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R.M.
01-08-2009, 01:49 PM
I'm currently setting up my new laptop (the new HDD for the desktop is some days away yet :( ). New OS - Vista Home Premium. Still getting to grips with some of it's nagging behaviour!

What do you guys (and gals too, of course) use to play your DVDs on your 'puter? I previously used Nero 6 - can't remember the exact name, was it Showtime?

I will need 'whatever' to be reasonably quick and uncomplicated to use in a relatively public environment!

As aways - TIA. :)

gary67
01-08-2009, 01:53 PM
Media player classic and or VLC are my two choices as between them they just about cover everything, and for burning I use Burnaware free or CDbruner XP which despite the name is not just for XP

Blam
01-08-2009, 01:56 PM
VLC or WMP

WinDVD probably came with your laptop, you could use that too.

Blam

pctek
01-08-2009, 02:13 PM
Power DVD for movies, VLC for other little clips.

wainuitech
01-08-2009, 03:33 PM
Media player classic, mainly because you can adjust the screen size in every direction.

Sherman
01-08-2009, 04:23 PM
And if you don't want to install any extra software, Windows Media Center does the job too (as I see you are/will be using Vista Home Premium),

R.M.
01-08-2009, 04:56 PM
Thanks for your comments. :)

davidmmac
01-08-2009, 05:03 PM
VLC :)

mikebartnz
01-08-2009, 05:15 PM
VLC and Kaffeine

beeswax34
02-08-2009, 03:33 AM
VLC, WMP and PowerDVD

GameJunkie
02-08-2009, 09:54 AM
VLC

whellington
02-08-2009, 01:45 PM
Media Player Classic

Nomad
02-08-2009, 02:18 PM
I don't really watch DVDs on the computer. Cannot remember the last time I did. Normally with PowerDVD. We just use the DVD with TV.

13yroldcomputerguru
02-08-2009, 02:57 PM
Windows Media Player In Vista Will Play DVD Perfectly! If Your Using XP, I Suggest Using The Open Source "Dscaler 5 Codec" To Play DVDs In Windows Media Player, Or Go To [edited] And Download Intervideo WinDVD (Corel WinDVD)

Forget About Playing DVD's In VLC! It Drops The Frame Rate To 25fps Instead Of The Original 30fps. Media Player Classic Does The Same Thing, So Does PowerDVD.

Honestly I've Got Very Good Eyes For Detail & I've Tried Just About Every DVD Software Availible

Blam
02-08-2009, 03:02 PM
13yroldcomputerguru

Please read the forum rules.

13yroldcomputerguru
02-08-2009, 03:30 PM
blam6

??? im being friendly

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Blam
02-08-2009, 03:32 PM
Windows Media Player In Vista Will Play DVD Perfectly! If Your Using XP, I Suggest Using The Open Source "Dscaler 5 Codec" To Play DVDs In Windows Media Player, Or Go To [edited] And Download Intervideo WinDVD (Corel WinDVD)

Forget About Playing DVD's In VLC! It Drops The Frame Rate To 25fps Instead Of The Original 30fps. Media Player Classic Does The Same Thing, So Does PowerDVD.

Honestly I've Got Very Good Eyes For Detail & I've Tried Just About Every DVD Software Availible


5) Subject Matter: Asking for, or giving advice on how to pirate software will not be tolerated. This includes posting links to sites where Warez, no-CD hacks, keygens etc can be found. This also covers advice on how to illegally gain access to a commercial service, such as Sky TV. Users are also not allowed to share, discuss or promote sites containing pirated movies and apps, or how to download and burn these pirated movies.

Blam

13yroldcomputerguru
02-08-2009, 04:02 PM
Sorry, Now I Understand

utopian201
03-08-2009, 10:58 AM
Does media player classic and VLC let you use the dvd menus? From my memory you can't...

Blam
03-08-2009, 11:10 AM
Yes.

wratterus
03-08-2009, 11:47 AM
I use VLC or MPC, both do a good job.

13yroldcomputerguru
03-08-2009, 06:17 PM
They Don't Play DVD's Very Well, Do Some Research, Listen To My Earlier Post & Watch DVD's In The Best Quality Possible!

Dam Some People Annoy Me!!

Chilling_Silence
03-08-2009, 07:07 PM
Actually I think you'll find that WinDVD isnt all that great, thats why its bundled on so many Video DVD's that you rent / buy. PowerDVD on the other hand has always been top of the line, if not a little bit "bloatware".

