5 Replies Latest reply on Jan 2, 2007 12:23 AM by mirianam

    DVD format question

    Burton Road
      I am preparing some patient education information for distribution on DVD. Some of the content will be self-paced interactive designed with Director, and some of the material will be in the form of a 15 minute linear video program. My preference would be to distribute both types of content on one DVD so that the linear video program will be accessible on a conventional home DVD player, and the interactive material will be accessible on a computer. Is it possible for both types of material to work on a single DVD? Thanks so much.
        • 1. Re: DVD format question
          Level 7
          Hi,

          Yes, this is possible. Just burn the DVD video files in onto the DVD together with
          you Director files in another folder. A TV DVD player will find the DVD video files
          and will ignore the Director files. The only problem is that some computers may be
          set to autostart a DVD video so you'd get them playing the wrong section when
          inserted into a computer. I created a DVD of this type a while back and actually
          put all the DVD vidoe files into a folder on the DVD called 'DVD', which is not the
          standard folder structure. But, a normal TV DVD player still found the VOB files to
          play and the computer was fooled to ignore them.

          regards
          Dean

          Director Lecturer / Consultant
          http://www.fbe.unsw.edu.au/learning/director
          http://www.multimediacreative.com.au


          • 2. Re: DVD format question
            Burton Road Level 1
            That's great news. Thanks so much for your assistance.
            • 3. Re: DVD format question
              mirianam Level 1
              Hi Dean
              Did you put the Video_TS folder (which contains the VOB files) inside the "DVD " folder or the VOB files directly inside the "DVD" folder and did the TV DVD players reliably find the DVD content?
              I am asking as a while back I was looking for a solution for DVDPlayer on Macs not to autostart as I wanted the DVD content to be part of my Director project.
              Thanks
              • 4. Re: DVD format question
                Level 7
                Hi Mirianam,

                Yes, I created a folder called DVD and then inserted the Video_TS folder in that
                folder. So, kept the directory structure of your standard DVD except the placing
                everything one folder down rather than from the root level of the DVD.

                I tested this on a few DVD players and did not experience any problems with the
                files being played on a TV. But, I did test it on relatively new DVD players. So,
                my testing was not extensive. The product was mass produced and I have not had
                anyone report a problem. Very old DVD players may have a problem but DVD players
                today can locate JPGs, MP3s and a range of media types at any level. So I would not
                think they'd have problem locating the VOBs. Anyway, that's just my experience and
                disclaimer:)

                regards
                Dean

                Director Lecturer / Consultant
                http://www.fbe.unsw.edu.au/learning/director
                http://www.multimediacreative.com.au


                • 5. Re: DVD format question
                  mirianam Level 1
                  That is very good news and thanks for this very useful tip.