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how can I check if a vcd is playable on standalone players?

PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2004 2:34 pm
by patpat
I used to copy VCD's by just copying the DAT file to harddrive and then burning the file to a blank cd using RealOnePlayer. However, it is my understanding that the resulting VCD can only be played on computers and cannot be played on standalone VCD players because the VCD is single tracked.

I am trying to make a VCD for my friend who wants to play the VCD on his standalone player.

I burned a VCD using DeepBurner, and the resulting VCD does have all the folders and files that was on the original and it plays fine on the PC. But I don't know if it will play on a standalone. Is there a way to check? I don't want to give an unplayable VCD to my friend since I have to drive 20 miles to get to his house. I'd hate to have to make a return trip.

I copied the VCD by first copying everything on the original vcd to my harddrive, then I opened DeepBurner and dragged all the contents from the original vcd into the menu to burn.

PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2004 3:07 pm
by burninfool
Use the Copy function instead,it will make a perfect duplicate.

PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2004 4:17 pm
by patpat
Do you mean copy from the hard drive?

I still am figuring out the Deep Burner program... I didn't notice a copy function.


PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2004 8:39 pm
by TheWizard
Only way to find out if it'll play in your friend's standalone player is to try. :) Even if your VCD doesn't work in his player, that doesn't mean it is incompatible with VCD's. It may also be the type of media you burn it on. Some standalone players won't play CD-R's, only CD-RW's. Some standalone players are fussy about the length of the media: 74-minute as opposed to 80-minute. Others, although rarely, prefer blue cyanine dye as opposed to silver/green pthalocyanine dye. It's really a matter of trial and error. I recommend searching for your friend's standalone player in the list at, there will likely be user comments stating which media works and which doesn't. And, of course, there will be an indication of whether or not the player supports VCD's at all.

PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2004 10:28 am
by dodecahedron
burninfool wrote:Use the Copy function instead,it will make a perfect duplicate.

patpat wrote:Do you mean copy from the hard drive?

i think he meant a CD-Copy function in Nero, Easy CD Creator or some such application.