DVD-R doesn't play on Mac

Posted on 2013-02-06
Last Modified: 2013-02-07
I have a Samsung VCR/DVD combo that in years past I've used to transfer VHS tapes to DVD. I always used to be able to play those DVD's on my Mac, and later converted the movies so I could upload to Youtube.

Now, after a break of about three years, I've made a new DVD with it. The DVD works in the player, but in the Mac it appears as if there is nothing on it. Handbrake doesn't find anything.

Question by:Bruce Corson
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by:Michael Dyer
ID: 38861963
You need to narrow this down.  Can you play this DVD in a different computer or a DVD player?  Can you play a commerical DVD on your Mac.  That will tell you where the issue is.  It is possible that this DVD recorder allignment s off a tiny bit.
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by:Justin Pierce
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Hi Becorson,

   I searched a few Samsung VCR/DVD combo boxes and it looks like they all put out in MPEG 2 format. I'm guessing your Mac isn't running Lion, and all OS Xs before needed a MPEG 2 codec for QuickTime, so here is a link to get it:

If you don't want to spend money for the codec then VLC may be your go to player:

Hope this helps.

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by:Bruce Corson
ID: 38862166

Thanks. I am running Mountain Lion. Does this affect your answer?
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by:Bruce Corson
ID: 38862173
Further to this conundrum, the disk, when inserted, behaves as if there's nothing on there, except an 8kb file, which I assume is an index file of some sort. Yet, the disk plays on the DVD player.
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Justin Pierce earned 500 total points
ID: 38862177
Hi Becorson,

It certainly changes my answer, lol. Okay, so it looks like 10.8 does have a few problems in the DVD Playback framework. Here is the link:

Scroll down to the 3rd post and try steps 1 & 2.

Hope this helps.
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Expert Comment

ID: 38863307
what make DVDs are those. have you tried any other make DVD i.e: Sony etc.

Author Comment

by:Bruce Corson
ID: 38864727
Some answers and what will be my solution:

1. innocentdevil: TDK and Memorex, DVD-R & DVD+R respectively. Neither works.
2. MacGuy47: Thanks, but none of these are the issue. My Mac does play commercial DVDs.
3. Equitrac_Michael: The disks in question do not play in my other Mountain Lion Mac. I just now tried it on a Windows XP laptop and it also doesn't work.

Note, in all cases, the computers see NOTHING on the drive.

I guess it is a Samsung recorder issue. I'll have to explore that.

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