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17-03-2005, 11:24 AM

One of our PC's at work has a DVD RO<, but Media Player 9 won't play the DVD because a codec isn't installed.

What is the best FREE codec to install?

Will Divx alone install the right codec?

Sam I Am
17-03-2005, 11:33 AM
AFAIK for media player to read encrypted DVD's you have to install a 3rd party DVD player. Mediaplayer will then work fine.

Try the videolan client. Has all the codecs you will ever need built in.


17-03-2005, 12:24 PM
Region-Free too :D

DivX will allow playback of DivX compressed MPEG4 movies. DVD is MPEG2.

VideoLAN is definately your best bet

17-03-2005, 01:07 PM
So anything with a MPEG-2 decoder will play DVD's?

17-03-2005, 01:31 PM
So anything with a MPEG-2 decoder will play DVD's?

basicly yes.

however you need to remeber that mpeg2 is a lienced system so most mpeg2 codecs you have to pay for. thats why there is so few good free dvd codecs advailable.

17-03-2005, 02:25 PM
Free DVD decoders are warez......

17-03-2005, 02:36 PM
Free DVD decoders are warez......

mmmm....not all. a few companies produced a few free ones but they are crap (some no longer advailable). not to sure about open source ones or video lan....yet

17-03-2005, 02:40 PM
Doesn't work that way, Hacking some code to get around the lisence fees is just illeagal software,As in warez.

17-03-2005, 02:48 PM
you missed the point. the companies payed the leicence fees etc and they made and released a free codec. totally legit. not warez or any hacked/modded/etc. they are free for download off the companies website. no keys/regs/money required. totally free and totally legal.

the reason no one uses those particular codecs is they are crap and the later paid/warez ones are better.

17-03-2005, 02:57 PM
Hmmm...Due to it being licensed technology every device capable of playback of a DVD has to have a license fee which goes back to the license holder built into the price, Due to the fact that a computer DVD player might only be used for Data the license fee is built into the software , which is why just getting a codec from any source circumvents the payable fee and makes it illegal, The license holder would be nuts to sell the rights to a party who intended to distribute it royalty free, Infact it just wouldn't happen.

17-03-2005, 03:03 PM
yes they where proberly nuts!(which explains why there was only a few who did it) however they did a free ver and all the others they made you had to buy. a bit like having a free antivirus, firewall etc. company offers a free ver but you have to buy the pro version.

17-03-2005, 06:04 PM
DivX was created whilst the users were trying to sort out how to create a free mpeg2 codec for Linux IIRC.....

Its not reverse engineering, trial-and-error and use of common knowledge.

Winston001 anywhere?