How to Watch Video Files using a DVD Player

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Have you ever wanted to take a video file from your computer and watch it using a DVD player?

If so, chances are you associate such activities with utter FRUSTRATION.

How to Watch a Video File using a DVD Player

Many users think that if you copy a video file to a DVD disc, a DVD player will show the video -- but that's not the case.

The reason is that most DVD players can only recognize 1 video format ("the DVD format"), whereas computers can understand MANY different video file formats. Thus, attempting to play any video file format inside a DVD player other than "the DVD format" simply will not work.

That being said, it is possible to convert a video file into the DVD format, but the process can be long-winded and difficult.

Let me explain ...

The Trials and Tribulations of Converting Videos to DVD

Converting a video file into DVD format requires a lot of work and know-how.

Step 1: Choosing the Right Video Converter

There are a magnitude of video / movie file formats for your computer, such as: .AVI, .MPG4, .MPEG, .MOV, .WMV, .WMA, and so on. Since many computer video file formats are proprietary, you often need a plethora of special video converter programs to be able format the file for proper DVD playback.

And still, that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Step 2: Converting The Video File

Even after you've spent an hour or two searching the web for a video converter that converts _your_ specific video format to DVD format, you'll often spend another hour or two in the conversion process.

Often, video file conversions don't go as planned and you might a file that has sound and video that are out of sync. And sometimes, the video converter you use is buggy and the converted video stops playing half way through -- or maybe the conversion doesn't work at all and you have to start all over again and search for another video converter.

Step 3: Selecting File Size with respect to Video Quality

And what about file size?

Even if you've got the file successfully converted, you'll need to make sure that it will fit onto a single DVD. That part can be really tricky because it entails tweaking video parameters which can drastically affect video quality -- and if you don't do it right, you could end up with a really horrible looking video that's grainy, blocky, unclear, or stretched.

Step 4: The DVD Mastering Program

Now let's imagine you've got that all figured out and are ready to copy it to DVD... guess what?

You need another software program called a "DVD Mastering Program" that can make a DVD menu from your converted video file and copy it to DVD disc so that it can be recognized and played properly in a DVD player.

Sound like a lot of work? That's because it is!

But, it doesn't have to be that difficult.

What would you say if I told you there was a product that automates ALL of these tasks in just a few simple mouse clicks?

What if that product let you tell the computer what you want, but lets the computer figure out the best way to do it?

And what if I told you we'd made it possible for you to get this product for almost the same price as a full featured length DVD movie?

... Continued in November 15th's Special Edition of Infopackets: click to view!

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