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U.S. DVDs in London

I'll be teaching a film class in London this summer and I'm wondering--will I be able to play my American DVDs on English DVD players? Since I suspect the answer is no, will it work if I play them through my IBM laptop and plug this into an English computer projector? Or will I simply have to buy all new DVDs in the English standard?
posted by quintno on Jan 4, 2009 - 16 answers

Mac backup DVD software

I need recommendations for Mac backup / archive software to make DVDs that fill each DVD to capacity with files from a group of folders. I'm using a MacBook Pro with OS X 10.5. [more inside]
posted by jcdill on Jan 1, 2009 - 7 answers

How can extract audio from my DVD's on my mac?

How can I extract audio from DVD's on my mac? [more inside]
posted by fishthefly on Jan 1, 2009 - 12 answers

Bypass encoding when ripping DVDs

I need a program for ripping DVDs to get past the encoding (I think that's the term). I've got most of them covered by my DVD Ripper, but I'm having some trouble on a few. [more inside]
posted by Deflagro on Jan 1, 2009 - 13 answers

DVD to Zune

DVD to Zune? [more inside]
posted by nickthetourist on Dec 29, 2008 - 7 answers

New DVD box set won't play o DVD player but plays fine on my PC. Why?

New DVD box set (the Flintstones!). It won't play on my DVD player ("Incompatible disc") but plays fine on my PC. Why? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero on Dec 26, 2008 - 7 answers

Help me save this DVD!!

I ruined a valuable DVD-R with scratches and need to fix it, pronto. Help!! Time issue as family wants to watch it on Christmas. [more inside]
posted by arniec on Dec 19, 2008 - 14 answers

Movies yet to be released on DVD?

This FPP on Last Summer got me wondering: what other films of note have yet to be released on the DVD format? I'm thinking legitimate releases here, not black market dubs.
posted by stinkycheese on Dec 16, 2008 - 33 answers

Dialogue drowned out on DVDs

Whenever I watch DVDs on my TV, the dialogue is always drowned out by sound effects and music. I'm not interested in buying a surround sound system and was wondering if simply buying a newer model DVD player (than my Panasonic S25) will fix the problem. [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat on Dec 16, 2008 - 11 answers

Imax pan and scan for The Dark Knight

Was the Imax footage from The Dark Knight double-cropped for the full-screen pan and scan DVD? [more inside]
posted by jchgf on Dec 16, 2008 - 2 answers

How to rip DVDs with newer copy protection?

How do I work around the newer DVD copy protection? [more inside]
posted by wastelands on Dec 15, 2008 - 19 answers

Video Converters

Video Conversion to store DVDs on computer (PC) and play them on xbox 360, iphone etc - what's the best program to do so? [more inside]
posted by Mave_80 on Dec 15, 2008 - 6 answers

Why Can't I burn a DVD?

Why can't I burn a DVD using my DVD+-RW drive? [details within] [more inside]
posted by tamarack on Dec 12, 2008 - 5 answers

My Brand New Computer Won't Boot from the DVD Drive! Help!

My brand new Core i7 computer will not boot from the DVD Drive to install Vista - please help me tell my bios what they need to know to make this thing boot! (screen shots included inside, along with full details) [more inside]
posted by adi on Dec 10, 2008 - 6 answers

Avi to DIVX DVD?

How do I burn .avi/.mpg/.flv/.divx etc. to a DVD-R for use on a Divx enabled stand alone DVD player? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Dec 9, 2008 - 10 answers

Nonfiction DVDs for background?

DVD recommendations needed - boxed sets of documentaries and historical/cultural overviews to put on in the background while I'm working. [more inside]
posted by cadge on Dec 8, 2008 - 10 answers

Which version of "Totoro" should I buy?

My Neighbor Totoro...........I want to buy the DVD, but on Amazon a lot of people are saying certain versions are not good. There is a 2006 Walt Disney widescreen version; and then there is a 2002 full screen version that is not Disney. What do you think the best version would be for me to get? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Dec 7, 2008 - 16 answers

Please Walk Me Through the Steps in Making a Divx DVD

Well, something is wrong...I use Mac the Ripper to rip the DVDs...then I am not sure what to do. I turned them into mp4s in Handbrake and then burnt them in Toast under the Divx tab. I get a lot (maybe 6?) movies to a disc (dual layer)and the picture is decent BUT it takes several days...a day to encode the files through Handbrake and then 2 whole days to burn the disc in Toast. Am I doing things completely wrong? I would appreciate a step by step walkthrough if there is a much easier and more efficient way to make Divx discs primarily because I have a huge spindle of DVD-DLs that I don't want to waste on one movie at a time. Thanks for your help and happy holidays! By the way I am using a brand new IMac running OS 10.5.5
posted by UnholyJudas on Dec 7, 2008 - 31 answers

Why can't I get DVDs to play properly?

