Humax DVR w/burner, will the DVD's play on a Mac?

Discussion in 'DVD TiVo Units (Archive)' started by dapetrun, Jan 6, 2006.

  1. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

    Mar 3, 2002


    I've recorded DVDs for friends with Macs and they haven't had any trouble.
  2. TiVoEvan74

    TiVoEvan74 Active Member

    Sep 11, 2004

    I earlier posted that the DVD Player on the Mac seemed to have trouble playing DVD-RWs recorded on a TiVo. Several people recommended MPlayer instead.

    Discovered some interesting things today while testing a DVD-RW for a class:

    1) First, DVD Player seems to launch a DVD-RW OK, but once I selected a show, nothing seemed to happen.

    2) I tried MPlayer, but that didn't give me ANY control over which show to play; it simply started from the beginning.

    At that point, I thought, "Oh, no! And I could easily have recorded these shows on a DVD-R!"

    3) I then tried quitting DVD Player and launching it again. I then discovered something odd. After I selected a show to play, the screen was not refreshing--hence I could not see the Play menu choice on the screen. If I moved the mouse pointer over the usual area, it showed up! I could then click on it and play things back.

    So, DVD Player definitely can play DVD-RWs recorded from a TiVo; one just needs to know to slide the pointer down OR simply press Return and it will start.

    Note: If one tries the menu choice Open DVD Media, one gets an error message: "There was a problem opening the media. The media type is not supported". Just press OK and you'll get what you want!

    4) Even the list of shows can come up blank at that point, but if you slide the mouse pointer over the screen, they will reappear. it seems that DVD Player fails to refresh the screen.

    For your info: I'm using OS X 10.4.5 on an iBook G4 with 768K RAM. DVD Player 4.6.5.

    What is absolutely wonderful about DVD Player is that you can set a series of bookmarks for playback. No more fast forwarding or trying to remember where to go next.

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