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Old 08-26-14, 09:26 PM
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i have some hd dvd and an hd dvd drive on my pc how can i view the movies
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Old 08-26-14, 09:38 PM
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Someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but using a PC, you need a very specific build of ArcSoft TMT5, which is no longer available, and even if it was, you would need to purchase a license that works with that old version, which isn't possible now that TMT6 is out.

You might be able to rip the audio and video from the discs, but that requires decryption software which we are not going to talk about on this forum.
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Old 08-26-14, 09:57 PM
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^I believe you're correct, and that there is also a particular release of Cyberlink PowerDVD that would work, but suffers the same BS as TMT5.
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i have some hd dvd and an hd dvd drive on my pc how can i view the movies
Are you sure you have a HD DVD drive?
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Old 08-26-14, 11:42 PM
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i have some hd dvd and an hd dvd drive on my pc how can i view the movies
It would literally be easier to go on torrents and pirate the movies than get them to play properly.
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Old 08-26-14, 11:46 PM
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It would literally be easier to go on torrents and pirate the movies than get them to play properly.

Or find the bluray versions in the $5 dump bins.
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joshboy loves outdated tech.
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I think he and Alan Smithee should get to know each other.
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Old 08-27-14, 11:05 AM
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why not buy a hd-dvd player on ebay for about $30?
Either that, or sell the hd-dvds (good luck with that) and buy the BD version.

Not sure what else to recommend.
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Old 08-27-14, 11:12 AM
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You actually need TMT3, as TMT5 has a bug playing HD DVDs at a smooth frame rate. I had already purchased TMT5 and was bothered by this, thinking that it was my (slow) PC's fault. But I searched and scoured the internet and lo and behold I did find a copy of TMT3 (downloaded/activated guilt-free since I already paid $100 for a later version) and it solved the juddering problem.

There's also another program, PowerDVD Ultra (can't remember the version number) that offers HD DVD playback, but I prefer TMT3. However I don't think either program will run under Windows 8, and even if you can manage it, you'll eventually need to use a dual boot to load older versions of Windows that are compatible with these older programs.

If you really want to play your HD DVD discs then it would be far, far easier to just buy a used standalone HD DVD player off ebay and they are fairly cheap.
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Old 08-27-14, 12:02 PM
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There is one thing that is even worse than trying to salvage hd-dvd discs/drives. It would be attempting to salvage some old Circuit City DIVX discs!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DIVX

Apparently it has been alleged that DIVX used triple-DES encryption, where there isn't any easy practical ways to crack triple-DES other than by a "brute force" search for the key.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_DES

(In contrast, the dvd css encryption system was completely cracked very easily, that it isn't much more than a minor "speed bump").


In the end, it would be easier to just find the same DIVX titles on dvd (or bluray), instead of trying to crack the triple-DES encryption.



For that matter, shortly after DIVX died and was taken off the market, there was probably very little to no motivation anymore to crack the DIVX encryption system by other means, such as attacking the key management system (ie. via the "phone home" authentication done through a telephone/modem line).

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DIVX had a few exclusives from Disney and Fox that took years to show up on DVD.
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Old 08-27-14, 05:49 PM
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Are you sure you have a HD DVD drive?
Maybe he got an old Toshiba laptop?
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I used to have an X-Box HD-DVD drive hooked up to my computer that I could watch movies on until I abandoned the format along with 8-track tapes.
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Originally Posted by BuckNaked2k View Post
Maybe he got an old Toshiba laptop?
If that's the case, he can install the Toshiba HD-DVD playback software.

Apparently it will only install on Toshiba systems.
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I used to have an X-Box HD-DVD drive hooked up to my computer that I could watch movies on until I abandoned the format along with 8-track tapes.
Man, you listened to 8 tracks for a long time.
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I would grab a used HD DVD drive. I have two still going strong and a NIB that collects dust. They don't get much use so they should outlast me.
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