To Clean Your Disc:
To clean your disc, turn it over so that the shiny side is facing up and gently wipe with a soft, lint-free cloth. Please wipe the disc only in a straight line from the inner hub to the outer edge of the disc. Do not rub the disc in a circular direction, as this may damage the disc. If further cleaning is needed, Take the disc and rinse it off under warm running water, then use a mild hand soap or dish soap and carefully wash the disc using just your fingertips. When completed, rinse the disc and dry it using a soft clean cloth, again being careful to dry the disc in a straight line from the inner hub to the outer edge of the disc. Place the clean, dry disc in your player to see if this process has corrected your disc playback issues.
To Reset Your Player:
Some playback issues may be resolved by resetting your player. To perform a player reset, please follow these steps:
- Remove all discs from the player and turn it off.
- Once the player is turned off, unplug it from the power source. No other cables need to be removed from the player or from other components of your home entertainment system.
- Please wait five to ten minutes to ensure that your player has reset, and then plug it back into the power source. After the player is plugged in, turn it on as you normally would, put the disc back into the player and see if it will load.
- Handle only at the hub or outer edge; don't touch the shiny surface with greasy fingers.
- Store in a protective case when not in use. Do not bend the disc when taking it out of the case, and be careful not to scratch the disc when placing it in the case or in the player tray. Make certain the disc is properly seated in the player tray before you close it.
- With a soft, lint-free cloth, wipe gently in only a radial direction (a straight line between the hub and the rim). Never clean your disc in a circular direction.
- Do not use strong cleaners, abrasives, solvents, or acids.
- Do not use canned or compressed air, which can be very cold and may thermally stress the disc.
- For stubborn dirt or gummy adhesive, use water, water with mild soap, or isopropyl alcohol. As a last resort, try peanut oil. Let it sit for about a minute before wiping it off.
- There are commercial products that clean discs and provide some protection from dust, fingerprints, and scratches. Cleaning products labeled for use on CDs work as well as those that say they are for DVDs.
Please send the damaged disc(s), a check or money order for $6.95 per DVD disc and $8.95 per Blu-ray disc (made payable to WDSHE) and a completed Disc Replacement Form to:
WDSHE Consumer Relations
Attn: Disc Replacement Program
P.O. Box 3100
Neenah, WI 54957
Please send the damaged disc(s), a check or money order for $6.95 per DVD disc and $8.95 per Blu-ray disc (made payable to WDSHE) and a completed Disc Replacement Formto:
WDSHE Consumer Relations
Attn: Disc Replacement Program
P.O. Box 280
Fort Erie, On L2A 0A6
DVDs and DVD players are created for specific regions of the globe due to variations in releases and markets. To properly play a DVD, the DVD player must be the same region as the disc being played. A number in a globe icon identifies the region of both the disc and the player. This region number can be found on both the discs’ packaging and the disc itself. On the DVD player, it is usually displayed on the back panel of the player.
The 8 Regions are listed below:
- 1: Canada, U.S., and U.S. Territories
- 2: Japan, Europe, South Africa, and the Middle East (Including Egypt)
- 3: Southeast Asia, East Asia, and Hong Kong
- 4: Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Central America, Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean
- 5: Former Soviet Union, Indian Subcontinent, Africa, North Korea, and Mongolia
- 6: China
- 7: Not assigned
- 8: Special International Venues (airplanes, cruise ships, etc.)
A disc can also be designed so that it plays a different version of the movie depending on the parental level that has been set in the player. By taking advantage of the seamless branching feature of DVD, objectionable scenes are automatically skipped over or replaced during playback. This requires that the disc be carefully authored with alternate scenes and branch points that don't cause interruptions or discontinuities in the soundtrack.
DVD is specially designed to support widescreen displays. Widescreen 16:9 video, such as from a 16:9 video camera, can be stored on the disc in anamorphic form, meaning the picture is squeezed horizontally to fit the standard 4:3 rectangle, then unsqueezed during playback.
Letterbox means the video is presented in its theatrical aspect ratio, which is wider than standard or widescreen TV. Black bars, called mattes, are used to cover the gaps at the top and bottom. A 1.85 movie that has been letterboxed for 1.33 display has thinner mattes than a 2.4 movie letterboxed to 1.33 (28% of display height vs. 44%), although the former are about the same thickness as those of a 2.4 movie letterboxed to 1.78 (26% of display height). The mattes used to letterbox a 1.85 movie for 1.78 display are so thin (2%) that they're hidden by the overscan of most widescreen TVs. Some movies, especially animated features and European films, have an aspect ratio of 1.66, which can be letterboxed for 1.33 display or sideboxed (or windowboxed) for 1.78 display.
