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Topic # 46723 8-Nov-2009 16:43
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Any ideas what could be causing this? When I record a HD bluray disk from TV3 freeview using a Set-Top BluRay/HDD Recorder unit ($2000 worth!) the disk will not play in my pc.  Os XP Pro SP3, Power DVD 7.2 BD Edition.  I see the first frame and then PowerDVD freezes up, the whole computer slows down, I have to end process and sometimes even doing this doesnt work, then im forced to do a hard reboot.  Yet normal dvds plus recorded dvds and other bluray disks NOT from Set-Top Bluray recorder work fine.  Have tried copying Bluray disk to pc and playing from pc hdd, but same problem.  my pc is definately upto specifications for bluray.

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  Reply # 271037 8-Nov-2009 17:03
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Is it a Panasonic unit? If so they record their Blu Ray discs in a whierd format (different to a retail pressed Blu Ray disc) that has compatability issues with many other Blu Ray players out there. I'm guessing that like some other physical players PowerDVD doesn't like it.

My first suggestion would be to try a later version of PowerDVD, 7.x is very old now. Compatability could have been improved in later versions.



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  Reply # 271056 8-Nov-2009 18:57
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sbiddle: Is it a Panasonic unit? If so they record their Blu Ray discs in a whierd format (different to a retail pressed Blu Ray disc) that has compatability issues with many other Blu Ray players out there. I'm guessing that like some other physical players PowerDVD doesn't like it.

My first suggestion would be to try a later version of PowerDVD, 7.x is very old now. Compatability could have been improved in later versions.


Yes it is a panasonic, interesting to know thier recorded disks have compatibility issues, would a firmware update possibly fix this?

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  Reply # 271065 8-Nov-2009 20:18
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I've read several review which commented on issues with playback on some early Blu Ray players.

My guess would be that Panasonic are probably using AVCHD which if so would explain the issue. I'd suggest you download the demo of PowerDVD9 and try that, I suspect it'll solve the issue for you.

A firmware upgrade wouldn't fix the problem as nothing is actually broken - it's really just a case that your older version of PowerDVD doesn't support AVCHD.



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  Reply # 271234 9-Nov-2009 11:18
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yes it would be AVCHD I assume, its disks have a folder called BDAV, where as other disks seem to have BDMV. whats the difference in AVCHD to normal BluRay movies etc...

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  Reply # 271374 9-Nov-2009 17:49
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AVCHD is just a newer (and superior) format.


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  Reply # 272134 11-Nov-2009 19:05
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Another option is try CoreAVC's trial codec.




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