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Old 08-08-2009, 11:08 AM
 
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I have an AVI video file that I want to burn onto a DVD so that I can watch it on my TV. My laptop has a DVD recorder with Toshiba DVD software that can burn DVDs. The software gives me two recording options:

DVD-Video/+VR
DVD-VR

What do these two options mean? What type of blank disc should I buy so that it plays on my TV's DVD player?
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Old 08-08-2009, 11:52 AM
 
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You want software that will author a DVD compliant video so it will play in most video players. So choose DVD-Video/+VR. -VR is not DVD compliant and may not play in a lot of players. I'm surprised it's even an option.

Download the trial for Ulead Movie Maker or Ulead Video Studio for better options. The software that comes bundled with a DVD burner is usually quite poor.



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What type of blank disc should I buy so that it plays on my TV's DVD player?
That's relevant to the DVD player you have, some will play -R, some +R, some both and some neither. The older the player is the less likely is that it will play either and ironically the higher end machines at least in the past gave the most trouble. You can see if your model is listed here to see what it supports. Buy a few discs and test them before making a a large purchase. Be sure to test the last part of the video as that is where they will usually fail.

DVD Player and Blu-ray Player Compatibility List

More info on disc brands here: DVD Player and Blu-ray Player Compatibility List
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Old 08-08-2009, 02:11 PM
 
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My computer has the Ulead DVD Movie Factory software. I tried creating a video disc using the AVI file I have but it says the file is invalid when I try to add it. Do I need to convert from AVI to something else? What software can do this?
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Old 08-08-2009, 02:16 PM
 
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Which version of MF?

Ulead accepts just about anything, AVI is not a format but a wrapper file or generic extension for video and can contain many types of video. What is the source? camcorder?
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Old 08-08-2009, 03:55 PM
 
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I'm using v5.51 of the Ulead program. When I select the AVI file it gives me an error that the file is inaccessible. When I try to play the file in windows media player I can hear the sounds but it says I need a codec. Do I need a codec to be able to burn it to DVD?
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Old 08-08-2009, 11:01 PM
 
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Probably a DIVX video, downloaded from p2p?

You can download Gspot from here: GSpot Codec Information Appliance

That will tell you what codec you need. Find the source of the codec and don't install any codec packs , if it's DIVX for example download it from the DIVX site:

DivX Downloads | DivX.com

Once you install the right codec MF should be able to open the video.
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Old 09-03-2009, 07:36 PM
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the best thing to do is to go to the manual of your computer and get all info from there. this way you wont make any mistakes
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Old 09-04-2009, 07:16 AM
 
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you can burn AVI files directly onto DVD's and play them that way IF your DVD player will read these types of files. Most DVDS will not. If you do it this way then you may have skipping or stuttering issues because the files are one long video clip. Otherwise you need a AVI converter which means you must convert the AVI file and then burn it.
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Old 09-04-2009, 09:11 AM
 
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the best thing to do is to go to the manual of your computer and get all info from there. this way you wont make any mistakes
Just exactly what manual? Most computers I see come with a sheet showing how to put it together, a warranty, and where to call for help. Back when there were manuals, they rarely gave much detail about operating the application software that came shipped on a machine.
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Old 09-04-2009, 05:40 PM
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Just exactly what manual? Most computers I see come with a sheet showing how to put it together, a warranty, and where to call for help. Back when there were manuals, they rarely gave much detail about operating the application software that came shipped on a machine.

Your p.c had software istalled on it so you should have the instructions (check the box). My laptop came with instructions for all the pre-installed programs.

Anyway, just buy 2 DVDs and burn one each way. See which one works and pick that option next time.
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