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Thread: Ok. Time for a list of working DVD Players for Tivo DVDs...

  1. #61
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    Audiovox D1705 (Portable DVD Player):
    - Success +R & +RW. Did not try -R
    - TyTool: Make/Edit Key File, VOB/Mux
    - DVD-Lab: import VOB files (use directly w/o demultiplexing). Create menus, etc if you want, or link as "first show" **

    Initial 8" IDM830 (Portable DVD Player):
    - Success +R & +RW. Did not try -R
    - TyTool: Make/Edit Key File, VOB/Mux
    - DVD-Lab: import VOB files (use directly w/o demultiplexing). Create menus, etc if you want, or link as "first show" ** / ***

    Initial 5.8" DVD5820(Portable DVD Player):
    - FAILURE w/ +R & +RW. Did not try -R. Would not read discs at all.
    - TyTool: Make/Edit Key File, VOB/Mux
    - DVD-Lab: import VOB files (use directly w/o demultiplexing). Create menus, etc if you want, or link as "first show" ** / ***

    Mintek 2110 (aka $39 p.o.s. *)
    - Success w/ +R, +RW, -R. [I know that it plays -RWs too]
    - TyTool: Make/Edit Key File, VOB/Mux
    - DVD-Lab: import VOB files (use directly w/o demultiplexing). Create menus, etc if you want, or link as "first show" **

    * This thing is amazing. I bought it last year for like $39 and it has NEVER refused to play a disc...ever. It plays VCDs, SVCDs, 480x480 DVDs, etc etc.

    ** When I'm lazy I have DVD-Lab burn the DVD for me, although I feel that Nero does a better job. Sometimes I have minor issues when using +RWs when burning w/ DVD-Lab... but I have those when using non-TiVo source material too. This is anecdotal at best! It could all be random errors.

    *** Something else I noticed on these machines... althought I think it is a function of the DVD Authoring software, perhaps(?). When I used the fast-forward feature it would work @ 2x, 4x, 8x, 16 etc. But, when I would hit play to get back to watching it, it would crash. Again, DVD plays normally, but when you FF thru it, it bombed out. I did not have any chapters defined so I can't tell you about that.

    UPDATE I tried using the FF on my Mintek at home and it did in fact crash out to the Title Menu anytime I would use the FF feature. I then authored the DVD w/in TyTools and it works just fine, so this is a function of the authoring program, not the burning software.

    UPDATE AGAIN I purchased an Audiovox D1705... it is pretty damn compatible w/ everything I've thrown at it. It plays +R, +RW, -R & -RW. It plays DVDs authored w/ DVD-Lab, DVDauthor (via TyTool), DVDShrink & DVD2One (burned w/ Nero). It also supports raw .mpg files just burned to a CD. I even took one of my VOB flies made in TyTool that was under 700MB, burned it to a CD and it played just fine... no issues at all.

    UPDATE 01/26/04 I finally found something that the Audiovox D1705 will not play. A DVD w/ mixed 480x480 content and 720x480 content. I got a bit "choppy" when trying to play it. Not that this is going to happen anymore, I changed my TiVo resolution to 720x480, but I still have some 480x480 sitting on my drive.

    Nothing to do w/ TiVo, but this DVD player also supports MP3s that are burned to a DVD... many out there will support CD based MP3, but not DVD. However, it does not have "long filename" support, but the music plays.

    EDIT: DVD burner is Sony DRU500A running Firmware 2.0g.
    Last edited by EWR-COflyer; 01-27-2004 at 02:28 PM.

  2. #62
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    Sony DVPNS425P

    1- Brand/make/model/year?
    Sony DVP-NS425P 2003

    2- Software to split/process TyStream?
    TyTool 8r3, Make Key, Edit Key, VOB-Mux, Create IFO

    3- Software to create DVD fileset?
    TyTool 8r3. Burn with Nero 6.0.0.11

    4- DVD success or failure?
    Success

    5- Description of the DVD failure if there was one?
    None

    6- Software to create SVCD fileset?
    N/A

    7- SVCD sucess or failure?
    N/A

    8- Description of the SVCD failure if there was one?
    N/A

    9- Short comment on report.
    Picked this up for Mom. Only had a chance to try 2 DVD's in it, but all functions worked.
    Menu's, Scan forward/reverse, Chapters, Slow & step all ok

  3. #63
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    Sony DVP-CX985V ALMOST as cool as Tivo

    Whats cool about it?
    1. 400 disc changer. No more DVD's laying all over the place.
    2. On screen directory of discs. Search for and play from my easy chair.
    3. Front panel port for keyboard plug-in. Speeds up entry of disc descriptions.
    4. On screen chapter display shows the first picture from each chapter
    in a 3x3 grid, page down for the next 9. Best chapter search i've seen.

