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Dvd Burned... But Didn't


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After four hours of watching my computer "burn" a DVD through MyDVD, I have waited for... nothing.

 

This evening, I transferred a television program from my DVR to my laptop as a .ts file (using a firewire connection). I opened MyDVD, created a menu and added the .ts file. MyDVD wanted to convert the file, which I did, and it became a .mpg file. I then chose "burn" from the file menu and sat here for four hours as it "burned."

 

At the end of the excrutiatingly long burning process, the DVD drive opened and I thought I had a nice new DVD. I do not. I tried to watch the DVD from my laptop and it is saying that I have a blank DVD in the drive. I went back into MyDVD and tried to see if there was any option to finalize the disc or anything that I might have missed the first time. I can't find anything.

 

Two questions...

1) How do I get this DVD to actually work?

2) Should it be taking this long to burn a DVD?

 

I'm beyond frustrated at this point. I went through an awful lot of trouble to get to this point where I thought burning the disc would be the EASY part of the process. And now it's turning out to be the hardest, even though I bought a fancy new program that said it was going to be easy.

 

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.

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Open Videowave and import the .ts file there - select burn to image file (make a file on the hard drive).

 

Once that's done (and that's the long bit) simply double clicking on the iso should start the burn.

 

However, to check it, load it into a virtual drive and that should play it on the computer (that way you know if the image file works or not)

 

 

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There is nothing Easy about video, never has been! Hopefully, your laptop has enough horsepower to do Video, few do...

 

All authored DVD Movies are Finalized, no choice, no options. All DVD Movies are mpeg2 files, whereas your source, ts files, are anything but Standard…

 

There is a better way to reduce the heartache along the way.

 

Use RW until you know what you are doing and what to expect.

 

Import your file into VidoeWave. You can edit out commercials and other unwanted bits there. Save the VW Project. Also you can make a short test file in there for your RW.

 

Close VW and open MyDVD. Choose Menu or No Menu DVD project and add your VW Production file.

 

Burn from MyDVD or if the project exceeds 1 hour, Burn to File (iso) and use Video Copy & Convert to burn that file. (it compresses better than MyDVD)

 

After you learn the way to do it, it becomes second nature and you will think nothing of it.

 

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In addition to the excellent tips above, did you hear/see your dvd burner go on toward the end og the "burning" process, most of which was no doubt encoding.

 

Does the side of the disc that should have been burned look identical to out-of-the spindle discs, or are t here two different "colors?"

 

What brand media are you using?

 

As suggested by both experts above, always burn an .iso image of your production. Here's why.

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Thank you so much to all of you who replied. :) You have been MOST helpful!

 

We finally have success!!!

 

Last night, I went into VideoWave and edited the .mpg file Roxio created on Sunday. I took out all the commercials and made sure it ended where I wanted to. It wound up being about 35 minutes. Since it was less than an hour, silly me, I thought I could still burn using MyDVD. After it "burned," I still had the same problem. My DVD was still one color and there was nothing on it. So, then, I went with the "burn to file" route. I had to leave that running as it was getting late, and when I woke up this morning, I had a nice .ISO file.

 

I went into Video Copy & Convert, as suggested, but the program kept failing for no reason and shutting down as soon as I chose the .ISO file. So I went with the first suggestion - double-clicking the .ISO. About 10 minutes later, I have a beautiful DVD. Hopefully making others will not be as painful.

 

Is there a reason why MyDVD is not working for me? Am I doing something wrong? And what might cause Video Copy & Convert to fail each time I try?

 

Thank you again to everyone for helping. :)

 

PS: I am using a Dell Inspiron 1720 Laptop with Roxio Creator 2009 and NX:Nextech 16x/4/7GB DVDs.

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Thank you so much to all of you who replied. :) You have been MOST helpful!

 

We finally have success!!!

 

Last night, I went into VideoWave and edited the .mpg file Roxio created on Sunday. I took out all the commercials and made sure it ended where I wanted to. It wound up being about 35 minutes. Since it was less than an hour, silly me, I thought I could still burn using MyDVD. After it "burned," I still had the same problem. My DVD was still one color and there was nothing on it. So, then, I went with the "burn to file" route. I had to leave that running as it was getting late, and when I woke up this morning, I had a nice .ISO file.

 

I went into Video Copy & Convert, as suggested, but the program kept failing for no reason and shutting down as soon as I chose the .ISO file. So I went with the first suggestion - double-clicking the .ISO. About 10 minutes later, I have a beautiful DVD. Hopefully making others will not be as painful.

 

Is there a reason why MyDVD is not working for me? Am I doing something wrong? And what might cause Video Copy & Convert to fail each time I try?

 

Thank you again to everyone for helping. :)

 

PS: I am using a Dell Inspiron 1720 Laptop with Roxio Creator 2009 and NX:Nextech 16x/4/7GB DVDs.

 

You may also start wanting to use better media. That one seems to be marginal quality. If the videos are important enough to make them ... use Verbatim or Taiyo Yuden (order these on-line)

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You may also start wanting to use better media. That one seems to be marginal quality. If the videos are important enough to make them ... use Verbatim or Taiyo Yuden (order these on-line)

 

Thank you for the advice. :) I went with those DVDs because I wanted something cheap to try out with the program. Now that I know it is working - even though MyDVD is still sketchy - I will go with Verbatim or Taiyo Yuden.

 

 

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