1.    28 May 2017 #1
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    Creating a DVD To Play On Home DVD Player?


    Hi computing experts,

    I've got DVD Flick installed but it's been a long time since I used DVD Flick to create a DVD.

    Is DVD Flick still the easiest way for me to put .MP4 files and .AVI files onto a DVD that'll be playable on a TV?

    The last DVD I created using DVD Flick worked, but I just can't recall the settings I used to create the DVD...

    Thanks!
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  2.    28 May 2017 #2
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    It really depends on tv. Many now can read data files like mp4 from a usb drive.

    Convential dvd players need mp4 files to be converted to wav files and burnt accordingly to dvd.

    Really need more info on your setup.
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  3.    29 May 2017 #3

    Hi there

    for creating a physical DVD and playing it on a physical DVD player the DVD also needs to be "Finalized" - the player software for creating the DVD should show that in the menu.

    Personally I wouldn't bother with a physical DVD player -- for playing DVD's on a computer my preferred method is

    1) Buy an amazon TV firestick.

    2) Sideload KODI on to it - you can do this easily via loading to an android phone and then using apps2firetv simply install the KODI program to the amazon fireTV.

    3) Keep the DVD as an .ISO on your computer / NAS server.

    4) On the remote TV - switch to the HDMI input where you've got the amazon fire TV and select KODI.

    5) now you can browse your network and play the content on the TV -- the fire TV stick's handset can navigate through DVD menus etc. KODI will play .ISO files directly as well as every other video / audio codec I've seen - better than VLC for this purpose. You don't need to install ANY media server on the remote computer !!! so it's really easy. Connect the firestick via LAN cable if you have it - otherwise you'll need a reasonable wifi signal for video streaming.

    6) Current version of KODI is krypton V17.3.

    7) BTW if you like / want subtitles Kodi will grab them from places like subscene.com / opensubtitles.org etc in a large variety of languages - just add the subtitle plugin --really easy and clear from the documentation.

    8) You don't need an amazon account to get an amazon firestick / amazon firetv box - and IMO these devices are cheap and well worth the money -- I've ripped all my old DVD's and taken 2 DVD players to the tip --no need for them any more. !!!

    9) Please also note : you DO NOT need to install KODI on the computer / NAS server -- the KODI program on your amazon firestick /tvbox will read the media from the remote computer / NAS server --obviously store multi-media though on SHARED DRIVES on the computer / NAS box.

    10) If you rip Blu Rays - KODI also handles those too -- but IMO if using BLU RAY it's better to rip to .MKV first - and if you need subtitles use KODI to get them from subsceme.com or opensubtitles.org.

    11) Technical note - as KODI runs on Android on the firestick / firetv box which is essentially a Linux platform you should have no problems with long file names and reading files larger than 4.7GB (some blu ray .iso's can be quite large !!). Windows might truncate long file names but KODI will still play those.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  4.    29 May 2017 #4
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    Like the (many) others on this forum, it's been a long time since I've burned a standard video DVD for use in a DVD player. Casting .mp4s to the TV is easy, convenient and provides better video quality with smaller file sizes if you tweak the compression parameters correctly.

    However, that doesn't answer the OP's question. There are occasions (and parts of the world) where a Video DVD is still the most appropriate media.

    I don't use DVD Flick, so I had to look at its website. It appears to be Open Source and a reasonable product of its time, but development seems to have stopped around 2010. The system requirements say...
    Operating system:
    Windows 2000 Professional, or any edition of Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7
    ...and it's unclear if it is compatible with Windows 10 (or even 8).

    I use another Open Source DVD authoring tool, DVDStyler which works fine on the latest W10. This is still being supported and developed. It can design menus, convert .mp4, .avi etc. to standard Video DVD format and burn the results to a .iso or direct to a finalised DVD.

    Of special note for @NiceAndShy (who I know from past posts is concerned about security and privacy) it is available in Portable App form (which is the one I use).

    It has all the same great features as DVDStyler. Plus, it leaves no personal information behind on the machine you run it on
    https://portableapps.com/apps/music_...tyler_portable
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  5.    01 Jun 2017 #5
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    Your replies are much appreciated!

    I need to create a DVD for an elderly person at a nursing home who doesn't know how to use an Amazon Firestick or other new devices so a DVD is what I need to make.

    Since I've still got DVDFlick installed, I'll give that a try to create the DVD, but I need to somehow find the settings I used in the past as the DVD I made in the past worked.
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  6.    01 Jun 2017 #6
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    Not sure links are allowed. The instructions are very long and include pictures or screenshots.
    <<https://www.aimersoft.com/how-to-burn/dvd-flick-tutorial.html>>
    Note that is a third party site. At the end they suggest you buy their program. I did not post it
    for that.
    Free is generally enough... (I have not used DVD Flick for many years.)
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  7.    01 Jun 2017 #7
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    Which are the main settings I need to make sure I've set correctly so that the DVD I create will work on most DVD players?

    Thanks!
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  8.    01 Jun 2017 #8
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    To be honest, there's probably little you could do in settings that could make a DVD that can't be played in most players. DVD authoring software like your DVD Flick or my DVDStyler by design burn a DVD that meets the standard Video DVD format. Take the default settings and you can't go far wrong.

    What can make a difference is the type of DVD you burn to. In my experience a DVD+R is the most compatible with a wide range of DVD players. I have come across a few players that had problems with reading DVD-R disks. The least compatible seem to be rewritable disks, so don't use DVD+RW or DVD-RW.
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  9.    05 Jun 2017 #9
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    Thank you so much for your thoughtful reply!

    If I used those DVD disks that are "dual layer" and have a capacity for 8.5GB it'd be less compatible than the regular 4.7GB DVD blanks right?
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  10.    05 Jun 2017 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by NiceAndShy View Post
    If I used those DVD disks that are "dual layer" and have a capacity for 8.5GB it'd be less compatible than the regular 4.7GB DVD blanks right?
    I can't say as I've never used one for a video DVD.

    How many hours of video do you intend to put on this DVD? My DVD authoring software (DVDStyler) will automatically adjust the compression settings to fit the finished DVD onto the available space. Your DVD Flick probably does the same. I find a couple of hours fits on a single layer DVD with no noticeable loss of quality, so a dual layer is probably 'overkill' for your purposes.

    I have made single layer DVDs with over four hours of video on them. Even then the compression artefacts are minimal, and probably not going to be noticed by the elderly eyes of you intended viewer.
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