DVD Compatibility

Things to Be Aware of When Considering a DVD Automation System

Mastering your own DVD content is the best approach for automated DVD playback.  Playback of commercial DVD source material presents many challenges because commercial DVDs are often encoded with overriding control commands that force playback of certain content, regardless of what the DVD player is commanded to do by the user or automation system.

Despite our best efforts, some operational functions are beyond our control.  Even with the power of DVply control interfaces, some DVDs possess formatting that prevents cuing to specific disc titles and chapters. The control method and protocol utilized by the DVD player can also impact control of DVD playback. 

Automatic Power Saving Features

Newer consumer model DVD players may automatically power off after a period of inactivity as part of an energy saving effort sponsored by the U.S. Government. This makes control difficult and, in some cases impossible. Not all consumer models have this energy saving feature. The effected models can sometimes be identified as they carry the ENERGYSTAR® label on the shipping container and often on the product itself. Please refer to www.energystar.gov  for more details.  The use of commercial/professional DVD equipment is recommended to avoid this problem.

Playback of Commercial Movies

Commercial movies licensed for broadcast on a cable network are often no different from movies rented at a local video outlet.  DVD movies usually contain formatting that forces the viewing of copyright warnings, movie previews, and main menus.  In some cases, once the DVD is placed in the DVD player, the DVD forces the player into a PLAY mode and cannot accept external control until certain information has been displayed in its entirety, hindering the ability to control the DVD. 

While the LEIGHTRONIX DVply control scheme supports random access of DVD media, the DVD itself may inhibit the operation of the control system.  Not all movie DVDs may be suitable for use within an automated playback system. 

The Integrated IR and PRO-BUS DVD control schemes support DVD PLAY and STOP functions and have the ability to initiate playback of a movie from the beginning of the DVD.  The results of the PLAY command are dependent on the DVD structure.  Use of Integrated IR and PRO-BUS (infrared and wired control) is not recommended with commercial movie playback from DVD. (more on infrared control)

DVDs Created from a DVD Authoring Station

DVD authoring software in conjunction with DVD recordable drives allows the user to specify how a DVD will be formatted. If you are burning DVDs using a personal computer, use the minimum in menuing and interactivity.  If possible, burn only one title on the DVD. If you intend to invest in an advanced DVD control system capable of addressing individual programs, you can burn multiple titles:chapters to make better use of the DVD. 

DVDs Created on a Stand-Alone DVD Recorder

DVDs created on a stand-alone DVD recorder often have one main menu and one or more titles.  It has been observed that in most DVD players, these types of DVDs will start with the first title when a PLAY command is received. Whether or not the DVD will continue through the disc, playing multiple titles in sequence, is determined by the DVD recorder. The DVD recorder burns preset DVD settings and configuration information on the DVD during the finalization of the disc. The settings can vary, depending on the make and model of the DVD recorder. This formatting may impact playback operation. 

LEIGHTRONIX has made every attempt to offer support for low-cost DVD players by even working within the limitations of the DVD players themselves. Most low-cost models offer only wireless infrared control. Infrared communication limits the control functionality to basic PLAY-STOP-RECORD commands. This is due to the fact that the DVD and the DVD player rely on interactive on-screen menus for selection of specific programs on the disc. An automation system simply cannot receive the visual prompts necessary to negotiate through various levels of menus (imagine operating a DVD player with a wireless remote while blindfolded!).  

RS-232 Control Capabilities

RS-232 control is most often associated with commercial grade DVD players.  An RS-232 control port on a DVD player usually allows random access of DVD titles:chapter and in the case of multi-disc players, it allows a specific disc to be loaded.

Legacy Supported DVD Players and Recorders

NOTE:  Refer to the LEIGHTRONIX price list for a list of the currently available PRO-BUS DVD device interfaces.

PRO-BUS DVD Player Interfaces Listed By Manufacturer

JVC

LEIGHTRONIX Interface Part Number: PRJVDVD

Type: Infrared
Compatibility: Commercial Combo Models SR-DVM600, SR-DVM700, SR-MV45, and SR-MV55
DVD Functions: Play, Stop, Record
VCR Functions: Play, Rewind, Record, Stop

The PRJVDVD interface does not control the hard disc drives (HDD) of the JVC combo decks. 

LEIGHTRONIX Interface Part Number: PRJVSRM (version 1.09 and higher)

Type: Wired Mini-Plug
Compatibility: Commercial Combo Models SR-DVM600, SR-DVM700, SR-MV45, and SR-MV55
DVD Functions: Play, Stop, Record
VCR Functions: Play, Rewind, Record, Stop

The PRJVSRM interface does not does not control the hard disc drives (HDD) of the JVC combo decks.

