DVD playable on a PC?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by DougY, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. DougY macrumors 6502

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    This is probably a stupid question, however..
    I just created a musical slideshow from our vacation, and burned it to a DVD.
    Our kids only have a PC, so will the DVD I created on my iMac play on their computer? Do they need any special program installed?
    Thanks
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Video DVDs should play fine on PCs. Depending on the version of Windows, you may or may not need special software. Windows XP and some versions (I believe) of Vista and Windows 7 do not include the codec for playing DVDs, and so they force you to use a third party program. Most computers that came with DVD players have some kind of DVD playing program, though. If the computer's something that doesn't have a built in DVD player (like a netbook), the chances are greater that it doesn't include a DVD player software. In that case, VLC is a free option (http://videolan.org).
     
  3. spinnerlys Guest

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    Is it a video DVD that can be played in those video DVD players under your TV?

    Did you use (iMovie +) iDVD to create the DVD?

    If so, it's a video DVD, that can be played everywhere a DVD player or drive is available. Just make sure the PC has a DVD player software, VLC Player can do that for instance.
     
  4. DougY thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I used iPhoto

    I used iPhoto to create the musical slideshow. The family I'm sending it to, will be playing it on their PC, not on the TV.
     
  5. spinnerlys Guest

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    How did you burn the DVD? Did you use iDVD or did you just export the slideshow out of iPhoto and burnt the resulting file?
    If it is the latter, just download the Windows version of QuickTime and burn it onto the DVD too, so that the recipient can install QT and is able to see the file.
     
  6. DougY thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Exported and burned

    I exported it out of iPhoto and burned the file.
     
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