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Discussion in 'Convert DVD to another format' started by Need2Know, Jul 5, 2002.

  1. Need2Know

    Need2Know Member

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    Is there anyway to burn a movie on to a DVD-R without having a DVD burner? So if i were to buy some DVD-Rs would it be a waste of money, because i don't have a DVD burner? Thanks for you responses.
     
  2. chriso123

    chriso123 Regular member

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    You cannot burn any type of recordable/re-writable DVD without a DVD writer.
     
  3. loaded

    loaded Moderator Staff Member

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    However, if you are capable of asking that question, like I would have been about a month ago, before starting using this site, you might also not realise that you can burn a movie onto a CDR in VideoCD format with your CD burner. There is an excellent article here:

    http://www.afterdawn.com/articles/archive/dvd2vcd_with_smart_dvd2avi_tmpgenc.cfm

    This will allow you to burn a movie, from a DVD, onto a CD in VideoCD format, which will run on a standalone DVD Player (well most of them) in a perfectly adequate quality.

    Of course, Chriso123 is more than right in that an actual DVD-R will never work in your CD burner, which I suppose is your original question! I am just assuming you might want to be doing this instead...

    :)

    P.
     
  4. KPM

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    Hi all...

    This is a follow-up question that you smart folks can probably answer off the top of your heads. I think I know the answer but please tell me if I'm right.

    Problem: I've followed the well-laid out instructions on the website to create VCDs. I've used Nero, TMPGEnc, EZCD Creator Platinum and a combination of them all. Everything seems to work just fine until I try to play the VCD in my Sony desktop player. It's about a year and a half old and "claims" to play VCDs, DVDs etc, however the VCDs won't play. (They play well on my PC, however and my homemade DVDs play well on the Sony tabletop player.)

    Is it fairly common for a VCD compatable table top player to not play VCDs? Does the type of CD-R I'm using make any difference? If so, what brand of CD-R should I use?

    Thanks for any help you may have.
     
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    chriso123 Regular member

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    1. Make sure you set the record speed to 1x.

    2. Use high quality cd-r media like Phillips or another good brand.
     
  6. Spydertec

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    KPM,

    One other thing. Some Sony players will not play CD-Rs. I'm not sure when they started supporting it, but mine won't play them and it is around a year and a half old. Try using a CD-RW. That seems to work in my player with no problems.

    spydertec
     
  7. KPM

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    Thanks you guys... I'll try both suggestions.

    I conducted a little experiment today with a VCD I burnt on a cheapo CD-R. (I know it was good because it played in my computer.) I went down to Fry's Electronics. (A large retail store that has many different brands of DVD players.) I spent about an hour trying the VCD in all of the different brands of DVD players. (I'm sure they thought I was a goofball.) My suspicions were right. Even some of the "upper end" players that claimed to play VCDs wouldn't play the VCD. (They all played my homemade DVD, however.) Many of the DVD players would play my VCD however, so I bought one.

    An interesting side note... There were about 5 people (including one store employee) standing nearby waiting to see the results of my test. If nothing else, it shows the interest in the subject.

    Thanks again for the help. I think I'm off and burning!

    KPM
     

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