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Old 04-12-02, 03:25 AM
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best software DVD player?

Hey guys I have WinDVD 2.8 and it doesn't seem to allow the option of "Always on Top" cause there is no option for that.
I'm guessing the quality/features of WINDVD is pretty good, but I could really use the Always on Top feature in windows media player and other programs, since i want to watch a dvd while typing up a report at the same time

What software DVD decoder has this feature? THaNkS
Old 04-12-02, 07:16 AM
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Power DVD is the best software DVD player around. They have Always on Top options.
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sweet thanks i'll look to pick this one up
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Originally posted by eedoon
Power DVD is the best software DVD player around. They have Always on Top options.
I second this...if I have to watch a DVD on my computer, it's PowerDVD that plays it.
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WinDVD4 has always on top

WinDVD4 also has always on top...

anyone have opinions how it stacks up?

(I do, but I'm biased. I work at intervideo)
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Re: WinDVD4 has always on top

Originally posted by ramayer
WinDVD4 also has always on top...

anyone have opinions how it stacks up?

(I do, but I'm biased. I work at intervideo)
Oh, good! I've been wanting to ask this.

How come WinDVD4 doesn't work with the M-Audio Audiophile 24/96 card when every other player does?

The main symptom is the "Mute" text stays on the screen and the sound may or may not work when the program is first started. If the program is "unmuted" the sound doesn't work at all.

That problem has kept me from further evaluating the product.
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I've always had problems with WINDVD locks up all the time. Power DVD haven't had any problems. Cinematograph is good to.
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I use Power DVD 4 and Zoom Player
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Originally posted by jumbojp
I use Power DVD 4 and Zoom Player
Have you tried to get TruSurround sound (from PowerDVD) working in Zoom Player?
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both windvd and powerdvd are great..
my preference is powerdvd though
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I've done some experimenting lately and found that if you have an ATI card you cannot beat the image that ATI's version 7.5 DVD player gives you. The image is absolutely amazing on a good RPTV. In fact I could sit 4' in front of my 53" RPTV and it was still extremely sharp. Unfortunately at 4' I could just see the .52" individual pixels so I backed up a bit. But I've never seen a player that could give you an image so good that you could get that close up and where the pixel size of the set was the limiting factor. It was like being in the front rows of a movie theater showing a very well focused picture.

The ATI player itself is not so great though and unfortunately the 7.6 version gives a jerky (although extremely sharp) picture. That's what's so nice about Zoom Player. You can use the video filter from ATI's player and PowerDVD's audio filter at the same time.
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Originally posted by X
Have you tried to get TruSurround sound (from PowerDVD) working in Zoom Player?
No I haven't. I haven't really gotten into the "filter" thing with it yet

I use Power DVD on my HTPC to ouput SPDIF to my receiver. I only use Zoom Player for AVI, Divx and MPEG on that PC.

I have used Zoom for DVD playback on my main PC, but that is just connected to a DPL receiver so I output stereo to it!

I use a AIW128 in my HTPC so I may have to give the ATI player a try. If I could get the video capture working on my card I would be set

Do you use an ATI? what works best for you? I only have a s-video input on my TV though
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Originally posted by jumbojp
Do you use an ATI? what works best for you? I only have a s-video input on my TV though
I use a 7500 with its VGA out directly to the VGA in on my RPTV. Pretty clean interface.

Yesterday I was trying different combinations of filters in Zoom Player (which I only wanted to use for its ability to mix-and-match different brand filters such as the ATI video and PowerDVD audio). But since I can't seem to get the TruSurround ability from PowerDVD I might as well just use the ATI player. And the ATI player hasn't crashed on me yet as so many people report it has a tendency to do.

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