VideoLAN client is pretty good, uses FFMPEG to decode and whilst its not the *best* in terms of CPU usage with h264 -- It's pretty irrelevant with DVD MPEG2 playback :)

MPC is great, MPC-HC also! :) Use that with some sort of "codec pack" that uses ffmpeg and you're set! :D

gary67
03-08-2009, 08:03 PM
I have used both MPC and VLC many, many times to watch DVD's straight from the disc and they both play perfectly well, there is no noticeable drop in frame rates sound is as good as ever and they are both free which is a real bonus. Neither is bloated especially VLC and rarely require anything extra in the way of codecs or plugins. I have done some fairly extensive research and would not buy software that is no better than what I can use for free

davidmmac
03-08-2009, 09:08 PM
I have used both MPC and VLC many, many times to watch DVD's straight from the disc and they both play perfectly well, there is no noticeable drop in frame rates sound is as good as ever and they are both free which is a real bonus. Neither is bloated especially VLC and rarely require anything extra in the way of codecs or plugins. I have done some fairly extensive research and would not buy software that is no better than what I can use for free

+1 :)

I always watch DVD's with VLC (gets past the annoying anti-piracy ads :rolleyes:) and I have never noticed a noticeable drop in frame rate or quality compared to other costly software.

PCmaster
03-08-2009, 09:17 PM
Their Is A Noticeable Difference In Frame Rate. I Notice It. I Can See Where 13yroldcomputerguru is Coming From, Though Being A Bit Rude. He Just Wants People To Have Good Quality.

limepile
03-08-2009, 09:57 PM
My vote is with VLC, haven't had a problem and it will play almost anything. I've got a 13'' screen so quality is a moot point.

whellington
03-08-2009, 10:09 PM
Their Is A Noticeable Difference In Frame Rate. I Notice It. I Can See Where 13yroldcomputerguru is Coming From, Though Being A Bit Rude. He Just Wants People To Have Good Quality.

Same person as 13yroldcomputerguru, writes in caps etc. lol

Speedy Gonzales
03-08-2009, 10:17 PM
Nothing if I make it, burn it then watch it on the Xbox or the stereo DVD

Phil B
03-08-2009, 11:56 PM
I use PowerDVD. I find the picture quality is better. VLC maybe more configurble, but it forgets it's configuration + the surround sound isn't as good as Powerdvd, if you can get it to work. Powerdvd plays IFO files, VLC doesn't, not the last time I used it, meaning you can't create shortcuts to your movies, double click them & watch. Powerdvd can. I've tried most of the media players & I reckon Powerdvd's the best

whoselineisitanyway
04-08-2009, 05:59 PM
I think its all down to the codecs you use which make it a good player or not. the annoying thing is you cant add codecs do vlc. hopefully they change that

gary67
04-08-2009, 06:19 PM
That's true but so far I have never needed to

Chilling_Silence
04-08-2009, 07:04 PM
What?!

VLC uses FFMPEG to play back most things, as well as x264, faad... There is very few things that VLC can *not* play, not to mention you CAN use plugins with VLC (See: the Plugins dir).

Nomad
06-08-2009, 10:11 AM
I wonder are the codecs for your home video cam clips :D
The title is what do you watch your "dvds" with ..

Since putting my first own PC up this January, I haven't watched one movie on it yet, we just use the lounge.

Agent_24
06-08-2009, 02:49 PM
They Don't Play DVD's Very Well, Do Some Research, Listen To My Earlier Post & Watch DVD's In The Best Quality Possible!

Dam Some People Annoy Me!!

Some people annoy me too.. Like those who should go back to school and learn that you don't need a capital letter at the start of every word...


I used to use WinDVD but now usually use PowerDVD or VLC.

Sometimes I also try to use the DVD player connected to my TV but if the DVD uses macrovision it plays havoc with my ancient equipment and looks like rubbish.

End result: I have to illegally copy the DVD first to make it playable because the copy-protection that DOESN'T WORK causes any legal viewing to be a nightmare.

When will these people learn that copy protection only inconveniences the legal user and makes pirates laugh?

Sherman
06-08-2009, 03:25 PM
I have to admit that the latest versions of VLC has NOT impressed me AT ALL when it comes to playing DVD's.
Also don't thing video playback quality is all that great anymore either - especially when upscaling.
VLC 0.8.6x was the peak of VLC development IMO.

I've basically moved to Media Player Classic - Home Cinema for most of my video needs.

Check out the two snips I took below comparing the quality of VLC vs MPC-HC.

Chilling_Silence
06-08-2009, 05:16 PM
What decoder is MPC-HC usig there?

vims213
06-08-2009, 05:40 PM
I use Media Player Classic. Has never failed on me. All regions playable. I hated Win DVD. Gave me a restrictions on what region I wanted.

Erayd
06-08-2009, 05:50 PM
Check out the two snips I took below comparing the quality of VLC vs MPC-HC.
That will be a settings issue - when set up correctly, those artifacts will go, but it's not the default (although I think it should be).

Sherman
06-08-2009, 06:16 PM
What decoder is MPC-HC usig there?

Using the built-in MPC-HC H.264 decoder.


That will be a settings issue - when set up correctly, those artifacts will go, but it's not the default (although I think it should be).

Do you have any suggestions as to how to setup VLC properly? It's hardly the most... informative preferences box.


Hmmm.. just tried playing a DVD, and found out that S/PDIF output is STILL broken on windows!
It's been like that since 0.8.6 at least :(

Erayd
06-08-2009, 06:21 PM
Not off the top of my head, but I would go hunting for antialiasing and dithering in the settings. You may need to put the settings into advanced mode to see all the necessary options.