Okay, so I authored a DVD in Encore after cutting it in Premiere and it plays fine on a stand-alone player--but when I pop it into a PC and Windows Media Player launches, I will only get (depending on the machine and version of WMP): video with no audio, audio with no video, a codec error or it plays fine.
The DVD plays fine on InterVideo WinDVD.
Any ideas? I'm suspecting that Windows jacked up the codecs in a software push.
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Based on what you've said, it certainly sounds like a codec issue on the systems that won't play the burned DVD. I strongly suspect that they wouldn't play a commercial pressed DVD either. Unfortunately, DVD's are encumbered by a zillion patents, so making a legal DVD player program in America requires paying money to license everything, which means Microsoft can't legally just throw in free DVD player software with Windows. It would drive up the price.
But, there is another option. You can always use "VLC." It's free software that plays almost anything, and is available for most platforms. So, you could just burn a copy of the installer along with a readme on your burned DVD's, so that you can have the player software handy in a pinch. The project is organised overseas where the software patents don't apply, so they can give away the software legally. You can download it at videolan.org
You can also include an AVI with a common codec on your DVD in addition to the DVD format video. Users with only the "out of the box" Windows Media Player could play the AVI instead of the DVD video.
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