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Repairing M2V files

DVD ReEditing woes: The video stream from a DVD has bad metadata, and repairing the m2v file I've ripped hasn't worked. [more inside]
posted by too many notes on Mar 10, 2005 - 1 answer

Which Incredibles DVD, fullscreen or widescreen?

The Incredibles comes out on DVD on Tuesday, and there's nothing that will stop me from rushing out to acquire this jam-packed roller-coaster of a movie. But which version? [more inside]
posted by soyjoy on Mar 10, 2005 - 22 answers

DVD recording and playback

I bought recently a DVD recorder and burned a few of my old video tapes on DVD. I played them back on my laptop's DVD drive but when I tried the same on my desktop's DVD drive, I couldn't play it. Can anyone explain why?
posted by gazoo on Mar 4, 2005 - 9 answers

DVD won't play

I just added a new DVD-Rom drive on my PC. Popped in a DVD film and it can play, but the images are jumpy, halting, and not really viewable. [more inside]
posted by zaelic on Mar 4, 2005 - 14 answers

XP won't CD or DVD!

Whenever I insert a new disc into either my (internal) DVD drive or my (USB external) CD-burner, Windows XP Explorer refuses to refresh itself with information about the new disc: still shows the old disc's name, double-clicking brings up the content of the old disc (or tries to autorun), etc. Only thing that fixes the problem is to reboot with the new disc inserted. Why, and what's the solution?
posted by WolfDaddy on Feb 24, 2005 - 4 answers

How do I make Windows Media Player mute on a timer?

I like to fall asleep while watching DVDs on my Windows XP PC in Windows Media Player. The problem is that on DVDs with loud menu screens after the movie is over the DVD returns to the menu and blasts loud exciting action music, waking me up. Is there a freeware program out there that will mute Media Player after the movie is over? [more inside]
posted by Servo5678 on Feb 18, 2005 - 7 answers

How do store security devices work?

BlockbusterPseudoTheftFilter: OK, not really stealing, just curious. I rented a DVD from Blockbuster the other day only to find (on returning home) that the clerk had not removed the yellow security tab. On calling the store, I was given the go-ahead to cut the box apart so I could watch the movie without making the trek back. It was easy enough to cut it open from the other side, but it's made me really curious about that security tab, which I thought would come apart much more easily. Which brings me to the question, which has been brewing in the back of my head forever ... does anyone know how these things work, exactly? The best I've been able to discern so far is that magnets are involved.
posted by Sinner on Feb 12, 2005 - 8 answers

Basic DVD ripping

DVD Ripping: I need someone to talk to me like I’m seven. [+} [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck on Feb 7, 2005 - 26 answers

DVD player recommendations?

Help me find my dream DVD player [MI] [more inside]
posted by quibx on Jan 27, 2005 - 13 answers

I need a DVD player that can work on two different voltages - US and UK.

DC-powered DVD players? I'm living in a country where the AC power is 220 volts, but will be returning to the US, where AC is 110. I want to buy a DVD player that I can use here and at home. [MI] [more inside]
posted by squirrel on Jan 20, 2005 - 12 answers

Can I buy this DVD from Germany?

Can you help me buy a DVD from Germany? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by Gamecat on Jan 18, 2005 - 5 answers

How can I dance like James Brown?

I know deep down inside everyone has this dream, but only recently have I myself been seized with the need to DANCE LIKE JAMES BROWN. I seriously would like to attempt his moves: can anyone suggest good DVDs of his live performances for me to use for practice? The actual quality of his vocals & the music doesn't matter as much as his dancing, and anyway, even on his worst days he's a better dancer than us all. Links to good images of a sweaty dancin' James are welcome too...
posted by ibeji on Jan 17, 2005 - 3 answers

Do DVDs come in bad batches?

DVD Troubles: For Christmas I received a DVD box set of an 80's tv miniseries that I loved as a young teenager. The second and third two-sided DVDs showed as "bad" in my DVD player. With much sadness, I packed it up and returned the item to Amazon, requesting an exchange.

