Playback BDMV files

acemib wrote on 6/8/2020, 2:34 AM

Hello Friends and Experts!

My maddening issue is trying to figure out how to playback my 1440x1080 home movies.I can create these great movies with Blu-Ray menus on DVD Architect ... but cannot play them from the BDMV/CERT created file folders. I can play the (.m2ts) individual files no problem.

Back in the day, the VIDEO TS file structure played with no problem using KODI. But, apparently, KODI is unable to play these DVD Architect BDMV/CERT file structures. I have searched the Internet for weeks trying to figure this out.

How do we play 1440x1080 HD home movies file structures on our computers? It is something simple I am entirely missing! Thank you in advance.


EricLNZ wrote on 6/8/2020, 2:45 AM

The Blu-ray file structure is more complex than the old simple Video_TS folder. If you haven't found an answer on the internet then probably there isn't one.

Steve Grisetti wrote on 6/8/2020, 7:03 AM

Have you tried VLC Media Player? Use it to open the folder that contains your BluRay files rather than an individual video file.

acemib wrote on 6/12/2020, 2:17 AM

Thanks Steve.

VLC works better than Kodi, but not ideal.

I have another question on a more granular level - what are the Home Movie DIY crowd doing to playback their projects? I am stumped why this particular software allows for rendering to 1920 x 1080 but I am unable to watch it on my computer as a Blu-Ray menu. It begs the question why bother creating menus for my Home Movies.

EricLNZ wrote on 6/12/2020, 3:01 AM

I am stumped why this particular software allows for rendering to 1920 x 1080 but I am unable to watch it on my computer as a Blu-Ray menu.

What software are you using on your pc to play the Blu-ray? You probably need something like Cyberlink PowerDVD. Ordinary players like VLC only play the individual files.

Jack S wrote on 6/12/2020, 4:42 AM

@acemib Prepare your Blu-Ray in DVDAS which will create an ISO file. Launch VLC and select Media/Open File. Navigate to your ISO file and select it. VLC will then play your ISO as a normal Blu-Ray, menus and all. I check all my Blu-Rays like this before committing them to disk.

EricLNZ wrote on 6/12/2020, 5:30 AM

@Jack S Yes, spot on. VLC works with an AVCHD (on DVD) iso which is similar. I don't have a Blu-ray handy to try at present.

acemib wrote on 6/12/2020, 5:31 AM

Jack S - thanks, that works. It lags just a bit. When I select an item to play, I can still move the cursor over other parts of the menu before it launches. Maybe 2-3 seconds. Maybe a setting issue?


Let me express my goals a bit more clear. I have hosted all my movies, Home and Hollywood, as files to my media center KODI. The KODI interface is spectacular and, as I mentioned earlier, when I played the old VIDEO_TS file structure there were no problems. I recently went back to my "old" Home Movies and updated them in HD. But apparently KODI does not handle Blu-Ray menus very well. No one on those forums have been helpful.

So, I decided to come to the source: Vegas DVD Architect. I was hoping to get insight into what software the Home Movie experts were using to watch their Blu-Ray Home Movies. Seem like everyone burns to disk and does not use the .iso or BDMV/CERT files.

I remain a bit lost and confused on my next steps if I want to keep my Home Movies cataloged on a media center platform such as KODI.

EricLNZ wrote on 6/12/2020, 5:34 AM

I suspect most Home Movie experts aren't burning discs. They export files to play on USB drives. I do both.

Jack S wrote on 6/12/2020, 5:42 AM

@EricLNZ I'm a little old fashioned. I spend a great deal of my editing time creating swish looking menus for my Blu-rays. I like to be able to navigate to specific parts of my movies and you can't do that with a USB drive. I actually mourn the imminent demise of Blu-rays. Ah well, I suppose that's progress for you.

acemib wrote on 6/12/2020, 5:57 AM

KODI lags very bad. Maybe 10 seconds after I select a menu item. Looks great but infuriatingly slow. I could live with it if there are no other options. What type of file do you put to the USB drive? And what software do you use?

EricLNZ wrote on 6/12/2020, 6:42 AM

What type of file do you put to the USB drive? And what software do you use?

The same m2ts file that I put onto Blu-ray discs. I use m2ts because my source camera material is interlaced and Blu-ray is also interlaced. Players generally do a better job (in real time) with deinterlacing than software. As for software I use Vegas Movie Studio Platinum and DVDA.