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Old 07-02-2010, 02:17 PM
 
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I see that blank DVDs hold about 2 hrs of stuff......but if I copy my .AVIs to one, it would hold a lot more than that. But can a DVD player play .AVIs, or is it just the "DVD format" (whatever that is)? I know it can play .MP3s, but obviously that doesn't necessarily mean it can handle other formats.
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Old 07-02-2010, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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Depends on the player. Check the specs of the model you own. If you're thinking of making discs for other people, forget about it - stick with the DVD standard.
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Old 07-02-2010, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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I see that blank DVDs hold about 2 hrs of stuff......but if I copy my .AVIs to one, it would hold a lot more than that. But can a DVD player play .AVIs, or is it just the "DVD format" (whatever that is)? I know it can play .MP3s, but obviously that doesn't necessarily mean it can handle other formats.
AVI is just a container format, anyway, so even if your DVD player could play some of them, chances are there are others that it won't play. It all depends on the specific video codecs used inside the container, and that can vary depending on which program or device created the AVI file.

For example, my Casio 3000EX camera shoots little 30-second movies in AVI format, but they use a Motion JPEG codec that used to be diffficult to find on Windows machines.

It it plays MP3 files, though, that means it at least knows how to read data formatted DVDs, and that's a good start. All you can do is burn one and see, really.
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Old 07-02-2010, 03:34 PM
 
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A multiformat DVD player will of course play these files, and I would think most DVD players on the market today are multiformat. I have a 5 year old Philips DVD player that sold for $60 that plays everything - movies, music, pictures, and I used to download and burn tons of movies from shared sites. You may get a few formats that are not readable with all the tons of codec out there, but it was pretty reliable. I swear if I shoved in an old sneaker with some digital imprints embedded in the sole it would read it and show a movie, that's how reliabel it was.

My PS3 does pretty good too. Whatever I put in there, it reads - except the cracked bluerays which Netflix seems to always send me.
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Old 07-03-2010, 01:49 AM
 
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First check the video to see what codec was used to encode it:

GSpot Codec Information Appliance

Then check the specs on your DVD player or you can try looking the model up here:

DVD Player and Blu-ray Player Compatibility List - VideoHelp.com

As mentioned AVI is not format, it's container file that can contain many types of video. Anything floating around the net is most likely going to be encoded using Divx which most players can handle.
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