If DVD Image < 700MB, can I burn to CD-R?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Mike Beauchamp, Feb 24, 2005.

  1. Hey all..
    I'm burning a 7 minute movie for someone as a DVD, and the image is only
    about 400MB or so. Can I just burn this onto a CDR and have it play normally
    in a DVD player?
    Mike Beauchamp, Feb 24, 2005
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  2. "Mike Beauchamp" wrote ...
    I believe that is called "miniDVD" and *SOME* DVD players
    will read it, but not many. See the definition of miniDVD at

    Only 35% of the 484 models listed in the videohelp player
    compatibility list will play miniDVD

    I just tried the very experiment you are describing earlier this
    week and found that the DVD players in our classrooms would
    NOT play the miniDVD disc. I was not surprised.

    If you are only making discs for Grandma and she has the right
    player, you're home free. But don't expect widespread general
    Richard Crowley, Feb 24, 2005
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  3. Mike Beauchamp

    Bryan Heit Guest

    Most DVD players will not play this type of disk, but if you convert it
    to a VCD it should work fine in most/all DVD players. See videohelp.com
    for info on this - you want to read their guides on DVD to VCD, or MPEG2
    to MPEG1. This can be done entirely with free tools.

    Bryan Heit, Mar 2, 2005
  4. Mike Beauchamp

    Rick Merrill Guest

    Nope, you have to burn it to a DVD-R.

    (as an aside, note that DVD's should not even be STORED in a CD "jewel"
    case because the center pressures are different!)
    Rick Merrill, Mar 25, 2005
  5. "Rick Merrill" wrote ...
    Actually, you can burn it to a CDR. It is called "mini-DVD" or "cDVD".
    Most computers and *some* standalone DVD players can play them.
    I have used mini-DVD successfully before where I *knew* that the
    people receiving the disks would be able to play them. But likely NOT
    suitable for general distribution.

    You can read about the format here...
    Definition: http://www.videohelp.com/glossary?M#miniDVD

    Description: http://www.videohelp.com/minidvd.htm

    Compatible players:
    (watch out for line wrap)
    Never heard of that one. Dunno why the "center pressures" would
    have anything to do with it. DVDs are actually more structurally
    sound than CDs are. (Two layers vs. one.) And the retention
    mechanisms for DVDs are all over the map from less than adequate,
    to grip like a vice. With no apparent negative effect on the discs.

    Furthermore, all DVD*R disks that aren't sold bulk (on a spindle)
    are sold in jewel cases that I've ever seen. Has anybody ever seen
    a DVD*R blank disk sold in an Amray-style box? I have not.
    Richard Crowley, Mar 25, 2005
  6. Mike Beauchamp

    C.J.Patten Guest

    FYI: I had almost EXACTLY the same issue with a project a little while ago.

    Ended up making a VCD (or perhaps it was an S-VCD?) that plays like a charm
    in all the devices I tried.

    My understanding is that S-VCD follows the same standard as DVD (navigation,
    file structure).

    In any case, I started the "DVD" project in Adobe Encore DVD 1.5 (the
    downloadble demo in fact!) and noticed the site (about 200mb) when it was

    Tested it as a VCD/SVCD burned on a CD-R and voila! A cheap delivery method
    for this project!

    Your results may vary but it worked for me. I'm not familiar with any
    authoring tools except Encore so I don't know if it's the only one that will
    do this but it's a free download on Adobe.com. (30 day, non-crippled trial)

    C.J.Patten, Mar 26, 2005
  7. Mike Beauchamp

    Didik Guest

    are you familiar with encore ,
    is it good? simple ? heavy? I use dvd architec right know,
    please share

    Didik, Mar 31, 2005
  8. Mike Beauchamp

    C.J.Patten Guest

    Can't compare to others that I haven't used but Encore DVD 1.5 is fantastic
    in my book.

    Tight integration with the rest of the Adobe family - VERY tight with
    Photoshop 7 or 8. "Edit Menu in Photoshop..." is a command in Encore and it
    full supports Photoshop layers.

    I wish I had something to show you of what I've done in Encore but here's
    something to look at:

    Go rent or buy "Kill Bill Volume 1" the DVD, JetLi's "Hero" or the latest
    version of "The Manchurian Candidate."

    Look at the menus on those DVD's. Professional, Hollywood SLICK.
    That is EASILY done in Encore DVD including the menu transitions, music,
    looping etc.

    I thought those were COSMIC until I understood how DVD's were structured. As
    soon as I figured that, it was like a light going on (to borrow that tired
    cliche ;)

    I would very much like to know if anyone else has seen the Kill Bill disc
    and if they feel they could duplicate that DVD with their software tools.

    C.J.Patten, Mar 31, 2005
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