how do I make a dvd to play on my dvd player?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by randy, Mar 18, 2005.

  1. randy

    randy Guest

    I have a brand new DVD player (jwin brand, progressive scan, compatible
    with dvd/cd/cdrom/cdrom rw).

    I have a computer with sony video vegas 5 editing software. But it does
    not have the plugin to render in mpeg format or make a dvd. I think I
    can only render in avi and wmv and other computer viewable formats.

    I have some video files on my computer in .wmv, .avi, .mpeg formats
    that I would like to watch on my dvd. I have blank CD rom disks, but no
    dvd disks. I have a nice CDROM RW that I have used to write many files
    onto CD. Is there any way to write these videos onto a CD that would be
    watchable on my DVD player? Do I need to get blank DVD disks? Do I need
    other software? If so, is there free software available to make a DVD?

    Thanks in advance.
     
    randy, Mar 18, 2005
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  2. Look up your DVD player at www.videohelp.com and see if it will
    play "VCD" or any other format you can write.
     
    Richard Crowley, Mar 18, 2005
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  3. randy

    David Chien Guest

    can only render in avi and wmv and other computer viewable formats.
    If it supports VCD/SVCD, download the TMPGENC and encode everything to
    VCD/SVCD format and burn to CDs.

    Otherwise, buy the Philips $69 DVP642
    DVD/VCD/SVCD/MPEG-4/DIVX/XVID/MP3/CD/JPEG CD player at Walmart instead,
    and simply dump any MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 files in their original
    format to CD/DVD and play w/o having to convert to a VCD/SVCD/DVD disc.

    (In other words, if you have a *.MPG file, or a MPEG-4/Divx/Xvid format
    *.AVI file, simply burn them to a data CD/DVD. The player will look at
    all of the files and play the ones it is compatible with w/o you having
    to convert to VCD/SVCD/DVD format discs.)

    Lots of talk on this player in www.fatwallet.com/forums/ -> hot deals ->
    search 'dvp642' and videohelp.com.
     
    David Chien, Mar 18, 2005
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  4. On a sunny day (Fri, 18 Mar 2005 11:51:36 -0800) it happened David Chien
    It cannot play wmv, some other cheap DVD players can.
    wmv is a common format.
     
    Jan Panteltje, Mar 18, 2005
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  5. randy

    RS Guest

    Ummmm, Vegas 5 should render to MPG using the Mainconcept codec.

    You need to dig a little deeper into your software and look at all your
    options when you select the "Render As" option.

    The NTSC DV setting allows you to render it in Avi or Mpg setting. It
    allows you to render just the video stream or the video and audio stream
    combined.

    We must assume that you don't have DVD Architect which is the companion
    to Vegas Video, but thats not a big deal. Its an ok authoring program,
    but, frankly not my fav. You could D/L the TMPGenc DVD Authoring app
    which you can use under a free trial and see if you like it. There are
    many others to choose from. DVD Lab is my fav, but as it does not do any
    transcoding of non compliant files, it sometimes fustrates new users.

    You will very likely hear that rendering your project into seperate
    video and audio streams is the best way to go. I suggest you look into
    that at some point as I agree with that as well. But, if you don't want
    to wait until you have finished climbing the learning curve mountain
    before you burn your first DVD, start with an MPG2 with audio and video
    combined. If your project is more than an hour long, use a bitrate
    calculator to figure our what bitrate to use to get a file that will fit
    onto your DVD. If you don't know what a bitrate calculator is,
    videohelp.com will help you in that regard.
     
    RS, Mar 22, 2005
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