Burned VCD will play on Sony player but no picture

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I just started to play with making my own VCD's. The CD-RW I used will start to play in my Sony 530D player, but I do not get any sound or pictures. Any ideas as to why? Here's the stat:

Originals were mpeg-2 from a Sony F505V Encoded with TMPGEnc ver. Beta 12i Burn with Nero

The encoding did not have any problems, neither did the burn process. I noticed that if I tried to load a pre-encoded mpeg into nero, it would complain, but it did not complain about the encoded mpeg. Everything seemed fine. The sony player even forwards to all the correct capters...etc., but no pictures. Thanks in advance!

-- John (wangster411@netzero.net), August 25, 2001


You've left out some information in your post that would be helpful. Are you making VCD or SVCD? You do know that MPEG-2 is not valid for VCD right? I'm going to make a guess that you made a SVCD for your Sony player. The bad news for you is that while it appears that your Sony player does support CD-RW, it does not support SVCD. You can verify this by going to www.vcdhelp.com and looking at the DVD player compatibility list. If you re-encoded a MPEG-2 file to MPEG-1 for VCD, I suggest you try to play the VCD on a PC to verify that it is OK.

-- Jason (Jason.Shumate@equant.com), August 27, 2001.

Jason, Thanks for the reply. I incorrectly noted that the originals were mpeg-2. They are mpeg-1 from my Sony camera. I played around some more over the weekend and notice a few things:

1) Even though I do not get any errors when I convert with tmpg and burn with Nero, I am not able to open and play the .dat file with WMP.

2) I downloaded a movie from the net and burned (cdrw) the mpeg with nero as a vcd and it played in my Sony 530D! I was also able to open and play the .dat file with WMP.

Based on the above, it looks like there is a problem on the software side and not my Sony DVD player or the CD media I'm using. Is there something special I need to do when I encode with tmpg? or is there something wrong with my original mpeg from my Sony camera?

-- John (wangster411@netzero.net), August 27, 2001.

Nero is much more forgiving and allows you to make a VCD even if some of the mpg files are not completely VCD compatible. The problem could be also because of CD-RW, so why not burn a CD-R instead of a CD-RW ? Pay attention to the audio & video bitrate, mpeg audio layer, frame- rate etc.

-- Chetan Umarje (elegance@giaspn01.vsnl.net.in), August 27, 2001.

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