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Remove / change VIDEO_TS folder on DVD-R

This question has probably been answered 1000 times, and I did do a search here with no conclusion.

You first burn a VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS folder to a DVD-R. This plays OK on a stand alone DVD player connected to your TV. Later on you delete VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS folders off the disc with Nero Burning Rom. You then burn the disc as a data disc of photos or audio or other videos files. You try to see and play those files on the DVD player connected to your TV, but it will not and defaults back to the - supposedly - deleted VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS folders.

Using Nero RescueAgent, VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS are still there, and I guess the TV DVD Player still defaults to those files.

Is there any Nero software or any way to change or delete VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS off a DVD-R?
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  • I responded to this last night. Not sure why it didn't stick.

    When you burn a DVD Video to a R type disc, the disc will be finalized unless you specifically change the burn options. You can't erase a finalized disc nor, can you burn to it. You would need to use a RW type disc.
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  • No, the discs are never finalised. I am doing test discs of DVD videos. I start a Multi Session under DVD-ROM (ISO) with VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS folder and add the VOB files and others exactly as a DVD video disc. This plays OK in a TV DVD Player. I then delete these off the disc and add data as music, photos or a video file.



    However, they are not deleted. Session 01 Track 01 still has the VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS folder. A TV DVD Player will default to that and play it automatically. You cannot access the data files. Also, if you delete VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS from Session 01, then add VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS to Session 05, a TV DVD Player will still see Session 01 (it has not been removed) and will not see Session 05. You cannot access Session 05 via a TV DVD Player.

    Trying another Start Multi Session, Continue Multi Session and No Multi Session did not make any difference.

    Windows Explorer or any OS File Manager will not see these deleted files. It looks like this is an impossible task with DVD-R but can be done with DVD-RW. Is this correct?
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  • Actually, I can't offer you a technical response to the multisession disc. You would need to ask tech support. I always thought that each session in that type of disc was permanent, similar to finalized. Would a RW disc work for that scenario, I would need to try it. Perhaps I will tomorrow since I primarily use RW discs because, I'm just a volunteer in the forum and Nero doesn't supply discs to me.

    However, why are you using DVD-ROM? If you used an RW disc and DVD-Video, you would be able to erase the disc.

    I should also mention that most standalone DVD players won't play a data disc, as you found out. However, you should be able to see the data on the disc with WE/FE.
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  • I always thought that each session in that type of disc was permanent.


    You're right. Eventually you run out of space after writing and writing. When running DVD VIDEO_TS tests via Windows OS (or any OS), I can write as many sessions as I like until the space runs out.

    I test the DVD VIDEO_TS out via a media player (Media Player Classic, VLC, Windows Media Player). They do not see the deleted sessions on the disc. They only see the last session and play that. Probably better to say the removed sessions are hidden and flagged via the OS. A stand-alone TV DVD player takes no notice, does not do this and will see session 01 (first session) and play it.

    If you used an RW disc and DVD-Video, you would be able to erase the disc.


    Since I have started to do these tests a lot, it is probably a good idea now. The only downside is they are very slow at 4x to even 1x speed.

    I should also mention that most standalone DVD players won't play a data disc.


    That is incorrect. All stand-alone TV DVD Players can play data as MP3, WAV, JPG, Videos (MPG). Advanced players MP4, AVI, MKV or more.
    • Whether they will "automatically" play a data disc depends on how it was created. You just can't copy a bunch of files to a disc and expect the player to :automatically play them. You would need the ability to select each one for playback. An Audio-CD is a type of data disc as are Jukebox discs but those discs are formatted in such a way that a player will automatically play them.
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