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Burning dvds Hey guys i'm using dvd santa to encrypt avi files to dvd. once it starts to encrypt, within 10 seconds a dvd santa window pops up and says "dvd santa has encountered a problem and needs to be closed down". i have to manually hit control,alt,delete to end task as it will close all windows down otherwise it freezes. This only started not long ago but b4 this i was removing unused programs in the "add/remove progams" folder in the control panel. not sure if this mite of caused dramas. other than that the dvd player plays regular dvds without problem. any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks heaps.

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Go get another burning software on the net for free try to burn with it if its okay the santa is bad if not theres a conflic in the hardware software or it might just be a internal windows update lacking

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DVD read/write problem

DVDs and CDs are specific to that media. For instance an audio CD must be extracted to a file (mp3, wav...). Copying will only create a shortcut in Windows. DVDs are VOB files if it seems them. Then you may need a player with the correct CODEC to access the file, or again be extracted to avi, mp4... You also have the problem for DVDs having security measures. You will have to use 3rd party software to remove the encryption if it can. Some are just too tough to remove.

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How to rip DVD and convert video between any video formats?

Read this guide and learn how to rip a DVD to all modern video formats and convert video between any video formats, including AVI, DivX, XviD (*.avi, *.divx, *.div), MPEG-4, H.264 (*.mp4, *.m4v), MPEG-1, MPEG-2 (*.mpeg, *.mpg), DVD (*.ifo, *.vob), Quick Time (*.mov, *.qt), WMV, WMV-HD (*.wmv, *.asf), 3GPP, H.263 (*.3gp, *.3g2, *.3gpp, *.3gp2), Real Video (*.rm, *.rmvb), SWF (*.swf) using AVS Video Converter from AVS Video Tools.


This program has a very simple and intuitive interface. The "learning curve" is near zero. You will start working from the first launch. All you do is enter in the video or DVD to be converted, where you want it to be stored and the location of your CD/DVD Burner or Portable Media Device and the software does the rest. Just follow step by step instructions below:

Step1. Download AVS Video Converter
For more features about it, you can refer here.

Step2. Launch AVS Video Converter
Start > All Programs > AVS Media > AVS Video Tools > AVS Video Converter

Step3. Select Output File Type
Click the To AVI or To DVD or To MP4 or To 3GP or To MOV or To WMV or To RM or To SWF button along the top of the interface.
Step4. Choose Video File or DVD
Click the uppermost Browse button on the right. Navigate to the location where you keep your video files or DVDs, and select the video that you would like to convert. Click Open.
Note: When your input is a DVD Disc, you will need to select the path to your source file: X://Video_TS/Video_TS.IFO. "X" stands for your DVD-ROM or the hard disk drive folder where your DVD is stored.
It is important to select the IFO file, rather than VOB or VRO file, because the IFO file contains the information about the entire DVD structure and this way you will avoid audio and video de-synch problems when converting. Also, most DVDs have several VOB or VRO files (files with actual video) and if you convert VOBs or VROs instead of IFO, you will have to merge them afterwards, which is not the case with the IFO files.Anyway if you have only VRO or VOB files, select them. AVS Video Converter converts these files perfectly too.
Step5. Select the Output Location
Click the bottom Browse button on the right. Choose the location where you would like to save your converted video file. Click Save.
Step6. Select the Output Format Profile
In the list of Profiles select one of the available profiles or click Edit Profile button to manually set the output video profile parameters.
Step7. Convert Video
Click Convert Now and step away from the computer (processor performance will be seriously affected during conversion). If you want to watch the progress while you convert, click the Advanced button until the viewing screen pops out of the bottom.
avs-video-tools-6.png Besides this you can also refer to other tools such as blu ray ripper to get more information

Or you can visit dvd burning software to find some useful information about how to burn dvd to your pc.

