I obtained a rip of a laserdisc onto two discs. The film is 131 minutes in length and this person tried to get the best quality obtainable. So they used PCM audio. I want to put it on one dvd-5. I performed the following procedures:
1 - I put the VOB files of both discs into one folder and renamed them by the convention VTS_01_001.VOB through VTS_01_010.VOB
2 - I joined them using VOBEdit.
3 - I created new IFO files using IFO edit.
4 - At this point I tried to load the folder up into DVDShrink. But Shrink complained about bad VOBs. So, I ran the folder through FixVTS.
5 - Now DVDShrink took the folder but said that the content was too big for one disc. Now I'm looking at the 1.5 Gigabytes used on the PCM audio file.
6 - I merged all the VOB files into one with VOBEdit.
7 - Demuxed the resultant VOB file with VOBEdit. Got a m2v file and a wav file.
8 - Used Belight to make an AC3 file with the wav file.
9 - Remuxed the m2v file with the AC3 file in IFOEdit.
10 - Put the resultant folder in DVDShrink, (not sure now if I had to run it through FixVTS or not ), Shrink took the folder and said that all was well. I created an ISO file.
11 - Now, I've tried to make a disc with that ISO file. It plays on a computer, but not on the DVD player. Apex - not sure of the model number off hand, but it plays dvd-r just fine.
Using DVD-RW I noticed that you could hardly tell anything had been burned onto it. But it would play in my computer. So I just used a regular old DVD-R but it still won't play in the player.
I suspected maybe the bitrate was too low. It got around as low as 3800kbps and no higher than 4600kbps. But, most folk seem to think that bitrate is fine.
Anyone with suggestions on what I might do?
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Originally Posted by qpskfec
Still, your suggestion is a thought. Maybe I should mux my elementary streams with a dedicated authoring tool and see if it makes a difference.
There are many possible sources of trouble in what you're doing. One is that you don't know if media type/quality is a problem. Not all players tolerate all brands of media, and even within a brand, different burners can produce different results. For minimum headaches there, use only high-quality media (Taiyo-Yuden or Verbatim), burned at perhaps a notch below the maximum rated speed. It's probably not a bad idea to burn to an image, and then test its playability with a fussy player. On the Mac, that would be Apple's own DVD Player. I don't know what a comparably fussy tool would be on Windows. I do know that it would not be VLC -- it is too forgiving of non-compliance to offer much of a test.
Another potential source of trouble is the use of IFOEdit as an authoring tool. Although it has that capability, it's not clear how well developed it is. The tool is mainly -- surprise! -- a tool for editing IFO files. It does that very well. Try a tool that is specifically dedicated to authoring, and see if things get any better.
Originally Posted by StrobeLightEpileptic
Have you ever had problems combining titles using that method before? Or it could be your dvd player can't play/convert between pal and ntsc - post specs of your files. The computer is usually more forgiving when it comes to playing files than a standalone dvd player, even non-compliant dvd files.
I've never tried your method before but what I would have done was separate the 2 titles into elementary streams using pgcdemux. Combine them during reauthoring using something like muxman. Then you can run it through shrink/re-encode.