Videos copied to DVDs won't play on DVD Player/Home Entertainment System
Why you need to know:
Probably you are the type of individual who likes to entertain friends and family by hosting movie nights or you just like the idea of copying home videos to DVDs for showing on your home entertainment system. However, you notice the DVDs burnt on your computer only play on the computer but won't read in the DVD player. It's a matter of simple software or even just the way the video is copied to the DVD.
What you will need:
DVD +R (RW)
Home DVD Player
How to get it done:
Note briefly that it is recommended to purchase DVD +R (DVD plus R) discs as most DVD players now and CD/DVD ROMs are compatible with these type of discs versus the DVD -R (DVD dash R) discs. There are a few minor yet significant distinguishing technical features which include the tracking and speed control of the DVD +R which is less susceptible to interference during the burning process than DVD -R. DVD -R uses an older system of recording to disc. However, check the DVD player being used to see which discs are compatible with the player. It should state it on the front or on top of the player or in the manual. Don't be afraid to ask the store technicians or store clerks about the DVD player and/or disc compatibilities. Also, Sony supports both DVD types and is a dominant company in this market, so Sony brand DVD discs are widely trusted but Imation and TDX are other good brands to buy.
If you've already purchased the DVD +R and speaking for Windows computer users, one of the best video file recording software to have installed on to the device is Windows Live Movie Maker (which is normally on most Windows computers) and to accompany the software, install Windows DVD Maker. Just dragging the video file to the disc will not create a DVD that is playable on a standalone DVD player. Once you've opened the software, after selecting the style and editing the movie it is imperative to choose to 'Master the DVD' option in file properties since by default DVDs are created just for playback on the computer instead of on all devices. If you have both software programmes, then Windows DVD Maker automatically open to save the movie to the disc and will create and code DVD once the file is imported as an easier option.
For most computer movie making or DVD creating software it will give various options on how you want the disc to be recorded. One of the most important features to pay attention to is the burn speed (2X, 4X, 8X etc.); the slower the burn speed the better the outcome of the product and unfailing as most DVD players do not read DVDs burned at high speeds over 4X. So, if the previous DVD was created at a higher speed than 4X this could also be the reason it is not playing.
Once the movie or files have been imported and mastered with the programme the DVD must be finalised and session needs to be closed (although most software will automatically carry out this procedure). Open 'My Computer' right-click select the CD/DVD icon for properties to 'Close Session' and once this process is over the computer should eject the disc and notify that the process is complete.
Helpful links: http://www2.palomar.edu/pages/atrc/2011/12/06/windows-live-movie-maker-burn-a-dvd/ or http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/windows-live-movie-maker-create-edit-and-view-movi.html