    1- Brand/make/model/year?
    Sony DVP-CX985V 2003

    2- Software to split/process TyStream?
    TyTool 8r3, Make Key, Edit Key, VOB-Mux, Create IFO. About 50 discs this way
    TyTool 8r3, Make Key, Edit Key, VOB-Mux, Create IFO then import to DVD Lab
    to make fancy menus. About a dozen discs this way.

    3- Software to create DVD fileset?
    TyTool 8r3. Burn with Nero 5.5 (About 30 discs) & Nero 6.0.0.11 (About 30 discs)

    4- DVD success or failure?
    Success 100% (70 discs made with Tytool & DVD Lab)

    5- Description of the DVD failure if there was one?
    None

    6- Software to create SVCD fileset?
    Never made one

    7- SVCD sucess or failure?
    N/A

    8- Description of the SVCD failure if there was one?
    N/A

    9- Short comment on report.
    I have tried all 70 discs in this. All functions work as advertised
    Menu's, Scan forward/reverse, Chapters, Slow & step all ok
    The unit has some nice features and some that could use a little work.

    Anyone wants additional info, just ask. I'll be happy to respond.
    Please ask in the thread. This is a pricey unit and the info could help
    others considering this unit.

    Vegas

  4. #64
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    Mintek 5" portable DVD MDP-5860

    Whats cool about it?
    Cheap Canadian$200 or about US$150 and plays MPEG files - o need to create VOB/IFO etc. just store MPEGs on a DVD+-R(W) and you are laughing

    1- Brand/make/model/year?
    Mintek 5" portable DVD MDP-5860

    2- Software to split/process TyStream?
    TyTool 8r3, Make Key, Edit Key, VOB-Mux, Create IFO.

    3- Software to create DVD fileset?
    TyTool 8r3. Burn with Nero 5.5

    4- DVD success or failure?
    Success

    5- Description of the DVD failure if there was one?
    None

    6- Software to create SVCD fileset?
    Not tried but should play - it will play MPEGs in SVCD format

    7- SVCD sucess or failure?
    N/A

    8- Description of the SVCD failure if there was one?
    N/A

    9- Short comment on report.
    Cheapest player I could find I was very surprised to see that it had no problems playing a disc full of MPEGs that I created as a backup. This is easier then creating a DVD, no menu required.
    2 SA-Series 1 TiVos
    Gateway Connected DVD
    Roll Your Own Canadian Guide Data

  5. #65
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    1- Brand/make/model/year
    apex 660
    2- Software to split/process TyStream?
    Tyserver_mfs6/Tystream7r7a
    3- Software to create DVD fileset?
    Tytools (VOB-Mux/IFO) and Nero5.5
    4. DVD success or failure?
    failure
    5- Description of the DVD failure if there was one?
    freeze
    6- Software to create SVCD fileset?
    7- SVCD sucess or failure?
    8- Description of the SVCD failure if there was one?
    9- Short comment on report.
    Playing fine, until random 1 out of 10 chapters may freeze up software in dvdplayer. location is finable and repeatable. sounds like buffer overflow in player. Same disk fine on newer apex.
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    1- Brand/make/model/year
    apex ad703
    2- Software to split/process TyStream?
    Tyserver_mfs6/Tystream7r7a
    3- Software to create DVD fileset?
    Tytools (VOB-Mux/IFO) and Nero5.5
    4. DVD success or failure?
    success
    5- Description of the DVD failure if there was one?
    6- Software to create SVCD fileset?
    7- SVCD sucess or failure?
    8- Description of the SVCD failure if there was one?
    9- Short comment on report.
    some extra noise, only with tivo made dvd disk. Not with other disks or same disk on other players.
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    1- Brand/make/model/year
    apex ad5131
    2- Software to split/process TyStream?
    Tyserver_mfs6/Tystream7r7a
    3- Software to create DVD fileset?
    Tytools (VOB-Mux/IFO) and Nero5.5
    4. DVD success or failure?
    success
    5- Description of the DVD failure if there was one?
    6- Software to create SVCD fileset?
    7- SVCD sucess or failure?
    8- Description of the SVCD failure if there was one?
    9- Short comment on report.

