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Postby mwaldron » Tue Jun 24, 2008 11:27 pm

I bought a new JVC XV-N650B DVD player, my 1st one, to play my slide show. I've never used a DVD player before. I feel a little silly asking these questions but better to ask than guess. I'm trying to connect the JVC to a HD ProView LCD TV I bought recently. The ProView is hooked up to Cox Comm HD set-top box with an HDMI cable going from the set-top box to the HDMI port on the TV. There is only one HDMI port on the TV so when I hooked up the DVD player last night I had to take the HDMI cable out and put in another HDMI cable from the DVD player to the TV. Can I just connect the red-white and yellow cables that came with the DVD player to the TV and leave the HDMI cable from the set-top box to the TV connected all the time? Are there DVDs with HD that I can play so I can keep and use the 2nd HDMI cable I bought when I want to watch those? For Picture Show burnt discs does it matter whether I use HDMI cables or the red-white and yellow ones?

How do I set up the DVD player for resolution for PS? there are several choices including 720 x 480i or 480p for component video out (is that for a 3-plug), and 720 x 480i for Video Out and S-Video, and 5 total choices for HDMI.

Finally there are settings for TV Aspect settings; 4:3 and 16:9. From reading other posts I assume I pick 4:3. If I pick 4:3 I can pick Letterbox or Panscan. Which is better for slide shows. Finally there are many setting for audio: Dolby Digital, DTS, MPEG, Sample Freq, DRC, and Vocal. How do I set these? There is also Other settings: PBC, BLE, and DivX(R), VOD.
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Postby mwaldron » Wed Jun 25, 2008 1:06 am

I have a 2nd HD TV I bought last weekend with 2 HDMI ports on the back. Could I attach the DVD player to the 2nd port and have everything available at the same time? Why not?!
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Postby mwaldron » Sat Jun 28, 2008 3:24 am

I went ahead and connected the DVD player to the 2nd HDMI port with an HDMI cable and successfully played a DVD movie by switching the TV from the cable to the DVD port. I haven't been able to try to play a Picture Show DVD yet. Several problems. First my old DVD drive couldn't write to a DVD-R disc. Today I bought an external DVD RW 20X, EZ-Dub by LITEON. It required I load Nero Essentials software and then Dub software. The Nero interfered with using ULead Disc Image Recorder and it took me forever to get Nero off my system. I saved my PS project as a disc image file (dvd_udf) of about 1.2G. I then tried to copy it to my new LITEON using UleadDisc Image Recorder (ULead Copy.Now). It got about 92% done and stopped/froze. I'm tempted to take the LITEIN back and get a simpler device. Should I try to burn directly to the LITEON? Any help would be appreciated.
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Postby sjj1805 » Sun Jun 29, 2008 12:57 am

Firstly CD&DVD PS does not burn in HD only SD and so there wouldn't be any advantage to using a HDMI lead to watch those particular slide shows, the RCA plugs (red / white / yellow) will work fine.

Next, you mention that you cannot burn DVD-R discs. This seems unusual nowadays as most DVD burners will burn to -R and also +R discs.
It is possible that the DVD burner wasn't "programmed" for that particular brand of DVD-R disc. You need to go to the manufacturers website and look for updated firmware.

Firmware is software that is inside the actual DVD Burner (not the computer) and enables the burner to communicate with the computer. Manufacturers update the firmware every so often so that the burner is compatible with more brands of discs.
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Postby mwaldron » Mon Jun 30, 2008 6:37 pm

TOSHIBA DVD-ROM SD-R2312 is the DVD burner. I looked for firmware upgrade but there was only one for opening drive door for RAM type disc. I called Gateway Computer tech support and they told me it was a "combo" drive and wouldn't write to DVDs. My system is a 5 yr-old Gateway system.

I replace the LITEON with a Writemaster DVD+/-RW, design by F. A. Porsche with LaCie which gave me Roxio Creator 9XE software. It seems to have quite a few capabilities but since I am new to burning I am unsure how to use it.

I used a Roxio Creator function called Capture Video to try get old family video camera footage that had been copied to a DVD-R into my PC to use in PS4. It identified the "movie" as one with 66 min playtime, screen format 4:3, NTSC with selected language as unspecified (AC3). I set Capture Settings to MPEG and it generated a 2.42G MPEG that would play with sound on my PC but when I tried to import it into PS4 it had no sound. It also showed up in Roxio Creator Capture Video as Recently Imported but when I tried to play it there it also had no sound and a message informed me I would need to upgrade the product to get sound.

I tried to convert ("rip") the MPEG to different sound with a program called E.M. Free DVD Copy and it gave me a MPEG of about half the size that had sound when I brought it into PS4. Sound was OK in PS4 and sound was OK after I burned a small sample show and played it on my PC with Windows Media Player. But the sound was distorted and garbled when I played it on my DVD player and TV. I called the DVD player manufacturer and he said it was a bad DVD since I had successfully played a movie DVD and the sound was fine. Are there quality settings I should use with E.M. Free DVD Copy? (I used the following settings as best as I can remember: It said Audio Track was "???MPEG1 2ch (0xC0), I set Audio Channel to Auto, Audio Codec to mp2, sampling rate at original frame rate or custion 44100 (I can't remember which) and bit rate at original bit rate or custom 64 (again I can't remember).

Or is there an easier way to proceed?
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Postby mwaldron » Mon Jun 30, 2008 6:51 pm

The info on the DVD I am trying to get into my PC and PS4 from Roxio software is:

Media Information
Disc Regions are 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Media code/Manufacturer ID SONY16D1
Format Type UDF 1.02
Volume Name DISK_5
Application id
Implementation id VSO Software
Recording Date/Time (mm/dd/yyyy) 5/19/2007 8:31:45
Format Capacity 2.45GB(2.63GB)
Book Type DVD-R
Media Type DVD-R
Manufacturer Rated Speed Unknown
Available Write Descriptor CAV 16.0x 22160KBps
Available Write Descriptor CAV 12.0x 16620KBps
Available Write Descriptor CAV 8.0x 11080KBps
Available Write Descriptor CLV 4.0x 5540KBps
Write Strategy Speed 4.0x 5540KBps
2x Speed OPC beta 09
2x Speed OPC power 0B
2x Write Strategy field 1 12 A8 88 90
2x Write Strategy field 2 88 80 00 00 00 00
4x Speed OPC beta 06
4x Speed OPC power 13
4x Write Strategy field 1 0A 0E 08 04
4x Write Strategy field 2 96 06 0C 0B
4x Write Strategy field 3 80 00 00 00
4x Speed OPC beta multi-pulse 08
4x Speed OPC power multi-pulse 18
4x Write Strategy field 4 17 B8 88 85
4x Write Strategy field 5 B6 79 0B B0 33 03
4x Write Strategy field 6 30 00 D0 00 00
Data area starting sector 30000h
Data area end sector 1398DFh
Linear Density 0.267um/bit
Track Density 0.74um/track
Number of Layers 1

Complete Media Code
00000000 00 6C 00 00 01 40 C1 FD 9E D8 52 00 02 84 0E 10 .l...@....R.....
00000010 87 88 80 00 03 53 4F 4E 59 31 36 00 04 44 31 00 .....SONY16..D1.
00000020 00 00 00 00 05 88 80 00 00 00 01 00 06 09 0B 12 ................

I'm getting frustrated but haven't given up. Being a novice makes it hard; there is a lot of technical concepts and knowledge to doing all this. Thanks for the help!
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