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dretde



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2007 2:18 pm    Post subject: How do I make wmv files into dvds?

Hi,
I want to take some wmv video files (old television shows) and burn them to a dvd that will play on a dvd player for television viewing.
I have Nero, and it will create dvds, but they only play on the computer.
Anyone know of a "free" program I can download thay will make the dvd compatible to other dvd players?
Really frustrated, I want to give these old television shows to my brother as a gift so he can watch them on his dvd player.
Also, do I need some kind of converter to change the wmv format?
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zlim



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2007 7:44 pm    Post subject:

http://www.videohelp.com/tools?s=35#35
16 converters listed, 6 are free
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12quidkidinnit



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 2:05 am    Post subject: Re: How do I make wmv files into dvds? [Login to view extended thread Info.]

dretde wrote:

I have Nero, and it will create dvds, but they only play on the computer.
Nero should make DVDs that will play on a standalone player. Not that I've had much success using it. It crashed every time so I gave up and used Adobe Premiere Elements instead. Sadly, this one isn't free, but can sometimes be found cheap on ebay.

If you view the files on the DVDs that Nero creates, does it have 2 folders, VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS ? This is what is usually on a video DVD. If so, it may be the discs that your DVD player doesn't like. Some players are choosy about what brands and types of discs they will play. From what I've heard, it seems that expensive players have problems playing discs that cheaper ones can play.
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dretde



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 2:27 am    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Hi 12quidkidinnit,
the Nero I have doesn't create dvd files (I don't think so), it's a burner.
It does other things too with photos, and media files, etc.
Here's what I did;
I downloaded some old tv shows from otrcanada.com. They came in a zip file.
Saved them to my computer, then created a dvd in Nero.
It won't play on my standalone player.
I thought maybe they needed to be converted, so I searched for converters, but the free or trial versions only do 30 - 50 % of the file.
Anyway I don't know much about converting files.
Thanks for trying to help, but I guess I will have to give up on making dvds for television viewing.
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dretde



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 2:32 am    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Hi zlim,
I downloaded the free DVD Flick, and it took almost 3 hours to make a dvd, but then when I tried to use the burn dvd option, it did not recognize my external dvd burner. It only recognized my internal cd burner/dvdplayer.
It did create a dvd folder with the AUDIO _TS and VIDEO_TS Files of the 4 shows I downloaded.
Now I need to figure out how to make a dvd with those files.
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12quidkidinnit



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 10:10 am    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

dretde wrote:
Hi zlim,

It did create a dvd folder with the AUDIO _TS and VIDEO_TS Files of the 4 shows I downloaded.
Now I need to figure out how to make a dvd with those files.
dretde
If you can actually burn onto a DVD, copy both the AUDIO _TS and VIDEO_TS folders onto the DVD, and see if it plays on the DVD player. I reckon it should.
Let us know how you get on.
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brat



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 8:01 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

I don't know much about this.

Do you have Nero Startsmart, it has make your own DVD-video, maybe that will work for you, they play on my PC & DVD player

I have to use make your own DVD-video for DL DVDs,

Hope i'm making sense.

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dretde



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 8:36 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Hi Brat,
Yes, that is what I have.
The dvds will not play on my television dvd player.
It is not an expensive dvd player, as someone else mentioned in another reply.
I updated Nero to the latest version, but haven't tried making dvds yet.
I have just about given up on trying to make dvds for my tv player.
What do you mean by:
"I have to use make your own DVD-video for DL DVDs,"
Is there a certain option I need to select?
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brat



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 8:53 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

What do you mean by:
"I have to use make your own DVD-video for DL DVDs,"
Is there a certain option I need to select?
dretde

Open Nero go to photo and Video then open ( make your own DVD-video ) see if theres any thing that can help.

I have Nero Startsmart Nero Version Expess 3.

I have 5 DVD players 3 PCs 1 Laptop the all play the movies i copy, there old VHS movies.

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dretde



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 9:36 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

According to the Nero Product Center, I have Nero OEM 6.6.1.4 (I just updated to it from 6.
Make your own dvd videos is the option that I have used with no success.
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brat



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 12:06 am    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

See if theres any help here.

http://www.afterdawn.com/glossary/terms/wmv.cfm

Look here also.

http://www.afterdawn.com/software/video_software/video_encoders/


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profhig



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 1:30 pm    Post subject: Re: How do I make wmv files into dvds? [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Hi, dretde. The advice here is pretty good and videohelp is a very good resource for this sort of thing. Some utilities are designed to burn DVD files and won’t convert. Some will. Converting media files is a long, slow complicated process. With an average film, you are converting 600-800 or so megabites of media files into three or four or more gigabites of DVDfiles. So there is a lot of conversion. Some things to look for or check. First, does the software have a checkbox to finalise your DVD? If it isn’t finalised, your PC will play it but your stand-alone DVD won’t. Also, it is often advised to switch off anti-virus programs (disconnect from the internet and be sure the files you are using aren’t infected with nasties) I personally shut off almost everything of this type. They can interfere with the conversion. As stated, the media can be an issue. I often burn to a re-recordable DVD and then copy to a once only to save wasting DVD’s when I get a successful result. I have often had to record/convert media files several times before successful. I don’t know why. Just the first few fail, then for some reason the fourth or fifth attempt works, with all the same settings. It’s a mystery to me but I feel strongly it is down to the amount of data conversion going on and corruption taking place. Good luck!
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dretde



