Problem Burning Video DVD's

Prime85

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I am trying to burn a Video to DVD. I have my Optical drive in an external case because of my optibay drive. The problem is everytime i try to burn a DVD it seems like it burns perfectly but when trying to play it on my mac or any DVD player i get an error that it can not be played.

I have tried burning DVD's with the "Burn" for OSX and i have tryed using "Nero" under bootcamp and neither of them work.

Does anyone have an idea why this is happening and has anyone been able to get video DVD's to burn properly after putting the optical drive in an external case?
 
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Yes the VIDEO_TS plays in a VLC Player

AUDIO_TS works as well in a VLC Player

How could i get them to work in a DVD player?
Does dragging the VIDEO_TS folder onto the DVD Player icon (in the Dock or Applications folder) work? If not, you could try the "Open DVD media" option and browse to the VIDEO_TS' parent folder and select the VIDEO_TS folder and open it that way.
 

mcpix

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First, set your finder preferences so that DVDs are not automatically played. Then, when you insert the disk can you see the two folders (Video_TS, Audio_TS)?

If not, then something is wrong with the burning process. If the folders look okay, then maybe it is a media issue. You could try another type of DVD-R.

One more thing you could try is to use iDVD to create the DVD. You need to start with a quicktime file, as it can't use mpeg-2 files. Just drag it onto any random menu and let iDVD do the encoding.
 

heisenberg123

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I am trying to burn a Video to DVD. I have my Optical drive in an external case because of my optibay drive. The problem is everytime i try to burn a DVD it seems like it burns perfectly but when trying to play it on my mac or any DVD player i get an error that it can not be played.

I have tried burning DVD's with the "Burn" for OSX and i have tryed using "Nero" under bootcamp and neither of them work.

Does anyone have an idea why this is happening and has anyone been able to get video DVD's to burn properly after putting the optical drive in an external case?
i use burn for osx all the time with no issues can you list what you do and i can tell you if I'm doing something different
 

Prime85

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First, set your finder preferences so that DVDs are not automatically played. Then, when you insert the disk can you see the two folders (Video_TS, Audio_TS)?

If not, then something is wrong with the burning process. If the folders look okay, then maybe it is a media issue. You could try another type of DVD-R.

One more thing you could try is to use iDVD to create the DVD. You need to start with a quicktime file, as it can't use mpeg-2 files. Just drag it onto any random menu and let iDVD do the encoding.
The DVD looks like it burned perfectly but doesnt play on anything except windows. It plays perfectly with WMP and nero player. But wont play under any DVD player and OSX, even when i use "burn" to make the DVD's. Mac's no longer come with iDVD so i couldn't try it and it is not available in the App Store.
 
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The DVD looks like it burned perfectly but doesnt play on anything except windows. It plays perfectly with WMP and nero player. But wont play under any DVD player and OSX, even when i use "burn" to make the DVD's. Mac's no longer come with iDVD so i couldn't try it and it is not available in the App Store.
It is probably due to the external ODD not being easily accepted by DVD Player. Have the tips I gave in post #4 worked?
Maybe also look for a hack of DVD Player to accept an external ODD as source.
 

Irock619

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I have the same issue with MP4 and avi file types. When I burn to the disk the movie will not play in an ordinary dvd player, only another computer with a dvd drive.
 

Irock619

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How* do you burn them to DVD?

* what exact application and what kind of settings
I insert a blank dvd and burn straight from finder. That didn't work so I tried iDVD. When I drag the avi file into iDVD it won't play the preview. When I click preview project I get the spinning beach ball.

When I burn from finder it appears everything is legit, until I put it into a dvd player and it won't play.
 
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I insert a blank dvd and burn straight from finder. That didn't work so I tried iDVD. When I drag the avi file into iDVD it won't play the preview. When I click preview project I get the spinning beach ball.

When I burn from finder it appears everything is legit, until I put it into a dvd player and it won't play.
Burning via Finder only creates a data DVD, which depending on the actual DVD player you have, will not be readable on other devices than personal computers.
iDVD can make video DVDs (video DVDs differ from data DVDs, as they have a clear structure and need their video to be using only the MPEG-2 codec (which the .avi and .mp4 file do not use)), but it will not accept the .avi file, and probably not the .mp4 file.
You could use Burn instead and use the VIDEO tab to make a "DVD-video".
See below for screenshots:






 

Irock619

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Burning via Finder only creates a data DVD, which depending on the actual DVD player you have, will not be readable on other devices than personal computers.
iDVD can make video DVDs (video DVDs differ from data DVDs, as they have a clear structure and need their video to be using only the MPEG-2 codec (which the .avi and .mp4 file do not use)), but it will not accept the .avi file, and probably not the .mp4 file.
You could use Burn instead and use the VIDEO tab to make a "DVD-video".
See below for screenshots:
Dude you have no idea how long I have been looking for a good conversion software that also burns the disk. Thank you for providing this!!!! I am trying it now :)
 

Irock619

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Burning via Finder only creates a data DVD, which depending on the actual DVD player you have, will not be readable on other devices than personal computers.
iDVD can make video DVDs (video DVDs differ from data DVDs, as they have a clear structure and need their video to be using only the MPEG-2 codec (which the .avi and .mp4 file do not use)), but it will not accept the .avi file, and probably not the .mp4 file.
You could use Burn instead and use the VIDEO tab to make a "DVD-video".
See below for screenshots:
It worked :D Thanks again for your help. Sorry if I hijacked this thread a bit :eek:
 

Prime85

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It is probably due to the external ODD not being easily accepted by DVD Player. Have the tips I gave in post #4 worked?
Maybe also look for a hack of DVD Player to accept an external ODD as source.
Your right! Thank you! The problem was the stock dvd drive wasn't recognizing the external drive. I found a hack called DVD drive switcher which let me change it from internal to external.

Dont know why it wouldnt play in nero under bootcamp though, but i would rather be in OSX anyway. :)