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Old 27. Jun 2010, 08:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi there,
I've downloaded a movie with JDownloader. It managed to open the file ok "Eventually" there was a link missing and after downloading another two copies only to find they were different formats i managed to find the missing link in another file of the same type.They all just said DVDRIP.
JDownloader saved it to my iWisoft video converter as normal because i usually convert them to MPEG-2Movie-PAL so that they play on my KAM karaoke player which i also use for playing DVDs. So when i tried to add it to the converter as usual it said NO. I tried to play it on windows Media Player and it said NO. I looked on the web for advice and it said it was maybe a codec problem or a .vob file. It just says AVI. My player would probably play the avi file, but my puppies borrow them and they even have problems playing the PAL discs.

Granny Belle's computer skills will once again be dragged through the mud by her technologically challenged son's if she doesnt get this fixed.



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Old 27. Jun 2010, 10:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Windows media player does not play all formats. You can try VLC Player. It plays almost all formats.

If the file has downloaded correctly, and is good... but still not able to play, then you should either download the Xvid codec, or DivX codec. One of this codec is required to be on the system, in order to play AVI movies.
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Old 27. Jun 2010, 11:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Windows media player does not play all formats. You can try VLC Player. It plays almost all formats.

If the file has downloaded correctly, and is good... but still not able to play, then you should either download the Xvid codec, or DivX codec. One of this codec is required to be on the system, in order to play AVI movies.
Thanks for the swift reply, i'll try the codec first. I have two other queries if you have the time.

1: even after converting to PAL my sons player wont play the DVDs. Is this because his machine requires some other type of fikle? and how can he find that out? i dont think he has a manual for the machine.

2: i have a film in MKV format.i've never heard of this before but i gather it's to become the preferred format in the future...
what kind of converter would i need to change it to PAL and would it be available as freeware? I dont think i'll be updating my player anytime soon as i'm currently unemployed.I'm surprised this laptop doesnt have the necessary installed as it,s only a year old, anyway i dont watch films on it.

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Old 27. Jun 2010, 11:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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1: even after converting to PAL my sons player wont play the DVDs. Is this because his machine requires some other type of fikle? and how can he find that out? i dont think he has a manual for the machine.
Video formats and codec can be a tricky business. Am still learning about it, as and when I come across a situation .
Without looking at the manual of the player, it will be hard to tell what formats it can play. You can search for an online manual, by searching by the model number of the player. Anyways, I think PAL should be able to play as its a standard format. Still, files need to be checked if they confirm to PAL/NTSC standards. Also, if you are burning a CD/DVD to play on a player, the files have to be burnt in a different way from the data CD/DVD. I hope you are aware of that. You will have to make a video CD/DVD, if you want the player to be able to play it.

DVD Flick and DVD Styler are good free software to make video DVDs.

Also, I will tell you about a useful program which can check for properties of media files. You can check the attributes of a video/audio file with it, and it will give the details.

MediaInfo : http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/

Its a useful program to keep in your inventory, if you deal with multimedia files a lot, or even little.

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2: i have a film in MKV format.i've never heard of this before but i gather it's to become the preferred format in the future...
what kind of converter would i need to change it to PAL and would it be available as freeware?
Yes, MKV format is getting popular nowadays, because of the quality it provides with efficient size. I haven't tried to convert a MKV file yet, but I believe you can do it with video converters. You can take a look here for the options :

http://www.techsupportalert.com/best...on-program.htm

FormatFactory, or Iwisoft Video Converter should be able to do it. These are both freeware, and are listed in the above review.

Good luck .
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Old 27. Jun 2010, 11:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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[QUOTE=Anupam;31311]Video formats and codec can be a tricky business. Am still learning about it, as and when I come across a situation .

I understand there is often more than one answer to these questions when you are not present to see for yourself what the situation is so please ignore my comments on the other thread regarding the codecs.
I'll get the number of the player from my son and see what i can find out.
iwisoft converter would not tolerate the MKV file tonight so i'll check out some other software.I did read though that you need a DivX converter for it, when i selected to use the web to find a solution it took me to a website which sells the software.

I use imageburn to make the DVDs and there is a user forum for advice so i'll check out the proper way to burn. When you say DvDs and video that sounds like the same thing to me so i'll maybe have to do some study on that too. I'd probably be better just buying the films, but i have some kind of drive to find out how to do it myself. silly i know.

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I did read though that you need a DivX converter for it, when i selected to use the web to find a solution it took me to a website which sells the software.
You should not need a commercial software for that. I am sure a good freeware solution must be available. If Iwisoft did not work, you can try out other software from the article, of which I gave link to you yesterday. I will try to find out which free software can convert MKV files to other formats.

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I use imageburn to make the DVDs and there is a user forum for advice so i'll check out the proper way to burn. When you say DvDs and video that sounds like the same thing to me so i'll maybe have to do some study on that too. I'd probably be better just buying the films, but i have some kind of drive to find out how to do it myself. silly i know.
DVDs can be of several types... data, audio or video. Data DVDs are ones on which you simply put files, or folders... any kind of material.
Audio DVDs are ones which contain only audio files, and in a manner which will play on your audio player.

Video DVD contains video files in format which can be played on a DVD video player.

Therefore, the way in which these files are written are different. So, if you want to burn a DVD in order to play it on a DVD player, then you should burn a video DVD. I don't think ImgBurn has an option to make video DVDs. Maybe it can make a video DVD from a video_ts folder, but not from other video files.

Therefore, to burn a video DVD, you will need a burning software that can burn video files to a video DVD. DVD Flick and DVD Styler are such software.

And its not silly to do things by yourself, at all !! That's the way people learn .
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Hi labelle,

I'm going to put in 2 cents here, I use DVDvideoSoft. It can convert most video formats to one that will play on a standard DVD player. Found it last year when I needed to burn a photo slide show to play on a DVD player and have used it a few times since. There is a whole suite of converters but I only installed the 1 converter.

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You should not need a commercial software for that. I am sure a good freeware solution must be available. If Iwisoft did not work, you can try out other software from the article, of which I gave link to you yesterday. I will try to find out which free software can convert MKV files to other formats.



DVDs can be of several types... data, audio or video. Data DVDs are ones on which you simply put files, or folders... any kind of material.
Audio DVDs are ones which contain only audio files, and in a manner which will play on your audio player.

Video DVD contains video files in format which can be played on a DVD video player.

Therefore, the way in which these files are written are different. So, if you want to burn a DVD in order to play it on a DVD player, then you should burn a video DVD. I don't think ImgBurn has an option to make video DVDs. Maybe it can make a video DVD from a video_ts folder, but not from other video files.

Therefore, to burn a video DVD, you will need a burning software that can burn video files to a video DVD. DVD Flick and DVD Styler are such software.

And its not silly to do things by yourself, at all !! That's the way people learn .
Thank you anupam, it does say TS in imageburn so when i downloaded files without it i then downloaded iWisoft to convert them to PAL. It works for me, but not on my sons which i a pacific. I think i'll try one of the other freeware products.


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Hi labelle,

I'm going to put in 2 cents here, I use DVDvideoSoft. It can convert most video formats to one that will play on a standard DVD player. Found it last year when I needed to burn a photo slide show to play on a DVD player and have used it a few times since. There is a whole suite of converters but I only installed the 1 converter.

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Thank you danjmilos,


i think i will try this out.


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labelle,

Here's a link to the simple version of the video converter and burner,

http://download.cnet.com/Free-Video-...-10893970.html

Hope it helps.

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