Today I received the replacement set. I eagerly popped the second DVD into the DVD player so I could finish my miniseries marathon. But it is yet again showing as "bad." I tried this DVD in two players (one cheap, one midlevel), both with the same result. There are no hairs, scratches, fingerprints, or dust. So what is going on, and what should I do?
posted by xyzzy on Jan 12, 2005 - 13 answers

Watching Region 2 DVDs

DVDHellFilter: I live in Region 1, I want to watch a Region 2 PAL disc (or a copy of it) on my NTSC TV, how can I do this? I'm willing to either go with a new player or try to copy the disc and convert the region, or whatever will work. (further questions await your expertise inside) [more inside]
posted by biscotti on Jan 6, 2005 - 11 answers

TiVO Series 2 - burn shows to DVD?

TiVo to DVD: I've got a TiVo Series 2 which I've had for about 8 months. According to them, I could burn shows onto a DVD using the "Save to VCR" feature. Has anybody tried this? Were you satisfied with how it worked?
posted by contessa on Jan 5, 2005 - 14 answers

Video Editing

Video Editing. What is the best solution on a Windows platform for video editing and burning to DVD? I am considering purchasing a Mac for this function, but if I could do it on Windows, it would be good as well.
posted by benjh on Dec 31, 2004 - 8 answers

Criterion Collection: Worth It?

What is all the fuss about Criterion Collection DVD's, and why are they so expensive? I wanted to buy Kurosawa's "Throne of Blood" today, but it was like $60CDN! Are they (as a whole) worth the money?
posted by Quartermass on Dec 28, 2004 - 19 answers

Tips for an inspirational slideshow?

I'm putting together a video/still shot slideshow for our company's annual "We Did Really Well Last Year" video. I'd like to make it as visually appealing as possible... [MI] [more inside]
posted by bryanzera on Dec 27, 2004 - 8 answers

Need a Linux media server

I wish to rip DVDs to a Linux server and then watch them at my leisure on my TV via either a wired or wireless network. There appear to be countless devices that will stream videos (like this) but I haven't been able to tell which will play DVDs off a network (with menus and all) and which just stream plain-old-MPEGs. Has anyone got experience with a digital media gadget that will do this?
posted by jewzilla on Dec 27, 2004 - 5 answers

Crud-tolerant DVD players?

Crud-tolerant DVD players. My new-ish Sony commonly locks or hiccups on Netflix discs, but I've read that other people go years without problems, and googling reveals that Sony players may be particularly prone to this. What models or brands of DVD players (not PC drives) are good at handling worn/scratched/dirty discs?
posted by NortonDC on Dec 22, 2004 - 29 answers

Looking for an online DVD retailer.

Can anyone suggest a good online DVD retailer? Amazon is out of stock on what I need (The Office: The Complete Collection) for several weeks. I'd buy locally but I'm broke and looking to get it at a discount.
posted by efalk on Dec 18, 2004 - 8 answers

DVD copy protection

DVD Copy Protection Question: I'm trying to figure out what the best program is to scan a dvd for copy protection. Before anyone goes thinking I'm illegally doing something: I have a GPS dvd "Map for the Eclipse Navigation System" that you keep in the car in order to help the device. The problem is that pulling the dvd in and out of the system is causing it to scratch. So I'd like to have a copy of it for the car (it'd be useless for anyone else anyways). The problem is that it didn't work as a copy the first time, so I'm thinking there's some sort of protection. I know there are cd scan programs which do the job for CDs (ClonyXXL and such), but is there such for DVDs?
posted by Drylnn on Dec 17, 2004 - 5 answers

What's a good source of historical film clips on the web?

I'm looking to put together a DVD compilation as a small christmas present and was hoping to include a bunch of historical film clips. It might include things like the moon landing, Louis Armstrong, presidential speeches, anything and everything really from the significant to the minutiae of everyday life. Does anyone know of a good source for this sort of thing on the web? Would have to be free.
posted by figment on Dec 16, 2004 - 4 answers

Windows Freeware/Shareware to Rip DVD Audio?

How can I dump DVD audio to make it editable? I have looked everywhere for an accurate soundtrack of White Christmas however the closest one I've found had the songs recorded after the movie ran - and is not the exact same dubbing as used in the movie. [+] [more inside]
posted by bkdelong on Dec 13, 2004 - 6 answers

Dual-layer DVD experience

What's your experience with burning "on the fly" DVDs using dual layer media? Does it create a lot of coasters? Do stand alone DVD players play burned dual layer media well?
posted by skallas on Dec 11, 2004 - 3 answers

Converting MPG files to DVD for TV viewing.

