Currently, my “home entertainment” DVD player is my PS2 (which is old). It doesn’t play a DVD-R I burned using Nero 6.6 (through the "create a video DVD wizard), giving me a disc error. That same DVD-R plays fine on my laptop.
The DVD Version on the PS2 is 1.20U.
Do I need the PS2 remote with the DVD update to be able to read a DVD-R disc burned in standard DVD format because my PS is so old?
If I used something other than Nero to burn a DVD-R in Divx format (assuming Nero doesn’t burn to Divx format), what are the odds that it would play in this PS2?
If I buy the XBox (original) DVD “addon” remote, should it play this DVD-R without issue? What about if I burned it in Divx format?
Obviously, I’m not someone who cares much about video quality, if I’ve been using a PS2 for DVD playback for ~5 years. Unless there’s a readily available (meaning, no waiting for coupons or rebates) DVD player that will play DVD-R or DVD+Rs I burn in either standard DVD or DivX format without hassle that costs no more than the PS2 remote+update OR the XBox remote, I’m not terribly interested.
You can buy an HD upscaling (up to 1080p, via HDMI) progressive scan DVD player that has a USB plug for playing DivX files from a flash or portable drive for around $78. The only caveat is that it won’t play Qpel or GMT (motion compensation algorithms) files well / at all. That and you get a much better remote and the ability to play recordable dual layer DVD discs.
Holy crap that’s about 100 times more complicated than I wanted. I don’t have an HD tv, and don’t plan on getting one any time soon. I don’t really want to play files from a flash/portable drive (I don’t have a portable drive bigger than 1 GB). The good news is I don’t know what Qpel or GMT are.
Playing DL discs would be nice, though. I’m not sure it’s critical, but hey.
I’ve found that my slimline PS2 is only able to play Nero-created video DVDs that are burnt on certain kinds of recordable DVD. TDK DVD+Rs work great (dual-layer included), but my cheapie stash of 4x No-Names DVD+Rs can’t be read. My cheap Chinese No-Name player has these same issues, while my nicer Sony player does not. Unfortunately, the Sony has problems playing DVDs of, er, dubious provenance. Just to throw in a final variable, I’ve also found that some players can be particular about DVDs mastered on Nero, but less so with those created with other software.
I’m still looking for a one-stop solution for watching my DVDs.
Edit: Minded my + and -‘s. Actually, I’ve never been able to successfully burn a glitch-free DVD-R on my AOpen drive. I don’t know if this is the drive’s fault or my players’, but I don’t think it’s the media’s.