View Full Version : Recommendations for DvD video decoder software

Billy T
01-02-2011, 02:13 PM
Hi Team

My son has let the moths out of his wallet and bought a more modern (used) computer off TM. It is going just fine but when he tries to play Video DvDs Windows tells him he needs a video decoder. He is baffled by the range he sees when doing a search, so what would you recommend that he download?


Billy 8-{)

01-02-2011, 02:20 PM
K-lite codecs are the best to get and it would help if you said what Windows version and if it is 32 bit or 64 bit.

01-02-2011, 02:22 PM
download ffdshow

01-02-2011, 02:44 PM
VLC or media player classic, both are free and rarely need any extra codecs and so much better than Windows media player

Billy T
01-02-2011, 03:56 PM
K-lite codecs are the best to get and it would help if you said what Windows version and if it is 32 bit or 64 bit.

Sorry, didn't realise that it mattered :blush: XP-Pro 32bit


Billy 8-{)

01-02-2011, 04:37 PM
Or you could try Satsuki Decoder Pack.

01-02-2011, 05:37 PM
VLC - seems to be foolproof.

01-02-2011, 06:04 PM
I Like KM Player. lots of options!

02-02-2011, 02:41 AM
I use [edit], it might work for you


02-02-2011, 01:15 PM
The newer versions of vlc can use the gpu to play videos instead of the cpu. Noticed it a bit in my pc even though it only has a 4670.

02-02-2011, 03:06 PM
is windows fully updated ? although all the suggestions here should work I was of the understanding (perhaps wrongly) that microsoft had finally added a suitable codec to media player somewhere along the way. Certainly I no longer install codecs and my media player handles DVD's ok - although VLC is just better (I particularly like the way it auto skips the warnings etc and goes straight to the menu)

Edit: If you have any free versions of DVD software floating around such as often come with graphics cards such as powerDVD or winDVD that'll work too

02-02-2011, 03:17 PM
I'm pretty sure xp never had the ability to play dvd's out of the box without 3rd party software

Speedy Gonzales
02-02-2011, 03:43 PM
Correct it didnt

03-02-2011, 09:11 AM
Yeah I know it never did, but on recent installs with SP3 and the latest media player is this still the case ? I only ever install VLC now and no codecs at all and DVD's seem to play fine in media player.

Or maybe not, as I type this I realise I always install AutoGK and a few other encoding tools and that could be the source of a few codecs.

TBH though playing DVD's on the PC is not a common practice for me. In the past I would always install Power DVD and that comes with the required codec to enable media player to work if you prefer it.