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    1- Brand/make/model/year
    apex ad1110w
    2- Software to split/process TyStream?
    Tyserver_mfs6/Tystream7r7a
    3- Software to create DVD fileset?
    Tytools (VOB-Mux/IFO) and Nero5.5
    4. DVD success or failure?
    success
    5- Description of the DVD failure if there was one?
    6- Software to create SVCD fileset?
    7- SVCD sucess or failure?
    8- Description of the SVCD failure if there was one?
    9- Short comment on report.
    Very clean, identical to live directv as compared to same set.

  6. #66
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    Coby DVD-515

    Just got this, will edit as I know more

    1- Brand/make/model/year?

    Coby DVD-515 and its relatively new

    2- Software to split/process TyStream?

    Tytool 8r3

    3- Software to create DVD fileset?

    Tytool 8r3 (no audio patch, no transcoding)

    4- DVD success or failure?

    100% success

    5- Description of the DVD failure if there was one?

    6- Software to create SVCD fileset?

    Used tytool9r3 for cut/mux (no audio patch, transcoding option 2, svcd mux output)

    nero 6 ultra (nero express) to create the svcd, there was no re-encoding

    7- SVCD sucess or failure?

    Worked great, even supported the svcd menu option (constructed menu in nero express)

    8- Description of the SVCD failure if there was one?

    9- Short comment on report.

    I've heard that this player can play many different format discs on both cd and dvd. I've even heard that it can play raw mpeg files right off of dvd or cd. I will be testing this and report back, it just came in the mail so I threw one of my already done dvd's in and tried it out.

    SVCD output was great, as good as dvd (makes sense since its the same video stream) FF, RW both worked fine. I was happy that menus worked also.

    Tried a cd I had an mpeg 1 or 2 (can't remember) file burned to as just a raw file and it worked. FF did not work in the raw file but it could be a really poor mpeg. Still kind of amazing.

    Has some trouble with commercial dvd's (maybe with dtivo/tytool ones too but I haven't played many of them) where it will hang for a second then skip about 3 or 4 seconds of video. Seems like it happens about when you switch from one vob to another on the dvd but I can't verify that. Sort of annoying.
    Last edited by malfunct; 03-18-2004 at 03:16 PM. Reason: adding svcd info
    Malfunct

    HDVR2 - 120hours - Extraction enabled
    SD-DVR40 - Unhacked (for now)

  7. #67
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    Aspire Digital AD-1100

    Just tested this and it works with everything I made:
    - 480x480 Dtivo files
    - 544x480 and 640x480 dishplayer files

    great for a cheap player $25 after MIR. Some features:
    • Compatible with DVD-Video, CD, CD-R/CD- RW, MP, JPEG & Kodak Picture CD
    • Progressive Scan
    • 5.1 channels
    • Dolby Digital AC-3 decoder
    • LCD display
    • Composite, component video, S-video & DTS audio outputs
    • PAL/NTSC compatible
    • 4:3/16:9 display conversion
    • Parental lock
    • Region Free with remote control
    • Play DVD-R, DVD+R

  8. #68
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    apex 1225

    1- Brand/make/model/year?
    apex ad-1225

    2- Software to split/process TyStream?
    TyTool 9r11, VOB-Mux, Create IFO

    3- Software to create DVD fileset?
    TyTool 9r11 Burn with Nero 6.3.0.3

    4- DVD success or failure?
    Success

    5- Description of the DVD failure if there was one?
    None

    6- Software to create SVCD fileset?

    7- SVCD sucess or failure?
    N/A

    8- Description of the SVCD failure if there was one?
    N/A

    9- Short comment on report.
    sears only 39.00
    everything works great
    chapter marks
    zoom 2x 4x etc.
    slow motion 1/6 1/3 1/4 1/2
    fast forward up to 2x 3x 4x 8x 20x
    pause etc. etc.
    great player for the price
    actually has more features than my more expensive sony....
    menus work ok also
    single step also works

    also works with the dvd+R disks which doesn't talk about in the specs.

  9. #69
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    Apex 600A

    1- Brand/make/model/year?
    Apex AD-600a 1997 w/ Drive Firmware LI-18 & Original mainboard Firmware

    2- Software to split/process TyStream?
    TyTool

    3- Software to create DVD fileset?
    TyTool

    4- DVD success or failure?
    Success

    5- Description of the DVD failure if there was one?
    None.

    6- Software to create SVCD fileset?
    n/a

    7- SVCD sucess or failure?
    n/a

    8- Description of the SVCD failure if there was one?
    n/a

    9- Short comment on report.
    Only DVD-R works.. I can't get any DVD-RW to work.
    Haven't confirmed +R/RW capabilities yet.

