Technical DVD Questions
Do the DVD-R media play back in all DVD Players?
The DVD-R media will play back in all DVD players except first
generation players. The official DVD specification does not require
DVD players to support recordable media. Most of second and third
generation players now support DVD-R playback. We have an extensive
list of which DVD Players will play DVD-R media. Click
here to see our list.
My DVD Player is listed not compatible, what should I do?
First check with the manufacturer, some do provide firmware updates.
Others may replace the player with a new one. Unfortunately, some
DVD players simply will not play DVD-r media.
What's the difference between first, second, and third generation
The difference varies between manufacturers. However, the general
rule is that 1st generation players do NOT play any recordable
media. Second generation players are generally 10 bit players
and can play recordable media. Finally third generation players
offer advanced features, such as nuon capabilities, DTS playback
and MP3 playback. All current players are at least third generation.
Will the DVD-R media work in Playstation and X-Box machines?
Yes, all DVD's we create are compatible with Playstation and
How do Commercial Movies hold more then 2 hours on a single
Commercial DVD's are "pressed media". Pressed Media
(or often called Stamped discs) are a different type of disc.
They can hold to a capacity from 4.7gb.(DVD-5) up to 17gb. (DVD-18).
Where as a DVD-R can hold up to only 4.7gb. These discs can be
played in every DVD player. However, these discs must be produced
in quantities of 500 minimum.
How much video can you fit on a DVD?
For a recordable DVD (DVD-r) which is 4.7 gb. We recommend no
more then 2 hours. It is not to say we can not put more. However,
more time and high quality masters are required.
What exactly is DVD-r media?
DVD-r media is a recordable DVD disc. Somewhat similar to what
CD-r is to CD. Although not 100% compatible, this media will play
on most DVD players.
If DVD-r media is not 100% compatible, why should I use it?
DVD-r media is ideal for small runs and personal use. Pressing
DVD discs generally get cost effective after 500 discs and are
always recommended if selling your DVD to the public.
Can you create DVD-5, DVD-9, etc?
Absolutely, please contact us regarding large order replication.
Is there anything DVD Video Solutions can do to make a DVD-r
work in an incompatible player?
Unfortunately not, the public should understand that the fault
is not with the media nor how the disc was make. Rather the lack
of ability of the player to play the disc. Hopefully, DVD players
from now on will be able to play any media.
What resolution are MPEG-2 files for DVD?
We strictly encode all of our MPEG-2 files to DVD spec. Which
is 720x480 (29.97fps) for NTSC. & 720x576 (25fps) for PAL.
We can also encode 1/2 D1 MPEG-2 and low resolution MPEG-1 for
Why do DVD discs use MPEG-2 compression?
Uncompressed video is the best quality you can get. However, only
a few minutes of uncompressed video can fit on a DVD disc. Hence,
some type of drastic compression is needed. MPEG-2 is a complex
compression standard that can yield high video quality with taking
up only a fraction of the space. The downside is that to get high
quality, a combination of high end encoders and skilled operators
to get the best results. That is what we provide.
Can a single DVD contain 2 versions (one in PAL and one in
NTSC) of a video?
No, A DVD can contain only a single format. (PAL or NTSC)
I have a video source recorded in 16x9, can you transfer 16x9
on a DVD?
Yes, we are able to record in both 4x3 and 16x9 aspect ratios.
We can also flag a DVD as Anamorphic is the source is a true Anamorphic
Do you encode in one format (such as an AVI) and then convert
No, many other companies do this. It is never recommended to convert
a lossy compressed format (such as AVI) to another compressed
format (MPEG-2). The quality will drop when this is done. Furthermore,
this process takes a considerable amount of time. All of our encoding
is done in real time, straight to DVD compliant MPEG-2 files with
no intermediate format.
Once my video is on DVD, can I edit it on my computer?
Although DVD is a distribution media (meaning, it is for viewing)
there are programs that can convert a DVD (vob files) to other
files (such as AVI or Quicktime) which can be edited on computers.
We do however provide in house editing services and recommend
that they be edited before put on a DVD.
Is DVD equal to High Definition?
No, a DVD is only digital video at 480i or 480p. Hence not HDTV
spec. There are two competing formats (Blu-Ray and HD-DVD) that are capable of providing HD signals on a disc similar to a DVD. We will be offering conversion to these formats when they are commercially available.
Can I provide a master with a 24 frame rate?
Yes, we can apply inverse telecine during encoding.
What is Replication and Duplication?
Duplication is burning on DVD-r media. Ideal for small runs under
Replication is pressing DVD discs with 100% compatibility rate.
Quantities can start from 500 unites.
What kind of special features can your company do?
Back to the FAQ Page.
We can provide any feature under the official DVD spec. This can
include: Multiple sound tracks, multi angles, surround sound,
multiple subtitles, graphic/animated subtitles, seamless branching,
easter eggs, weblinks, conditional content access, DVD-Rom content,
multi aspect ratios.