Change DVD RAM recording to normal DVD for tv play

  Shedhed 15:38 24 Feb 2005

I have a DVD recorder that I use to record tv progs which records in dvd ram which can only be played back to tv in that recorder (Panasonic)
Can I thru my Computer DVD recorder convert/copy the RAM disc so that it can be played thru the pc or a normal TV/dvd player?

  FelixTCat 16:16 24 Feb 2005

You will need a DVD drive in your computer that can read DVD-RAM disks. Some can only read DVD-RAM and some can both read and write.

Check the specification of your existing drive. If it has no DVD-RAM capability, a new one will cost less that £50.

When the recorder saves files onto the disk, there are a number of index files, thumbnails etc but the main file is a mpeg with a different file extension. Any program which will play mpegs will play those on a computer.

To play them back on a TV you either need a DVD player that will play mpegs (in DivX format) or you will need a program that will convert mpegs to DVD format and then burn a DVD.

If your computer is near the tv or you have a laptop with svcd output, you can buy cables for about £10 to connect the computer to the tv and play the mpgs on the tv through the computer.

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