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I made this a general help thread rather than just another random single question on one subject (trying to be helpful!)

I’m trying to use Windows DVD Maker to burn a single MP4 video onto a disc. In order to do this it needs to be in WMV format, I’ve tried using VLC media player to convert it but each attempt has produced a corrupt file. I’d prefer to use a free program as I only need to do this once so can anyone point me in the direction of something that can convert an MP4 into a file Windows DVD Maker will understand (or some other DVD maker for that matter!)?

Many thanks.

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Try DVD Flick, this was my default program on the PC for such tasks and it recognises nearly every format and to top it all, is free - really free, no adware or spyware.

http://www.dvdflick.net

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This looks like exactly what I need, thank you for that. I’ve spent a long time searching and only found trial versions and adware-filled free software - I was beginning to get frustrated!

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You’re welcome. Glad to be of help. 😃

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I’ve been looking for a Blu-Ray burner that I can use with my laptop. I found this one and it honestly seems like exactly what I’m after. Not being an expert on such things I thought check what you guys thought before I ordered it.

Is it a suitable investment for a casual anateur looking for a general use (reading/writing/ripping etc) machine?

I’d appreciate any suggestions for other burners too!

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So.

Can a fella connect a standard blu ray player to a laptop as a mock “external drive” so he might, with the help of software, rip his discs? Or would this fella be better off purchasing an actual external drive? And if he should do that, and keeping in mind he lives in the U.K., what should he be looking for? How do all the fan editors here rip their sources?! Please and thank you.

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Big lol at me writing the last post because I wrote the previous post to that last year too… and I was asking the same thing! Totally forgot!

Help though guys, please 😀

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Mark’s Down On Your Syntax said:

So.

Can a fella connect a standard blu ray player to a laptop as a mock “external drive” so he might, with the help of software, rip his discs? Or would this fella be better off purchasing an actual external drive? And if he should do that, and keeping in mind he lives in the U.K., what should he be looking for? How do all the fan editors here rip their sources?! Please and thank you.

I wish I had an answer for you, but I always just used an internal drive for this. But I’ll bump this for your question and for mine:

Kind of a random mystery, but I was digitizing some home movies (VHS-C) and ran across one labeled on the box and on the tape as being from 2003. However when I played it, the content was wrong. At this point I would just assume that the original content had been overwritten, but the new content had a burned-in timecode of FEB 6 2000.

What could be going on here? I have the same sort of tapes that are accurately timecoded up through 1999, so could it be that the camcorder glitched in 2003 and displayed the wrong date, or did my parents screw up both the box and the tape labeling? But if that was the case, I’d have another tape with that missing content but it’s nowhere to be found.

Very mystifying.

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I just noticed you replied to my post, NeverarGreat!! Yay, finally somebody replied after all that time 😉 We actually sorted the situation ourselves when our pc was upgraded because the new one came with a recordable blu-ray drive. Quite an easy solution actually!

As for your question… Was there a description on those tape labels as well as the date? Because if the content had a date that preceded the label’s date then I’m sure it’s just a case of somebody mixing things up. Lots of tapes sat around all looking similar and lots of labels with different dates on them would make mistakes almost a certainty I think!

If the label was misapplied and you don’t have any other tapes with the correct content on then perhaps it was either damaged and thrown out or leant to a friend or relative and they mislaid it?

Well, it’s that or Gremlins.

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