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I'm using Creator 2011 MyDVD to burn several (14) *.mpg movies. I'm burning them to Verbatim DVD+R 16x disks on a W 7 Professional system. The menus and movies play just fine using the preview function of Creator. But the completed disks will not play in CinePlayer (it brings up the Windows "stopped working" box), HP MediaSmart player, or stand alone players (the several I've tried recognize that there's a DVD loaded, but then indicate "Stop" and stay on the player flash screen).

 

I burned several disks a few weeks ago using the same software and equipment with no issues. I'm using the default settings for speed, etc.

 

I've tried loading fewer files, to no avail. A couple of the Knowledge Base articles suggest upgrading the burner firmware, which would be OK if I hadn't been successful a few weeks ago with no changes since.

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Did you try burning at a lower speed? The 'default' is always maximum which never works well for video DVDs

 

I changed from the default (16x) speed to the minimum (6x). I had the same bad results. I've also checked on the drivers for my drive. I did have the most current ones.

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I changed from the default (16x) speed to the minimum (6x). I had the same bad results. I've also checked on the drivers for my drive. I did have the most current ones.

 

Where did you get the mpg2 movies? Do all of them play in CinePlayer? How many movies do you have on each menu page? Did you modify any of the menu or submenu pages?

 

Borrow a different manufacture/type of DVD. You may have gotten some bad ones. It does happen. :(

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Where did you get the mpg2 movies? Do all of them play in CinePlayer? How many movies do you have on each menu page? Did you modify any of the menu or submenu pages?

 

Borrow a different manufacture/type of DVD. You may have gotten some bad ones. It does happen. :(

 

Let me answer the easy ones first. All of the movies play in both CinePlayer (although some are jumpy) and Windows Media Player (smoothly). (I've got more than an hour's worth of movies, so I didn't watch them all the way through.) In several of the iterations I've tried I had three movies per menu page. (My original version had five menu pages, and two had four movies each.)

The only modifications I made to the menus were adding submenus and movies.

I doubt that it's my media. First, I've burned five disks in my various attempts at troubleshooting, and second, I just successfully burned a single movie. I used the burn without menues option, but I think that eliminates my drive and media as suspects.

 

The movies came from two sources. Most were created with the Slideshow Assistant from JPEGs. Others originated on my Canon point-and-shoot camera as *.mov files. I converted those to *.avi files using the AVS Video Editor because there's a conflict between the Canon files and the Creator app (that took some work on a Canon User Forum to figure out). I then used Videowave (from the Roxio 2011 suite) to insert those avi files into the slideshow mpegs.

 

Someone else asked how long my movies are. The longest is 12:25, and most of them are in the five to seven minute range. When I created them I selected DVD Playback. So they were 720x480, 29.97 fps, 9 Mbps, interlaced.

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Let me answer the easy ones first. All of the movies play in both CinePlayer (although some are jumpy) and Windows Media Player (smoothly). (I've got more than an hour's worth of movies, so I didn't watch them all the way through.) In several of the iterations I've tried I had three movies per menu page. (My original version had five menu pages, and two had four movies each.)

The only modifications I made to the menus were adding submenus and movies.

I doubt that it's my media. First, I've burned five disks in my various attempts at troubleshooting, and second, I just successfully burned a single movie. I used the burn without menues option, but I think that eliminates my drive and media as suspects.

 

The movies came from two sources. Most were created with the Slideshow Assistant from JPEGs. Others originated on my Canon point-and-shoot camera as *.mov files. I converted those to *.avi files using the AVS Video Editor because there's a conflict between the Canon files and the Creator app (that took some work on a Canon User Forum to figure out). I then used Videowave (from the Roxio 2011 suite) to insert those avi files into the slideshow mpegs.

 

Someone else asked how long my movies are. The longest is 12:25, and most of them are in the five to seven minute range. When I created them I selected DVD Playback. So they were 720x480, 29.97 fps, 9 Mbps, interlaced.

 

I asked how long in total time are the mpg's not what the individual lengths are. What quality setting are you using when creating a DVD? If you are using "Fit-to-disc" and your project is longer then 60 minutes then you will have a poor quality DVD. A standard 4.7GB DVD can hold only 60 minutes of video using the best (HQ) quality setting. Any longer and the video has to be compressed and you lose quality.

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I asked how long in total time are the mpg's not what the individual lengths are. What quality setting are you using when creating a DVD? If you are using "Fit-to-disc" and your project is longer then 60 minutes then you will have a poor quality DVD. A standard 4.7GB DVD can hold only 60 minutes of video using the best (HQ) quality setting. Any longer and the video has to be compressed and you lose quality.

 

The total is about an hour and 15 minutes, which did force the "Fit to Disk" down to SP fro HQ. But that was also the first thing I suspected. My next several attempts were with successively shorter menues (deleteing menues and their movies). Nothing worked.

 

In my last post I said that I'd successfully burned a DVD with a single movie. I've since duplicated that movie several times in two submenues - one with three titles, and one with four. That worked just fine. That's making me think there something in at least one of my original movies that's causing my problems. Does anyone have any ideas on how to troubleshoot them without burning and discarding two dozen more disks?

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The total is about an hour and 15 minutes, which did force the "Fit to Disk" down to SP fro HQ. But that was also the first thing I suspected. My next several attempts were with successively shorter menues (deleteing menues and their movies). Nothing worked.

 

In my last post I said that I'd successfully burned a DVD with a single movie. I've since duplicated that movie several times in two submenues - one with three titles, and one with four. That worked just fine. That's making me think there something in at least one of my original movies that's causing my problems. Does anyone have any ideas on how to troubleshoot them without burning and discarding two dozen more disks?

 

Fit-to-disc and SP are two independent options.

 

Instead of burning directly to a DVD, on the Burn window uncheck "burn to disc" and select "create image file". This will create an image file of what will be burned to a DVD but it does it without you creating a lot of coaster. Using the media player VLC (google for it and download it and install), you can drag the image file (has the extension iso) and drop it on the VLC icon on your desktop. You can then play you "virtual" DVD.

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