Free Alternative to PowerDVD

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Bman, Jul 2, 2007.

  1. Bman

    Bman OSNN Veteran Original

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    I think the title says it all.

    Whats the "best" "free" dvd player for Windows.

    I know VLC, and those play dvds but I mean one built for DVD's like PowerDVD
     
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    drz01 Weekend DJ

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    Which ver of windows?
     
  3. Bman

    Bman OSNN Veteran Original

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    XP Pro
     
  4. _kC_

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    media player?
     
  5. Bman

    Bman OSNN Veteran Original

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    I'm looking for something thats built for playing DVD's like PowerDVD is, can be a media player, but doesn't matter.
     
  6. Xie

    Xie - geek - Subscribed User Folding Team

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    What's wrong with VLC? Plays DVD's just as well as PowerDVD, and most other video/audio files as well. :rolleyes:
     
  7. rotjong

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    I know nothing about this software but found it doing a quick Google search. Check out AVS DVD Player 2.4.2.121 (http://www.avsmedia.com/DVDPlayer/index.aspx). It has that PowerDVD look and it also has some nice features for freeware. Personally, I use TheaterTek DVD.
     
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  8. Bman

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    I have noticed, that sometimes (random) dvd's or files won't work in VLC.

    Such has one dvd will play video and sound (talk), but not sound (music)

    and things like that once in awhile. I then use PowerDVD for those weird ones.

    I don't want to use PowerDVD anymore.
     
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    If VLC is missing something it is a codec issue and can be resolved by downloading the correct codec. Gspot is a free utility that will analyse media and identify the required codecs.
     
  10. Aprox

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    Zoom Player.

    Its awesome, don't let the crappy website fool you. And oddly, one of the download mirrors is this site.... :suprised:

    http://www.inmatrix.com/files/zoomplayer_download.shtml

    Similar to VLC, you need a dvd decoder. But those are not hard to come by, MP10+ has one I think and if you have nero or something installed that works too. Or you could use Purevideo if you have a Nvidia GPU.
     
  11. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    You could install ffdshow and use WMP11.

    VLC doesn't rely on DirectShow filters/codecs. It has it's own set of decoding libraries that can be found in the "plugins" subdirectory.
     
  12. Bman

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    Anyone have views on GOM Player?

    I was pointed to it and seems pretty good. It's like VLC but when there is a file or media that needs a codec it goes out and finds it by itself.
     
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    LordOfLA Godlike!

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    http://cccp-project.net/

    Contains Zoomplayer and MPC. Based around FFDShow and a few extra codecs. Plays all my DVDs fine.
     
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    For some reason GOM Player just crashes and I get a Dr Watson log when I attempt to play a DVD.

    KMPlayer works well, however.
     
  15. Bman

    Bman OSNN Veteran Original

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    hmmm now I dont know....
     
  16. vertigo

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    the problem you're having with vlc is probably due to improper downmixing. not necessarily vlc's fault. if you have a stereo sound setup, make sure you audio device is set to stereo in xp as well as in vlc.

    the best player is media player classic, with ffdshow. though development has more or less slowed to a halt, it is still one of the best, if not the best player out there.