Making Dvds for play in a Dvd player. What format?

theslaz

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I have an extensive collection of movies on my hard drives in many different formats. I would like to copy some to a Dvd for a relative of mine that is going to be living in a 5th wheel for the summer. The Dvds have to be playable in a Dvd player. Need to know what format has to be used and maybe a recommendation as to what program to use. The relative does not have a computer that they can take with them. A Tv and Dvd player is what they have to work with.
I did experiment by copying four movies in .avi format. They did copy; but of course the Dvd player did not recognise them.

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theslaz

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Thanks for your prompt reply.
I actually have that program and that is what I burnt my experimental Dvd with. However, when I tried it in my Dvd player; I got a message that the files were not recognized. I may have done something wrong; and I will try with your instructions to see if I can get it to work.
 
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Thanks for your prompt reply.
I actually have that program and that is what I burnt my experimental Dvd with. However, when I tried it in my Dvd player; I got a message that the files were not recognized. I may have done something wrong; and I will try with your instructions to see if I can get it to work.
You have burnt a DATA DVD and not a VIDEO DVD as pictured in my post.
 

theslaz

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What format do these files have to be for "Burn" not to have to convert them? Every file I drag over has to be converted! Very time consuming; and the one file I did convert increased in size by 1 Gig!
 

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What format do these files have to be for "Burn" not to have to convert them? Every file I drag over has to be converted! Very time consuming; and the one file I did convert increased in size by 1 Gig!
MPEG-2 is the format used by DVDs - there isn't a real practical way to keep (or play) these files on a hard drive, hence the conversion. The only way I've seen it working is by having the VIDEO_TS folder from an existing DVD ready to go and then burning it with Toast or Disco.
 

theslaz

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I experimented with vob files and they do work in "Burn". Converting to vob files is quick and they remain about the same size. I'm using a program called "WinX HD Video Converter for Mac". What I like about it is that it is fast and you can do a batch. I'm converting 40 files as we speak. I will use "Burn" to burn them if I can figure out how to build the menus! If I can't do menus; tha I will try "Toast".

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theslaz

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I wound up using "Toast Titanium"; as it has way more options for making menus. Works! Takes about 1 hour to burn two movies on 1 DVD. Only got 18 hours to go!