DVD Players that can play a DVD-ROM with MPEG files?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Carlos Moreno, Jun 21, 2004.

  1. Hi,

    I was just wondering -- same way as many CD/DVD players are able
    to play a regular CD-ROM with MP3 files in it (even if the files
    are organized in directory hierarchy), I wonder if there are any
    commercial DVD players that would understand a DVD-ROM (i.e., a
    data DVD) that contains MPEG or AVI files and play them as if it
    were a regular DVD? (sounds like a good idea to me).

    The thing is, why putting up with DVD-authoring, or VCD/SVCD,
    choosing the right type of media, etc.? If the DVD understood
    a normal filesystem with MPEG files, then one could use a CD or
    a DVD, encode at whatever custom quality settings, and would
    have full flexibility (sure, a computer can do that, but it's
    less convenient, given that the PC is not necessarily near the
    home theater system; and you normally want a DVD player near
    the TV anyway)

    Carlos Moreno, Jun 21, 2004
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    Ken Maltby Guest

    Many of the cheaper settop players can do that, my <$50
    Norcent DP-300 can for example. Some of the new ones
    can play MPEG4 files off a DVD or CD. Try a Google.

    Ken Maltby, Jun 21, 2004
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    Nomen Nescio Guest

    You wouldn't get menus, subtitles, chapters, etc. that way. "DVDMPEGISO"
    is great for archival purposes and for quick dumps but has its limitations.

    Ideally, all players would support "DVDMPEGISO" for flexibility purposes.
    Nomen Nescio, Jun 22, 2004
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    ToMo Guest

    Because, if you only put a mpeg2 file on DVD:

    a) you haven't got chapters
    b) you cannot select subtitle on/off/language
    c) you cannot select type of audio stream
    d) no multi-angle view
    e) hard to get to the extra content
    ToMo, Jun 22, 2004
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    Bariloche Guest

    There are a few players that support direct .mpg playing. There are
    also players (Kiss, Woxter, Philips...) supporting mpeg-4 (DivX,
    Xvid...) AVIs. The latter shall also play .mpg files.

    It's good to be free of standards, specially in regards of resolution.
    But that doesn't mean you shall be able to play any bitrate. There
    must be a max bitrate that a given player can successfully play.

    Menus, etc. are more a fashion thing than a real necessity.
    Bariloche, Jun 22, 2004
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    Pete D Guest

    a) so what, you don't have chapters with MP3's
    b) unlikely that you will have them
    c) probably only have one anyway
    d) it's only a home grown mpeg after all
    e) not at all true see a) above
    Pete D, Jun 22, 2004
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    David Chien Guest

    Philips DVP642 will do this just fine. $69 at amazon.com and walmart.
    excellent choice.
    David Chien, Jun 23, 2004
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    ToMo Guest

    Well Pete, I'm only explaining why the tech industry is not supporting
    mpeg2 file reading on most current DVD players, because the average Jonh
    Smith can do shit with the mpeg2 file, just Play&Stop.
    But from our point of view, it HAS sense, no question about that.
    ToMo, Jun 23, 2004
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    Keith Clark Guest

    Actually, it's probably just simply easier for them to not support ISO
    discs, not because what Joe Smith can and can't do.

    It's also about demand. Manufacturers see little demand for the feature, so
    they don't rewrite their firmware to support it (which costs money for
    development and testing that isn't trivial).

    If players with this feature start become best sellers, then you'll see it
    become more common. That's why every manufacturer jumped on the MP3
    bandwagon - because the first (Apex) players that supported it took off like
    Keith Clark, Jun 23, 2004
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