I do hope these resources can help you. good luck to you!

on Jul 22, 2010 | PC Laptops


Top 10 free video converters

Many video file formats, so many handheld video players, so many online video sites, and so little time. To have your favorite clips how you want them—whether that's on your iPod, iPhone, PSP or desktop—you need the right utility to convert them into the format that works for you. Commercial video converter software's aplenty, but there are several solid free utilities that can convert your video files on every operating system, or if you've just got a web browser and a quick clip. Put DVDs on your iPod, YouTube videos on DVD, or convert any video file with today's top 10 free video rippers, encoders and converters.
1. Handbrake (Open source/Windows, Mac)
Back up your DVD's to digital file with this open source DVD to MPEG-4 converter app. See also how to rip DVDs to your iPod with Handbrake.
handbrake.png 2. DVD Shrink (Freeware/Windows only)
dvdshrink.pngCopy a DVD to your hard drive and leave off all the extras like bonus footage, trailers and other extras to save space with DVD Shrink. Download Adam's one-click AutoHotkey/DVD Shrink utility to rip your DVDs to your hard drive for skip-free video play from scratchy optical media.
Honorable mention: DVD Decrypter, which Windows peeps can use to copy DVDs to their iPods.
3. iSquint (Freeware/Mac OS X only)
isquint.png Convert any video file to iPod-sized versions and automatically add the results to your iTunes library. iSquint is free.
4. VidDownloader (webapp)
When you don't want to mess with installing software to grab that priceless YouTube clip before it gets yanked, head over to web site VidDownloader which sucks in videos from all the big streaming sites (YouTube, Google Video, iFilm, Blip.TV, DailyMotion, etc.), converts them for you to a playable format and offers them for download. Other downloaders for online video sites buy you a Flash FLV file, but VidDownloader spits back an AVI file.
5. Hey!Watch (webapp)
Web application Hey!Watch converts video located on your computer desktop as well as clips hosted on video sites. Upload your video to Hey!Watch to encode it into a wide variety of file formats, like H264, MP4, WMV, DivX, HD Video, Mobile 3GP/MP4, iPod, Archos and PSP. Hey!Watch only allows for 10MB of video uploads per month for free, and from there you pay for what you use, but it's got lots of neat features for video publishers like podcast feed generation and automatic batch processing with options you set once.
6. AVS Video Converter (Freeware/Windows only)
avs-video-converter-box.gifRip and burn personal DVDs, convert video, create HD Video, split, join, edit, apply effects, copy to mobile devices!
Convert almost all video formats including DivX, XviD, MOV, rm, rmvb, MPEG, VOB, DVD, WMV, AVI to MPEG-4 movie format for iPod/PSP or other portable video device, MP4 player or smart phone with Any Video Converter, which also supports user-defined video file formats as the output.
Key features: Convert Video between Almost Any Formats, Convert within Minimum Time, Create Movie DVDs, Manage Videos from HD-Cameras, Convert & Edit Blu-Ray Video, Output Videos to Various Devices, Make Videos Ready for Website, Straight from Disc to PC, Extract Soundtracks and images from Movies.
7. Videora Converter (Freeware/Windows only)
videora.pngVideora Converter is a set of programs, each designed to convert regular PC video files into a format tailored to your favorite video-playing handheld device. The Videora program list includes iPod Video Converter (for 5th gen iPods), iPod classic Video Converter (for 6th gen classic iPods), iPod nano Video Converter (for 3rd gen iPod nanos), iPod touch Video Converter, iPhone Video Converter, Videora Apple TV Converter, PSP Video 9, Videora Xbox360 Converter, Videora TiVo Converter, and Videora PMP Converter.
Honorable Mention: DVD to iPod Converter for Windows converts YouTube and other online videos to iPod format.
8. . Avi2Dvd (Freeware/Windows)
avi2dvd.pngMake your video files burnable to a DVD with Avi2Dvd, a utility that converts
Avi/Ogm/Mkv/Wmv/Dvd files to Dvd/Svcd/Vcd format. Avi2Dvd can also produce DVD menus with chapter, audio, and subtitle buttons.

9. MediaCoder (Open source/Windows)

Batch convert audio and video compression formats with the open source Media Coder for Windows, which works with a long laundry lists of formats, including MP3, Ogg Vorbis, AAC, AAC+, AAC+V2, MusePack, WMA, RealAudio, AVI, MPEG/VOB, Matroska, MP4, RealMedia, ASF/WMV, Quicktime, and OGM, to name a few.
10. VLC media player (Open source/All platforms)
vlc.pngOk, so VLC is a media player, not converter, but if you're watching digital video, it's a must-have—plus VLC can indeed rip DVD's, as well as play ripped discs in ISO format (no actual optical media required.) VLC can also play FLV files downloaded from YouTube et al, no conversion to AVI required. Since there's a portable version, VLC's a nice choice for getting your DVD rips/saved YouTube video watching on wherever you go.

on Mar 03, 2010 | PC Laptops

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Can not see my region I want it region free to open all Dvds please

(If this is a Windows-based OS) What you need to do is either download one of three free apps. The first two I really recommend, the third simply strips the DVD of it's region and creates two sets of files that you can use other software to create a new, region-less DVD.

