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....I really have NO IDEA what's going on.
The maximum bit rate that a compact disk can play is far, far less than the bit rate for the file you encoded. You've already proven to yourself that the file itself is fine by copying it back to the desktop.
If you want to play back on a disk, you need to either AUTHOR a DVD or a Blu-Ray disk.
Thanks for taking your time to help me!
You already excused my ignorance, so I won't ask again, but, can the bitrate still be the culprit even if I'm just burning the files as data?
I'm not trying to use the CD as some sort of auto-play playback medium, I'm actively opening the .MOV file from within the CD, as if I were opening a picture, for example.
I'm using the CD as a means to give the file to my client so he can then use it. I will instruct him to transfer the file onto his desktop, but I'd like to know what mistakes I'm making or why this is happening, because I think it has never happened to me before. And the people here are worried that if he can't play it from his CD, the file must be corrupt or there must be some sort of issue.
Also, the EXACT same issue happens when the files are burned onto a DVD as Data, as well.
Is this normal? Is the only solution telling the client to drag the files into his desktop?
I'm technically using the CD/DVD as if I were using a USB stick to send the files to our client. Oh, and playing the files from my USB has no problem whatsoever.
can the bitrate still be the culprit even if I'm just burning the files as data?
Yes! Absolutely! It is precisely the cause. A lossless video data file is almost always at a MUCH higher bit rate than the same file authored as a DVD or Blu-Ray. Don't change it if your client will use it in a different application.
I'd like to know what mistakes I'm making or why this is happening, because I think it has never happened to me before. And the people here are worried that if he can't play it from his CD, the file must be corrupt or there must be some sort of issue.
You are making NO mistakes. Those other people there are being silly. If your client is to use the file in a different application, give instructions to copy it to the desktop or to a hard drive. The client may have to render in the other application for real time playback, but there is NOTHING out of the ordinary about that.
....playing the files from my USB has no problem whatsoever.
A USB drive has a greater bit rate than a CD. Does this surprise you? If you play a lossless file that is long enough on a USB stick, the playback will stutter as well.
I have been enlightened.
I'm sorry for not knowing these things, I still have a long ways to go in learning in general, so, thanks for your patience and your time.
I've explained the situation, I hope these people can figure out the COMPLEX process that is to drag a file from one place to another. If they can't, I now have the knowledge to tell them why it can't play directly from the CD.
Thanks again, you've helped me a lot, sir.