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Old 01-03-04, 11:13 PM
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hey guys. I recently bought a new computer with a dvd rom.I was wondering if its best to buy software to play the dvds or just use the default player that comes with the dvd? Is there much of a difference? Which software is the best one to get?
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Power DVD.
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Originally posted by Mr. Salty
Power DVD.
thats what I use too.
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I happen to have both Power DVD 5 and InterVideo WinDVD 5 Platinum.

I also have InterActual Player 2.0 (From Friends DVD) and ATI DVD player (From ATI since I use their Video card)

From where I am sitting, WinDVD 5 delivers the best image quality

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Originally posted by lancelee
From where I am sitting, WinDVD 5 delivers the best image quality
Yep. Besides picture quality, there's a few small things that I liked better about WinDVD than PowerDVD. Unfortunately, my computer is too old to run WinDVD 5 smoothly, so I'm stuck with WinDVD 4 (which is still nice anyway) and PowerDVD 5.
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PowerDVD here too.
Old 01-04-04, 03:45 AM
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WinDVD 5 Platinum works great through a Home Theater PC. The picture is actually very crisp and clear and there are additional options such as Gamma control to improve it more.
I plan on improving the picture even more by using FFDShow which lets you resize the image and add filters, just need the time to spend to tweak it.
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Also, make sure you get a region-free software. I'm not sure Power DVD has this... When I got Power DVD, I was able to watch region 2 movies, but after like 5 viewings, the region code was locked to region 1...
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Couple of ways to deal with region change...if you want to change region

(1) Reinstall (be sure to clean registry first or it will remember)
(2) Multiple players for each region repectively
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Originally posted by lancelee
Couple of ways to deal with region change...if you want to change region

(1) Reinstall (be sure to clean registry first or it will remember)
(2) Multiple players for each region repectively
Nah, the simpler way is just get Dvd-Region Free
You won't ever have to think (or worry) about it again.
(It tricks your dvd-rom drive into thinking it is set to the region of whatever disc you insert.) -works like a charm and is compatible with most popular dvd viewing apps.
I've been using it for over a year now and wouldn't go without it!

Cheers,
Gabe
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You could also use VLC, which ignores the region coding completely; plus, you can't beat the price. It's not nearly as feature-filled as PowerDVD or WinDVD (e.g. no hardware DVD acceleration or audio spatialization) but it gets the job done if you're not too demanding.

That said, I use PowerDVD 4.0 pretty much all of the time.
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PowerDVD 5
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I prefer PowerDVD as well
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Originally posted by jayson1017
Also, make sure you get a region-free software. I'm not sure Power DVD has this... When I got Power DVD, I was able to watch region 2 movies, but after like 5 viewings, the region code was locked to region 1...
Get a Lite-On 166S and all your problem will be solved. Comes w/ PowerDVD too. You can use Lite-On's free region free utility for watching out of region DVDs. The best way to get past software region lock is still DVD Decrypter.

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