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Hi all

So, I bought my 2009 Tribeca (in Australia) a few days ago and love it to bits. However, I am having a DVD issue that I'm hoping someone can help me out in any round about way possible!

My daughter excitedly jumped in the car, popped on one of her favourite DVDs and it didn't work. It was a copied DVD (we'll just say that I copy the originals and keep them safely at home ;) ), and now I need to figure out how we can make them work so my daughter can get back to watching her faves!

The books tell me that we need to have PAL or SECAM DVDs with region "all", "2" or "5". It also tells me that SACD, CCCD, Dual Disc, CD-R, CD-RW, CD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-ROM and DVD-RAM may not work in the Rear Entertainment System.

So, I converted an NTSC to PAL and I've tried it on DVD+R and DVD-R but no luck. The other half is perfectly competent at adding something to the system so perhaps we can run the rear entertainment system off an external hard drive or something similar, but as this is all new to us and I'm not keen on ripping things apart when I've only had the car for a few days, I thought someone could give me some idea on what we can do.

Also, keeping in mind, we don't have the rear auxillery plug in Australia, we would really want this to run through the rear system and not the navigation screen and we'd still need to view non-original DVDs (or MP4s, AVIs, or what ever version someone can help me get a solution for!).

Too much to ask? :lol:

Thanks in advance for any input you can give!
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Our 2006 plays 'home burned' dvd's with no problem. When I do rip/burn them, I do them 'region free'. Additionally, I take out all the 'crap' fbi warning, menu's, previews, blah blah blah. Just movie.

Now what DID it do? Does a regular dvd play ok? I ask because in mine it will play when the dvd is initially inserted. Once the car is shut off and back on we need to press the dvd/cd button on the remote to bring the rear display back to life.
 

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Thanks for your reply and sorry that it's taken me so long to get back to you.

Our DVD player plays original DVDs with no problems at all. When I put in a burned DVD it whirs around for a while and does nothing. It's like it's trying to read it but getting nowhere.

I've since spoken to a few different Subaru spare parts dealers - all of them but one said it is a known issue with these DVD players and they are designed to not play copied DVDs as a piracy protection thing. The other guy said that it's a ridiculous issue and can be resolved by getting the DVD player chipped - and told me that he didn't tell me that (but he did advise me on a place to go - which apparently he also didn't tell me!).

I'll let you know how it works out.
 

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I'm new so greetings to all members and forum owners - I see here a lot good posts. My 4th years old Tribeca came from USA and I have it since 1,5 year.

Maybe You could use my way to solve DVD issue? Here it is:

I bought a digital TV tuner with USB multimedia card reader and plugged into the AUX.
I rip my and my boys favourite films to 32GB SDHC card (anyway I'm doing it to have them as mpg4 for iPod & iPad) and now I can watch tv and most avaiaible film formats on my Tribeca's screens (I ground brake control in front LCD so it works as DVD/AUX screen while driving).

So now I can watch mpg4, divix and many more formats and no need to carry original or write copy of DVD

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same issue

Hi,

I have got the same issue, my dvd player (in the back) only plays original disks. Unfortunately I ve got no aux or video input. How can I burn disks that the dvd player accepts?

regards,
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Hi,

I have got the same issue, my dvd player (in the back) only plays original disks. Unfortunately I ve got no aux or video input. How can I burn disks that the dvd player accepts?

regards,
Dennis
Are you burning the discs "region free"? Dvd's are printed to only play in specific regions. You must ensure that they are burned without this restriction.
I've burned many that play with no problems.
 

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Also make sure your using high quality "dual layer" DVD's.
I agree. Must use good quality. however, dual layer isn't really necessary for a dvd?? Most movies, unless super long, fit fine in the 4+ gigs a DVD provides, especially if you take out all the "crap". Take out everything EXCEPT the main movie title and 2 channel audio and the surround audio. Even if some minor compression is necessary it doesn't degrade the quality. Especially on that tiny screen in the car. IMHO.
 

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Sorry for the delayed reply.

After much fussing, much expense for various DVD formats and downloading multiple DVD burning software with various abilities, I've discovered it doesn't matter what kind of fancy schmancy high quality DVD burning you do, it's not going to work!

Ridiculously, the only way to play a burned movie is by burning a VCD. So good luck trying to find movies that fit onto CDs! I'm not sure what the logic of that is in the Australian version of these cars. All I know is that it's outdated and very very frustrating.
 

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Sorry for the delayed reply.

After much fussing, much expense for various DVD formats and downloading multiple DVD burning software with various abilities, I've discovered it doesn't matter what kind of fancy schmancy high quality DVD burning you do, it's not going to work!
I have bought a new Tribeca earlier this year in Australia.

I have been using a freeware programs called DVD Flick and Img Burn to convert mp4's and avi's to DVD format. Seems to be working ok with most of the DVDs I have burnt. Media used are Verbatim and TDKs
 

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on the 4th reply, user Reel mentioned the brake ground so that the video will play on the front screen as well. After reading the How-to on the site for that, I'd like that ability so I can see what the kids are watching... I read about cutting the grey wire, or grounding it out and having to deal with the brake light always being on, but when I'm sitting in my drivers seat and in park, I can't get my nav screen to play the video that the kids are watching at all.
 

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Sorry about the reviving of an old post, but I have a solution to this issue (at least in regards to a PAL system).

So I purchased a low KM 2013 Australian model Tribeca and of course one of the first things I had to try was burning a DVD so that the kids could watch some of our Blu-ray collection in the car.

On a side note, I had already converted all of my DVD/Blu-ray collection to MP4 (576p/1080p) / MKV (UHD) previously for my Plex server. Which meant I was using these pre-existing files as a base.

So I get out my old stores of blank/rewritable media and start converting. First with a modern 1 button convert software package called Wondershare DVD Creator, and later on with the open source DVD Styler. But I instantly run into issues, no matter what media I use (DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW and even DVD-RAM). Sometimes they run in slow motion, sometimes they don't run at all... :unsure:

After much stuffing around I finally worked out that all the video files I was trying to convert were in 5.1 channel AC3. And on top of that to be safe I also changed from progressive frames back to old school interlace.

So the final settings for me to successfully convert any video file to DVD is to:
  • Use the DVD Styler app.
  • Make sure you're converting to PAL (or whatever your regions drive settings are compatible with).
  • Convert audio to 2 channel (I was using stereo/AC3/192kbps).
  • Encode the video as interlaced, instead of progressive.
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