Thanks for your input glObalist , the problem is not that sometimes it plays the DVDâ€™s and sometimes it does not. Perhaps I should have been a bit more detailed in my question.
I have lots of movies in MPG and AVI format, when I use Ulead DVD Movie Factory, the software encodes the file(s) and then errors out with â€œthe file or files are not compatibleâ€. This happens to about 50% of the films; it takes hours to encode and then gives me this errors. The whole thing is time consuming and annoying.
I then started using DVD Santa and the first few movies I did worked okay but since I have had problems with the DVDâ€™s simply not working and audio problems. The file(s) plays fine on the PC but when itâ€™s conveeted and put in the standalone DVD the audio is out. This would be fine if I was watching a badly dubbed martial arts movie but does not cut the mustard while watching Star Wars.
I have had similar problems with Nero, and am beginning to wonder if there is a program out there that gives good reliability. There are three DVD players in the house and 99.9% of the time if it does not work on one of them it will not work on the other two. Good idea about the re-writers but my standalone only plays â€“R.
Is there anyone else out there with this problem? Have you yet found a good piece of software?