How can I get DVDs to play smoothly on my computer? Whether from a disc or an ISO file on the hard drive I cannot get a DVD to play without it skipping on my computer. [more inside]
posted by ODiV on Dec 2, 2008 - 19 answers

How do I track my DVD-Rs?

Is there any good, free UNIX/Linux software you can suggest for keeping a searchable index of removable media? [more inside]
posted by tommorris on Nov 25, 2008 - 7 answers


What is the future of HDCP -- are DVDs likely to adopt it, and is it going to mess me up? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Nov 24, 2008 - 9 answers

Buying a Rottweiler and seeking my revenge

My postman or somebody in the mail chain between him and Netflix shipping centers has cracked or destroyed several DVDs en route to me. I know he destroyed one by shutting my mailbox door over the midpoint of the disc, but with the others I'm not sure where it happened. How do I address this so that I don't become liable for the damage or lose my account? And how do I maximize my credibility? [more inside]
posted by Inspector.Gadget on Nov 22, 2008 - 12 answers

Discs? Leopard don't need no stinkin' deescs.

The Superdrive on my iMac started acting strange, but I didn't notice at first as I rarely use it. Blank Media means nothing to it, DVDs are foreign and it only (sorta) likes the odd tracks on Audio CDs. Add to this the fact the drive shows up weird in 'About this Mac'... what do I do? [more inside]
posted by aristan on Nov 21, 2008 - 2 answers

Baby Video Recommendations?

Can anyone recommend baby videos for nine-month olds (and up)? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Nov 17, 2008 - 26 answers

DVD/Handbrake Divx Burning Woes

I using Mac the Ripper than Handbrake to turn DVDs into mp4 files. (I use DVD dual layer)...When I use Roxio Popcorn, I can fit several movies on a disc (4) but it takes honestly a day and a half to burn on DVD !!!! But the DVD plays perfectly in my cheap player. Trying a different route, I tried dragging the mp4s to a blank DVD disc and then clicking "Burn" -- it burns and takes only 30-40 minutes but this version will not play on my DVD player. Anybody out there have an idea what I can do to make the process more efficient? Different software or different method? I appreciate your insight. By the way, I am running Mac OX X 10.5.5.
posted by snap_dragon on Nov 15, 2008 - 13 answers

Efficient video editing workflow starting from a DVD.

How can my video editing workflow be more efficient and avoid time-consuming conversion between formats? [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Nov 15, 2008 - 7 answers

Region 2 Playback on a Region 1 iMac

I'd like to legally buy DVDs of a British television series. Unfortunately, they're only available as Region 2 discs and are encoded (I think) as PAL. Is there a convenient way to play them on my new iMac and OS X 10.5.5?

There have been a few questions along these lines, but no definitive answers as yet. I'm hoping that there's been some software innovation since those last posts that someone can point me to. [more inside]
posted by aladfar on Nov 14, 2008 - 17 answers

Is JusttheDisc.com Just What I'm Looking For?

I'm looking for first-hand accounts of dealings with justthedisc.com. Are they legit enough to warrant my business? [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 on Nov 11, 2008 - 6 answers

Many video formats: success or desperation?

Does a movie studio releasing many, many different video formats (multiple SDVDs, HD DVD, UMD, VOD) of a particular movie indicate that this movie performs well at retail? Or is it more likely a desperate attempt to recoup from a disastrous theatrical run?
posted by TheManChild2000 on Nov 11, 2008 - 4 answers

How can I play videos and charge admission?

Can I get some kind of license to be a motion picture theatrical exhibitor, which would allow me to dust off my VHS copy of "E.T." and show it to kids downtown for 25c each? ((For free??)) [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Oct 18, 2008 - 14 answers

An easy way to rip DVDs in per-chapter MP3s?

Is there an easy way to rip a video DVD to MP3, so that each chapter on the disc is a separate MP3 file? [more inside]
posted by indyz on Oct 17, 2008 - 5 answers

Choosing a video editor

We have 10 hours of Mini-DV tapes (interviews made during my wife's PhD research) and we're looking for a video editing software to edit them into a 1-2 hour DVD. We'll have to add subtitles and to clean noisy audio and video. What would be the best video software to do that? More detailed specs follow. [more inside]
posted by elgilito on Oct 14, 2008 - 3 answers

Extracing files from a DVD-R to PC then burning to a DVD.

