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VLC and WM9 help..and newbie to HCPC

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by museumsteve, May 24, 2004.

  1. museumsteve

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    Just started to take a look at what my PC can do with regards to HC and decided to give VLC and WM9 a bash into my HS20. I got the 1366x768 with powerstrip and very impressed. However when I try VLC I get sound but no image on all stuff. I nabbed some hi-def clips and they're fine but I also found LOTR TT 720p and it wont display an image. I try on Media Player 9 and it works perfectly but I cant seem to get rid of the toolbar/control bar no matter what I do. I'm sure it just used to disappear after a few seconds.
    When I start VLC with LOTR the display/video/option option seems to default to 'disable' yet when I select 'track 1' it doesn't display anything.
    I am a total newbie with HCPC but when I finally saw LOTR running it gave my DVHS player a proper run for it's money IMO and it wasn't even set-up properly.
    Any sensible recommendations as to what I should be looking at running if I wanted to run hi-def stuff seriously from my PC? My PC is a P4 2.6, 1gig DDR ram and a Radeon 9700pro. I use DVI to HS20 with 1:1 mapping (ish)
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  2. Madders

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    Hi Mate,

    I would say that you're making life a lot harder for yourself using VLC as it has so many bugs in it. I would suggest Windvd5 Platinum Edition with add on WMVHD is the best "out of the box" solution to use as dvd software and WMVHD playback software. If you already have a software dvd player your happy with then I would try Zoomplayer with their additional WMVHD add on with FFDshow and your favourite software dvd player video and audio choices.

    Cheers,

    Steve
     
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    I found VLC a bit of a non-starter with those .ts files (assuming that's what Steve is using).IIRC, the LOTR-TT .ts carries an AC3 soundtrack and, for me at least, it wouldn't playback nicely with VLC - sound would start drifting, then VLC would become unresponsive, and killing it would reboot the pc. Nice ;)

    I went with the elecard player and decoder for those files (http://www.elecard.com/download/) - I think you can download just the decoder for playback through other players.

    Spec-wise, Steve, I'm running a slightly lesser pc (2.4, non-pro Radeon or Matrox, depending on the mood I'm in), and it handles all the hi-def material I've tried without a problem. Even 720p WM9 material. I think it'll baulk at 1080i WM9, but 720p is good enough for me.

    Cheers, Carl.
     

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