You can use Nero, Roxio or ironically, actually use one of the first two Applications (for Windows) I recommend. That's why depending on your use, I recommend the first two over the third. If you want to take DVD and use a standard DVD-R to burn it to and make it region-less, the Application you want is called DVD Shrink.
It's called "Shrink" because commercially purchased or rented DVDs show that they are 9 GBs, which would require a DVD-DL or Dual Layer. Very expensive, almost $5-$10/blank disc depending on where you are & the DVD burner has to be DVD-DL capable.
In order to get a DVD down to a standard blank DVD-R (or +R, both of which you can buy for cheap on the big 25, 50 or 100 count spindles) which holds roughly 5 GB of data, DVD Shrink will get rid of all the useless empty space that DVD manufacturers put on their discs to make it look like it's 9GB of data (it's not, it's an illusion).
So basically it compacts all the data next to each other like moving all you shirts on the hangars in your closet close together, off to one side, thus opening up a load of new space to hang other clothes up.
Once you run DVD Shrink you pick the source DVD or .avi/DiVX/mp4/.mkv file (you can use DVDs or video files from Torrent sites w/ both of the top two, but not the third Application, that one is strictly DVD use only and still requires other software to make is burn onto a blank DVD.) DVD Shrink will analyze the DVD, which takes about 5 minutes, and you can see a little preview of what it's seeing, but moves faster if you un-check "show preview" during "Analysing" phase (it was developed by a Brit, thus the "S" and not "Z" in Analysing Phase. Once it's done Analysing you can use help to show you how go into "Re-Author" to remove parts of the DVD you don't want (like Spanish subtitles if you don't speak Spanish), but the fastest way is to click the "Backup!" button at the top and it will take the files is created and show a dialogue box to verify the burner, or if you want to burn it as an .iso file you can choose that. Make sure you have a folder created for where these files go. Mine is simply called "DVDs to Burn" and it's on a drive that has the appropriate free space. After that, it will begin burning your new DVD w/ no region on it.
The second Application I would recommend and will conver the DVD or video file (I use this one more for video files to convert and burn to DVD, but it will accept DVDs. This Application is Called "Convert X to DVD". It does basically what DVD Shrink does only allows eay changing of your DVD menu, etc. But I would recommend Convert X to DVD for .avi movie files or.mpg/.mp4/.mkv over a DVD. DVDs I generally go to DVD Shrink.
However Convert to X to DVD has a few more options to customize what you're burning & I suggest using the same folder you've created for the files for DVD Shrink. When you start the convert, it will do the same thing and in the output folder (DVDs to Burn, or whatever you want to name it) you will see the same two Folders: "VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS". These are the files these two programs use to create your "Backup DVD" and the third application makes the exact same files and provided you select that as your location for output files they will go to that folder.
With Convert X to DVD, you can choose to either automatically delete these "TS" files from your output directory. I do not believe DVD Shrink has that option. But if you don't have them automatically deleted to you will need to go to My Computer and go to your output directory and delete the VIDEO_TS & AUDIO_TS folders, A) because they are taking up 5 GB of your space and B) the burning programs want to write there as well and they all use the generic VIDEO_TS, etc. folders.
Remember to empty the recycle bin, if it doesn't say "this is too big to send to Recycle Bin, do you want to permanently delete the folder?" (Which you say Yes to), because until you empty the recycle bin, you wont get those 5 GB of space free. Of course if the program says "There are already files in that folder , do you want to delete them?" You say "Yes" and it will automatically remove them re-write what's being converted. I just err on the side of caution and manually delete the VIDEO_TS & AUDIO_TS folders and empty the recycle bin anyway. And with DVD Shrink, you can use the Open Files option at the top to pick the folder that your file decrypter/region is creating these VIDEO_TS & AUDIO_TS folders ro, and it will do the Analysing stage and then you click "Backup!" and there you go.
If you simply want to read the region and strip it to make it region-less, use the third program called "DVD Decrypter". It was show you the region and give you options to either make it Region 1 (N. America) or make it region-less. It only works with DVDs, no video files and it too will create VIDEO_TS & AUDIO_TS folders in the directory you select. So deleting them immediately is bad.
You want make sure you use one of other two Applications, or Nero first, before deleting them like of DVD Shrink where is says "Open Files" and select your output folder where it will Analyze, etc. I also believe Convert X to DVD also will do this as well.
The reason I am throwing in the 3rd Application when you have two other options that seem to do it all, is b/c the do it all Applications can possibly skip something and make a bad burn (although rare). Whereas DVD Decrypter ONLY does that and then you can use the other two Applications or Nero to pick the VIDEO_TS & AUDIO_TS folders and then burn it to a simple/cheap 5GB blank DVD that has no region and can be played from here in Kentucky, to Mongolia, to the Antarctic. I personally have all 3, just in case one program won't decrypt the region, but others will.