My parents have a bunch of DVD-R discs that apparently were not finalized in the original camcorder, which is no where to be found. How can I get these to DVD? [more inside]
posted by jasonspaceman on Oct 13, 2008 - 7 answers

I want to hear great commentary from directors or other people

What movies have great director's commentary? [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF on Oct 12, 2008 - 40 answers

What's the deal with: Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West?

What should I do with the DVD "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West"? [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen on Oct 8, 2008 - 36 answers

DVD Burning & Compression -- 2 for 1?

I am using Mac the Ripper and Roxio Popcorn successfully to rip, compress, and burn DVDs. I have leftover DVD-R Dual Layer DVDs -- is it possible to fit to movies on a DVD? I tried a few ways and it only shows one movie. Any settings I could change? Any other software? Thanks.
posted by snap_dragon on Oct 8, 2008 - 10 answers

Why can’t my movies be as convenient as my music?

DVDs and Blu Ray discs are such a pain with their ability to be scratched and the need to find where a disc is, is it in the right case, etc. I find myself often drawn to standard definition “on demand” movies on cable (free ones) instead of searching my own high definition or DVD movies. Is there a way to have the convenience of “on demand” and the quality of the original media? [more inside]
posted by arniec on Oct 7, 2008 - 11 answers

Burning CD/DVDs on Laptop

I own this laptop and I love it except I am having trouble with the cd/dvd burner. It reads just fine but when I try to burn, no matter what program I use, it doesn't burn properly. Sometimes it leaves the disc blank or leaves a song here and there blank while other songs are burned properly. Do you think it's a defective burner or something to do with how it communicates with the OS?
posted by zzazazz on Oct 3, 2008 - 5 answers

can I buy complete series of Married with Children?

can I buy a complete DVD series of Married with Children? If so, where? How much should I expect to pay? It has 11 seasons, and I want to buy it as a gift. However, it would be way too expensive to pay 35-45 dollars PER season, for each individually.
posted by esolo on Oct 3, 2008 - 3 answers

My blog is in leetspeek! Reading it constitutes a breach of the DMCA!

What is the difference (legal or otherwise) between "decoding" and "decrypting?" [more inside]
posted by explosion on Sep 30, 2008 - 13 answers

Help me find lower priced Criterion DVDs

What is the best way for me start my own Criterion Collection on a small budget [more inside]
posted by carefulmonkey on Sep 25, 2008 - 11 answers

DVD player that isn't hostile to end-users?

Can you recommend an upconverting DVD player with component output that ignores region coding and allows me to perform any action at any time? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Sep 24, 2008 - 10 answers

maybe I should just clean my glasses

37" widescreen LCDTV viewed from 12' away, do my eyes have the resolving power to justify getting a Blu-ray instead of upscaling DVD player? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker on Sep 23, 2008 - 25 answers

Removing coins from car slot-loading DVD player

How to remove foreign objects (coins?) from car dvd player? [more inside]
posted by nightwood on Sep 22, 2008 - 11 answers

Upscaling DVD player that's region-hackable?

Looking for a region-free (or region-free-able) DVD player with upconvert for $100 US. I'd also just like to go to Best Buy or wherever (in the US) and pick it up this weekend. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Sep 20, 2008 - 11 answers

SuperDrive icon is super annoying

Why the mystery icon? Should I eat it? [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk on Sep 18, 2008 - 8 answers

help me find a DVD I would love to buy

Help me find a DVD: "To Begin Again." a 1983 film by director Jose Garci. [more inside]
posted by Postroad on Sep 15, 2008 - 1 answer

'New' is the new 'obsolete'

new-ish DVD player only plays new DVDs, but none from the library. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Sep 11, 2008 - 9 answers

Anywhere in San Diego, CA that buys DVDs?

Is there anywhere in San Diego, CA that buys used DVDs? [more inside]
posted by toomanyplugs on Sep 7, 2008 - 5 answers

How can I see closed captions from DVDs on my HDTV?

I've got an upconverting DVD player hooked up to an HDTV via an HDMI cable. I can't get the closed captions to display at all, and I know I'm not the only person to have this problem. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt on Sep 6, 2008 - 7 answers

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