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Need to shrink 8.5GB DVD to 4.7GB and burn a DVD with NTSC format. Sounds simple right?

I have tried several ways and combined different apps without success. I have used different media DVD/RW+ DVD/R- and different brands.

The DVD player keeps saying "Playback prohibited by area limitations". I know the DVD burner/player region code is correct.

Here is my arsenal of applications I have used:

AcidRip DVD ripper, Arista Transcoder, which doesn't work right because of a bug!, Avidmux (GTK), Bombono DVD, Brasero, DeVeDe, Dvd95, DVD::Rip, HandBrake, K3B, Nero Linux and WinFF

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Is the DVD PAL or NTSC?. A google search of that error brought me to this forum post indicating that this was the problem. It might not be a region code issue, it might be a PAL vs NTSC issue. Don't have an answer but I hope that's a clue. –  Tom Brossman Mar 2 '12 at 20:08
    
@Tom Brossman NTSC is the format. Will look at the forum post. –  Ringtail Mar 2 '12 at 20:11
    
When you say "The DVD player keeps saying ..." are you referring to a standalone DVD player connected to a tv? No burned DVD_VIDEO disk is encumbered by region coding, they are in essence region-free or all region. So the issue with your standalone *if this is the case), is you've encoded to wrong format or some standalone players can have issue with DVD_VIDEO discs that aren't region coded (protected –  doug Apr 10 '12 at 21:59
    
@Doug Yes the stand alone player attached to the TV –  Ringtail Apr 10 '12 at 22:05
    
Have you absolutely confirmed that the burned disk is or is marked in the VIDEO_TS.IFO as NTSC? If not you can do so fairly easily thru mediainfo. Open mediainfo-gui, go File > open files & browse to Filesystem > /media/your_dvd/VIDEO_TS/. First open VTS_01_1.VOB & ck. Then open VIDEO_TS.IFO & also check for NTSC. You need to ck. both. If you need some help with this I'll post complete as an answer –  doug Apr 11 '12 at 1:29
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used DVD shrink and K3B to do the job

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