Converting mpg to dvd for viewing on my tv. More inside. [more inside]
posted by thebwit on Dec 7, 2004 - 5 answers

Is the Toshiba RDXS32 DVR/DVD defective?

This is going to be extreme narrowcasting, but: People have reported that the Toshiba RDXS32 DVR/DVD recorder has a serious flaw when making DVDs -- namely, the black level is too low and everything looks washed out, making the discs only playable on that particular machine. The unit is on sale from Amazon, which I take to be an inventory reduction, meaning that these are those flawed machines ... but other reviews say the problem didn't affect them, suggesting maybe the problem was fixed along the way. Anyone know for sure? Or, does anyone want to suggest another standalone DVR w/ HDD that competes with this one in features and price ($370)?
posted by blueshammer on Dec 6, 2004 - 0 answers

Is the film Bubblepac available on DVD?

Bubblepac: DVD available or DVD not available? [more inside]
posted by Shane on Nov 30, 2004 - 5 answers

Freeware DVD Burners

Are there any decent freeware/shareware DVD burning programs for win XP or should I bite the bullet and buy Nero?
posted by 445supermag on Nov 27, 2004 - 7 answers

Windows or Unix Solution to Back Up DVD to CD-R

I want to take a DVD and compress it so that it fits onto a single CDR (for backup purposes - don't have a DVD burner). What's the best app for this one task?
posted by humuhumu on Nov 26, 2004 - 11 answers

Evil Dead

Which Evil Dead DVD should I get? Over at Amazon, I can find four different versions. The biggest difference seems to be that some have a 1.33:1 aspect ratio and others have 1.85:1. And according to a review under this copy, the movie was in fact shot in 1.33:1 and Anchor Bay slapped bars over the top and bottom to make a "widescreen" version. Is that true? If so, I want a 1.33:1 copy. But which one should I get?
posted by punishinglemur on Nov 18, 2004 - 18 answers

Can you use AirPort Express to stream audio to the stereo from a DVD player?

AirPort Express allows you to stream audio to your stereo from iTunes, and only from iTunes. I would love it if I could get it to stream audio from the DVD player as well, but this is probably a fool's errand. Unless... [more inside]
posted by o2b on Nov 18, 2004 - 3 answers

Playable DVD backups?

When I make backups of DVDs I own (of course) on my powerbook using DVDBackup or DVDimager or MacTheRipper, the resulting video_ts folder is always 6-8 gigs in size, and blank DVDs are only 4.whatever gigs. What I've been doing is using handbrake to make about 4 gig MPG4s out of them and burning that to a DVD, but there must be a way (codec?) to make my DVD backups burnable to normal DVD-Rs, right? I don't want everything - just the main feature, and in the case of foreign films, the subtitles.
posted by luriete on Nov 15, 2004 - 13 answers

Do I really have to buy additional software to play DVDs on my PC?

Forgive me if I should know this already. but do I really have to buy additional software to play DVDs on my PC? I mean, I bought this combo (CD-RW/DVD) drive so I could burn CDs and play DVDs, but Win XP has no native DVD codec. So is InterVideo's WinDVD or PowerDVD the only options? And does this all come back to the controversy over DeCSS?
posted by grabbingsand on Oct 31, 2004 - 8 answers

Clip and encode a track from a DVD

I have a legit movie produced by my employer on DVD that I need to convert to mpeg (mpeg2 I'm guessing) to upload to the Internet Archive. All the l33t warez converters seem to do divx or vcd or vob. I can't seem to find anything on mac or windows that will do this simple task for me. I just want the 10 minute long movie at track 4 on the disc as a mpeg file. Sounds simple but after using half a dozen apps, I can't seem to get the job done.
posted by mathowie on Oct 22, 2004 - 13 answers

On-line store for Australian DVDs

I'm looking for a good, reliable on-line store for Australian DVDs that ships worldwide. I hear that ExyDVD is one of the largest sites, is it good? Any ideas about shipping prices to Europe? Thanks. [more inside]
posted by matteo on Oct 14, 2004 - 5 answers

What's the proper case?

Do you dvd or DVD? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless on Oct 13, 2004 - 15 answers

Samsung DVD-S221, Post-Move, Has Rolling/Fading Pic or Messed-Up Movie. Fixable?

