Burning DVDs

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  • Burning DVDs
  • Premier Icon BigDummy
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    I am trying to burn video files to DVD on my laptop using Window Media Player.

    The results are fine to open from a 'pooter, but my DVD player doesn't like the result. It is aware of a disc, with something on it, but doesn't know what to do with it. It simply comes up that there is a folder, which it can't seem to open and play.

    I appreciate this is an incredibly basic and stoopid question, but what am I doing wrong, and indeed is there a way to do it right?

    Thanks for any help.

    Jon 🙂

    Premier Icon DezB
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    What format are the video files?
    As far as I'm aware WMP can't convert to DVD format.
    Unless your DVD player is capable of playing DivX files you need something to convert your vids before burning.

    Premier Icon BigDummy
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    They are (I think) WMP files. If they can't convert then that would seem to be my answer. As long as I'm not doing anything obviously dense. 🙂

    What sort of thing does the conversion of the files?

    You need to use something like nero to burn a dvd that can play in a dvd player for your telly.
    It will re format it on the fly. Takes a while though depending on how powerful your pc is

    xc-steve
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    If you have windows 7 or OSX you can use the preinstalled authoring software to create a playable dvd. (idvd and windows dvd maker or some similar obvious title)

    snakebite
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    JUST GET SOMETHING free like imageburn from filehippo.com, much easier than MS stuff.

    Premier Icon DezB
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    Yep, Nero does it.
    I use Ulead DVD Creator, then you can add fancy menus.

    Not tried the inbuilt Win7 stuff.

    Premier Icon BigDummy
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    Chaps, thanks. This has been very helpful. 🙂

    Premier Icon DezB
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    You need Windows7 🙂

    Premier Icon BigDummy
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    One would almost think that "Windows DVD Maker" was designed to do exactly what I want it to do. This cannot be pure coincidence. 🙂

    I have Vista I think, but I'll have a look at Nero and Ulead.

    Premier Icon BigDummy
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    I have Windows DVD Maker, and it seems to be working 🙂

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