Thursday, April 7, 2011

Burn a Playable DVD and Play on the HU

I was driving home today and was stucked in a jam so I fiddle with the HU. I usually listen to the songs I had in the HDD while driving. But today it suddenly occurs to me that I can probably use the DVD player to (at least) listen to some of the video recordings related to my work. Even if I can't watch the video I can still listen to the audio. Since I usually get stuck in a jam on the way to work and going home, maybe I should find a way to do that.

A reader has previously asked me the same question too. He burned some video files and try to play it on the giant's HU DVD player and couldn't get it to work. He tried multiple formats like VCD, DVD, MP4, AVI, RMVB etc but none seems to work.

So when I reached home I set out to do some online research to understand what format is supported by the giant HU's DVD player. I had a look in the manual and found that it does support DVD Video. So I read up a bit about DVD Video on the Internet trying to see if I can find some program that can do this easily. Well it seems someone already have found a simple way to convert videos into a playable DVD.

Instead of showing you steps-by-steps here I think it is easier for you to check out this page.

I choose NTSC format instead of PAL as that's the default format the giant HU DVD player support.

So I took some vidoe files I collected in my PC and drag them into the DVD Flick software. As mentioned in that post, the authoring of the DVD does take times. I tried to squeezed as much videos as I can into a 4.7GB single layer DVD disc and it took almost two hours for the authoring to complete! Also the program is very CPU intensive and it hover around the 100% utilization mark on my C2D E6750 2.66Mhz machine.

I chose to create an ISO file instead of burning it directly to the DVD. This allowed me to walk away from the PC during the authoring and when it is done I just burn the ISO file into a DVD.
After I burn the video files into a DVD+R with my favourite ISO tool, PowerISO, I tried it on my giant and it seems to play the DVD fine.

The DVD Flick software let you choose a pre-define menu page.

It also allow you the choose each video as a menu item. However doing it with the touch screen on the HU is quite a chore. I just decided to let it run on it own since my main aim is to listen to the audio only.

The DVDFlick program mentioned in the original article is for Windows platform only. If you have a Mac, try this page instead.

Have fun burning your own playable DVD.


  1. Hi,

    The DVD Flick looks similar with Windows DVD Maker.. I've tried using the Windows DVD Maker in my Windows 7, use NTSC format and set autoplay when CD inserted.. DONE..!!

    You can try it...

  2. Dear Nighto Chan

    Hi, I'm Azlan from Tronoh. Your blog has really assist me in buying my Alphard.

    I would like to share my story with you and would appreciate if you could please send me your email address.

    By the way, it seems that you've stopped blogging about your Giant.

    Thank you. (Please don't show my email address)

  3. Hi Azlan,

    Nice to know you find this blog useful.

    I have sent my email to your email address.

  4. Hi sangkobe,

    Thanks for the tip.


  5. Dear Nighto Chan,

    I'm Hamzah from Gombak. I just bought a giant last week. It was a 02/05 MZG spec with vellfire bodykit. I learnt a lot from your blog.. it was really educational. i'm still learning on the functions of my giant though..

    can i have your email please so that i can ask you more in future about my giant. you can email me at:

    Thanks a lot

  6. Hi Hamzah,

    You can contact me at