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How I got Pinnacle to burn a DVD with audio

Using Pinnacle Studio 11 (actually 11.1.1.5224) to create a DVD and then burn (burn with Pinnacle or Nero), the resulting DVD had no sound. Google search on the problem did not turn up much on this problem that others have had. Some said the latest patch solved the problem but it did not for me.

Pinnacle has a support article on this problem with no good solution. However, one of the posts I read pointed to IFOEdit as a fix. I did have good results with this technique.

First, create the DVD as an image on the hard drive but don't burn it. Edit the IFO file. In the file I created, there were two IFO files: VIDEO_TS.IFO and VTS_01_0.IFO. The one to edit is VTS_01_0.IFO. This only takes a minute.

Get the free current version of IFOEdit . Run it and click the OPEN button on the bottom. Browse to your VTS_01_0.IFO file int he VIDEO_TS folder.

What we want to do is change the audio from Mpeg-1 to Dolby AC-3. Locate the line as shown (Movie attributes for the Mpeg-1 audio). Double click the line to display the edit box and change Coding Mode from Mpeg to Dolby AC-3 and click OK.

The change will not show - it still says Mpeg-1 but click to save it anyhow (replace old version). A box will pop-up asking if you also want to save as a .BUP. Say yes. If you reopen the file in IFOEdit, it will now display the audio as Dolby.

The DVD can now be burned and will play the audio correctly.

Print | posted on Monday, December 24, 2007 12:00 AM | Filed Under [ Personal ]

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