When I download a movie, I was told to download the file with the AVI at the
end. But after I downloaded it and I burn it, my DVD player can never play it.
Am I downloading the wrong file or what? It plays perfectly on my computer.
In this excerpt from
Answercast #87, I look at how DVD players play movies as opposed to the way
computers play movies. You’ll need to create a DVD in the right format to have
Play .avi file in a DVD player
I hear this kind of question a lot. The bottom line is that it’s your DVD player, not your computer.
A DVD player can’t play arbitrary file types – it can’t play AVI files. I’m not sure where you got the information to download the AVI but I’ll get to that in a minute.
Writing to a DVD
For a DVD player, a dedicated stand-alone device, what you typically need is to write your DVDs to a very specific DVD format – not simply copying a file to the drive. It actually involves (usually) converting the file to the different format and laying it out in the specific way that DVD players have standardized on.
So, what you end up needing is DVD creation or “DVD mastering” software – software that will allow you to then import your AVI file and turn it into the files and format that are required by DVD players.
But the very fundamental point that I want to get across here is simply that your DVD player is not a computer – not in the sense that you can just burn a file to a DVD and expect your player to be able to play it.
There’s definitely extra steps and extra software required to make that transition.
DVD mastering software
The good news is that a lot of the pre-installed software that comes with many machines that have DVD players actually includes the DVD authoring software that you might want to use. You might want to look around and see what software is already installed on your machine. Look for things like “DVD authoring”, “DVD mastering”, “DVD creation” as the terms – and see if in fact you don’t already have the software you need.
(Transcript lightly edited for readability.)
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