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Cat Daddy
2010-01-01, 01:24 PM
I'm using Power DVD ver 4. Old as methusela but works fine for playback. My computer had a near death experience yesterday when I downloaded the free VLC player to try out. As soon as I popped in a dvd to play the computer went haywire and the blue screen of death popped up.
Scary, so I finally got it back to norm and uninstalled that crap.
I think I need a newer version of software because some dvd's that I have B&P'd for wont play using this old version. Every store bought dvd plays fine.
Considering the latest versions of Power dvd or Win DVD basic versions, I really don't need the deluxe versions with all of the bells and whistles that I wont use. What are you guy's using?

lintoni
2010-01-01, 01:29 PM
VLC! I occasionally use Mplayer.

daddyray
2010-01-01, 01:48 PM
when VLC messes up it can be nasty. ya gotta make sure the version you install is apt for your operating system.

Cat Daddy
2010-01-01, 02:02 PM
Too nasty for me for sure. It took quite awhile to get my pc back to norm. I'm not trying it again. I'll try a trial version of the latest Power DVD or something else and see which I like.

Thulani
2010-01-01, 02:36 PM
Media Player Classic Home Cinema (http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Video/Video-Players/Media-Player-Classic-Home-Cinema.shtml) - this what I use for daily use

FF-Dshow (http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Video/Codec-Packs-Video-Codecs/FFDShow-MPEG-Video-Decoder.shtml) - codecs if need it

paddington
2010-01-01, 04:00 PM
Media Player Classic Home Cinema (http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Video/Video-Players/Media-Player-Classic-Home-Cinema.shtml) - this what I use for daily use

FF-Dshow (http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Video/Codec-Packs-Video-Codecs/FFDShow-MPEG-Video-Decoder.shtml) - codecs if need it


this. 100%

has always been better than VLC, imo

daddyray
2010-01-01, 04:04 PM
is that PC specific or is it available for Mac?

paddington
2010-01-01, 04:13 PM
I'm afraid it is Windows only... pretty sure I remember them building the original "Media Player Classic" using the decompiled and reverse engineered Windows Media Player 6.x and just added all kinds of customizations and codec support... did this when WMP got too bloated.

Cat Daddy
2010-01-01, 04:13 PM
I'm confused here. My power dvd plays store bought dvd's and some dvd's that I've aquired in B&P's. Some of the B&P dvd's will not play. I get a message that there is no disc in drive D.
I can't figure out why all of the store bought discs play and some of the B&P's wont. Just started doing this today. Up until now it's been fine. My Windows media player 11 wont play any dvd now. It did before.
I'm thinking the VLC download/uninstall screwed something up. Anyone had this happen before?

paddington
2010-01-01, 04:15 PM
VLC screws up people's OS file associations a lot of times these days.. be sure your DVD has a VIDEO_TS folder with your VOBs in the folder, and that you have all the supporting files.

daddyray
2010-01-01, 04:22 PM
and some poorly authored DVDs like stuff that was just transferred from a VHS tape to DVD on a dual deck unit can be touchy with some players...
you ought buy more gear :D

(and thanks for the prompt reply James)

Thulani
2010-01-01, 04:51 PM
I'm confused here. My power dvd plays store bought dvd's and some dvd's that I've aquired in B&P's. Some of the B&P dvd's will not play. I get a message that there is no disc in drive D.
I can't figure out why all of the store bought discs play and some of the B&P's wont. Just started doing this today. Up until now it's been fine. My Windows media player 11 wont play any dvd now. It did before.
I'm thinking the VLC download/uninstall screwed something up. Anyone had this happen before?
Have you tried those not working DVD's on other computer? Maybe they got broke or maybe some poor authoring, or poor transfer to DVD.

Five
2010-01-01, 06:11 PM
http://www.cccp-project.net/

comes with MPC :thumbsup

I also have an older version of VLC for occasional use... 0.96a or something like that is considered the best old version before it got screwed up.

Thulani
2010-01-01, 06:28 PM
I have VLC and it never screwed my system. But I don't use it because of that ugly interface. Don't know why so many problems.

Another good program is KmPlayer. But it needs better hardware.

Cat Daddy
2010-01-01, 06:56 PM
Have you tried those not working DVD's on other computer? Maybe they got broke or maybe some poor authoring, or poor transfer to DVD.

The bad discs work fine on my computer at work that has Intervideo windvd ver 5 on it. My power dvd Ver 4 just wont play them. Wondering now if I'm missing a certain codec now that was there before the VLC disaster. Then again these may be just bad discs or the vhs transfer as daddyrayoll suggested.
I think the codecs are missing that played them before I ran into trouble with VLC. May download the updated codecs pack from power dvd/Cyberlink.
Time for a shot of Jack and a cold one.

Five
2010-01-02, 04:00 AM
fwiw VLC carries its own codecs & doesn't change your system codec setup whatsoever. at least that's how it used to be. VLC never screwed up my system, I just stopped using it when their seek bar got all jerky. downgraded.

MPC you have to install codecs the usual way.

Thulani
2010-01-02, 04:48 AM
The bad discs work fine on my computer at work that has Intervideo windvd ver 5 on it. My power dvd Ver 4 just wont play them. Wondering now if I'm missing a certain codec now that was there before the VLC disaster. Then again these may be just bad discs or the vhs transfer as daddyrayoll suggested.
I think the codecs are missing that played them before I ran into trouble with VLC. May download the updated codecs pack from power dvd/Cyberlink.
Time for a shot of Jack and a cold one.
I don't think it's a codec problem. Power DVD wouldn't have played any DVD if that would've been the problem. Although I met weird met bootlegs DVDs. Once a DVD had an AC3 audio, but at the middle of the show, for less than 10 seconds, had mp2 audio.

lintoni
2010-01-02, 05:40 AM
Have you tried a CD/DVD lens cleaner? Maybe it's just picked up a speck of dust that's interfering with reading some discs.

Cat Daddy
2010-01-02, 09:27 AM
and some poorly authored DVDs like stuff that was just transferred from a VHS tape to DVD on a dual deck unit can be touchy with some players...
you ought buy more gear :D

(and thanks for the prompt reply James)

I've narrowed it down. The discs that won't play are all the same brand and from the same person that I B&P'd from. They are also transfers from vhs. Everything else works fine.

daddyrayoll, where would I be without you?
Remember the disc that I got from you?
I now consider it a national treasure.
Watching it now. owe u again.

daddyray
2010-01-02, 09:54 AM
hey I have simply suffered this sorta trouble before....

alexjohnson13
2010-01-11, 11:26 PM
I've never had any issues over the past years regarding being able to see video output on any formats, but recently dl'ed the http://www.thetradersden.org/forums/showthread.php?t=78016

show and am getting no sound or video trying to watch it on VLC? Can watch everything else on the hard drive fine, and yes my speakers are working.

I'm at a loss.
Any help appreciated.
Peace