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 5:06 pm    Post subject: Re: How do I make wmv files into dvds? [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Hi profhig,
Thanks for trying to help.
Never thought about the 'finalize disc' you mentioned.
I don't think this option has come up in the process though in Nero.
My Sonic shows this option, but I have had less luck with Sonic than Nero.
I know what you mean about having the 3rd or 4th attempt work, weird.
My husband has had that happen a lot.
Again, thanks,
dretde
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seaeagle



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 5:27 pm    Post subject: Re: How do I make wmv files into dvds? [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Here's a couple of programs that may do the job for you:

Satsuki All2DVD (free)
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Satsuki All2DVD is a GUI to transcode any video file into a DVD (with a menu) iso file ready for burning (or burned with all2DVD).

This software is an one-click-application, you only have to drag & drop the video files (divx, ..) and you will get an iso (or a ready to use burned dvd).

This software is spyware and adware free and is free to use for non-commercial use (if so, please contact me).


DeepBurner (the version that will burn video DVD's costs $24.95)
Quote:
Need a lightweight, powerful and rock-solid burning application that would work with your drive? Small, easy to start, intuitive to use and powerful, featuring all you need- it is DeepBurner.

DeepBurner will be able to solve most of your burning needs: be it burning of Data/Audio/Video CDs, all types of DVDs, composing photo albums and even burning backups. Every operation starts with a simple wizard, thus virtually everyone can use DeepBurner.

There are two versions of DeepBurner - DeepBurner Free and DeepBurner Pro. The first one is intended for home users, while the Pro edition is for advanced and business users.

DeepBurner works on Windows 95/98/2000/NT/ME/XP and is virtually compatible with ANY CD/DVD burner.

I used to use DeepBurner Free for burning audio CD's back in my pre-Linux days & found it to be very good. I'm sure the paid-for version will do an excellent job with video DVDs.
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dretde



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 9:43 pm    Post subject: Re: How do I make wmv files into dvds? [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Thanks,
You know what's funny?
Since I posted my last reply, I downloaded Nero 7 (30 trial version) and burned a dvd, and "Voila" it played on my stand alone player!!!
The thing is, this time I used a DVD +R and Not a DVE+RW.
Now I don't know if the dvd was created because of using Nero 7 OR if it was created because I used a different kind of dvd.
I get confused with all the different kinds of CDs, DVDs, etc.
Some are minus and some are plus.
I do know that DVD R is for one time use only, and the DVD RW is reusable, but that is all I know.
Oh well, thanks EVERYONE for the help.

NOW MY NEXT QUESTION IS:
Where can I download OLD Televion shows. The one place I found OTRCANADA.COM only has a few to download free.
ANY SUGGESTIONS for a site for free downloads of OLD Televions shows.

I want to made dvds for my brother to watch on his stand alone.
Thanks
dretde
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brat



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 10:29 pm    Post subject: Re: How do I make wmv files into dvds? [Login to view extended thread Info.]

DVD-R will not play on all players, DVD+R will, you use DVD+RW so you can erase them and use over again.

I have movies on DVD-R the girls next can't play, i had to put them on DVD+R
for them, they got a new DVD player now the can watch either one.



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profhig



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 2:45 pm    Post subject: Re: How do I make wmv files into dvds? [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Glad you have had some success, dretde. It's a complicated business, mostly going on in the background and you'll find often the smallest change of software or hardware or media can make all the difference! In my experience, once you've found something that works, stick with it as long as you can!

Quick edit- I have found that most of my problems come with RW media, even though it is supported by my PC's writer and standalone player. None of my software except one (I have several that are better at different encoding/burning options) has the 'finalise' option but it does make me wonder if this is not the issue and because it is RW media, it is left in a state that the PC recognises but my standalone doesn't. Example, DVD AVI encoded and burned to DVD+RW. Played fine on standalone player. Added a personalised intro for a friend. Would not play on my standalone. Copied to DVD+R, played immediately. The wonderful of video encoding.


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dretde



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 2:51 pm    Post subject: Re: How do I make wmv files into dvds? [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Thanks profhig,
I really think the problem had to do with using a DVD RW.
As I said I had success with a DVD+R, and then later, so did my husband on his program.
So from now on it will be DVD+R, lol
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