burning the DVD

Martha-Mellown wrote on 1/9/2021, 8:03 PM

I am using Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 17 to create the videos. I send them to DVD architect to burn the DVD. I follow the burn wizard and it goes through all the processed to render, prepare and burn. But the Burned DVD does not have the finished video file in order to play the video I created. when I insert the DVD to the computer, it shows two files: 1st: AUDIO_TS (file folder type) and 2nd: VIDEO_TS (file folder type).

The AUDIO_TS file folder is empty and the VIDEO_TS file folder has multiple files of BUP, IFO, and FlashPlayer, none of which will play the video. I have watched at least 6 tutorials and cannot find the answer. I have used this system (vegas movie studio and DVD architect) several years ago and never had this issue with the burning of the DVD, especially when using the wizard.

What am I doing wrong??? I have Windows 10 operating system.


Teagan wrote on 1/9/2021, 9:00 PM

I believe AUDIO_TS is always empty due to backwards compatibility with very early DVD players but you should have some .VOB file(s) in your VIDEO_TS folder that has the video in it. Most of the time it's in small parts with multiple .VOB files.

I believe that the .VOB files are set to open in flash player on your PC as there's no other explanation for flash player to be opening in this situation. If you see .VOB files try right clicking them and open them in VLC or Windows Media Player or another video player.

If that is not the case, are you burning directly from Vegas or are you rendering MPEG2 and AC3/PCM and then importing those into DVD Architect?

Martha-Mellown wrote on 1/11/2021, 6:28 PM

I create the video in Vegas Movie Studio then use the wizard to render/prepare and send to DVD architect. when it prepares the files in Vegas, it creates Mpeg4 files. When I set it to create Mpeg 2 files there is no audio with it.

I create the DVD menu in architect and then try to burn it from there.

I tried to open the largest VOB file but got an error message in a different language I could not read.

My computer should recognize a video file from the DVD when I insert it to be able to play it but it does not. I swear it did not use to be this difficult.

Teagan wrote on 1/11/2021, 6:50 PM

It sounds like you are rendering a mp4 file and sending that to DVDA. That is a big no-no. Always render dvd compliant files in Vegas and then import those into DVDA and avoid re-compressing video.

Your video player could probably not open a .mpg file. That is most likely the cause of the error you spoke of. VLC can open them, though.

For DVD compliant files you need to render video separately from audio. For blu ray that is not always the case though. The .mpg file you rendered has no audio, and that is by design. I would suggest you render these separately and not use Vegas' method of "sending them to DVD architect" and do this manually.

1. Edit your project and then export it in a DVD compliant MPEG2 stream. If you render to any other format or a template that is not DVD compliant DVDA will force a re-compression, which you want to avoid at all costs due to significant quality loss. Audio re-compression is another story, that's fine.

2. Export the audio in either AC3 (which is having licensing issues[?] at the moment) or PCM or WAV, of which you can re-compress those two into AC3 in DVD Architect. Export the audio file with the same file name as the video except having the file extensions different (ac3, .mpg, .pcm, .wav, etc) and keep them in the same folder directory so DVDA can import the audio automatically when you import the video, but of course you can manually link them by double clicking the video thumbnail and right click the audio part of the timeline > set audio. To recompress PCM to WAV to AC3 simply set your DVDA project settings to use AC3 audio and choose from 192Kb/s minimum to 320Kb/s max. When you render the DVD select to re-compress the audio and that's it. If you can render AC3 dolby digital files you can ignore this step but you can get around the 192Kb/s limit of Vegas' dolby digital codec by doing this step anyways. I would not suggest going above 320Kb/s for compatibility issues.

3. Prepare the DVD project to an ISO. (not sure if you can do this with a DVD, if not, prepare first, then burn)

4. Burn with a program like ImgBurn. (ignore this if you can't prepare to ISO)

Steps 3 and 4 are not required but the burning in DVDA seems to be buggy, so I'd suggest doing that.

DougT wrote on 1/11/2021, 6:50 PM

Teagan beat me, but the advice is the same.


If you are creating DVDs (not Bluray) you should not be using Mpeg4 files. DVD is an MPEG2 process. If you create an MPEG4 then DVDA has to recompress causing quality loss. You render your audio separately (AC3 or WAV) and import that along with the MPEG file.

But DVDA should do this. If your VOB files are corrupted, that is a different story. How are you opening the VOB files? Do you have DVD player software on your computer? Have you tried it in a DVD player?

Martha-Mellown wrote on 1/11/2021, 7:07 PM

Well. I have learned something from you both. I am definitely an amateur so I am going to have to take these instructions and see if I can follow them. I will work on it and respond back, hopefully with my problem solved. Thank you so much, for your help and expertise. It is greatly appreciated, more than you know.