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Question About .mp4 Files And Creating Dvd For My Dvd Player


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Hi - looking into this product, I do not own it yet.

 

Here's what I want to do:

 

I have a Canon Vixia video camera. It creates .mp4 files, and I can download them to my computer, and play them on my computer. Burning them to a DVD will not play on my home DVD player (connected to TV). It gives a file not recognized error.

 

I have the Movavi video conversion program and I have tried several formats but none will play on the DVD player.

 

Will Easy DV and DVD Burning format a DVD with my video files somehow so it plays on my DVD player (Magnavox). I believe it would need to create subfolders with other information as well as the actual video files.

 

Hopefully this is enough information.

 

Thanks for any reply -

 

Jay

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Hi - looking into this product, I do not own it yet.

 

Here's what I want to do:

 

I have a Canon Vixia video camera. It creates .mp4 files, and I can download them to my computer, and play them on my computer. Burning them to a DVD will not play on my home DVD player (connected to TV). It gives a file not recognized error.

 

I have the Movavi video conversion program and I have tried several formats but none will play on the DVD player.

 

Will Easy DV and DVD Burning format a DVD with my video files somehow so it plays on my DVD player (Magnavox). I believe it would need to create subfolders with other information as well as the actual video files.

 

Hopefully this is enough information.

 

Thanks for any reply -

 

Jay

 

You cannot simply burn the video files to a DVD and play them in a DVD video player. You have to create the DVD in a special format and structure to be playable on a DVD player. This process is called "authoring". Unfortunately this program does not recognize the mp4 format as a valid input. If you convert to the mp4 video to an acceptable format (such as mpg), the program should create the playable DVD. I would recommend that you get a full DVD authouring program such as Creator NXT 5 or one of the Corel video programs.

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OK, but if you read what I posted, I can convert the .mp4 files to mpg (mpeg2) format or vob or whatever. But I can't format the structure on a DVD. I just have those files, 1-to-1. Can this product THEN take the .mpg files and create a playable DVD in my DVD player? (I think I burned the .mpg files to a DVD and tried that but it gave the same message.)

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Did you read Walt's comment about Authoring?

 

You cannot just convert & slap files on a disc. They must be placed there through an authoring program. The Red Box program, as Brendon pointed out, will not even load any HD video file so it isn't going to work for you.

 

NOW, if you want to degrade the quality of your HD files to SD with your converter program, then utilize those files in the Red Box Authoring program (MyDVD) it will work for you.

 

But if you want to retain the HD quality of your files your only choice is to go to a BD program.

 

It is a little odd that your discs did not work though... Most Players these days can play video files from a Data Disc. Did you try them in other DVD/BD Players? But if you are planning to distribute them to friends & family, then the universal format of DVD or BD Movies is the way to go.

 

I hope this helps your understanding of video but if there are more questions, we are happy to answer -_-

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OK, thanks! I get what you're saying now. What is a BD program? :(

 

I will try a DVD again with mpeg2 format, I also thought it would at least give an option to play them.

 

- Jay

 

Did you read Walt's comment about Authoring?

 

You cannot just convert & slap files on a disc. They must be placed there through an authoring program. The Red Box program, as Brendon pointed out, will not even load any HD video file so it isn't going to work for you.

 

NOW, if you want to degrade the quality of your HD files to SD with your converter program, then utilize those files in the Red Box Authoring program (MyDVD) it will work for you.

 

But if you want to retain the HD quality of your files your only choice is to go to a BD program.

 

It is a little odd that your discs did not work though... Most Players these days can play video files from a Data Disc. Did you try them in other DVD/BD Players? But if you are planning to distribute them to friends & family, then the universal format of DVD or BD Movies is the way to go.

 

I hope this helps your understanding of video but if there are more questions, we are happy to answer -_-

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Of course they will take MP4, its' a format as common as grass these day! The Red Box is a severely cut back program so it could be sold cheap.

 

Your DVD Player specifically mentions under the Unplayable Discs: that is will not play a DVD or CD containing Windows Media.

 

All that reinforces what has been said about Authoring a disc.

 

You did not mention your 'distribution' plans... If these are staying with you and not going outside your home, you might consider a new BD Player. It will (check) play straight video files from a closed data disc. These can be had for $50 to $100 depending on features. Just make sure it can do the MP4 files or that you can return it if it doesn't work ;)

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Fun times! I downloaded the Corel product "DVD MovieFactory Pro 7" and found it won't run on Windows 10. Really? Someone is selling software that won't run on Windows 10? Now I hate Windows 10 like the next guy, but it's hard to even buy a computer now that doesn't come with Windows 10 on it. Seems deceptive.

 

(yes, someone didn't read the fine print when he downloaded the software)

 

Can someone recommend a DVD Authoring software package that will a) work well b.) run on Windows 10 c) not cost arm/leg

 

Thanks,

Jay

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Jay, this is how it works... It is hard to recommend Roxio's NXT 4 & 5 Suites after what Corel has done to them.

It is not proper to recommend a competing product on a forum that is paid for by Corel -_- If that weren't the case I would recommend CyberLink. However Corel does have several products here and they have free trials! Trial are always a big plus just make sure you budget enough free time to try it out!

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