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I've created encoded a MPEG-4 file with mplayer and placed it on a DVD. The file is identified as

RIFF (little-endian) data, AVI, 320 x 240, 25.00 fps, video: FFMpeg MPEG-4, audio: uncompressed PCM (stereo, 96000 Hz)

I've tried playing it on a Samsung 1080p DVD player and the codecs were not recognised. There are no firmware upgrades available for my region (Romania).

How should I pick the codecs to make sure that the files are readable by this DVD player?

Update: The command line I used is similar to

mencoder -dvd 2 -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:vpass=1 -oac copy -o movie.avi
mencoder -dvd 2 -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:vpass=2 -oac copy -o movie.avi
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Do you know what command line you used to encode with MEncoder? – pelms Sep 5 '09 at 13:49
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Your Samsung 1080p DVD Player does not support h.264 MP4, only DivX/XviD codecs.

I recommend you try these settings :

Video Codec : DivX/XviD (either one will do)
Frame Rate : 25 or 29.7 (25 for better file size)
Video Size : Max 640 width (for height go with the aspect ratio of your video)
Audio Codec : MP3 128kbps Stereo VBR

It should play now - I recommend you use Handbrake to encode.

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+1 for Handbrake ref. – nik Sep 5 '09 at 13:43
Thanks, I'll try these settings. – Robert Munteanu Sep 5 '09 at 20:22

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