authoring for stand alone dvd players

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Jim, May 14, 2004.

  1. Jim

    Jim Guest

    Hello. I've been using some DVD authoring programs to create my own DVD's
    from digital films I've taken. I have found that when I get the program to
    create the DVD folders on my hard drive, it works fine. I can watch the DVD
    folder using Power DVD and I can then use a DVD burner program like Nero to
    transfer the VIDEO-TS folder over to a blank DVD and that disk then works
    fine on computers BUT...........
    When I've tried to play the DVD's on STAND ALONE players they usually either
    don't work, or partially work. The DVD will start playing at some point half
    way through the disk rather than at the menu that I've created or the menu
    buttons causes the wrong bit of film to be palyed. That kind of thing.

    So to recap, what I'm doing is designing the DVD using a DVD authoring
    program (uleads dvd workshop2) then when I render the dvd I get the program
    to generate all the files on the hard drive. It does this automatically and
    stores them in a folder called video_ts. This works fine on my computer BUT
    when I transfer this video-ts folder and its contents over to a blank dvd,
    the dvd refuses to work properly in many stand alone dvd players.
    I've heard that you can't simply transfer the files from the hard drive
    folder over to a blank dvd and expect it to work on dvd players because the
    data has to be recorded on the disk at specific locations and the player is
    geared to find the files at these locations??? Is this true??
    Has anyone else experienced difficulty in getting original DVD's they have
    designed themselves, that contain their own video footage (NOT illegal
    copies of commercial films) to work on stand alone players and if so how
    did they solve the problem and manage to design their own dvd's that will
    play on stand alone dvd players aswell as computer dvd drives.
    Thanks.
     
    Jim, May 14, 2004
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    Mike Kujbida Guest


    I do this all the time at work and home. I use DVD Architect to author and
    create the files but use RecordNow Max for burning. No problems like yours
    yet.
    FWIW, DVD Architect creates both VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS folders. BTW, the
    AUDIO_TS folder is always empty so you can create it yourself. Try this and
    see if it solves your problem.

    Mike
     
    Mike Kujbida, May 14, 2004
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  3. Jim

    Sender Guest

    I use DVD Workshop 2 also. THere are many reason for the failure, but I
    suggest you to check in the following order:
    1. Can your DVD disc (not the folder) play fine with Power DVD?
    2. When you use Nero to create a new burn, did you choose DVD Video? or just
    DVD-ROM? It should be DVD Video.
    3. Have you try to play your DVD disc on another standalone player?
    4. Have you try with other brand of DVD disc?
    5. Have you check with your DVD player maker whether it can read DVD+-
    media?
    Hope these help.
     
    Sender, May 14, 2004
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  4. Jim

    Jim Guest

    Thanks.

    But am I right in thinking that if you have a dvd 'video_ts' folder on your
    hard drive, which has been created with Ulead DVD workshop, or any other dvd
    authoring software, then if you want to transfer it to a dvd to be played
    specifically in stand alone dvd players rather than computers then you CAN'T
    just transfer it as an ordinary data disc using a cd/dvd burning program
    like Nero. You have to use a burner program that has a 'burn as dvd video'
    option or dvd players may not read it properly.
    Is this true?

    I also have Roxia Easy CD creator and this doesn't seem to have such an
    option. When I burn DVD videos with this I just create an ordinary DVD data
    disc with a with a 'video_ts' folder that I've created and I import all the
    files from the hard drive.
    Is this what I've been doing wrong?
     
    Jim, May 14, 2004
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    Bariloche Guest

    Right -except Nero has a DVD Video mode, which is the one that should
    be used. At least my Nero 5.5.10.20 has that mode, which I have always
    succesfully used to burn DVDs. But the mode only appears when you use
    the Wizard.
     
    Bariloche, May 14, 2004
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  6. Jim

    Mike Kujbida Guest


    I'll repeat what I said the other day. I author and create my DVD using DVD
    Architect, storing the video_ts and audio_ts folders on the hard drive.
    Then I use RecordNow Max to burn these to a DVD as a data copy. Works every
    time.

    Mike
     
    Mike Kujbida, May 15, 2004
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