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I purchased this "cut down" version of Roxio's suite because, according to the box, it says I can burn my DVD's to disc using this product. So far I've not been able to do that.

Using Easy CD&DVD Burning ver. 10.3.104

System:

1Tb Sata HDD with 733Gb of free space.

Windows 7, AMD Athlon II X2 245 2.9Ghz, 4Gb RAM

Video files converted with WinAVi Converter (IFO, VOB, BUP, etc)

 

Primary Problem: It simply refuses to burn any dvd of any size.

Latest problem: Program stalls (freezes) and won't complete.

On home page in "tools/options/copy" checked "stage to hard drive for better quality(slower)" Not sure how it could get much slower but apparently it is. 1 hour "almost burn time" for a 4.1Gb (1 hour20 min movie).

In "My DVDExpress" found slightly faster times selecting "DVD without menus". Which is what I want, just burn the movie.

Worked around the file size thing by slecting ELP or LP and not "fit to disc". Made sure it had plenty of workspace by giving it slightly over 2GB. Still no luck completing.

From reading other forum posts, the advice from the guru's seems to be "experiment and see what works" or create RoxioPlasma file.

I am not computer stupid and this is not the first burn program I've ever used. So please, how do you burn a DVD formatted file to disc with this thing? Or have I just wasted $30?

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I would suspect the problem is your source file…

 

Not really clear WHAT Format your source is in???

 

You mention a Converter, yet you should not need any converter for video files in most cases… Why convert? :huh:

 

A video of 1:20 will produce a poor quality DVD unless you have an 8.5 GB DVD. If all you have is 4.7 GB, not going to look too good :(

 

An hour+ to render that much video is about on par...

 

Do you have any DVD RW that you can use for testing? I would try any video file that is only a few minutes long.

 

Any error messages come up? (really important! ;) )

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I would suspect the problem is your source file…

 

Not really clear WHAT Format your source is in???

 

You mention a Converter, yet you should not need any converter for video files in most cases… Why convert? :huh:

 

A video of 1:20 will produce a poor quality DVD unless you have an 8.5 GB DVD. If all you have is 4.7 GB, not going to look too good :(

 

An hour+ to render that much video is about on par...

 

Do you have any DVD RW that you can use for testing? I would try any video file that is only a few minutes long.

 

Any error messages come up? (really important! ;) )

 

Discovered what part of the problem was. My Kaspersky AV was interferring with the data transfers. After I disabled the AV, it DID burn the video without a hitch except it had no sound when played.That MAY be wat a lot of other users are experiencing who are having trouble actually getting this thing to burn.

Any advice on why no sound?

 

Not really clear WHAT Format your source is in???

 

You don't recognize IFO or VOB files? And do you mean to tell me I can burn an AVI or MPEG to disc and it should play? My DVD player doesn't do AVI'S or MPEG'S (course, it is a few years old) unless you're suggesting "Easy CD&DVD Burner" converts the files to a playable format in the burn process?

 

And I have to disagree with your assessment of burn times and video quality.

A 700mb AVI file converts to approx a 4.1 - 4.5 Gb DVD format file which is approx an hour to an hour and a half. I have burnt numerous movies on standard 4.7GB DVD disc with no problem or loss in quality whatsoever. I've used Nero and PowerISO and another I can't remember the name of (sux gettin old)and have burnt 1 1/2 hour long movies in 25 minutes or less minutes. And Jim, no offense, but if I wanted to spend time experimenting I wouldn't be here posting. Why reinvent the wheel?

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Video files converted with WinAVi Converter (IFO, VOB, BUP, etc)

 

That might be an interesting complication since your video files are going to get converted or transcoded again, but MyDVD Express should be able to do it for you. Try this:

 

-run MyDVD Express from the video menu, and set the Disc format to 'DVD without menus'

-click 'Add New Movie' and navigate to your DVD folder set [iFOs, VOBs and BUPs]

-The VOBs and IFOs will be displayed in the selector. Ctrl-A will highlight them all, then click 'Add' at the bottom right.

-You get the 'Import Movies from VOB' box. Select the one(s) you want and click OK

-the name of your folder will appear in the 'Titles' box, and you can alter some project settings.

-Select your required quality and click 'Create Disc' and the 'Burn Project' box appears

-here you can select to Save a disc image file [iSO] or Burn to disc or Create [another] folder set. I recommend you save to an image, since that separates the transcoding work from the actual burning and gives you an image which you can burn quickly to disc as many times as you need without having to recode everything every time.

-click the Burn button and your project will be transcoded and saved as an ISO image.

 

Having got your ISO, burn it to disc with Creator Classic > Burn from Disc Image File.

