Using Nero 7 I selected DVD/DVD-Video and copied all of my video files (.BUP, .IFO, .VOB) to the video_ts folder. Nero burned the compilation onto a new Panasonic DVD-RAM disk and no errors were reported. I was able to play the DVD I created on my computer but I was unable to play it on my Panasonic DMR-E55. The message unformat (not unformatted) appears. I used another disk from the same pack in the Panasonic DMR-E55 and it was ready to record. No request for me to format the disk.
Files in the compilation were created using Womble Mpeg video software. On my first attempt I tried encoded to PAL. On the second attempt, using a new disk, I encoded to PAL. The Panasonic DMR-E55 can play commercial DVD's that are either.
Any suggestions would be most welcome.
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I recorded a TV program onto a DVD-RAM disk using the DMR-E55. The recorded program appeared on the disk in a .vro file. I copied this file to my computer and imported it to Womble. I cut out the adverts and some rubbish before and after the program. The DVD creation feature in Womble saved the edited program in a number of files with .bup, .ifo and .vob extentions.
Perhaps this is relevant: The Nero software I am using is the Version 7 Ultimate edition. A relative bought it for me in the United States about two years ago. I did not think region codes applied to non commercial video but I wonder if Nero has made the software so that even home made movies are given a region code. I am in the UK.
In general, region codes don't apply to recordable DVDs. A DVD that you make on a PC with a DVD burner or in a home DVD video recorder will play in all regions (but don't forget NTSC vs. PAL differences, see 1.19). Region codes do not apply to DVD-Audio.
Can Womble save to some type of video file instead of DVD files? If it can, maybe you may want to try taking this video file and if you have Nero Vision, you can use that to make the DVD.
Womble can itself export to Mpeg2. I do not have a problem creating DVD videos the problem is that once burned onto DVD-RAM disk my Panasonic will not play them.
If I record a TV program on the Panasonic (using DVD-RAM disk) the file on the disk is .vro. Womble can open .vro files but they cannot be saved to .vro.
I copied the files of a commercial DVD (.bup, .ifo and .vob) onto my computer hard drive. They were not encrypted. I then burned the files to DVD-RAM using Nero, choosing the DVD-Video option. The region code remained the same after burning. I had the same "unformat" message when I tried to play the disk in the Panasonic.
I chose DVD-RAM disks because they can be used over and over again. I hate anything that cannot be reused. The Panasonic manual states that the ONLY disks that can be used for recording and play are DVD-RAM and DVD-R (finalised).
I have some DVD-RW disks. This evening I thought I would try burning my video files to one of them. Guess what? It worked and I was able to watch the film I had burned with Nero. I decided to have another look at the Panasonic manual and I received another shock. DVD-RW disks are on the list of disks that (according to Panasonic) CANNOT be played. All this time wasted because Panasonic cannot put accurate details in their instruction manual.
So as George Bush once said: "Mission accomplished." Many thanks Joshua for offering advice.