WinDVD 8 with the XBox 360 add on?

Gae

Novice Member
:confused:
OK, so the guys at DL.tv have got a video clip confirming that WinDVD 8 works with the drive after upgrading to the HD-DVD version. The problem is that there is a bit of confusion for me with which version to use. I dont have the full official WinDVD 8, I only have the trial version which doesn't even recognise the drive so far. At least Power DVD 6.5 played the Universal logo. To add to the confusion, in the clip, you can see that the guys are using WinDVD Gold to play "Forbidden Planet" and yet if you go to the Intervideo comparison website, only the Platinum version supports VC1 which is apparently a "new" feature.
So which version do we go for and do we get a "trial" of the new version before we spend our hard earned cash only to find out it doesn't work with HD-DVD? I've downloaded this supposedly "new" WinDVD Platinum release again, thinking it has new features, but it is no different to the trial version that I downloaded last week...i.e. it still doesn't work. :mad: The fact that the guys in the video were using the "Gold" version which supposedly can be upgraded has just confused me more. :confused:

Come on Cyberlink, release your Power DVD and put us out of our misery before Xmas. :(

Gae
 

Albion

Novice Member
:confused:
OK, so the guys at DL.tv have got a video clip confirming that WinDVD 8 works with the drive after upgrading to the HD-DVD version. The problem is that there is a bit of confusion for me with which version to use. I dont have the full official WinDVD 8, I only have the trial version which doesn't even recognise the drive so far. At least Power DVD 6.5 played the Universal logo. To add to the confusion, in the clip, you can see that the guys are using WinDVD Gold to play "Forbidden Planet" and yet if you go to the Intervideo comparison website, only the Platinum version supports VC1 which is apparently a "new" feature.
So which version do we go for and do we get a "trial" of the new version before we spend our hard earned cash only to find out it doesn't work with HD-DVD? I've downloaded this supposedly "new" WinDVD Platinum release again, thinking it has new features, but it is no different to the trial version that I downloaded last week...i.e. it still doesn't work. :mad: The fact that the guys in the video were using the "Gold" version which supposedly can be upgraded has just confused me more. :confused:

Come on Cyberlink, release your Power DVD and put us out of our misery before Xmas. :(

Gae
No..after checking the website both Gold and Platinum versions support VC-1.
You need to download a plug-in to convert WinDVD 8 to use with HD-DVD and Blu-ray after you have purchased or upgraded to the full version.I don't believe you can download the plug-in on the trial version although I could be wrong.Have you tried it?

On thing that did confuse me about watching these rather irritable presenters
was the suggestion (again) that you have to have a HDCP compliant display.
I think it has been already indicated that if you are going via VGA or component you don't ,as it is the ICT flag which constrains HD resolution.Unless (rather strangely) Win-DVD is refusing the handshake.
Looks like Intervideo have stolen Cyberlinks thunder and have got their HD-DVD/Blu-ray software out first.Still these couple of questions to address though.
 

Gae

Novice Member
On thing that did confuse me about watching these rather irritable presenters
was the suggestion (again) that you have to have a HDCP compliant display.
I think it has been already indicated that if you are going via VGA or component you don't ,as it is the ICT flag which constrains HD resolution.Unless (rather strangely) Win-DVD is refusing the handshake.
Looks like Intervideo have stolen Cyberlinks thunder and have got their HD-DVD/Blu-ray software out first.Still these couple of questions to address though.
I take any information given by a supposed HD-DVD movie enthusiast who doesn't even recognise "Forbidden Planet" with a pinch of salt to be honest! :D
I realised that they hadn't mentioned the VGA compatibility issue, which I have already tested with the Universal logo and it worked. When I tried it via DVI, the "protected content" came in immediately and didn't even allow the logo to play, so I'm assuming VGA is OK on my system.

So basically, we have to buy the full version and update it with the "untested" plug-in? :eek: Are you sure about the Gold version works as it is the cheapest version and I'd opt for that one out of the two?

Thanks for the info anyway

Gae
 

Rickyj at Kalibrate

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I don't think the add on is available yet.

The video said that they were using the beta version, and that the retail version should be out the 15th Dec, but may be a few days late. I am guessing we are into the 'few days late', as when you look at the Windvd page, it still states, under HD DVD and Blu-ray Playback Support:

To be purchased separately. Available soon - check back often!

I agree that it does seem that it is not too far off, and I think the question now is who will get their software out first, windvd or Powerdvd.

I just hope it is before the end of the week. I officially get my drive next Mon.;)

Ricky
 

Gae

Novice Member
I don't think the add on is available yet.

