I'm pretty new to this, discovering the joys of trying to burn something onto DVD that will play on standalone DVD players.
The original was copied from VHS on a Toshiba D-VR18DT-K-TB which produced a VIDEO_TS folder on a DVD, I finalised this on the Toshiba, all seemed to work ok - I've copied that onto my PC and now want to burn this to two or three more DVDs for a couple of people. I've tried using File Manager - right-click on the VIDEO_TS folder, 'Send To' my PC's Bluray/DVD drive, and then going to my DVD drive and choosing 'Finish Burning' from Drive Tools. The DVD it produces actually works on my own standalone Bluray player, but for two other people I have done this for their drives just won't play the DVD - one has an old LG DVD player and this just spits the disk out (I'm wondering it it doesn't like DVD-R) the other just sits there trying but never gets anywhere. It's frustrating!
If it makes any difference there is a basic 'menu' on the DVD which was produced during the process of copying from the VHS. The menu appears and works ok on my own bluray standalone player.
The original VHS is just a video of a school dance performance, but done by a 'proper' company (just a small local outfit I think)
Any ideas? Is the method I'm using above the right way to do this?
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try slowing down the burn speed to 4x and see if that helps.
Assuming you still have the one good DVD, use Imgburn to create an image of it, then use the same
program to burn the image to you new DVD(s)
If you want to use the Hard drive Video_ts copy, open Imgburn,
mode/EZ mode picker
write file/folders to disc
Drag your video_ts folder onto the window
Allow the program to set UDF file system if necessary.
Burn at half the rated disk speed
Yes, ImgBurn is typically the answer to all disc burning issues: just follow the procedure posted by davexnet.
HOWEVER: if you don't already have ImgBurn installed on your PC, avoid the latest version 126.96.36.199 installer if at all possible!
AFAIK, that version is still infested with an annoying, difficult to remove adware package. The last "known-harmless" ImgBurn installer was 188.8.131.52, which just had an easily-declined Ask Toolbar sponsor. 184.108.40.206 is much more insidious (unless someone here knows of a recent change that omits the nasty "Open Candy" forced crapware).
Unfortunately 220.127.116.11 vanished from availability once word got out about the sneaky adware in 18.104.22.168 (presumably as a toxic effort to force adoption of the Open Candy adware). So the only safe version still available conveniently from VH (via the Older Versions link) is the rather outdated 22.214.171.124. But this should still do most of the basic burning functions anyone would need as well as later versions, minus the sketchy adware.
I have v126.96.36.199 and it installed as far as I can remember without any issues, no adware on my machine....BeyonWiz T3 PVR ~ Popcorn A-500 ~ Samsung ES8000 65" LED TV ~ Windows 7 64bit ~ Yamaha RX-A1070 ~ QnapTS851-4G
Several thread contributors back then offered suggestions to disconnect internet access while installing 188.8.131.52 to bypass Open Candy getting installed, but not all agreed this was a sure-fire solution. Others proffered instructions to hack the installer code to extract just the ImgBurn 184.108.40.206 app itself, which was then referred to as the "portable" version (linked by ProWo above). I was not aware that VH was back-door hosting this portable "clean" 220.127.116.11 as an option: it doesn't seem to be listed on the VH ImgBurn download page?