MARANTZ

LEIGHTRONIX Interface Part Number: PRMZDVD

Type: Infrared
Compatibility: Commercial Model PMD910
Functions: Play, Stop

PANASONIC

LEIGHTRONIX Interface Part Number: PRPADVD

Type: Infrared
Compatibility: Commercial Models DMR-EZ17, DMR-T2020, DMR-T3030, DMR-T3040, LQ-DRM200, & DMR-T6070 (Alert!).
Functions: Play, Stop, Record

The PRPADVD is also compatible with many consumer DVD products from Panasonic, including the DMR series recorders and DVD series players.

PIONEER

LEIGHTRONIX Interface Part Number: PRPIDVD

Type: Infrared
Compatibility: Commercial Models PRV-9000, PRV-9200, DVD-V7200, DVD-V7400, DVD-V5000, & DVD-V8000
Functions: Play, Stop, Record

The PRPIDVD is also compatible with many consumer DVD products from Pioneer including DVR series recorders and DV series players.

LEIGHTRONIX Interface Part Number: PRPI9000

Type:  Wired Mini-Plug
Compatibility: Commercial Models PRV-9000, PRV-9200, DVD-V7200, DVD-V7400
Functions: Play, Stop, Record

The PRPI9000 offers the same functionality as the PRPIDVD infrared interface yet provides the advantage of a wired remote.

LEIGHTRONIX Interface Part Number: PRSY9P

Type: RS-422
Compatibility: Commercial Models PRV-LX1
Functions: Play, Stop, Record

SONY

LEIGHTRONIX Interface Part Number: PRSYDVD

Type: Infrared
Compatibility: Various consumer models, including the DVP-NS57 and DVP-SR200 DVD players and SLV-D380 and SLV-D281 DVD/VCR combo decks
DVD Functions: Play, Stop, and Pause
VCR Functions (combo decks only): Play, Rewind, Record, Stop

TASCAM

LEIGHTRONIX Interface Part Number: PRTADVD

Type: Infrared
Compatibility: Commercial Models DV-D01U and DV-D6500 Single Disc DVD Players
Functions: Play, Stop

Recommended Legacy DVD Players

Manufacturer / Model PRO-BUS DVply Integrated IR
Pioneer DVD-V8000 PRPIDVD N/A
Pioneer DVD-V7400 PRPI9000 N/A
Pioneer DVD-V5000 PRPIDVD N/A
Manufacturer / Model PRO-BUS DVply Integrated IR
Tascam DV-D6500 PRTADVD *
Manufacturer / Model PRO-BUS DVply Integrated IR
Sony DVP-NS57 PRSYDVD N/A
Sony DVP-NS55 PRSYDVD N/A
Sony DVP-SR200 PRSYDVD N/A

Other Supported Legacy DVD Players/Recorders

Manufacturer / Model PRO-BUS DVply Integrated IR
JVC SR-DVM600, SR-DVM700 PRJVDVD, PRJVSRM N/A N/A
JVC SR-MV45, SR-MV55 PRJVDVD, PRJVSRM N/A N/A
Manufacturer / Model PRO-BUS DVply Integrated IR
Panasonic DMR-HS2 PRPADVD N/A
Panasonic DMR-T2020, DMR-T3030, DMR-T3040, DMR-T6070 PRPADVD N/A
Panasonic DMR-E30, DMR-E50, DMR-E55 PRPADVD N/A
Panasonic DMR-ES10, DMR-ES20 PRPADVD N/A
Panasonic DMR-EZ17 PRPADVD N/A N/A
Panasonic LQ-DRM200 PRPADVD N/A
Panasonic DVD-S27, DVD-S29 PRPADVD N/A
Manufacturer / Model PRO-BUS DVply Integrated IR
Pioneer DV-F07 (300 Disc Carousel) N/A N/A N/A
Pioneer PRV-9000, PRV-9200 PRPI9000 N/A N/A
Pioneer PRV-LX1 PRSY9P N/A N/A
Manufacturer / Model PRO-BUS DVply Integrated IR
Marantz VC8100 (300 Disc Carousel) N/A N/A N/A
Marantz PMD910 PRMZDVD N/A N/A
Manufacturer / Model PRO-BUS DVply Integrated IR
Sony DVP-NS425, DVP-NS525, DVP-NS575, DVP-NS775 PRSYDVD N/A
Sony DVP-CX777ES (400 Disc Carousel) N/A N/A N/A
Sony SLV-D380 and SLV-D281 (DVD/VCR Combo Decks) PRSYDVD (version 1.04 or higher) N/A N/A

*Requires LGX-DVply interface cable.

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