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stu aull
Alternate DVD video file for PC play?
on Jun 10, 2009 at 6:54:30 pm

hi All-
Have a client whose PCs, of various vintages, will not playback the SOUND off a DVDPro-burned "TV" format (m2v-type) DVD. They are requesting an alternate file-type burned to DVD, suggesting .avi or .mpeg (tho they didn't say what KIND of mpeg!)

Using Compressor, can someone recommend a setting/file type that will play in PC computers off a DVD? Presumably without having to copy the file onto the desktop, etc.

Details:
4min SD video with stereo produced in FCS2
Thanks
Stu Aull
Alaska


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Craig Seeman
Re: Alternate DVD video file for PC play?
on Jun 10, 2009 at 7:43:11 pm

[stu aull] "Have a client whose PCs, of various vintages, will not playback the SOUND off a DVDPro-burned "TV" format (m2v-type) DVD."

On DVD Video the audio can be either PCM or AC3 for example. I think some computers can't handle PCM if memory serves me. You might have this problem if you use iDVD which uses PCM, whereas in DVD Studio Pro you can use AC3 if you do it in advance in Compressor

[stu aull] "They are requesting an alternate file-type burned to DVD, suggesting .avi or .mpeg (tho they didn't say what KIND of mpeg!) "
AVI is a wrapper and may well contain many codecs they can't play.
They might mean MPEG1. In some respects it may be the "most compatible" but poorest quality/efficiency codec to use. In short, ancient and not very good but nearly everyone can play it.

Why not compress a WMV9 file for them? What data rate you choose may well depend on the oldest/slowest CPU.





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