A quick idea for playing media files off a DVD, including AVC/H.264

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Ken Maltby, Nov 18, 2006.

  1. Ken Maltby

    Ken Maltby Guest

    With today's compression codec you can fit a lot more good
    quality on a DVD. There are DVD players that will play XviD
    and DivX files off a data DVD, but so far none that can handle
    the newer more complex/demanding codec, like AVC or even
    XviD at it's highest settings. So, for now, you have to play such
    material through a PC or HTPC.

    One thing you can do is create an Autorun.inf that launches
    your preferred media playing program with a "playlist" you
    also have on the DVD. So you can have 8 or 9 episodes of
    your TV show on a DVD-5, at better quality than you had
    5 or 6 in a traditional video DVD. Of course this won't work
    in a standalone DVD player, but such a player can't handle
    video using this level of compression, anyway.

    (See my MMB post for creating a DVD like menu structure
    to play such files (and HD) off your hard drive or NAS.)

    Ken Maltby, Nov 18, 2006
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  2. Thanks, Ken.
    Could you consider writing a H.264 FAQ/BKM web page?
    Or is there one already out there you could recommend?

    (BKM = Best Known Methods)
    Richard Crowley, Nov 19, 2006
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  3. Ken Maltby

    Ken Maltby Guest

    I would be glad to contribute to one, but I hardly know enough
    to give such a page a good start.

    Ken Maltby, Nov 19, 2006
  4. Ken Maltby

    Ken Maltby Guest

    A google search provides a few good info sites. I can
    recommend the Doom9 poster/moderator "Bond"'s
    he's been a good source for as long as I've been looking
    at AVC/H.264. Another benefit of these monitored info
    threads, is that they are often updated to keep current
    with developments.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H.264 is continuously "updated"
    as well.

    Ken Maltby, Nov 19, 2006
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