avi movie file works from pc but when burned as data file on blank cd, won't play from burned cd

05-28-2004 04:16 PM

the strangest thing happened. an avi movie is saved on my computer and it works just fine when i watch it. but then when i burned it on a cd-r blank cd and i try to watch it from the cd it won’t play. what’s the reason for that?

although i had burned many movies before and they all worked fine from the cd. but this new batch of movies that i burned don’t work when i try to watch them from the burned cd but the exact same movies work when i try and watch them from the files saved on my computer


05-29-2004 06:18 AM

uh, okay..

still waiting for an answer if anyone knows how i can fix that



09-17-2004 10:54 PM
jake 234

I have same problem. Just burnt .avi file to cd. used videolan player and it won’t read it although file plays fine from harddrive. reply


09-18-2004 12:35 AM
615 posts

Where was this file downloaded from? It could be because the file is slightly corrupted. reply


11-06-2004 03:32 PM

The same thing happened to me! It won’t play from the CD! reply


11-06-2004 04:20 PM

That’s pretty difficult to diagnose. But here’s things to look at:
1. Can you copy the file back from the cd back to the hard disk? (don’t worry about playing it, just copy it). If the copied file is playable you could suspect a slow cd drive. Usually if video files have very high bitrates and the cd-rom can’t keep up, it may appear as though it stalls.
2. if you can’t read the file at all when copying it from the disc it could indicate drive/disc incompatibility. you could try another brand of cd-r.
3. do you get specific error messages? like crc errors? do error messages appear in the event log? (they’ll appear under atapi or cd-rom messages) this could indicate a dirty lens, a scratched disc, or other physical malfunctions.
4. can the disc play in other people’s computers? then the drive is at fault again. reply


02-25-2009 12:18 AM

I have a similar problem, but the AVI data file video plays fine on my PS3, but the audio seems to be corrupted. However, the AVI file audio/video are both excellent when played from the computer hard drive... reply


02-25-2009 02:56 AM
212 posts

DVD movie is encoded by MPEG2 standard. And your video will be converted into .IFO, .VOB,.BUP files.

Those video burned as data can be played on computer only, not for DVD or CD player.

Go this burn avi to dvd tutorial, you will work it out. reply


04-13-2011 12:50 PM

can not view downloaded AVI file from DVR reply


06-09-2011 06:43 PM

Thank God some one else has this same problem!!!! I’ve been looking for answers for weeks on this! Still, NO ONE has a simple answer or even an understandable one. I’m pretty good with computers but WTF, Can someone PLEASE tell me how to take the Torrents I downloaded, which are now avi and BURN THEM ON A DVD!!! I can play them on my computer, Ive downloaded EVERY converter made, but still no luck! I have them saved as avi and VLN or whatever, just tell me what I need to do to put them on a DVD and play it in my DVD player! Thank You! reply


06-26-2011 04:34 PM

I’m having a similar problem. All my older (1 or more years) avi files burned to dvd’s play fine on my Philips dvp3960/37 player as well in most dvd burners in computers. In the last 6 or so months, movies will play about 1/2 to 2/3 of the way through on the dvd player, then stop. TV shows do not seem to have this problem. All still play fine from both hard drive and dvd burner in the computer. I went so far as to email Philips to see if they had a firmware update, thinking there may be an updated codec compatibility problem, but all I got was a generic answer (which is what I expected). So far the only answer I’ve been able to come up with is to convert the avi’s to divx (using divx plus converter, but just be sure to make the input and output files about the same size if you don’t want to lose quality) which will play on the Philips. It’s an annoying extra step, but it seems to work for now. reply


10-05-2011 08:44 AM

I recently had a ISO image file that I couldn’t play on a dvd player. After a lot of effort and frustration I was able to burn the file to a playable dvd. My image (ISO) files on a dvd played ok on the computer as did a hard drive version but I finally found a free dvd copy program ie E.M.Free DVD copy which I used to burn a copy of the image disc and it played straight away .... I was floored. This file burnt the disc to a file with an.avi extension.
NB: from my understanding not all avi files are the same as some may consist of more than one file ie a group of files so give it a shot. The burn time for my 1 hour long 'image' (ISO) file took about 30 mins amazing ...I was astonished and very happy
Good luck ...give it a go reply


10-06-2011 02:35 PM
5 posts

If you are trying to play the file in a DVD player, I would use a DVD authoring program that adds a menu and encodes the file for playback in a standard DVD player. In my experience, playing AVI files on a DVD player is problematic and tough to predict. reply


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