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DVD/RW & T.V.


rmart0729

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Hello,

 

I have a couple questions. Here in the forum I have read that it is a good idea to keep several DVD/RW DVDs on hand to test projects. Will the DVD/RW media work in my home DVD player? Also, I made a rough cut of the DVD I'm working on and I noticed that on T.V. screens the slideshow photos and even some of the video look stretched and pixelated. When I play the DVD on my computer monitor (17 inch) everything looks OK. When I play the DVD on my home T.V. (36 inch) some stuff looks stretched and pixelated and the video is surrounded by a black box all the way around the screen. I filmed the video in widescreen and made the videowave project in widescreen too. My question is this, is this problem due to something in MyDVD or Videowave that I did wrong or is it simply the size of the screen? I have not yet tested this on other size T.V. screens (26 inch, etc.)

 

Thanks,

Rich

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Hello,

 

I have a couple questions. Here in the forum I have read that it is a good idea to keep several DVD/RW DVDs on hand to test projects. Will the DVD/RW media work in my home DVD player? Also, I made a rough cut of the DVD I'm working on and I noticed that on T.V. screens the slideshow photos and even some of the video look stretched and pixelated. When I play the DVD on my computer monitor (17 inch) everything looks OK. When I play the DVD on my home T.V. (36 inch) some stuff looks stretched and pixelated and the video is surrounded by a black box all the way around the screen. I filmed the video in widescreen and made the videowave project in widescreen too. My question is this, is this problem due to something in MyDVD or Videowave that I did wrong or is it simply the size of the screen? I have not yet tested this on other size T.V. screens (26 inch, etc.)

 

Thanks,

Rich

 

The only thing that will tell you that a DVD-RW will work in your DVD player, is the owners manual for that DVD player.

As far as the stretched screen, everything has to be right between how you record, the play settings on your DVD player (non-computer), and the signal settings for your TV. It sounds like your TV is set for a 4x3 screen and DVD player for 16x9, or the reverse, TV set to 16x9 and DVD player set for 4x3.

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I can answer the question about rewriteable dvds for you.

Certain DVD players will be able to play rewriteable dvds, but older ones wont. Compatible disk types should be listed somewhere either on the DVD player itself, or somewhere in it's documentation.

 

Look for a symbol like the one on the front of this DVD player (in the middle)

RW compatable dvd player

 

I'll try to get back to you about your other questions if I can.

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The only way to find out really is to stick one in and see if it plays

 

My cheap and nasty one made by A.Non of Taiwan plays anything I feed it - my sister in law's high-end one is fussy about what it will and won't play

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I have a Samsung that I know is more than 5 years old. It does not list RW discs as being playable, yet it will play DVD+RW discs provided I have my burner booktype set to DVD-ROM. It won't play DVD-RW's at all.

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The only way to find out really is to stick one in and see if it plays

 

My cheap and nasty one made by A.Non of Taiwan plays anything I feed it - my sister in law's high-end one is fussy about what it will and won't play

 

My vote also - you have to try it to really know.

I've had multiple dvd players that did not list certain types of optical media that worked just fine.

 

And my very oldest dvd player (a Pioneer DVL-909 combination laser disc/dvd player) plays most anything you throw at it - so the manufacturing date of the player is not the issue.

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