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#1 MaLing

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 07:05 AM

I have recorded a TV programme with DVD-Video format to a DVD-RW recently.

The disc can be played normally by my computer, but cannot be played from my home DVD player.

I suspect that the DVD-RW is recorded with a DVD region code which does not match with my home DVD player.

Is there a way to check the region code of a disc?

Is it possible to erase a region code on the disc?

Thank you for giving advice.

#2 NARS

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 07:23 AM

Concerning Region, check PM...

Btw, how did you recorded the DVD?

Note that if you used a non DVD Video software (Alcohol XtraWizard for example) to record the DVD structure (IFO/VOB/... files) then it may use a file system not compatible with DVD Video standard and then it will not work in some standalone DVD players...

Also it may be a media compatibility issue with your standalone DVD player... you may try other disc or other type of disc...

#3 MaLing

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Posted 25 October 2010 - 12:59 PM

I converted the TV programme to MPEG2 format, and then used a DVD-Making application to produce a DVD-Video disc.

The TV programme did not contain any region code, but I suspected that the application stupidly recorded with a region code.

I used my computer DVD player to read the DVD-RW and confirmed that the disc was with DVD-Video format and not a DVD-ROM format.

The DVD-RW had been being used with my home DVD-player many times without problems until it was recorded by the DVD-Making application. Perhaps the DVD-RW had already worn out, that I will check.

I even quickly and fully erased the disc but they did not help.

Nars, thank you for the PM. :)

#4 NARS

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Posted 25 October 2010 - 02:31 PM

But did that DVD-Making software actually burned the disc or did he just create the DVD structure files on a folder on your hard disk and then you just burned that with a common burning software?

#5 MaLing

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Posted 26 October 2010 - 12:58 PM

The application did directly record DVD-Video format to the DVD-RW, I did not even produce an image before recording. I just showed the MPEG2 file to the application and let it produce a DVD-Video disc.

I used Windows Media Player to play the disc and it was all right. I played the disc by Video-Play mode but not File mode.

Now I have erased the disc but it still cannot be recognised by the home DVD player.

Will region code still remain on the disc even after the disc is erased?

I have recorded some files on the disc to test whether the disc has worn out. The test shows that the disc is still all right.

Edited by MaLing, 26 October 2010 - 01:05 PM.


#6 NARS

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 07:30 AM

Will region code still remain on the disc even after the disc is erased?

No, region setting is specified in the IFO files, erasing the disc will get rid of it.

#7 MaLing

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 12:24 PM

Sigh! That means there were some mysterious reasons spoilt my disc...

Anyway, thank you Nars! :)

Edited by MaLing, 27 October 2010 - 12:32 PM.


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Posted 19 December 2010 - 09:26 AM

Sigh! That means there were some mysterious reasons spoilt my disc...

Anyway, thank you Nars! :)


SWAG: The disc is NOT "spoiled", but it's formatting is incompatible with your DVD player.

I would suggest you find software called "DVDInfo Pro" (I used old v4.6.1.0).
It has an option for that. Copied from software: "DC Erases DVDRW /CDRW surface to original unused state. (Certain drives only)".
That should fix the problem. ;-)

I did find that out after a friend "spoiled" a dozen DVD-RW's in same way.
However, I don't know if the new/trial version has the option mentioned...

#9 MaLing

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 12:26 PM

Oh see! I thought once I erased the disc, the disc was empty and should not have caused format problems to the home DVD player.

I will try that! Thank you for the advice. :)




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