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    Convert X to DVD

    Can anybody tell me why after converting avi to DVD, it won't play on my Phillips DVD recorder but it will play on older DVD players?
    The Phillips is supposed to play DVD+r, -r, +rw,-rw, divX and some more.
    The players it works on just play DVD+r and -r.
    It used to work before but I can't remember what blank discs I used.
    I'm trying at the moment with DVD-r discs.
    Even a cheap tesco DVD will play the converted files but my Phillips ( that's supposed to play all formats) won't????
    What's going on

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    I don't think it matters what brand of discs you use; brand X -R should be the same as brand Y -R.

    I personally have used Verbatim, TDK, Sony, Maxell, Memorex and supermarket own brands, and have noticed no difference between any of them; usually I buy what's cheapest for 50 or 100 etc.

    Without knowing more, I'd guess that there's something going on with the final format of the DVD. Do you get any errors when putting the discs in the Phillips? Or does it just state 'no disc'?

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    thanks for reply.
    sorry i didn't mean brand, i meant, does it make a difference if i use -r or +r or -rw or +rw.
    it says unreadable disc on the phillips.
    a friend has a phillips dvd recorder and they don't work on that either.
    but they'll work on even a cheap tesco dvd player.
    as i said they used to work before but i'm not sure if i used dvd-r discs

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    I think there is some sort of formatting thing with +R and +RW, as every 16:9 tv show or movie I've put onto a +R/+RW has come out in 4:3 aspect ratio. This has never happened using -R/-RW discs, and is the reason I only use the +R/+RW discs for data type formats now as it doesn't seem to make a difference with avi or mpg file types, only with converted files to DVD format.

    Give it a try using one disc of each type (stick to the same type of discs; ie use either -R/+R or -RW/+RW, but don't mix and match) and see what happens. If you get an unreadable disc each time it could point to;

    1) Your Phillips player being dodgy
    2) An issue with your DVD writable drive - have you tried burning the same file on another make/model of DVD writer with the same results?
    3) The final format of the DVD - check all the options in Convert X to DVD and make sure they're right for a UK DVD player
    4) The actual file being converted; what file type is it before the conversion? Do you have the right codecs installed to playback this file on your PC?

    If the discs you're producing play fine on other DVD players and on your PC DVD drive, then I'd start suspecting the Phillips of being dodgy.

    Cheers.

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    try burning at a slower rate and check its set on uk etc.
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    Hi Gavin,I'm burning at x4 and when u say uk setting, do u mean PAL?
    Cheers

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    you can set pal but also region as in region 1 uk 2 us canada etc dont quote me on correct number as having dumb moment
    must admit i have used convert x for a long long time and had no issues.
    i do think that some of the philips players are a pain in the butt tho.
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    I'm after trying 7 DVD players.
    The coverted files will play on DVD players that only play standard DVD.
    I've tried 3 players that play DVD+R,-R,+RW,-RW and divX and it won't play on these.
    Very strange, I'm stumped??

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    it works on my toshiba hard drive/ dvd recorder.
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    Just had a thought; are you finalising these DVD's when you burn them so that no further sessions can be written?

    If you're not, then this may be the issue.

    You'll need to finalise RW type discs as well.

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    I think so, when the voice at the end says "operation is complete" the disc should be finalised, I think.
    Thanks for your time and help though.

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    I'm wondering is it something with DVD players that play divX???
    I know it shouldn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kev1000 View Post
    I think so, when the voice at the end says "operation is complete" the disc should be finalised, I think.
    Thanks for your time and help though.
    This sounds suspiciously like when ConvertX to DVD finishes converting the file.

    What I mean is when you're burning the disc in Nero (or whatever) there should be an option to finalise the disc or create what Nero call a 'multisession' disc. Multisession discs are generally bad news when it comes to standalone DVD players and shouldn't be used.
    What you need to create is a 'read only' disc, even when using RW type media; you can still use these as RW's by formatting the disc.

    Cheers

 

 

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