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Old 20-09-2013, 13:39
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Hi is there any particular reason why a DVD of images won't play on a blu-ray player and is there any way around it, besides using a PC or standard DVD player?

Any tips appreciated.
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Old 20-09-2013, 13:45
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All sorts of reasons. From the player not supporting any sort of image playback at all to only liking certain formats of image file. And it can also be down to needing a specific folder arrangement on the disk to recognise the image files.

What make and model of player are you using and what type of blank disk (eg CD, DVD, Blu-Ray) and what format of image file (eg TIFF, BMP, JPEG)?
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Old 20-09-2013, 15:35
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Most disc player will play .jpg ( jpeg ) images without any issue -- its almost a standard feature , although as chrisjr posted some are a bit picky over the file structure . You are not trying to play a cd / dvd from Kodak are you ? these seem to trip up most disc players !

Pictures saved in photoshop format wont play on most players -- stick to .jpg .
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Old 20-09-2013, 15:38
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Most disc player will play .jpg ( jpeg ) images without any issue -- its almost a standard feature , although as chrisjr posted some are a bit picky over the file structure . You are not trying to play a cd / dvd from Kodak are you ? these seem to trip up most disc players !

Pictures saved in photoshop format wont play on most players -- stick to .jpg .
There are also multiple varieties of JPG files, and some just won't work on some players - or indeed in some software packages.
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Old 20-09-2013, 17:47
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You are not trying to play a cd / dvd from Kodak are you ? these seem to trip up most disc players !

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This may not be the OPs situation but....
Even on a PC you can hit trouble with these.
I have several old Kodak Picture CDs dating from the mid 90's and they will not play on any of my DVD players or any PC running anything after XP
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Old 21-09-2013, 12:21
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The Kodak PhotoCD format was very specific and is long dead - I doubt anything modern could play the format - so much for keeping photos only as digitals!

JPG files are now the norm, and many modern dvd players, connected to a tv will play them. However JPG playback is not standard. My first 2 DVD players would have pre-dated this sort of technology, but my last one and now this one will play them.
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Old 21-09-2013, 17:17
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Yeah I have one DVD player that will play photo CD, none of the other 5 gathered over the years will play them.

I did get them to play on Windows 7 64 Bit by installing the Easyshare software and setting it to run in XP compatibility mode. You also need to change your screen resolution all the way down to 1024x768.

I also managed to get the files off the CD and convert them using an old, free program called Omniformat which again, i ran in XP compatibility mode. Omniformat is still going and has been updated, but a quick look at their webpage suggests the free version now shows adverts in your browser so appears to be browser based now. Might still be worth checking out for users who need to convert old Photo CD images today.

OP, exactly what type of photos are you trying to view as there could be several reasons why you cannot view them?.

As mentioned, Kodak Photo CD is now an older, obsolete format and most DVD players wont play them.

If the files are on an ordinary CD/DVD burned on a computer they could be the wrong file type, most DVD players will read JPG images on disc but most will not read any other formats, such as TIFF files.

Even if your DVD player can read JPG files many will not read files above a certain resolution, the maximum resolution should be listed in your player's manual.

Older players may not read JPG files with long filenames, requiring the older 8.3 naming format. So they might not read a file named "Auntie Gemma Drunk at Christmas.JPG" but would read it if it was renamed to "Gemme01.JPG".

DVD players can sometimes be fussy with some brands of blank DVD used to copy the files on to.

Older players and most older DVD player/recorders might have problems with modern higher speed DVD discs. Most should be able to read the faster discs really, but that isn't always the case.

Many DVD players, even some modern ones, cannot read progressive JPG files.
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Old 21-09-2013, 21:09
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I also wonder if some of the 1st dvd players to play JPGs might only do so if the files were saved onto memory card or USB memory stick, and not onto a blank dvd (the machine would have a memory card and/or usb socket if its new enough).
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Old 22-09-2013, 14:19
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I also wonder if some of the 1st dvd players to play JPGs might only do so if the files were saved onto memory card or USB memory stick, and not onto a blank dvd (the machine would have a memory card and/or usb socket if its new enough).
Good point. And some (such as my mum's which is very old) will read JPG or MP3 files on a CD-R but not on a DVD too.
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Old 24-09-2013, 21:17
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We've just had a jpeg issue with a Panasonic DMR-PWT500. Our customer had 693 photos on a dvd-r that caused the machine to crash every time it was inserted. The same happened on a PWT520 we had on the shelf. We updated software on both the machines and the 520 then worked OK.
The 500 still crashed so I checked the disc and found it did not comply with http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Design_...ra_File_system I decided to copy all the photos to our PC from the original & create a new DVD that did comply with the DCF rules, copied all the photos to the disc & hey-presto it worked as expected on the 500 & 520. Job done!
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Old 25-09-2013, 10:56
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Hi thanks for getting back to me everyone, they are JPG on a standard blank DVD. I don't know the model of the DVD player, as I'm asking on behalf of my boss. We have managed to sort-of fix the problem by uploading the images to movie maker and burning the DVD through that - it will now play on the DVD player but the images are now pixelated and really bad quality.

Back to the drawing board!
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Old 25-09-2013, 20:08
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Hi thanks for getting back to me everyone, they are JPG on a standard blank DVD. I don't know the model of the DVD player, as I'm asking on behalf of my boss. We have managed to sort-of fix the problem by uploading the images to movie maker and burning the DVD through that - it will now play on the DVD player but the images are now pixelated and really bad quality.

Back to the drawing board!
That is because what you have done is to convert the high resolution still images into a much lower resolution video file.

The images will now basically be at a maximum resolution of 720x576 instead of whatever they were at before.
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Old 25-09-2013, 21:13
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Perhaps you could try burning the photos to a CD-R rather than DVD. In the past, I've found that MP3's burnt to DVD would never play in my DVD player, but ones on CD-R would. Worth a try?
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Old 27-09-2013, 19:13
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looking at this thread again, and having put jPG's into our Panasonic combi in the distant past, the more I think about it, the more I am sure the JPG's would only playback if they were on a blank CD-R (wouldn't work if stored on a blank dvd).
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Old 27-09-2013, 21:02
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All new blu-ray players support AVCHD which allows High Definition (1920 x 1080), content to be burnt onto a DVD blank disc. Using suitable software you can burn images that look amazing. The OP should look for a HD (1920 x 1080) AVCHD output format.

There are many software packages that will burn HD slide shows to DVD blanks.
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Old 28-09-2013, 01:46
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I can get the images using windows xp and the free program Irfanview look in the file for PCD this is the file format for photo cd you can then use irfanview to convert them to Jpeg and burn to CD they will then play on most DVD or Blue Ray Players
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Old 01-10-2013, 21:57
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May I suggest next time you want to make a picture slideshow DVD, (and assuming that you are using either Windows Vista or Windows 7) that you use Windows DVD Maker to author your picture slideshow DVD?
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