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leo8877
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« on: November 25, 2004, 06:01:30 AM »

Hey all, I just ordered a CD-RW/DVD ROM combo drive and I'm wondering what software I'll need to be able to watch DVDs.  I think the drive comes with something (It's OEM, so who knows), but I wonder if there's anything else out there that's rock-solid?  Any recommendations?

Edit:  Does WMP 10 do all of this anyway?
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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2004, 08:21:11 AM »

I use the OEM version of PowerDVD, which came with something I bought.   It plays DVD's, and that's really all I was looking for.  It has all the features I could possibly want.  Seems to be the most popular bundle, so chances are this is what yours came with.

I don't know about WMP 10, but when I tried watching a DVD with WMP 9 it was a frustrating experience.
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« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2004, 05:44:12 AM »

i've been using PowerDVD for several years now and it's the best i've found...works great and is loaded with features.  a lot of people also like WinDVD, but i gave that one a shot and wasn't as impressed.  either one of them will do a good job though...and i can just about guarantee that one of those two is what came with your drive.
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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2004, 03:00:37 AM »

I use DirectDVD.  I prefer it to PowerDVD as far as features and stability goes.  But I did have a problem with it tonight trying to play Lost In Translation so I had to use *shudder* Media Player.  The other problem is you will probably have to pay for it while all the other players are bundled with something else you already have.
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« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2004, 03:30:45 PM »

I bought PowerDVD about 6 months ago and have been happy with it ever since.
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« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2004, 05:53:18 PM »

PowerDVD...I love it's frame capture hotkey for those..errr...special scenes. smile
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« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2004, 08:18:00 AM »

Media Player Classic does it for free, if that's what you're looking for... and it's very stable.
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« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2004, 12:32:37 PM »

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Media Player Classic does it for free, if that's what you're looking for... and it's very stable.

That's all I use.
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« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2004, 04:33:03 AM »

Quote from: "hitbyambulance"
Media Player Classic does it for free, if that's what you're looking for... and it's very stable.


I was trying to use that myself (since I hadn't installed PowerDVD yet), but had trouble using the title/chapter navigation.  I was trying to watch Shrek 2 and it gave me all kinds of fits with the ads and stuff.  Might just be this particular movie, though.

I use MPC for everything else, but still haven't figured its DVD viewing out.  I guess I need to better review the docs/hotkeys.
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« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2004, 08:11:06 AM »

I run AnyDVD in the background and use TheaterTek with FFDshow to view and upconvert the DVD picture to 1080i. I should note that I'm outputing the picture to my TV via a DVI/Component output adapter on my video card.   Zoomplayer is free but lacks a codec and is a pain in my opinion to get to run with FFDshow.  Also you need a lot of CPU to run these together.

With all of this running I now get to see HDTV DVD's.
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