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Hey guys, I'm more than a little upset that I can't even play DVD's on my computer using Windows Media Player (at least the ones that I tried wouldn't play, it threw me some kind of error stating it doesen't support it blah...blah...blah), let alone burn them. And I'm Extremely Pi**ed that I can't even copy Data to a blank DVD. OK, I feel better now that that's off my chest.

Anyway, the reason I'm here is I need some suggestions on software to do the above. Someone said I can't burn movies to a DVD and play them in a standard DVD player since I don't have a dual layer burner, and really that's OK with me for now. I just want to play movies and copy DATA to my DVD's easily, cheaply and efficiently. (did I mention easily??)

I do understand if you want a quality product you usually need to spend a few more dollars, and I'm prepared to do that if it is truly worth it. But free is always good since I prolly won't be using it too much in the long run. I just don't want something that will "clog" up and slow down my PC.
    
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I use nero for my data burning. As far as being able to play DVDs you need a codec...I can't remember it off the top of my head.
    
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post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by Snerp View Post
I use nero for my data burning

I was thinking about Nero, but I've heard good AND bad things about it......so I'm a little reluctant at this point to pay. I'd try the free trial version, but I'm afraid I won't be able to completely remove it if I don't like it.
    
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I've been using it for years and I don't have any complaints. I always got it for free when I bought my burners. The only problem I've ever been close to is my dad had a POS lighton DVD burner. Nero wouldn't work with it, but other burning programs had issues with it too. Anyone know of any problems with it?
    
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Someone said I can't burn movies to a DVD and play them in a standard DVD player since I don't have a dual layer burner, and really that's OK with me for now. I just want to play movies and copy DATA to my DVD's easily, cheaply and efficiently.
You would only need a dual layer burner if the dvd is over 4.7GB, otherwise you could use a single layer one. Either way it should play in a standard DVD player.

Playing movies on the comp - I usually use VLC Media Player instead of Windows Media Player. I find that it plays just about every format that I throw at it. http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Windows Media Player might need a codec or something. You can get them free at http://www.free-codecs.com/index.htm
or at the Microsoft site. Also make sure you have the latest version of Media Player installed.
When I need to make data dvds I use whatever software came with the burner. I don't make many so I haven't had the need to buy software for that. If I had to go out and buy one I would prob get Nero.

Hope the info was useful.
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post #6 of 9
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Thanks Nipdar. I appreciate the help from all of you guys.

Actually I just went down to the local computer store expecting to buy Nero, but the salesman handed me a free copy (not retail) that came with some of his burners that he installed in previous computers. Very cool of him to do that since he could have made a profit and sold me a retail version. It does everything I need it to do at this present moment.

My DVD is an OEM from newegg, so nothing but the burner was in the box (I expected that). I'm not too sure, but I think it is a dual layer burner (says it supports DVD + DL and DVD - DL). I need to research DVD burners and their meanings.
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If you have any questions let me know and hopefully I'll have an answer or two Glad I could help and thanks for the rep!
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post #8 of 9
To learn how to copy a DVD, all I will tell you is that it is not technically legal. *cough*email me*cough*.

To play it, though I use PowerDVD and it works great. I used to use WMP but I just stopped for some reason.
post #9 of 9
Nero the latest version owns comes with mpeg 4 and all the codecs.. as for a player try VLC player i think its vlc.com
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