DVD player

Hi, I burned a video from my Sony HDD on to a Philips brand DVD-R. The DVD plays fine on my PC and laptop but it does not work on my standalone DVD players. Any suggestions on how I can resolve this issue? Thanks.

Sony HDD? Is this a Sony high definition camcorder?

If the video is in high definition format, stand alone dvd players usually cannot play them. Maximum resolution for the vast majority of dvd players is 720 x 576 (PAL) standard, or 720 x 480 (NTSC).

A blu ray player might be able to play them, depending on the format of the video and the resolution. AVCHD is one type of high definition video from camcorders, but not all blu ray players support it.

If this is from a hard drive on a dvd recorder, that is an entirely different problem. You may not have finalized the disk and will need to do so in the original machine. Or get ISOBuster and extract the video from the disk to the hard driver of your computer.

Thanks. Yes it is a Sony HDD (hard disk drive) camcorder. I downloaded the videos on to my PC hard drive and then I used Express software to burn them on to a Philips DVD-R disc. I’m not familiar with the different resolutions, etc, but I can’t believe this can be so complicated. I’m hoping there is a way to burn the video on to a DVD disc so that it can be viewed on any DVD player.

Get a free program called MediaInfo: http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/en
Use Mediainfo to examine the file you have on your hard drive. If you’ve already deleted it, examine the file on the disk. I find the Tree view to be the best.

MediaInfo will give all the specifications of the video. You can copy and paste that information here in your thread and we will be better able to help.

I think it will be in HD resolution. But this would prove that.

If you want to convert the HD footage to dvd-video, you can use a program called AVStoDVD for that. It is free to use. http://www.videohelp.com/tools/AVStoDVD
Using an HD camcorder to make SD dvd-video seems like a waste of effort though.

If you had a blu ray player that plays AVCHD, we could help you conserve some quality in the videos, and make AVCHD disks on regular blank dvds. A free program called multiAVCHD could do that for you. It can also output to dvd-video. http://www.videohelp.com/tools/multiAVCHD

Hi Kerry56,
Thanks for all the info. I will use AVStoDVD to convert the video. I just want to be able to view the video on my regular DVD player instead of on my PC. Thanks.

Make sure to set the output in AVStoDVD to match your region. The US uses NTSC standard dvds, most of the rest of the world uses PAL standard.