m4v want to play on a DVD player Help and oldie out :)

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  1. lollylegs macrumors newbie

    lollylegs

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    So very new to iMac. Finally got some photos together and made a movie m4v and burned it onto dvd.
    But now it will not play on any DVD . What do i do please.
    Be gentle us oldies are not as savvy .
     
  2. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    What you probably did is copied a file over to DVD media. That video could be used in another computer, but not a DVD player. There is a specific file structure for DVD players, which is sometimes called authoring.

    How did you make your m4v? If your iMac is running recent software (iMovie, etc), you should be able to share your project as a DVD. Otherwise you may need an application that authors DVDs.

    The other possibility is that the DVD media you used is not compatible with the DVD player you tried. There is a lot of variability, if you can tell us what apps you used and which OSX you are running we may be able to help more directly.
     
  3. lollylegs thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes I'm running new software , iMac is only 1 week old.
    i first organise the photos in Photos then exported it to iMovie , i might have done something wrong so it doesn't play on everything
    It did play on a playstation 3 and HP computer but not on my philips or sony dvd player
    OS XE Capitan 10:11:3
    Do not have any apps yet, not sure what app or if i need one
     
  4. ColdCase, Mar 6, 2016
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    ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    I'm not that familiar with current iMovie, but I guess it doesn't provide the capability to share as a DVD directly. You probably need to export the movie as a file. Then use a DVD creation app. Some use the free utility "Burn" to make the file into a playable DVD, others use Toast. There are others. Someone with more direct knowledge should jump in here soon.

    http://www.wikihow.com/Export-iMovie-Project-to-DVD

    Download Burn from here: burn-osx.sourceforge.net/ (Copy and paste into your browser go to line)
     
  5. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    When you use Burn:
    http://burn-osx.sourceforge.net/Pages/English/home.html

    choose "Video" from the options in the Toolbar, and DVD-Video from the drop down menu. Just drag and drop your movie into the window and click Burn. It will ask to convert your file(which it has to do) so answer Yes.

    At the end, you should have DVD that will play in DVD Players. However, some Players are a bit fussy with home made DVDs.
     
  6. lollylegs thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for that, i will give it a try when i get some more disks
     
  7. lollylegs thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Burn did work ok , i did get it to work on the Sony DVD player eventually, But not on any others.
    I did try that many things i lost track of how i got it to work ...... lol
    Ive tried Handbrake BUT need a DVD program. I do not mind paying for one do you have a recommendation .
    willing to try anything at the moment
     
  8. theengineerbox macrumors newbie

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    I recommend trying Toast Titanium 14.
    Been using Toast on my Mac since 2009 and have no problems :)
     
  9. lollylegs thread starter macrumors newbie

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    cheers ill check it out
     
  10. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    It's more likely to be the discs that you are using rather than Burn being the problem. Toast is good, but it's expensive and doesn't really do much that Burn doesn't.
     
  11. lollylegs thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Dave, I've been using +r , I'm going to give some -r a try
     
  12. lollylegs thread starter macrumors newbie

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    After going into the menus in the DVD player i finally got them to work. Both + & - TDK worked
    Thank you for your help and saving me $130
     

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