  10. #70
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    Quote Originally Posted by tweaky
    Apex AD-600a ... Haven't confirmed +R/RW capabilities yet.
    On mine, +R works, but only with bitsetting. +RW with bitsetting works inconsistently (it's OK once it recognizes the disc, but that can take multiple attempts).

  11. #71
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    Any objections to more than one report in one post? No? Good.

    1- Brand/make/model/year?
    a. Xbox 1.0, stock (no modchip, but DVD kit)
    b. PS2, stock
    c. Cheap-ass "Amphion MediaWorks" set-top DVD player model V101



    2- Software to split/process TyStream?
    TyTool 9r14

    3- Software to create DVD fileset?
    TyTool / DVD Author (burned on Fuji DVD+R media, TDK burner, and Roxio Easy CD/DVD Creator 6's "Creator Classic" program)


    4- DVD success or failure?
    a. Success! (Xbox plays beautifully)
    b. Failure (PS2 not so much)
    c. Success! (AMW plays well too)


    5- Description of the DVD failure if there was one?
    The Playstation 2 plays the video fine, but the audio is choppy (it fades in & out). Could be user error, this was my first try.

    9- Comment
    The AMW V101 was really cheap (I bought it from Circuit City for $35 about a year ago) and while it is really slow, it plays back the DVDs I've thrown at it so far.

    The PS2 may have had a problem because I did not transcode my audio. I'll have to try that next.

    Menus, video, chapters, etc. work fine on all 3 players.
    Last edited by lenroc; 05-10-2004 at 03:50 PM. Reason: Add model number

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    Hey Lenroc, you might also want to state your version of PS2. I believe the earlier PS2s (like mine) doesn't read CD-Rs/DVD-Rs properly. That might be your issue as well.

  13. #73
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    you might want to add a question:
    dvd media type

    Brand/make/model/year?
    Apex AD1110w

    Software to split/process TyStream?
    Tytools 9r2 9r8 and 9r14

    Software to create DVD fileset?
    Tytools 9r2 9r8 and 9r14

    DVD success or failure?
    Success with DVD-R

    Description of the DVD failure if there was one?
    ran thru a few DVD+R be fore finding that it only likes DVD-R

    SVCD sucess or failure?
    didn't test

    Short comment on report.
    The player will read DVD+R made with dvd shrink , Ulead and Adobe Encore but will not read a disc made with TyTools. DVD-R's seem to work just fine

  14. #74
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    1- Brand/make/model/year?
    Pioneer DV-F07
    2- Software to split/process TyStream?
    TyTool9r14
    3- Software to create DVD fileset?
    TyTool9r14
    4- DVD success or failure?
    Success
    5- Description of the DVD failure if there was one?
    Only 1/2 the screen because of 480x480 support
    6- Software to create SVCD fileset?
    Doesn't support SVCD

    9- Short comment on report.
    Great player, just old and doesn't support full screen playback.

  15. #75
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    29 Nero OEM problems

    1- Brand/make/model/year?
    Sony DAV-FC7.
    2- Software to split/process TyStream?
    TyTool9r14
    3- Software to create DVD fileset?
    TyTool9r14 - Make Key File
    TyTool9r14 - VOB-Mux
    Nero OEM v 2 - import VOB, create chapters, menus, process and burn DVD
    4- DVD success or failure?
    Failure
    5- Description of the DVD failure if there was one?
    Success on video.
    Failure on audio. There are pops and noise in the soundtrack at some points. I read a post about it being a possible flaw with Nero. There is an update for it but the update would not install on my system :-(

    Audio problems could also be due to the fact that I didn't create IFO in TyTool. Maybe the placeholders TyTool leaves in the VOB are to blame? I guess I should just follow directions next time.

    9- Short comment on report.
    My Sony supports DVD-R but not +R. I set the video quality to long play and it comes out looking GREAT on my TV, even on my 21" monitor. The audio was good when it wasn't popping. BTW, menu creation in Nero is really easy, looks good and is fully functional.

    6-7-04 - Update
    Success!
    I burned using Nero 6 Ultra Burning ROM like the Tytool - DVD and Menu.doc file in TyTool9r14 suggests. Video and audio quality is great. I have to say I'd like to be able to use the Nero toolkit to build the menus, but that's no big deal. Works on XBox, too.
    Last edited by dev0; 06-08-2004 at 02:19 AM. Reason: Additional Info

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