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Old 11-10-04, 08:02 AM   #1
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Software DVD player w/ bit rate meter?

I rarely use my computer to play DVDs, and when I do I've just been using the freebie InterActual player.

Do any of the major DVD programs (WinDVD, PowerDVD, etc.) offer a bit rate meter, preferably one that specifies both video and audio bit rates separately?
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Old 11-10-04, 11:09 AM   #2
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I tried out all I have and didn't find a real-time bit rate meter, just a report of what bit rate (I assume maximum) the DVD was recorded at for both audio and video).
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Old 11-10-04, 12:53 PM   #3
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I tried out all I have and didn't find a real-time bit rate meter, just a report of what bit rate (I assume maximum) the DVD was recorded at for both audio and video).
Which program gave you that much?
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Old 11-10-04, 01:09 PM   #4
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PowerDVD gives this:
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PowerVideo Attribute :
Video compression mode : MPEG-2
TV system : 525/60 (NTSC)
Aspect Ratio : 4:3
Display Mode : reserved
Source picture resolution : 720x480 (525/60)
Frame Rate : 29.97
Source picture letterboxed : Not letterboxed
Bitrate : 8.00Mbps

Audio Attribute :
Audio Coding mode : Dolby Digital
Sampling Rate : 48kHz
Audio application mode : Not specified
Number of Audio channels : 2
Bitrate : 192 Kbps
Number of Audio streams : 1

Subpicture Attribute :
Number of Subtitles : 1
and WinDVD gives this:
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Video:
Hardware:
Vendor: Nvidia
Stream:
Type: Interlaced MPEG2
Bitrate: 8.000 Mbps
Framerate: 29.970 Hz
Resolution: 720x480
Aspect ratio: 4x3
Audio:
Hardware:
Audio Device: directsound
S/PDIF: Present
Number of speakers: 2
Stream:
Type: Dolby Digital (AC3)
Bitrate: 192 Kbps
Number of main channels: 2
LFE Channel: None
Sampling Frequency: 48khz
Bits Per Sample: 16
Output:
Sample Rate: 48 KHz
Bits per Sample: 16
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Old 11-11-04, 12:28 PM   #5
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OK, thanks. What I'm really most concerned about is the audio bit rate (telling half-rate from full-rate DTS, etc.), and it looks like both will do that.
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Old 11-11-04, 01:28 PM   #6
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It appears so.

Dances With Wolves DTS:
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Video:
Hardware:
Vendor: Nvidia
Stream:
Type: Encrypted and Interlaced MPEG2
Bitrate: 7.500 Mbps
Framerate: 29.970 Hz
Resolution: 720x480
Aspect ratio: 16x9
Audio:
Hardware:
Audio Device: directsound
S/PDIF: Present
Number of speakers: 2
Stream:
Type: DTS
Bitrate: 1536 Kbps
Number of main channels: 5
LFE Channel: Present
Sampling Frequency: 48khz
Bits Per Sample: 16
Output:
Sample Rate: 48 KHz
Bits per Sample: 16
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Video:
Hardware:
Vendor: Nvidia
Stream:
Type: Interlaced MPEG2
Bitrate: 9.800 Mbps
Framerate: 29.970 Hz
Resolution: 720x480
Aspect ratio: 16x9
Audio:
Hardware:
Audio Device: directsound
S/PDIF: Present
Number of speakers: 2
Stream:
Type: DTS
Bitrate: 768 Kbps
Number of main channels: 5
LFE Channel: Present
Sampling Frequency: 48khz
Bits Per Sample: 16
Output:
Sample Rate: 48 KHz
Bits per Sample: 16
Interesting that the DTS demo on TFE was 1536 Kbps though.
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Old 11-11-04, 01:35 PM   #7
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Doesn't PowerDVD list this when turning on 'stat info' or something like that (can't recall the exact term off hand)?
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Old 11-11-04, 01:40 PM   #8
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Doesn't PowerDVD list this when turning on 'stat info' or something like that (can't recall the exact term off hand)?
I've never seen that function, but I'm a couple of versions behind on PowerDVD.
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Old 11-11-04, 01:42 PM   #9
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I've been using this info for years now from these two programs. Two days ago I came across something I've never seen before.

When looking at the Anchor Bay release of Monty Python's Life of Brian, WinDVD gave me an Audio bit rate of 256 for the Dolby Digital 2.0 track. Has anyone ever seen this?

Generally for Dolby, the results will be:

5.0 / 5.1 / 5.1ex : 384 or 448 bps
1.0 / 2.0 (Pro Logic) : 192 bps
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Old 11-11-04, 01:53 PM   #10
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I've never seen that function, but I'm a couple of versions behind on PowerDVD.
I just checked. I have version 4.0 and one can access the real time video bit rate and seperate audio bit rate in it by playing a dvd and choosing "show information". Not sure if it didn't start until version 4 or not though (I think I had version 3 at some point and it was there also but can't be certain).
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I just checked. I have version 4.0 and one can access the real time video bit rate and seperate audio bit rate in it by playing a dvd and choosing "show information". Not sure if it didn't start until version 4 or not though (I think I had version 3 at some point and it was there also but can't be certain).
You're right!

I also have version 4 and I had "show information" checked, but until I also turned on OSD I didn't see it. That's a very nice feature.

I've been considering getting the latest PowerDVD as I hear its picture quality is very good. Up until now I've preferred WinDVD's.
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