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Old 04-18-16, 09:01 AM
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Any Luck Getting Freezing Or Skipping DVDs To Play Again?

I've got about 5 DVD's all from the same company that I have bought over many years. They play 2 or 3 times fine then they start to freeze and skip. The other odd thing is they all fail at about the same place towards the end of the DVD. Some I just replaced, but others are now out of print and aren't available for online streaming. I did buy one of those cleaner/repair kits, but it actually made it worse. Instead of freezing and skipping the last chapters won't play at all. I treat all my DVD's pretty well so I can't fathom why they are having these issues. I don't see any obvious problems.
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Old 04-18-16, 10:22 AM
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That's weird. Maybe it's the player. Try one of the problem discs on a friend/relative's player.
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Old 04-18-16, 10:35 AM
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Places that do Video Disc rentals have disc polishers ..
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Places that do Video Disc rentals have disc polishers ..
I've always found just a quick wash in some clean (not old) dish water did the trick... if not, the player is probably hosed. A little bit of dust buildup in a player can render it useless. Dog and cat hair are even worse.
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Any Luck Getting Freezing Or Skipping DVDs To Play Again?

Tried a different player?
Laser diode might need a clean.
Otherwise try making a disc image on a computer and burn to a new DVD
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Old 04-18-16, 11:38 AM
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I have taken to ripping all my dvds to avi files, the discs and players don't seem to stand up to the abuse my kids can dish out (and they are careful!)
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Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg View Post
I have taken to ripping all my dvds to avi files, the discs and players don't seem to stand up to the abuse my kids can dish out (and they are careful!)
How do you do that? I thought DVDs were protected in some way from copying.

Different players do the same thing. This is a relatively new player too. Other DVDs play fine and so did these at one point.
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Originally Posted by bikecrate View Post
How do you do that? I thought DVDs were protected in some way from copying.
A program called DVD decrypter can get the material onto a hard drive, and then another program called autogordian knot can convert it into a single file you can play back in pretty much any media player.
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Originally Posted by bikecrate View Post
The other odd thing is they all fail at about the same place towards the end of the DVD.
Is your DVD player in a closed cabinet? it may be overheating. Put your hand on it to check at various times during playback. Open the door as a temporary solution, possibly try putting a fan on the equipment when it starts to skip to see if that's the cause. If it's sitting on top of other electronics equipment, create some empty air space between them with cardboard or something.

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Old 04-18-16, 09:04 PM
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Originally Posted by black_box View Post
Is your DVD player in a closed cabinet? it may be overheating. Put your hand on it to check at various times during playback. If it's sitting on top of other electronics equipment, create some empty air space between them with cardboard or something. Open the door as a temporary solution, possibly try putting a fan on the equipment when it starts to skip to see if that's the cause.
Oooo good call... yeah that does happen to a lot of smaller size consumer electronics... my cable box runs real hot... like it needs a cage around it.
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Old 04-19-16, 07:55 AM
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Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg View Post
A program called DVD decrypter can get the material onto a hard drive, and then another program called autogordian knot can convert it into a single file you can play back in pretty much any media player.
Interesting...
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Old 04-19-16, 07:56 AM
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Originally Posted by black_box View Post
Is your DVD player in a closed cabinet? it may be overheating. Put your hand on it to check at various times during playback. Open the door as a temporary solution, possibly try putting a fan on the equipment when it starts to skip to see if that's the cause. If it's sitting on top of other electronics equipment, create some empty air space between them with cardboard or something.
Nope, sits on an open shelf with plenty of fresh air circulation. But thanks anyhow...
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Originally Posted by bikecrate View Post
Nope, sits on an open shelf with plenty of fresh air circulation. But thanks anyhow...
Is it on top of any other equipment?
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Old 04-19-16, 08:58 AM
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Oh and the key question... can you play the DVD on your computer... IE if it works there, and not on your DVD player... well, the problem is the DVD player.
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RIP it whilst ye still have a chance.
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Probably scratched or damaged. You could try ripping them if you want to get freeware for that. Some DVDs are write protected. Some aren't. If it's damaged in particular spots you can rip around those with some trial and error time invested. You can still use a capture setup on write protected disks but that's a whole other ball game.
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For homemade DVDs don't burn them too full. I also like to split big but low resolution VCD-MPG files up into 100 to 150 megs or so because it definitely helps sometimes. If it's video that just makes it handier to re-watch stuff or jump ahead as well. For the high resolution MPEG-2 burns I'm not experienced to advise.

And some of the video out there downloaded as FLVs or smaller MP4s have various problems and needs editing badly. Crap in the video sometimes can be more vulnerable to stalls. Re-encoding what you already re-encoded flash video with cheap freeware with is sometimes the best fix. A good video freeware like Virtual Dub or TMPGenc is essential for finishing some of the flash video conversions that aren't quite kosher in the codec specs anyway. While re-encoding might lose very marginal quality, that's still mostly determined by the quality of your source file.

MPG joiners from the era when video was posted split up for dial-up down-loaders really screws them up sometimes and those joints are usually evenly spaced apart every minute and a half or so. You ought to edit those out when you re-encode it. And anything else like that. It's easy to miss the first time so save your source files.

IF YOU RIP VIDEO FROM DVDs for god's sake don't rip it right off the DVD drive. Instead use your ripping software or freeware to find the big VOB files in that you'll need in the DVDs video file and copy those to your hard drive, then rip them from there. You'll have a much cleaner rip that way. The DVD drive can stall while you're ripping from it. Some people in the business of selling downloaded video don't even know that and their rips are often crap.

And don't even approach the yellow margin while you're burning. For data DVD-Rs I like to start at 4.30 or 4.31 gigs with the files at 150 megs max. If that stalls drop it to 4.2 something. It pays to watch what you've burned while source files are queued up in editing software and it pays to back your stuff up twice.

I have better luck with VCD MPGs on data disks than burning as Video CD when using the little CD disks. More players read data than Video CD disks now anyway.

Hope any of that is useful for anybody. It was for me.

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Originally Posted by bikecrate View Post
I treat all my DVD's pretty well so I can't fathom why they are having these issues. I don't see any obvious problems.
They are bad burns from the manufacturer. Probably burned too full. It's exactly what happens when you burn them too full at home. And I mean right up to the margin but not even over that. They will play or copy back right after you burn them but won't the next time. I couldn't begin to recount the times I couldn't get my data to copy off a disk that I know I checked out completely right after burning it. So that's what is going on with these. The guy doing the procedure doesn't quite have the experience at it yet.

I wouldn't buy any more from that particular manufacturer. And they probably won't refund you this long after your purchases or even admit they don't know what the hell they're doing yet.....even though they probably realize it by now.
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