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Poll question - What DVD player?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Rob.Screene, Feb 25, 2003.

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  1. ATI DVD Player

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. PowerDVD 3

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. PowerDVD 4

    11 vote(s)
    34.4%
  4. TheaterTek 1.2 (older Raviscent decoders)

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    0.0%
  5. TheaterTek 1.5 (Sonic decoders)

    13 vote(s)
    40.6%
  6. WinDVD 3

    2 vote(s)
    6.3%
  7. WinDVD 4

    1 vote(s)
    3.1%
  8. ZoomPlayer

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    3.1%
  9. Domestic set-top DVD player hardware (Dscaler or holo3dgraph, etc)

    3 vote(s)
    9.4%
  10. Other (not listed here)

    1 vote(s)
    3.1%
  1. Rob.Screene

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    If you were to watch a film with friends tonight on your HTPC, which software player will you use on your HTPC?

    What other players have you tried and why do you choose to use the above?

    What's your display device and how do you get sound?; S/PDIF to AV amp or 6-channel analog or what?

    thanks,
    Rob.
     
  2. Rob.Screene

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    I'll start.

    1. I'd run TheaterTek 1.5. I can't afford an SDI mod for my Sony 725 set-top player or brave enough to risk £200 SDI modding a capture card.

    I like the movie start bookmark to auto choose DTS tracks and skip fbi intro on movies I replay. I also like timeshifting DVD's I rent on to hard disk to re-watch a little longer. I also like to use ReClock to stop video stutter, but it seems to cause some SP/DIF audio stutter which is only noticeable on music DVD's.

    2. I tried the old WinDVD and ATI players and ZoomPlayer, but I much prefer the easy look and feel of the above.

    3. I view using a Barco 808s CRT on to a 7ft 16:9 screen, sound via S/PDIF to a Denon AV amp.
    regards,
    Rob.
     
  3. boogie man

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    Right i use

    My trusted Dell Laptop Inspiron 8200 :) with power dvd xp which is set to SP/DIF out via output on side of lappy which has s-video out as well very nice works very well, grahic card in lappy is ATI Radeon 9000 with dual display or extend display sound can be output to dd/dts 5.1 or 6.1/7.1 make me happy as i don't have to being the beast pc down:smoke:


    Boogie man
     
  4. JohnS

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    Was never really happy with PowerDVD, bought Theatretak 1.5 and never looked back. Image quality is a vast improvement.
     
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    Currently running TheaterTek 1.5, have also got latest PowerDVD XP 4.0.

    System:
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    512Mb RAM
    Abit GF4 Ti4400 128Mb 1152x864@100Hz
    Hercules Game Theater XP 7.1

    System runs very smoothly with TheaterTek 1.5, the picture used to smudge on fast pans when running Power DVD. Sound is stereo into an Arcam P75 and AE101 speakers. The sound is fine.
     
  6. Rob.Screene

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    Over 110 views and only 18 interesting votes.
    Come on folks!

    Surprised that PowerDVD 4 and TheaterTek1.5 are tied at the moment.

    Rob.
     
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    Having only tried an old version of ATI player, and PowerDVD XP I'm not in a postion to give an answer. I have just got WinDVD 4 with my revo soundcard, and have installed it. I havn'y had a chance yet to try it properly though. An awful lot of people in other places (AVS, overclockers.co.uk etc.) have said that they prefer WinDVD, especially on larger screens.
     
  8. Rob.Screene

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    Thanks nutcase.
    It's not a definitive conclusion I'm looking for, just to know what the primary player is for most members here.

    I guess if you are using a multi (7.1?) analog output like the Revo, then you need to use PowerDVD 4 or WinDVD4(?).

    regards,
    Rob.
     
  9. Steve Bate

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    It's a pain when you can only vote for 1!!

    I voted for domestic STB which is a panny RP82 with SDI mod into my Holo3d card, as a backup I've also got TT 1.2 although I believe that 1.5 with ffdshow is now comparable with SDI. I've also got PowerDVD4 on my office laptop for the kids to watch on long trips in the car or on a flight. TT doesn't work with DVD RegionFree (I cant flash it 'cause it's a company laptop!!)

    Steve
     
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    I voted for PowerDVD XP, got from Amazon for £20, very impressed so far - no shortcomings to report - yet :)
     
  11. Rob.Screene

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    I understand the one vote limit, but then again, doesn't everyone have at least two DVD player software packages hanging around???

    WinDVD 2.4 came on the Sony laptop, bought WinDVD3.0 when first built HTPC, then bought TheaterTek, etc.!

    regards,
    Rob.
     
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    You guys buy these softwares?

    I got WinDVD with my Radeon9700 but use PowerDVD as it switches resolution from 1024 to 1600 automaticaly. Not tried any others.
     

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