Since moving, my DVD player is unable to play some DVDs it once was able to play. There's sort of a rolling/fading picture at all times, or the menus look fine but the movie itself is messed up. The sound is okay, and some discs play perfectly. It's a Samsung DVD-S221.

Is there anything I can do, or is it just plain broke? [more inside]
posted by swift on Oct 9, 2004 - 6 answers

On my Simpsons DVDs, the color flash in sync with the dialogue.

Simpsons DVDs. A really weird and annoying thing is happening when I watch Simpsons DVDs (happens with all the seasons). The colors flash in sync with the dialogue. [Help a Homer out inside]. [more inside]
posted by Otis on Oct 8, 2004 - 8 answers

Cheap/free Windows software to make set-top-DVD-playable DVDs from MiniDV

Need recommendations on (preferably cheap/free) windows software to allow me to make DVDs from MiniDV that are playable in most set top DVD players. [MI] [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Sep 14, 2004 - 0 answers

I need a DVD / VHS of Kansas City Bomber.

I'm looking for a DVD (any region or format) or vhs video (ntsc only) of Kansas City Bomber. I don't think it's ever been legally released in the USA--though it has in the UK-- though apparently it was a TV staple in the late 70s. Wondering if anyone knows if it's currently available anywhere in the world or if anyone has a copy they recorded from television. Thanks!
posted by dobbs on Sep 9, 2004 - 6 answers

Can I use a DVD+RW disc as if it were a CD-RW disc?

Can I use a DVD+RW disc as if it were a CD-RW disc? [more inside]
posted by urban greeting on Sep 7, 2004 - 4 answers

Can a touchscreen monitor (12-15") be set to control a DVD player?

Can a touchscreen monitor (12-15") be set to control a DVD player? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by faustessa on Sep 1, 2004 - 6 answers

VHS > DVD recorder combo

VHS > DVD recorder combo. I am looking for a combo unit that allows one to record from a source VHS tape (as well as a connected MiniDV cam) directly to the built-in DVD. A good price is a bonus, but reliability and quality are more important. Any suggestions? [no more inside]
posted by terrapin on Sep 1, 2004 - 3 answers

Archiving VHS To DVD?

Do any MeFites have ideas/experience/recommendations for a way to archive VHS tapes to DVD? So far my Google-fu has turned up software that requires having to add video cards to computers, plus a DVD burner, etc. My work would prefer a product that is a stand-alone thing that you can pop in a tape, then convert it to DVD and pop out a DVD. Is there such a thing?
posted by Lynsey on Aug 26, 2004 - 9 answers

What's the best way to catalog my physical music collection using Mac OS X?

What's the best way to catalog my physical music collection using Mac OS X? [more inside]
posted by boost ventilator on Aug 10, 2004 - 11 answers

Mac OSX Install

Is there a way to make a Mac OS X (Panther) install CD from a pair of eMac Software Install and Restore DVDs or install the operating system over a network on a computer that lacks a DVD drive? [more inside]
posted by boost ventilator on Aug 8, 2004 - 3 answers

Fan editing of films using macros

You know that fan-edit of the Phantom Menace without Jar-Jar? Well, I was thinking... [more inside]
posted by Tlogmer on Aug 2, 2004 - 13 answers

Scan My DVDs

I am in the process of creating a DVD of my sketch comedy group's work. This means I have to go through about fifty DV tapes in order to find the ones which have completed sketches rather than footage on them. In addition, many of the tapes are unlabelled. Is there some method or program which can scan a tape quickly and give me an overall impression of what's on it? (I'm thinking via thumbnails, but I presume there are other ways of doing it.)
posted by tweebiscuit on Jul 26, 2004 - 7 answers

Wedding Slideshow

WeddingKitschFilter: I have to produce my best friend's rehearsal dinner slideshow montage (baby pictures, soundtrack, awww factor, etc), but I'm not sure what the best software tool is to create it. I'm competent in final cut, flash, powerpoint, hell, even MS movie, but I'm thinking these might be overkill. Does anyone know of a software tool that might be, perhaps, geared specifically for something like this? Or perhaps have any experience you'd like to share using the aforementioned tools in such a setting? Besides the "want to make friend happy" aspect, this might end up turning into a portfolio piece for an upcoming business venture, so I'm hoping not to approach it as a one-off hack job.
posted by Hankins on Jul 22, 2004 - 8 answers

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