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Cannot copy DVD dubbed from family VCR


Diemmess

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A previous thread click here has become stale anyway after trying all sorts of ways and trying both Nero and Ashampoo.

8mm Cine > VCR > DVD has had its share of problems, all gone now I've learned on the job.

The final aim is to produce playable several DVD copies of each VCR, so that each of my offspring can have their own set.

Using a Panasonic DMR-EH60DEB (HD,SD and DVD options, I can make playable DVDs - fine.
Then whichever way I try on the PC - simulate, copy from intermediate file, slower rate, and so on, the process always fails during the early part of the write process, just after there is s sniff of info. on the now spoied DVD blank.

I've little doubt that I can copy text or pictures etc to a DVD, but I have never tried this with video before.
I realise there are warnings that most commercial DVDs wont allow copy, and wonder if the Panasonic recorder puts something similar on the new DVD.

Anyone with experience of this please?

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Diemmess

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You are so right.
I was at one time installing and uninstalling several different DVD handling apps trying to make anything acually work.
Not so surprising that WMP went askew!

Actually the Acronis backup probably took half an hour only including update tweaks afterwards.
I keep XP and a bare bones of applications on C: with all data on other drives so the process is no all that involveded.

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rdave13

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Glad you are sorted.
One thing to remember about WMP is that it's finiky about codex drivers.
If you install or uninstall burners or players then the codex drivers for WMP are either uninstalled with the program or corrupted.
Microsoft are dedicated to other complimentary software manufacturers and you could have bought the DVD codex from here; click here
That would have fixed your problem saving you a backup restore.
Even easier would have been to install the K-Lite codec package. Installed with all setting at default with the exception of unticking the box for the Media Player Classic if not required.

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Diemmess

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All that sweat tears and fuss.
Some sort of corruption had afflicted WMP and must have altered the way DVD handling was managed.

Having proved my copy DVD (obtained with Jack's link for "CDBurner-XP" would play on other PCs, I restored an Acronis backup from last month.

Not only did the hard earned copy play on other DVD players but Ashampoo has stopped making coasters.

Its been a long trail, but OK now and I'm very grateful for each and every post.

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Diemmess

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A grandson just dropped by and suggested trying one of these DVDs in his laptop.

It played as it should so the answer surely has to be a corrupt version of Windows Media Player on my PC.

That's it for tonight, I'll welcome any tips from those who have revived WMP for themselves?

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Diemmess

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...can't leave it alone for today... have just dug VideoLAN out of the background and the DVDs will play on that!

Which takes me back to WMP where the error as told earlier moans that-

"Windows Media Player cannot play the DVD because a compatible DVD decoder is not installed on your computer."

Is there a repair proceedure for this part of XP?

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rdave13

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Could be a codec deficiency on your computer.
click here

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Diemmess

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A current worry is due to the lingering thought that these master disks DID once play on my PC.

Now I'm wondering if trying to duplicate them and whatever software I tried, just made coasters, and worse, upset my Windows Media Player in the process.

I've tried two different DVD makes, all are DVD-R

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Confab

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Think I meant “proprietary format”

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Confab

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I don’t think that WMV is the issue here. You need to be able to create a finalised DVD in Video mode – One that is playable as a DVD on another brand of DVD player or PC DVD drive. I think that the first thing you should do is to check that the DVD’s you’re creating on your standalone Panasonic writer are playable in another DVD player – perhaps by putting one into your PC DVD player and seeing if you can watch it using say NERO DVD player or any other DVD player that you have on your PC. This should at least eliminate some sort of Panasonic propriety format.

As I said before it could also just be the brand or type of DVD disc that your set up doesn’t get on with. What DVD’s are you using DVD RAM/ -R /– RW etc?

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Diemmess

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Confession time :
All I have learned just shows how little I know!

Significantly from Confab's link it would appear my Panasonic doodah does seem to keep its own way of doing things.

Scrolling down the listed units in the database I see WMV is specifically NOT supported.

This [I presume] means that the flaw is in the original DVDs and not in the subsequent software trying to copy these original DVDs.

If so, that would explain the reason for my failures.

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