate : 29.970 fps Standard : NTSC Color space : YUV Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0 Bit depth : 8 bits Scan type : Interlaced Scan order : Top Field First Compression mode : Lossy Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.772 Time code of first frame : 00:00:00:00 Time code source : Group of pictures header Stream size : 972 MiB (95%) Audio ID : 189 (0xBD)-128 (0x80) Format : AC-3 Format/Info : Audio Coding 3 Mode extension : CM (complete main) Format settings, Endianness : Big Muxing mode : DVD-Video Duration : 17mn 2s Bit rate mode : Constant Bit rate : 256 Kbps Channel(s) : 2 channels Channel positions : Front: L R Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz Bit depth : 16 bits Compression mode : Lossy Stream size : 31.2 MiB (3%) Menu
you ripped it/copied the folders and files
then you did NOT recode anything
if you converted it to avi or mp4
then re-encoded to dvd format
that would be a two step re-code
and should work
i belive he said he tried that
and since the vobs are dvd compliant, very likely NOTHING was recoded which is why he is having such a problem
i'm not saying recoding is a great idea
i am saying recoding should eliminate any problem that is being carried over from the original files/vobs
Last edited by theewizard; 11th Mar 2013 at 00:10.
The vobs appear too large - greater than 1 gig which is the max under the dvd spec.
Are you certain there are no other folders on the original disk ?
ALL my NTSC discs, whether commercial or do-it-myself, have .vob's that max out at either 1,048,574 kb or 1,048,404 kb in size when viewed in Windows.
NONE are as large as shown on the problem disc.
So, the culprit may be as simple as a non-standard vob size?
That's easily fixable with minimal or no re-encoding required, isn't it? What would happen if the OP simply ran this disc's contents through DVD Shrink to create a fully compliant DVD? Altho he said he used DVD Shrink, if the result produced file sizes too large, something wasn't done right.
Last edited by CobraPilot; 11th Mar 2013 at 09:35. Reason: Clarified my discs are all NTSC.
I've run across some strange discs too over the years....here's one:
Interesting theory, I tired DVD shrink with the 1 GB limitation, but it didn't work because the VOB file size given above in bytes is actually within limits:
Divide by 1024 each time and you get:
1,073,709,056 bytes = 1,048,544 Kilobytes = 1,023.9 Megabytes = 0.9999 Gigabytes
Will try the one or two step re-encode as suggested.