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  1.    07 Jan 2017 #1

    Finalizing a Video DVD so it can be played on other computers


    There must be a way to finalise a Video DVD burn in windows 10 but I can't find it.
    Any help would be appreciated thanks
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  2.    08 Jan 2017 #2

    Hi there peterpotus and welcome to Ten Forums!


    As I understand it finalising a DVD means it can be played on other devices such as DVD players and other computers.

    This thread may be of some use to you Close/Finalize DVD Disc.

    Windows DVD maker also may be helpful but can only be used if you have a computer running Windows 7.

    I could suggest for you to look closely in the tool bar options for burn/format while exploring the DVD. What program did you use to create the DVD in? Is there a option to finalise using that program?

    I have heard that ImgBurn has an option for finalising DVD's so you could give that a whril too .
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  3.    08 Jan 2017 #3

    Movie files require specific software to convert the files to DVD format to allow it to play in a set top player.
    The type of disc depends on whether the disc needs to be finalized or not. DVD-+RW media needs to be Finalized after burning or it will not be readable on any other computer. These type of discs can be reused but need to be Formatted after use. We do not suggest using RW discs to burn DVD Movies as many set top players cannot read this type of disc.
    DVD-+R disc is write once media. When burning is complete and the disc is ejected, it is automatically Finalized by the software. No further user action required. If a burn fails, these type of discs are not reusable, so they should be thrown away.
    Where is the video that you are trying to burn to DVD coming from? If it is a home movie from a camera, a file created in a software program like Windows Movie Maker? etc or is it a file you downloaded with a file extension of wmv, avi, mpeg etc?
    a DVD format has a different files system. The root of the DVD has two files. AUDIO_TS, and VIDEO_TS the AUDIO_TS folder is always empty. The VIDEO_TS folder has various VTS_xx files in it. xx being chapter numbers.
    There are many programs that allow you to convert saved video files (avi, mpeg, wmv etc) to DVD format. One of our favorite free ones is DVDFlick.
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  4.    08 Jan 2017 #4

    Thank you Ellellell1 and Spunk. Both of your replies give me hope.

    The mention of Windows 7 reminds me that I did not have this problem on Windows Vista.

    I created a MPEG2 movie from camera files using Corel Studio Vista 9. Then using the same program I burnt it to a --R DVD. None of the "Player" programs on the computer would play the disc it created BUT it played quite OK on 2 TV DVD players of different brands and ages.

    I then tried using the Windows 10 "Burn to DVD" facility and got exactly the same result.

    Getting desperate I re-installed AVG Disc Creator and using the "DATA" option (as opposed to the Video option) burnt a disk which works on the computer and the TV DVD players.

    This is only a partly successful workaround as I can't create a Disc Menu. I need this as the project was to put 4 short MPEG 2 movies on the DVD. Some people who get the DVD can't play MPEG4.

    I certainly appreciate your advice and will try your suggestions.

    A prominent feature of Windows 10 seems to be the lack of specific W10 help. I usually have to weed through advice aimed at much earlier versions, even though I preface every search with the words Windows 10. I don't solve my ignorance I seem to increase it.

    Thanks

    Peter
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       08 Jan 2017 #5

    peterpotus said: View Post
    The mention of Windows 7 reminds me that I did not have this problem on Windows Vista...
    ....I can't create a Disc Menu. I need this as the project was to put 4 short MPEG 2 movies on the DVD. Some people who get the DVD can't play MPEG4.
    Windows Vista (and Windows 7 as I had before the upgrade) included the Microsoft DVD Maker in some editions, this may have been what you used previously. This could easily make standard DVD video format disks (with menus) that could be played in any DVD player. Unfortunately this, along with the other Media Centre features were removed by the upgrade to Windows 10. Even Media Player lost the ability to play DVDs.

    As I often made DVDs from my home movies I found an alternative, the free DVDStyler. I use the Portable Apps version, because that comes without any unwanted 'extras': DVDStyler Portable | PortableApps.com - Portable software for USB, portable and cloud drives
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  6.    09 Jan 2017 #6

    Bree said: View Post
    Windows Vista (and Windows 7 as I had before the upgrade) included the Microsoft DVD Maker in some editions, this may have been what you used previously. This could easily make standard DVD video format disks (with menus) that could be played in any DVD player. Unfortunately this, along with the other Media Centre features were removed by the upgrade to Windows 10. Even Media Player lost the ability to play DVDs.
    Yes, I too used WDVDM. I even have a seperate Windows 7 machine setup specifically for this purpose.

    Hope you find success in these suggestions Peter .

    Also out of curiosity would making a new DVD be practical for you? I have heard that DVD Styler does create DVD's with menu's and from memory it automatically finalises the DVD too.

    If you are looking to play DVD's on the computer VLC media player can pick up mostly all DVD formats, which could be helpful if Windows Media Player is being funny .
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  7.    09 Jan 2017 #7

    Finalising a Video DVD so it can be played on other computers


    Ellellell1 and Bree

    Thank you both.

    I will try your ideas.

    Msoft certainly moves in mysterious ways sometimes. I thought my logic was failing me but now, maybe not so much.
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  8.    09 Jan 2017 #8

    This is only a partly successful workaround as I can't create a Disc Menu.
    If you have a MP4 (MPEG4) files and want to burn them to a DVD menu, use the Free DVDFlick.
    Program
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  9.    10 Jan 2017 #9

    Thanks Spunk

    I have burnt a new DVD with the same MPEG-2 files using DVD Styler Portable and it did a good job simply.

    The Menu went easily and the options are all I want.

    This computer still won't open the DVD it just made but the important thing is that it, including the Menu works on a TV/DVD player.

    Much appreciate the help from you and Ellellell 1.
    Last edited by peterpotus; 11 Jan 2017 at 02:25. Reason: More Information
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  10.    10 Jan 2017 #10

    This looks kind of interesting and might satisfy your needs: WinX DVD Author
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