Making DVD play on all machines

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    • #45062

      Iam using Adobe pp1.5 for editing, but how do you make a DVD to play like the pros where I can play it on different player. One I have in mind is “DVD Video” you see on most pro DVD’s and then I can play it back on my 10.5 DVD player.

      Any ideas.


    • #187835

      There are dozens of reasons why home made DVDs will not play on all DVD players but;

      Professional DVDs are pressed, not burned, big difference. They use DVD -R Dual Layer DVDs and the masters are produced using very expensive equipment and software.

      They use a 4 pass VBR encoding that allows them to control the bit rate very precisely.

      Now, you can achieve very similar results if you do the following;

      Use good brand DVDS, the one biggest problem with burning DVDs is using junk media.

      Two brands I recommend are Verbatim -R or Taiyo Yuden -R

      Next, burn at a slow speed, 8X or slower.

      Those two things will make a world of difference πŸ™‚

    • #187836


      Thanks, didn’t know that I guess Iam on the right track just needed to see what I am missing. This only came up because my wife got me a INSIGNIA 10.5 screen player which only plays DVD VIDEO DVD’s. But something real cool for me I found out that I can plug my GL2 into it and now have a 10.5 monitor, great in the studio and easer to handle.

    • #187837

      You might be interested in this site dedicated to digital videographers, beginners to semi pro.

    • #187838

      I had similar compatibility issues with some DVD’s that I made.Since I switched to Verbatim and Taiyo Yuiden -R 8X I’ve had no compatibility issue.

    • #187839

      This is part of an article I wrote some time back for on the subject of DVD playback:

      Here is a brief list of some of the most common problems associated with poor DVD disk playback, and how to avoid them:

      • Cheap media: DVD media comes in many different grades. Cheap, no name grades of media tend to have imperfections in the dye layer that will cause data loss. Go with a good grade of blank media. If you’ve never heard of the manufacturer, watch out! When you buy disks in bulk, the price difference between good quality disks and questionable stuff will probably be only a few cents per unit. Your disk media is not the place to cut corners.
      • You chose a DVD media format other than DVD-R: This is becoming less of a problem as more people replace their DVD players with current models that are compatible with DVD+R. For now, DVD-R format disks are compatible with more consumer DVD players.
      • The DVD was duplicated at a high speed: Your blank disks may say that they can be recorded at 16X. Just because you can, does not mean you should. Generally, the lower the duplication speed the fewer disk errors you will encounter on playback, and the higher the quality of the image on playback. If possible, use 1X or 2X duplication speed.
      • A stick-on or stomp label is applied to the disk:Labels are bad news for DVDs. These disks are spinning at a relatively high speed. Having a stick-on label that is off center the slightest bit will cause the disk to wobble and flutter in the player, which will in turn create playback errors or will make the disk unplayable. Buy inkjet printable DVDs and use a media-capable printer such as one of the Epson models (I use an Epson R260) to print professional looking full-color labels on your disks. An alternative might be using Lightscribe media along with a Lightscribe labeling drive. Typically, these drives are too slow for practical use in commercial duplication, however.
      • The disk was scratched before it was burned: Handle your unburned, disks with the utmost of care. Even slight marring or scratching of the plastic disk surface can cause big problems for a drive when burning a disk. If you are using an inkjet printer to label your disks, only print on disks after they have been burned.
      • The disk was not verified following the burn process: Most computers or DVD duplication racks have the option of verifying data after burning. This second scan can slow down the duplication process, but it will often reveal problems with a burn before your customers discover it. I also like to spot check one or two disks from each run to make certain that they play well on the cheapest DVD player I can find. I have a player in my office that cost less than $30.00 that serves this purpose very well. I figure that if a disk plays okay on my cheapo player, it should play just fine on almost anything else.
      • The consumer’s DVD player is an old model that does not support DVD-R media: Some players that were manufactured more than five years ago may have problems with DVD-R media. I actually run into this problem only rarely now. Most people have upgraded players or have already run into the problem with their older players and so are able to solve the problem themselves. It might be a good practice to insert a brief note in your disk shipments recommending that if playback problems are encountered, to attempt to use a more recent model of player.

      Hope this helps.


    • #187840

      Nice Article Dave.

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