Thursday, May 31, 2012 6:45 PM
I have recorded several movies using Windows Media Center and want to burn video DVDs to play on my DVD player connected to my TV. The movies were recorded using the "Better" quality setting and are saved as wtv (Win 7 Media Center) files.
Movie A - size 2,894,080 KB (75 minutes)
Movie B - size 3,466,752 KB (90 minutes)
Movie C - size 4,036,864 KB (105 minutes)
The DVDs I'm using are 4X DVD+RW (size 4.37 GB or 4,572,347 KB). When I attempt to burn a video DVD for either Movie B or C to disk, using Media Center, I get the warning: "Not Enough Disc Space...The selected content must be burned at a lower quality.....etc.", despite the fact that there is more than ample space on the DVD for either individual movie. There are no warnings for Movie A.
I get this same warning no matter wether the DVD is erased in Media Center or erased or reformatted outside of Media Center. I have used a dozen different DVDs with the same result, so this is not an issue with a bad DVD. I have 2 different DVD burners and the same warning happens on both burners, so this is not an issue with a faulty burner.
When I convert these files to the dvr-ms format (using the Windows 7 conversion program), these file are slightly larger.
Movie B - size 3,509,659 KB
Movie C - size 4,086,877 KB
I delete the original wtv files so the dvr-ms files are the only files present, and then burn, via Media Center, to disk without any warning and without reduced quality. I know this to be the case because burning at a lower quality than the original file takes much longer to accomplish, do to the conversion process.
Is there any way to force Media Center to correctly see proper file sizes and disk space with the Win7 wtv format?
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
Windows Media Center Version: 6.1.7601.17514
The TV tuner card (Hauppauge HVR-1250) has been properly set up to work with Media Center.
I even went to the trouble of doing a "clean install" of Windows 7 in case there was a faulty installation. All relevant drivers are up-to-date.
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 7:39 AM
I thought the reason maybe was that you recorded the movie using “Better” quality settings and saved as *.wtv file. The size of file will convert with the format converting when you burn a video DVD.
In Windows Media Center, you can burn two types of DVDs, Video DVD and Data DVD.
When you burn an video DVD, Windows Media Center converts all the selected video files to a video format that standard DVD players can recognize and play back.
When you burn a data DVD in Windows Media Center, the digital media files are not converted from one format to another and are merely copied to the DVD. Data DVDs are useful if you want to back up your digital media files and a single-sided DVD disc can store approximately 4.7 gigabytes (GB) of music, pictures, or video files.
So far, Windows Media Center cannot automatically adjust the video format based on the proper files size and disk space.
Here is FAQ about Windows Media Center.
Burn a CD or DVD in Windows Media Center: frequently asked questions
Hope that helps.
TechNet Community Support
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 2:31 PM
Thanks for the reply, but you apparently missed my point.
Win 7 Media Center burns a video DVD using wtv formats differently than when it converts wtv to dvr.ms formats. A wtv file of less than 4 GB should burn to a DVD disk without having to burn at a lesser quality. Especially when the same Win 7 Media Center will burn the converted dvr-ms file at the same "better" quality.
Monday, June 11, 2012 2:07 PM
I suggest that you repost this at the Windows Entertainment and Connected Home forums, there are some Windows Media Center experts there:
Tim De Baets
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 3:02 PM
Thanks for your suggestion, and the link. I'll go ahead and do that. Frankly, I don't think there are any solutions to this problem. I even went to the trouble of installing Win 7 Pro to see if it was a bug in the Home Premium edition. Same behavior. I wonder what Win 8 Media Center will do.