The video said that they were using the beta version, and that the retail version should be out the 15th Dec, but may be a few days late. I am guessing we are into the 'few days late', as when you look at the Windvd page, it still states, under HD DVD and Blu-ray Playback Support:

To be purchased separately. Available soon - check back often!

I agree that it does seem that it is not too far off, and I think the question now is who will get their software out first, windvd or Powerdvd.

I just hope it is before the end of the week. I officially get my drive next Mon.

Ricky
Yes, I've just realised that you're right. I took the plunge before though and bought WinDVD Gold which didn't work. I then took the further plunge and upgraded to WinDVD Platinum....still didn't work. So far I've spent 42 quid and I'm no better off than when I started (except that I own a full copy of WinDVD Platinum).
I hope this "coming soon" HD-DVD playback support is worth the wait and what's more, I hope its free, but I doubt it!! I've got a horrible feeling that I didn't need to upgrade to the Platinum edition but could have just upgraded to this from the Gold Version. If it works, to be honest, it's worth 50 quid. Fingers crossed.

Gae
 

Albion

Novice Member
I take any information given by a supposed HD-DVD movie enthusiast who doesn't even recognise "Forbidden Planet" with a pinch of salt to be honest! :D
I realised that they hadn't mentioned the VGA compatibility issue, which I have already tested with the Universal logo and it worked. When I tried it via DVI, the "protected content" came in immediately and didn't even allow the logo to play, so I'm assuming VGA is OK on my system.

So basically, we have to buy the full version and update it with the "untested" plug-in? :eek: Are you sure about the Gold version works as it is the cheapest version and I'd opt for that one out of the two?

Thanks for the info anyway

Gae
:confused: GAE...My display connection type is described as Analogue by the CYBERLINK ADVISER.However my Graphics card (Asus Nvidia EN7600GT) has DVI output.I am using a VGA adapter,supplied with card.Am I being thick? Is this VGA Analogue or DVI Digital.Will I get the protected content warning?I assume rather logically that the signal has been converted to Analogue.
 

Gae

Novice Member
GAE...My display connection type is described as Analogue by the CYBERLINK ADVISER.However my Graphics card (Asus Nvidia EN7600GT) has DVI output.I am using a VGA adapter,supplied with card.Am I being thick? Is this VGA Analogue or DVI Digital.Will I get the protected content warning?I assume rather logically that the signal has been converted to Analogue.
It's both Analogue and Digital depending on which connection you are using. I have a DVI/VGA card too....NVidia GeForce 6200 turbocache. When I tried the adviser it said analogue (when using the VGA) and digital...no HDCP (when using the DVI). I think it only reads the outputs when a particular connection is made so VGA at least works fine. It gave me the green light for analogue display but red for the digital diplay.

All we need now is the software.....
:rolleyes:
Gae
 

Albion

Novice Member
It's both Analogue and Digital depending on which connection you are using. I have a DVI/VGA card too....NVidia GeForce 6200 turbocache. When I tried the adviser it said analogue (when using the VGA) and digital...no HDCP (when using the DVI). I think it only reads the outputs when a particular connection is made so VGA at least works fine. It gave me the green light for analogue display but red for the digital diplay.

All we need now is the software.....
:rolleyes:
Gae
:thumbsup: Thank heavens for that!Green light here to.

Ah!The software.Who will it be? Intervideo or Cyberlink..interesting little side issue,has to be this week surely?
 

Gae

Novice Member
....but dont make any financial purchases based on my assumptions....:D

Until I can get HD-DVD movies running with some software, everything at the moment is heresay. :rolleyes:
I went for the Intervideo option purely on the basis that they were running "Forbidden Planet" and its one of the 2 HD-DVDs I only own at the moment. :D

Gae
 

Albion

Novice Member
....but dont make any financial purchases based on my assumptions....:D

Until I can get HD-DVD movies running with some software, everything at the moment is heresay. :rolleyes:
I went for the Intervideo option purely on the basis that they were running "Forbidden Planet" and its one of the 2 HD-DVDs I only own at the moment. :D

Gae
Well it was running.And I get the feeling that this will work out,whether Cyberlink or Intervideo.Let's just say I'm optimistic.
 

Gae

Novice Member
ok where is that windvd plugin ????????????? everyone talks about it but it is nowhere tobe found
Well I've got the Platinum version and I'm also still waiting for the HD-DVD support upgrade. Is it supposed to be out then? It's taking ages to be released but I aint gonna spend £50 on the PowerDVD Ultra only to find out it doesn't work. At least the WinDVD 8 upgrade is only aroun £15-20. I just wish they'd release it soon.

Gae
 

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