Trying to determine why DVD won't play in standalone player - AnyDVD Analysis

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#1

Hello,

Forgive me if I don’t do this properly, but I’m new to DVD authoring and these forums so I may get some details wrong. Please just bear with me.

What I have are two DVDs that I want to watch. Both are Region Free. One plays in my standalone DVD player, the other does not.

The screenshots taken from AnyDVD are above. The DVD on the left is the disc that plays. The one on the right does not. Any ideas what I can do to the one on the right to make it play?


#2

They are both PAL. Where are you from??

The one on the right pic looks like a self made one, that may be the reason…


#3

[QUOTE=chef;2509766]They are both PAL. Where are you from??

The one on the right pic looks like a self made one, that may be the reason…[/QUOTE]

Not only that but maybe the reason they being both DVD-R and not DVD-ROM might be another reason why it doesn’t work??? Why don’t you try with DVD+R and booktype it to DVD-ROM and see if that doesn’t work. Also your Drive Region and Video standard doesn’t match the correct player Region. And as Chef mentioned where are you from as well??? Oh you might want to update your Anydvd as was reported back some time it showed the incorrect Region settings? Go to the latest and give us a new screen shot so we can tell for sure what is going on.


#4

I’m from the US. Believe me, I find it odd that the one on the left plays as well, but it does.


#5

With the DVD label being the same for both discs it looks like AnyDVD is in AI Scanner enabled on the first read & either Automatic or disabled on the second read.
There is a slight difference in size but maybe that’s the result of the difference in copy protection being removed.
So is the OP testing us & it is the same disc ?


#6

No, I promise, it’s a different disc. Two completely different discs. Label is the only similarity.


#7

The one that doesn’t play on the stand alone player, does it play correctly in the computer? If you don’t have software for playing dvds on the computer, try either VLC or Media Player Classic HomeCinema. Both those are free to use.

www.videolan.org

http://mpc-hc.sourceforge.net/

If it does play in the computer, I’m not sure what to suggest. Maybe run it through FixVTS. http://www.videohelp.com/tools/FixVTS But I think it is more to do with the PAL encoding.

Do both of the videos have similar specifications? Look at each in MediaInfo and see if they look the same. I find the Tree View within MediaInfo to be the most informative. http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/en


#8

[QUOTE=Kerry56;2509955]The one that doesn’t play on the stand alone player, does it play correctly in the computer? If you don’t have software for playing dvds on the computer, try either VLC or Media Player Classic HomeCinema. Both those are free to use.

www.videolan.org

http://mpc-hc.sourceforge.net/
[/QUOTE]
It does play on the computer. I have Windows 7 and WMP opens up as soon as its inserted and begins showing the menus.

[QUOTE=Kerry56;2509955]
If it does play in the computer, I’m not sure what to suggest. Maybe run it through FixVTS. http://www.videohelp.com/tools/FixVTS But I think it is more to do with the PAL encoding.

Do both of the videos have similar specifications? Look at each in MediaInfo and see if they look the same. I find the Tree View within MediaInfo to be the most informative. http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/en[/QUOTE]

I just finished running both through MediaInfo, and I think you’re right about the PAL encoding. It looks like, even though AnyDVD picked them both up as PAL, MediaInfo picks up the one that does play properly as NTSC and the one that doesn’t as PAL. Is there an easy way to convert it?


#9

PAL standard should be 720 x 576 resolution and 25fps frame rate. Audio is probably AC3, but might be MP2, which is not used in NTSC standard dvds.

Are these what you see in MediaInfo?

If so, you might want to reencode the video to NTSC standards. AVStoDVD should be able to do this (fingers crossed). http://www.videohelp.com/tools/AVStoDVD In any case it is free to use. Make sure to set the video output to NTSC in Preferences. Import the dvd into AVStoDVD by clicking on the green + sign, and selecting the VTS_01_0.IFO file in your dvd.

You will lose the original menu doing this, but you can build a new one in AVStoDVD if you want…it may be much more crude, but will function. You don’t have to make a menu if it is not desired.


#10

This is for information ATM but the next version of PcgEdit (currently in beta) has the facility to automatically convert menus between PAL and NTSC.

So you could convert the disc then convert and import the menus via PgcEdit.

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