 

One caveat: In the 'Add New Movie' phase, if you get a warning about your movie having AC3 video - heed it! This software has AC3 audio disabled, among other things, so your DVD in that case would have no audio.

 

Regards,

Brendon

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Your Posts indicate you know a lot less than you realize about all of this… ;)

 

Yes you can burn any video file (within some limits) to a DVD and it will play provided you create a DVD Movie through MyDVD Express! :huh:

 

Lack of audio??? You did not answer the questions I asked so I cannot really answer that at this time…

 

You cannot IMPORT DVD files ~ vob, bup, ifo, etc.! :(

 

However, you CAN BURN them successfully to create a DVD Movie if that is what you have...

 

Keep in mind, I dont work for Roxio so it is not my program…

 

If you want to try to get as much out of it as you can, we can talk!

 

If you just want to argue with me about everything I say, I have better things to do :(

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That might be an interesting complication since your video files are going to get converted or transcoded again, but MyDVD Express should be able to do it for you. Try this:

 

-run MyDVD Express from the video menu, and set the Disc format to 'DVD without menus'

-click 'Add New Movie' and navigate to your DVD folder set [iFOs, VOBs and BUPs]

-The VOBs and IFOs will be displayed in the selector. Ctrl-A will highlight them all, then click 'Add' at the bottom right.

-You get the 'Import Movies from VOB' box. Select the one(s) you want and click OK

-the name of your folder will appear in the 'Titles' box, and you can alter some project settings.

-Select your required quality and click 'Create Disc' and the 'Burn Project' box appears

-here you can select to Save a disc image file [iSO] or Burn to disc or Create [another] folder set. I recommend you save to an image, since that separates the transcoding work from the actual burning and gives you an image which you can burn quickly to disc as many times as you need without having to recode everything every time.

-click the Burn button and your project will be transcoded and saved as an ISO image.

 

Having got your ISO, burn it to disc with Creator Classic > Burn from Disc Image File.

 

One caveat: In the 'Add New Movie' phase, if you get a warning about your movie having AC3 video - heed it! This software has AC3 audio disabled, among other things, so your DVD in that case would have no audio.

 

Regards,

Brendon

 

Thanks Brendon, I'll gve that a shot and let you know how it worked out. I did get the AC3 warning on my first attempt but it looked like it downloaded the codecs so I thought that problem was solved. In project settings the audio default is LPCM and you're right, there's no way to change it. I apologize for the tone of my previous posts but after a number of failed attempts and hours of reading, I was understandably frustrated. I appreciate your solid answer. Thanks again.

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That might be an interesting complication since your video files are going to get converted or transcoded again, but MyDVD Express should be able to do it for you. Try this:

 

-run MyDVD Express from the video menu, and set the Disc format to 'DVD without menus'

-click 'Add New Movie' and navigate to your DVD folder set [iFOs, VOBs and BUPs]

-The VOBs and IFOs will be displayed in the selector. Ctrl-A will highlight them all, then click 'Add' at the bottom right.

-You get the 'Import Movies from VOB' box. Select the one(s) you want and click OK

-the name of your folder will appear in the 'Titles' box, and you can alter some project settings.

-Select your required quality and click 'Create Disc' and the 'Burn Project' box appears

-here you can select to Save a disc image file [iSO] or Burn to disc or Create [another] folder set. I recommend you save to an image, since that separates the transcoding work from the actual burning and gives you an image which you can burn quickly to disc as many times as you need without having to recode everything every time.

-click the Burn button and your project will be transcoded and saved as an ISO image.

 

Having got your ISO, burn it to disc with Creator Classic > Burn from Disc Image File.

 

One caveat: In the 'Add New Movie' phase, if you get a warning about your movie having AC3 video - heed it! This software has AC3 audio disabled, among other things, so your DVD in that case would have no audio.

 

Regards,

Brendon

 

Brendon, I followed your recipe and got the same results as before by simply disabling my AV program. Got video with no audio. Plan "B", just for giggles looked to see if I could use the original AVI format and DVDExpress doesn't like those either. Answers the "why convert question". Rechecked the forums for a work-around and came upon your '06 to reply to another user with this same problem. I also noted Jim's response and went to the home page to see what "upgrade" was neccessary to GET audio only to find it entailed buying the full version. I think your '06 assessment of Roxio's deliberate disabling of the AC3 and other popular audio and video codecs was correct (even tho you never came out and said it directly). I am returning this "Easy" (gotta love marketing's sense of humor) CD&DVD Burner and getting a full refund. I'm also going to be having a talk with my lawyer about Roxio's deliberate and misleading false advertising of their product. Thanks again Brendon for your help. I wish you and yours the best.

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