Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Calling All Readers, I Need Your Help!
Ok, here's the deal.
I've got two DVD burning programs on my computer: Nero, and Sonic.
They both suck, or my computer sucks, or maybe I suck, but the damn things don't work whatever the cause.
I've been trying to burn some of my home videos, and some music videos that I downloaded here there and wherever onto DVD so I can give copies to other people that don't have computers. I've also been trying to burn copies of my soon to be released bootleg sex video so that I can send out copies with my Christmas cards this year,(~sarcasm~), and all I keep getting is a bunch of electronic grief.
Home videos, no problem. They're all in the same format so they work just fine. The process is slower than molasses in January, but at least it works. The music videos on the other hand, no dice. All I keep getting on Sonic is a bunch of error messages and other crap that doesn't make any sense at all. A bunch of garbage about NTSC vs. PAL format, I don't give a rat's ass which format they're in. If they're in the wrong format, then convert them so that they're in the right one, that's what Nero is supposed to do. This file is corrupted and may not be usable, well is it usable, or isn't it? It plays just fine on Windows Media Player, why the hell can't I burn it on a DVD? Then there's some crap about not being able to add audio files this way or that way or something, I'm not even trying to add a damn audio file for crying out loud, it's a video file. Once again, all of these files will play on every single media player on my machine, they just don't seem to want to be on a DVD. Add that to the fact that Sonic will only work on about three different formats and it becomes even more worthless.
Nero is even better. I was told that this was the "best" DVD burning program available, yeah right. I'd hate to see the worst if that's the case. This little gem doesn't even screw around with the error messages, oh no. It just hangs up and stays that way for days if you don't hit abort and close the damn thing. It wouldn't be so bad if it would do it right away, but usually it sits there transcoding videos for 2 or 3 hours, then the little green lines on the overall progress-o-meter thingy just stop moving and that's it. No error message, no complete lock up, no blue screen of death, nothing. Just the little timer that keeps running and adding up hours while it makes no progress whatsoever. I've tried about a dozen times to burn a DVD with this useless piece of garbage and I think I've actually succeeded once. I'm sure glad it was given to me, if I'd payed the hundred and some bucks for it I'd really be pissed.
So here's where you come in, my faithful readers . . . . both of you.
Does anyone know of a good freeware program for burning DVD's? Possibly even just a program for transcoding various different formats of AV files into MPEG2 or something that one of my fragile little DVD burning princesses can handle? I know, I know, there's only about a million different audio and video codecs out there and there's probably no program in existence that can handle all of them, but is there one that can at least tell me why it won't work so that I can try to fix it? Is it my computer? Do I not have enough memory or something? I don't exactly have a multibyte gigapixel firebreather here, but it isn't no slouch either.
I have the DIVX converter on my machine as well, and it works great, but my DVD player doesn't support DIVX, and I've yet to find a video converter that will convert DIVX files into anything, let alone burn them to DVD. I've used it a few times to fix files when the originals wouldn't play, or wouldn't play right. After converting them they'll play, but I've no way to get them onto a DVD other than in DIVX format.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to tell me what the hell I'm doing wrong and suggest a solution. Preferably a free one. If you ignore this post, I don't want to hear any bitching when you don't get your sex video this Christmas, I'm only giving copies to my really good friends. ;)
Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope!