5 Replies Latest reply: Aug 10, 2010 6:08 AM by kkambas
kkambas Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I am using idvd 5.0. I have made several movies with the internal optical writer using Maxell dvd +R discs which played fine in my dvd players (regular, tv type). My internal writer broke and I have since used two different external writers, both of which support dvd+r, and movies from neither will work in my dvd players - they won't play at all. The movie will play on a PC. I did try writing the movies to a disk file and when I try to bring up the mac DVD Player it says "A Valid DVD drive could not be found".. That may be a totally separate problem or maybe that means the file idvd is creating is bad.. I have 153 gb of free disk space and 689 mb of free memory so I think I am ok there. Any ideas?

IMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8), IDVD 5.0
  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (19,460 points)

    Most often this is due to
    • Brand of DVD used
    • Type of DVD
    • Burn Speed

    I only use Verbatim DVDs (would like to try Taiyo Yuden - but can't find them)

    I only use DVD-R (can't burn +R on my old Macs) - Never +/-RW

    I set down burn speed to x4 (or even x1) - This can't be done in all versions of iDVD

    But since iDVD 5 one can save as a DiskImage - then burn this with Disk Util tool
    and here set down burn speed to x4.

    Just burn to DVD via DeskTop - Do not deliver a Video-DVD but a Data-DVD which can not
    playback on DVD-players.

    I use Roxio Toast™ to do the burn - simpler than Disk Util tool - but costs a bit.

    Yours Bengt W
  • kkambas Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you for the quick response. When I write to a disk image from iDVD shouldn't I be able to then view the movie using DVD Player that is part of the o/s? I keep getting an error "A valid dvd drive can not be found."
  • Jeremy Hansen Level 4 Level 4 (1,910 points)
    It sounds then like DVD Player checks for a drive, which you don't have, and then refuses to run. That is too bad. I'm not sure there would be a way around it, unless you tried with the external drive attached.
  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (19,460 points)

    When You save as a DiskImage (I do to Desktop to be easily found) You get an icon
    ending with .img or .dmg (don't remember which one comes first)

    Double click on this and the other will unfold.

    Now start DVD-player tool in Application folder.

    If Movie don't start direct - go up to File/Open and select the Video_TS folder
    in the last icon .img or .dmg

    Now it should start to play.

    Yours Bengt W
  • kkambas Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I tried this sequence and I still get "There was an initialization error. A valid DVD drive can not be found". Weird. Maybe DVD Player has gotten corrupted. I"ll see if I can find a way to reload it.