I hope this helps you and the three Applications I spoke of, DVD Shrink, Convert X to DVD or DVD Decrypter are all freeware so you won't have to pay a thing for them. And I "back up" my entire DVD library so my DVDs don't get used, their official copies do. My name is Dave and if you have further questions, feel free to email me at (I used to be tech for Apple). Also contact me if you have a Mac that doesn't run Bootcamp w/ Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 on it, and I can give you some Mac appropriate answers. Hope these helps and Please leave the appropriate feedback for me. If you don't mind. Good luck.

Mar 26, 2011 | PC Laptops

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How do I burn a dvd into my dell d600 PC personal files?

You can rip/convert u DVDs to normal video format so that paly on dell PC.
this software can hlep you:

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How to burn a dvd from an acer laptop

The laptop should have come with CD/DVD burning software preloaded. Acer's specs page for your model says it comes with NTI Media Maker. The program will have help information available to guide you through, and you can find more help online. If you just want to write data files onto a DVD, the process typically is not much more than dragging files to a layout window and telling the program to burn the disc. This gives you a way to back up data, or to store movies in formats you can view on a computer (AVI, MPG, etc.).

On the other hand, if you're asking how to make a video DVD that will play in a regular DVD player like a commercial movie, maybe with features like menus or scene selection and such, the process for making that kind of DVD is more involved. You need some DVD authoring software. NTI may offer that capability, but I'll admit I have never looked.

In most cases, the software that comes preloaded on computers is a limited version of some commercial product. The computer manufacturers get paid to include the program, and the software company hopes you'll buy the full version when you discover the limitations. If you don't want to pay for software, there are free, more full-featured programs available for downloading.

For general CD and DVD burning, I use CDBurnerXP. To make video DVDs, I use a program called DVDStyler. Both are open-source, meaning they are 100% free to download and use, and they both offer a lot of features.

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Need help with Compaq Presario v2000 drivers

Your DVD drive is missing the Burning Program not the driver. I found an update for your windvd software for windows 7 but you probably have to have the full program installed to run the update. Hope this helps.

Jan 10, 2010 | HP Compaq Presario V2000 Notebook

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Dvd burn will not burn completely

the software whicgh you r using is not proper its corrupted that software needs reinstalling again.and install the latest upgraded software. many customers face this same problem but reinstalling the latest software solves the problem.  

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Dvd recording

I had the same problem and spent some time looking up this issue. I have a sony dvd player and it seems to have trouble reading almost any burnt dvd or cd. I have read that sonys seem to prefer the cheap dvds and cds for burning. It seems the cheap'O dvd players play burnt dvds and cds better that the nice ones, go figure.

There is more info out there about making sure to burn dvds and cds in the correct format.
You can try different burning software that has more options than just vista.
If you are creating a dvd from a movie file such as an avi or mpeg, please explain more on what you are doing and trying to accomplish.


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Saving in DVD format

The DVD format is VOB. In the Windows Movie Maker you can save movies as DV-AVI, but in order to burn them onto a DVD disc you should convert them into VOB files using burning software (for example- Nero).

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