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Which Software DVD Player For My PC?

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by tom_nieto, Jan 19, 2004.

  1. tom_nieto

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    I've been using Power DVD, it's ok, but not brilliant. I'd expect much better results when using my computer's 19" flat CRT. There is often quite noticeable blocking, although could this be down to poor encoding on the DVD? The sound output is good though.

    Are there any other programs that you lot think would be better to use, as one of these days I'm going to sort out hooking it up to a projector or a large screen TV.
     
  2. Tesla

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    A DVD will never look as good on a pc compared to a TV.

    Just how each technology works.

    \\Chris
     
  3. markwww673

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    PowerDVD should be ok or WINDVD are the 2 best software DVD players for the PC. I've found the output on crt and no lcd monitor to be much better than any TV could manage but just a little small.

    Just check that you have turned on hardware accelerated decoding on as using software decoding only can course blockiness.

    :p
     
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    Please explain.

    StooMonster
     
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    I use WinDVD V5 on mine,with the DVD-A and DTS upgrades loaded as well.....very nice software package,good functionality and picture quality is as good as I could ask from a laptop,with no blocking or freezing.
     
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    For large screens TheaterTek produces noticeably better results for me than PowerDVD, on monitors and CRTs it's still better IMO but less noticeably.

    It also depends heavily on your video card, Radeons being generally the best.
     
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    I’ve been looking for that program for a while now, do you know any site for a free download? Also heard that its got better picture quality than power dvd and the others..Thanks
     
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    No free download, their license with Sonic for the decoders doesn't permit it .. they offer a 7 day refund which seems to work, never seen anyone complain they couldn't cancel it.
     
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    ok..thanks KraGorn
     
  10. Tesla

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    I havn't read anything on the subject but i have always found that when watching a DVD on my PC it looks similar to a sky broadcast in that there is slight blockiness.

    Compared to watching it on my tv which does not show this. I think that it is down to the difference in resolution.

    This is only my personal opinion.

    \\Chris
     
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    Tesla

    The blockyness you describe is apparant due to software rendering - if you activate hardware rendering using a good Video Card this should vanish.

    Regards,

    GJC
     
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    My vote is for TheaterTek for ease of use and great image quality.
     

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