Solved Buy cd or dvd for videos?

September 19, 2012 at 12:00:41
Specs: Windows 7
I'm having trouble getting the dvd to play in my dvd player attached to the tv. I used a cd-r, should I buy dvds instead? Or is it the file type I need to change? Thanks.

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September 19, 2012 at 15:32:13
There are two ways you can use CD's for video.
1. Burn the video file straight to the CD and hope your DVD player supports that type of video file.

2. Create a VCD (video CD) or SVCD (super video CD).

Option 1 has to use a video format that your player can read, if it can support this at all. Not all DVD players can. The VCD is an old method to put videos on CD and the quality is rather poor.

So which option did you use? Your best option would be to use burning software that can burn a DVD, not a CD, with the correct format and file structure used for DVD video.

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September 20, 2012 at 08:00:52
I'm sorry, I didn't realize I left out so much info. I downloaded some videos from the internet onto my computer. I want to make a dvd of them for my sister. I tried to put them onto a CD-R and they wouldn't play in my dvd player attached to my tv. I used Windows DVD Maker to "burn to dvd." They were downloaded as a MP4 and FLV files. Do you think the problem lies with the type of files or that I used a CD-R instead of a DVD disk? The burner also asked me what type of disk I was using, (I forget the options) but none of the options were, but not dvd. I believe that's what I selected. I also tried using Windows Media Player to burn them to disk, so things are kind of mixed up in my head as to which program I used for what. Hopefully you'll be able to figure things out for me with this info. Would you say it's because I used a CD-R instead of a DVD disk or the way I went about it...or both? Thanks!!!!!

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September 20, 2012 at 12:34:38
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Well there could be several problems. It could be the software you were using to create the disc could not transcode the MP4 and FLV files into the standard MPG2 DVD format. it could also be that you told the program to burn a DVD but you used a CD instead and it confused the program causing it to write who knows what on the disc.

So here's what you have to decide, do you want to create a CD with the video's on it or do you want to create a DVD with videos on it.

First, I would suggest getting a program that will trans-code the files into the format you need to use. It will be MPEG1 for VCD or MPEG2 for DVD. Super video encoder is great for doing this and it's free.

You can also look at the manual for your DVD player. Some players can play video files straight from a disc without any special formatting. If yours can, determine what format it can play, then use Super to convert the files into that format and you can burn those straight to a disc without doing this next step.

Next, trans-code the video into the format you plan to use, then make sure it plays on your computer. Windows media player will play both formats so if it plays them after converting, your half way there. Then I would suggest downloading the proper software to create a VCD or video DVD. Do not just use software that burns to DVD as it will not create the proper files structure on the disc.

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September 20, 2012 at 12:51:51
HOLY COW!!! That's so much info...and I'm not quite sure I understand it all. I'll print out what you told me and take it one step at a time. :) Thank you so much for your help!!! Warmest regards.

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September 20, 2012 at 15:02:23
Yeah I did post quite a bit and in a condensed manner just to get you started. Don't be intimidated, feel free to post back and I can walk you through each step.

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September 20, 2012 at 16:32:24
Great, thanks! :)

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