Playing BD-RE discs on some Samsung players
I just learned a little trick for getting test discs to run on at least one Samsung players. I thought I'd pass it on, in case it helps someone out there.
It turns out that at least one Samsung player (and I suspect others) will refuse to play a disc if it has no A/V assets. AFAIK, having A/V assets on a disc isn't a spec requirement, and I ran an image through one of the verifiers, and it agrees with me. However, adding something to the PLAYLIST, STREAM and CLIPINF folders make a BD-RE disc playable on the player I was investigating.
To get some A/V assets, I just grabbed the ones from the cookbook disc, over at http://java.net/projects/hdcookbook/downloads. I'm sure the player doesn't verify the contents of the media assets, so something much shorter would most certainly do, too. For all I know, zero-length files would be fine!
This is a useful little workaround for what I believe to be a player bug.