Philips DVD Player won't play dvds properly

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by jeffambrose424, Aug 7, 2007.

  1. Hi,

    I bought some dvds overseas in Sweden (PAL) that I want to play on my
    North American
    DVD Player (NTSC) without the issue of region encoding. I copied a
    dvd to my harddrive
    and burned it to dvd and it runs fine on my computer. The region
    warning is gone.
    When I put the dvd in my Philips home dvd player (DVR-3050V) the
    picture is obscured
    by rolling bands, large bands, that roll up and down the screen. The
    dvd plays normally
    in 2 other dvd players I own (Sanyo/Emerson) one of which I thought
    was lower quality,
    integrated into a tv combo.

    How can I make the dvd play normally in my home Philips dvd player?
    Do I change a
    setting in the player or in my software?

    Software used: DVDCopy Fab, or Arc Dvd Copy with AnyDVD dumped to HD.
     
    jeffambrose424, Aug 7, 2007
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  2. Does your Philips DVD player claim to play PAL discs?
    Does it play other PAL disks OK? Ironically, it is the lower-
    end players that seem to be better at playing diverse kinds
    of discs. There are several geo-policitical (not technical)
    reasons for this.
     
    Richard Crowley, Aug 7, 2007
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  3. Yes. The manual says, "This player will both NTSC and PAL DVDS."
    Reading the manual carefully suggests the color system of the TV may
    be the issue. Does anyone know of a definitive way to test my TV for
    support
    for the PAL color system? (assuming I haven't tested it already)

    I would like to point out two things. There is no region on the
    disc.
    The copy plays in my computer and 2 other dvd players and doesn't
    mention
    the region anymore, unlike the original.

    The second thing, the original DVD gives the warning in my Philips dvd
    player,
    "Region not playable" or words to that effect. I suspect it's coded
    for Region 2.

    Anyways, looks like it's my brand new, great tv that I love that's the
    problem.
    Replacing the dvd player was a cinch, but my huge tv ? Damn
     
    jeffambrose424, Aug 7, 2007
    #3
  4. To be 100% clear: PAL and region code are two *unrelated* things.

    Region code is a code (one byte) that says "You (the DVD player) may
    not play this disk unless you are from the same region".

    PAL and NTSC are two ways of encoding (same word, different meaning)
    the video and audio data.

    Here's a possible solution: most players that play NTSC and PAL have a
    configuration item that lets you choose one of three modes of playback:

    1. Output everything in NTSC
    2. Output everything in PAL
    3. Output everything in the same encoding as the current disk

    My bet: you are (by default, I'm sure) in mode three. Change to mode
    one and you're home free.

    Look in your manual or on the Philips website to find out how.
     
    Gene E. Bloch, Aug 8, 2007
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  5. I think you're on the right track. I got as far as accessing the
    firmware update
    screen and the firmware "current" version screen. That might be
    taking it a
    bit too far, but that's where I was last night.

    I combed the manual and nothing in there about doing it voluntarily.
    I think
    it goes against the grain in their books.

    It appears that what I need is an unlock code or a cracked firmware on
    a cd
    for teh model DVP-3050V/37 or DVP-3050V/37B. I searched Google, it's
    hard to find, if it can be found. People says it doesn't exist. Yet,
    dvdexploder
    claims to sell it for $10. I'm not inclined to pay $10. Especially
    if it doesn't
    claim to work and may wreak havoc on my player.

    Any further help?

    What I've been doing lately is using software like IFOedit and VOB
    Blanker
    to manually do surgery on the VOB files to make it play. It worked.
    I got the PAL disc to play, on the philips player, but now the
    subtitles are
    gone. When I pop it in my computer, it plays *with* subtitles.
     
    jeffambrose424, Aug 8, 2007
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  6. I think you're on the right track. I got as far as accessing the
    firmware update
    screen and the firmware "current" version screen. That might be
    taking it a
    bit too far, but that's where I was last night.

    I combed the manual and nothing in there about doing it voluntarily.
    I think
    it goes against the grain in their books.

    It appears that what I need is an unlock code or a cracked firmware on
    a cd
    for teh model DVP-3050V/37 or DVP-3050V/37B. I searched Google, it's
    hard to find, if it can be found. People says it doesn't exist. Yet,
    dvdexploder
    claims to sell it for $10. I'm not inclined to pay $10. Especially
    if it doesn't
    claim to work and may wreak havoc on my player.

    Any further help?

    What I've been doing lately is using software like IFOedit and VOB
    Blanker
    to manually do surgery on the VOB files to make it play. It worked.
    I got the PAL disc to play, on the philips player, but now the
    subtitles are
    gone. When I pop it in my computer, it plays *with* subtitles.
     
    jeffambrose424, Aug 8, 2007
    #6
  7. If you think I'm on the right track, why do you tell me about unrelated
    things that you're doing? :)

    I only have two Philips PDF manuals on a nearby hard drive, and neither
    one shows the selection choice that I mentioned. Neither one is a 3050,
    for that matter.

    If the output selection that I mentioned exists, it will be in your
    DVDR's setup menus. Unfortunately, if your machine is like the ones I
    have manuals for, you won't have that choice.

    BTW, I can't find your model number on the Philips site.
     
    Gene E. Bloch, Aug 8, 2007
    #7
  8. LOL, good one.

    Hm, nope, not in my setup menus. I'm thinking I got to buy me one of
    those dvd players that has a region code unlock thingie on some
    website
    beforehand.

    Phillips site, the best place I found was here.
    http://www.p4c.philips.com/cgi-bin/...P3050V/37&mid=Link_Software&hlt=Link_Software
     
    jeffambrose424, Aug 9, 2007
    #8
  9. Next time you post a URL that is 7 km long, consider researching
    tinyurl first :)

    On topic: some of the under $50 players will play any region and either
    kind of video. They might require a simple series of remote commands to
    enable those capabilities. Look at http://www.videohelp.com for some
    help (or other places whose names escape me).
     
    Gene E. Bloch, Aug 9, 2007
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