Pan & scan means the thinner TV "window" is panned and zoomed across the wider movie picture, chopping off the sides. However, most movies today are shot soft matte, which means a full 1.33 aspect film frame is used. (The cinematographer has two sets of frame marks in the viewfinder, one for 1.33 and one for 1.85, so they can allow for both formats.) The top and bottom are masked off in the theater, but when the film is transferred to video the full 1.33 frame can be used in the pan & scan process. Pan & scan is primarily used for 1.33 formatting, not for 1.78 formatting, since widescreen fans prefer that letterboxing be used to preserve the theatrical effect.
Once the video is formatted to full-frame or widescreen form, it's encoded and stored on DVD discs. DVD players have four playback modes, one for 4:3 video and three for 16:9 video:
- Full frame (4:3 video for 4:3 display)
- Auto letterbox (16:9 anamorphic video for 4:3 display)
- Auto pan & scan (16:9 anamorphic video for 4:3 display)
- Widescreen (16:9 anamorphic video for 16:9 display)
You can find more information about aspect ratio and widescreen here.
The disc might pause due to a layer change and that can occur anywhere in the video; it doesn't have to be in between chapters or scenes. There's no guarantee that the switch between layers will be seamless. The layer change is invisible on some players, but it may cause the video to freeze for a fraction of a second or up to 4 seconds on other players. The "seamlessness" depends as much on the way the disc is prepared as on the design of the player. The advantage of two layers is that long movies can use higher data rates for better quality than with a single layer.
Digital Copy enables buyers of DVDs and Blu-ray discs marked with this logo to access a standard definition, digital version of the movie. Digital Copy is compatible with both iTunes and Windows Media through the use of their respective DRM services, FairPlay and Windows Media DRM. Consumers are provided with a single-use code to authenticate a computer to handle the Digital Copy. This Digital Copy can be accessed on all compliant devices such as a Mac or PC, iPod or iPhone. DRM encrypts the Digital Copy file and prevents it from being played on unauthorized computers or devices..
DisneyFile Digital Copy is the Disney Digital Copy experience, which enables buyers of DVDs and Blu-ray discs marked with this logo to access a standard definition, digital version of the movie.
DVD Video is a consumer video format used to store digital video on DVD (DVD-ROM) discs.
Discs marked with this logo play in DVD players, various other media devices marked with this logo, as well as in most Blu-ray players.
NTSC is the format used in the United States, Canada, South America, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan, and other countries. In NTSC, 30 frames are transmitted each second and each frame is made up of 525 individual scan lines.
PAL is the predominant format used in most of Europe, Africa, China, India, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, North Korea, and other countries. In PAL, 25 frames are transmitted each second. Each frame is made up of 625 individual scan lines.
Disney's FastPlay is a technology that puts you in control of your viewing preferences. If you don't want to navigate through the movie, Disney's FastPlay will do it for you. You don't have to push a button. You don't have to push a button!
For additional information, visit Disney's Fastplay & Easyfind Menus FAQS.
Discs with digital sound offer high quality range, clarity and sound quality. Audio for most movies is stored as discrete, multi-channel surround sound using Dolby Digital or DTS audio compression similar to the digital surround sound formats used in movie theaters.
Dolby® Digital technology is an advanced form of digital audio encoding that makes it possible to store and transmit high-quality digital sound far more efficiently than was previously possible. It is currently the surround sound used in most movie theaters and for DVD-Video and Blu-ray.
Using Dolby Digital Plus, Blu-ray can allow for up to 7.1 channels of high definition surround sound.
DTS Digital Surround
DTS Digital Surround is an alternative and competing format to Dolby Digital. It provides 5.1 channels of discrete digital audio in consumer electronics products and software content.
For additional information, visit the official DTS.com website.
THX Digitally Mastered
THX is a quality assurance system. THX certifies that Blu-Ray Discs/DVDs provide high quality image and sound through the use of THX technology quality control. A disc that has been THX mastered displays the logo above indicating that it has been mastered for superior sound and picture quality.
For additional information, visit the official THX.com website.
Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix
Disney's Enhanced Home Theater Mix is designed to put you in the center of the sound field, making all five surround speakers almost equally active. It provides state of the art digital clarity of sound.