Today/Yesterday I learned that DVD Players are proprietary garbage at its finest, I mean I knew DRM decoders and such exist for DVD Players, but you know what does not exist? The ability to read simple mp4 Files from a Data DVD, like what the fuck. So when compiling the Vacation Footage of my Parents onto a DVD I first made it a Data DVD with the 38 (rather boring) Clips they filmed, that did not work to my surprise, so one Full Size DVD wasted on what essentially is a Backup now.
So what did I need to do to make it work, you ask?
concatenate the 38 Clips into 1 single large mp4 File using ffmpeg. In order to do that more easily I just did an “ls > input.txt” in the Command Line to get a List of all Files I need to put into the input.txt.
convert the mp4 File into an mpg File more than twice the size than the original. Said mpg File had to be not only explicitly cast into the PAL Format, but I also had to explicitly state 16:9 aspect Ratio.
create the File Structure of a typical Video formatted DVD using dvdauthor twice from command Line.
turn said Structure into an ISO File so I could directly burn it onto the DVD. Btw did you know VLC Media Player can read ISO Files? It’s a nice to know thing for testing if you did the ISO File properly.
Just why cant DVD Players just read Files from a DVD, it cant be that hard… Had to waste 3 hours on finding out how to get that shit to work…
Note: None of the Mini DVDs were used in this process, i have a bunch of regular Size CDs and DVDs laying around, the Mini ones are for Portable use only.