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  • Richard Patterson

    October 19, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    I created a dual-layer DVD using DVD Studio Pro in 2005 and had it mastered using a DLT tape and a facility which produced 1,500 copies of the DVD. I have been selling them on Amazon and now my inventory is down to 11 and I want to convert it to an on-demand Amazon DVD. Amazon wants a .iso file. I had a disk image of the DVD (.img file) as well as folder containing VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS folders .BUP, .IFO, and .VOB files in the VIDEO_TS folder. I also have a folder for CMF_100 which contains Layer 0 and Layer 1 folders each containing 3 .DAT files, and a folder for DDP_200 which contains Layer 0 and Layer 1 folders each containing 2 .DAT files and a DDPID file.

    Somehow I managed to create a .iso file from something on my Mac. I may have done this before I upgraded to OS 10.15.7 from OS 10.14. I have become so confused by all this that I don’t even remember how I created the .iso file. I think I “exported” it from some application that could deal with the disk image or the folder with the AUDIO_TS and VIDEO_TS folders. When I uploaded .iso file to Amazon Media On Demand, I got a message saying the file was missing its layer break point. They were unable to help me beyond that, and I have been struggling for days to figure out how to add a break point to the file or regenerate the file with a proper break point. I know where the breakpoint was in the DVD Studio Pro project. I can even open the project on an older computer but it no longer builds and gave me an error message that made no sense to me. It said a “story” needed content.

    Does anyone have any suggestions for how I can generate a .iso file with a dual-layer breakpoint in an appropriate place? It is important enough to me that I will buy or subscribe to software to get this job done, although I rarely do any video editing and have not created a DVD for several years. Could I do this from one of the DVDs from the production run? Or can I edit any of the files I have to insure that the breakpoint is there?

    Thank you.

    Richard Patterson

  • Richard Patterson

    October 19, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    For what it’s worth, I am pretty sure I created the .iso file by opening the disk image in Disk Utility, saving it as a .cdr file and converting it to a .iso file with a command line in terminal:

    hdutil makehybrid -iso -joliet -o [filename].iso [filename].cdr

  • Richard Patterson

    October 20, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    I tried again and it seems I was able to create a .iso file that passes muster with Amazon. I used Disk Utility to convert a disk image (.img) file that I had created in 2005 into a .cdr file and then used a terminal command “mv [FILENAME].cdr [FILENAME].iso” to convert it to a .iso file.

    I have no idea what this did differently from the previous conversion using hdiutil.

  • Alexander Kallas

    October 21, 2020 at 9:42 am

    How did you create the layer break on your project initially??

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