Originally Posted by LeeB99
Well, I went to "Tweeter" and tested my BD-RE of Episode 5. Once I got there, I realized PRETTY QUICKLY that I should have (at least) went ahead and burned the same information on to a -R disc. They had FOUR Blu-Ray players:
The Pioneer was "dead", so I couldn't test it. The manager told me that he was supposed to ship it back to get a replacement demo unit. This is unfortunate, as Pioneer makes some really good stuff, and I would have expected more from them. The first player up was the Samsung. After inserting the disc, it went into "forever load", which basically locked up the player. We had to unplug it from the outlet to do a hard reset, just to eject my disc once the power was restored.
Next up was the Sony. I EXPECTED it to work, as I figured that they MUST be using the same basic drive as the PS3. If the issue was with the drive not being able to read -RE discs, then one must assume that the Sony would surely work. It didn't. The display said somthing like "Can't Load" or some other similar crap.
The final test was on the Panasonic. It was the one unit that came "closest" to working. It recognized the disc as a Blu-Ray video, and LOOKED like it was going to play. Then it stopped. No luck.
So, I was 0 for 3 with the -RE disc. When I got home, I made a -R disc of the same content, and I will return to re-test with that disc. So, for now, it would appear that the PS3 IS the best option for Blu-Ray and playback of material on "burned" media. After seeing these other dedicated players in action (or lack therof), it made me wonder quite strongly why ANYONE would choose a "set top" player over the PS3, as the PS3 looks to be a better "everything" than the dedicated players. The boot times ALONE make the PS3 seem "far more" capable than the other units.
I suppose that whether you prefer to just burn the .mpeg to the disc and play it in the media center (without good navigation capabilities) or to burn it as a "BDAV" (with good navigation but possible audio problems in the first minute or so of the video files) it is ENTIRELY up to you. I can see how many people would want to just burn the .mpegs to the disc for the conveinence of:
1. Archiving the .mpegs to a removeable media without "converting" it to a M2TS stream (in a Blu-Ray burn that MIGHT not be compatible with a variety of hardware)
2. Eliminates the previously mentioned audio glitches (which I think should not be present) when viewing the .mpegs in the PS3 media center.
3. The only drawback that I KNOW of is poor/no navigation once you get past a certain point in the videos.
If the Audio output is indeed IDENTICAL in both the media center AND the "Blu-Ray BDAV" mode, then this would be ANOTHER argument for simply burning the raw .mpegs to the disc to both archive AND use on the PS3. Right now, I am burning some raw Mpegs to a BD-RE just to see how I like it compared to a "BDAV" compilation. I think that playback and audio (based upon my past testing) is pretty much the same. And when you load a "BDAV" disc into the PS3, you don't get a menu or anything, it looks pretty much like what you see when you are playing something from the media center.
Mozart- I don't know what the issue is with your burner, but the times that you are indicating to burn "small amounts" of information sounds really out of hand. I was having a similar issue with an external Sony dual layer burner on my computer, and I was able to resolve it be updating the USB drivers to my motherboard. It made a SUBSTANTIAL improvement, and made my maximum burn speeds FOUR TIMES faster. If you are using onboard USB or even an add-on card, you might want to try finding new 2.0 drivers...