Sorry I didn’t get back to


Sorry I didn’t get back to you right away. (It was kinda exciting, my first grandson was born!)

Okay, your DVD’s are normal single layer (dual layer DVD’s have twice the storage space) so you’re not having problems with the layer transition. So let’s get into specific details of the playback on DVD players. Have you tried the burned DVD’s in any other DVD players? At the point where the DVD’s stop playing, how does that happen? Does the player suddenly stop, with the last image frozen on-screen? Or do you get a bunch of blocky artifacts with sound playing fine until the playback grinds to a halt? The behavior of the video just before it stops can provide many clues as to why it is stopping.

I use an old version of MyDVD to burn custom VCD’s and simple projects. But as I recall, there is very little control over the process of compression. So depending on a bunch of conditions you’ve got set to their defaults, your burned disc could be running into bit-rate problems. So while your computer’s DVD drive has the highest possible data transfer rates (to deal with data DVD’s & the like) your set-top DVD player will have the industry standard for when it was built. So in theory, we can burn disc’s that can’t be read by disc players. This is especially the case when we have a short video we want to burn with the highest quality possible. Depending on your particular editing workflow, you could be burning a file with a bit-rate higher than your set-top unit can play. Which would explain why it works fine when played on your computer.

So try out another DVD player to see if freezes on it too. You should also investigate what the bit-rate of your MPG2 files are and if possible, try buring a disc using a much lower bit-rate. There are several ways to do this, depending on the software you want to use.

So good luck, and again, sorry about the slow response.

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