Solved DVD created on a Mac , can't play on windows?

February 11, 2013 at 14:23:06
Specs: Windows 64
My brother made a DVD on his Apple computer, sent it to me and three other siblings, three of use are running 7 , one is running windows 8, none of use could play the video , took it back to him it came right up on his Apple, we also tryed it in DVD players. is there some sort of conversion software ?

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February 11, 2013 at 17:58:43
Then he needs to use software on his Apple that creates a DVD in the standard video DVD format, not in an apple proprietary format. He's probably creating it as a data disc, it needs to be a DVD video format disc.


#1
February 11, 2013 at 14:27:06
What's on the disc? Music, movie, homemade video? And what is the file extension?

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#2
February 11, 2013 at 14:33:01
It's not a "Macintosh versus Windows" issue. It's more likely your Windows computers don't have a suitable media player that can play that type of file. It's impossible to say which media player you need since you haven't said what the file type is, but VLC media player can play most types of video files:

http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html


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#3
February 11, 2013 at 14:53:18
I have a Toshiba Satelite , with windows 7, playing windows media player, my Dvd / Blu-ray player is high end and plays everything, both are acting like there is nothing on the disc, but when placed in an Apple laptop it comes right up. I know my one sister has a brand new Gateway laptop running Windows 8, and I am assuming Windows Media Player, One is one hour away, one is in Florida the other in West Virgina we all received the same disc with one video downloaded, I beleive from a i-phone

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#4
February 11, 2013 at 15:06:19
Windows Media Player has the ability play DVD movies in Win7 Home Premium and up. Win8 WMP doesn't have DVD support, because MS considers it antiquated.

What does the file structure look like on that DVD? It's possible he didn't save his project as a completed movie. It's also possible he saved it on a DVD, and not as a DVD movie.

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#5
February 11, 2013 at 15:14:31
Please post the format/file extension. Can you pop the disc in your drive, then see the contents in My Computer? Is the extension .mp4, .mov, .m4v, something else? It's very possible VLC player will play it, Windows Media player won't unless the proper codecs are installed.

How to show file extensions: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tut...


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#6
February 11, 2013 at 15:45:06
When I veiw the disk it's as if there is nothing there, that is why I took the disc back to him... they put it in their coputer it worked.

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February 11, 2013 at 15:48:37

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#8
February 11, 2013 at 15:54:19
My computer-Devices-DVD RW drive-

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#9
February 11, 2013 at 16:17:25
You have been asked a number of times what the file extension is. If you cannot "see" the information on your computer take it back to your brother and write down the information ie: the file name AND EXTENSION.

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#10
February 11, 2013 at 16:44:08
If the DVD is blank, and you'll know because Windows will let you burn files to it (assuming your PC can burn DVDs), then he never burned the disk. If that's the case, he's either pranking you, or he needs to go back and study his burning program of choice.

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#11
February 11, 2013 at 17:33:53
I am not "seeing" the file on my computer no file name no extension ..I watched the video played from this disk on my brothers Apple , No tricks ,no pranks, no magic tricks .. this is a serious subject to do with an estate. I am not great with computers, but I am also not an idiot. I am reading some things about Apple and " iDVD"and some compatability issues with windows. I have veiwed the video at my brothers and I am trying get an answer to a common problem that not only I but three others are having. if it made sense I wouldn't be looking for answers. My brother that made the disk is an hour away also, I made the trip there to veiw the video assuming that the disc I received had no content but it played with no problem

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#12
February 11, 2013 at 17:35:32
It played with no problem on a Apple laptop

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#13
February 11, 2013 at 17:58:43
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Then he needs to use software on his Apple that creates a DVD in the standard video DVD format, not in an apple proprietary format. He's probably creating it as a data disc, it needs to be a DVD video format disc.

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#14
March 12, 2013 at 03:15:00
What type of files are you burning? A stand alone DVD player generally can't play AVI, MPEG, WMV, MP4, etc files. So what you would have to do is convert the files to a format the DVD player does recognize. The conversion can take hours, depending on the file & the speed of your system. You would need a program such as IMGBurn (free) or AppGeeker (not free) or something similar.
http://www.imgburn.com/
http://www.ilikemall.com/convert/burn-mov-to-dvd.html

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