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I need a MPEG-2 decoder? What is that?

Discussion in 'MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 encoding (AVI to DVD)' started by hockeyfan, Jul 18, 2007.

  1. hockeyfan

    hockeyfan Member

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    So I am trying to watch a dvd on my computer and I keep getting an error message saying I need a MPEG-2 decoder. Does anyone know where I can find one. Do you have to pay for them?
     
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    attar Senior member

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    If you are using Windows Media player and trying to watch a DVD you need a decoder.
    Windows does not supply a decoder for DVD's.
    You can download 'VLC' or 'Media Player Classic', these are free media players and contain the decoders that you require.

    http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
     
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    Awesome! Thanks alot! I'll let you know what happens.
     
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    ok well I downloaded that VLC thing. I then opened Windows Media Player to play the file and I got this error message...

    'Windows Media Player cannot play this DVD because there is a problem with digital copy protection between your DVD drive, decoder, and video card. Try installing an updated driver for your video card.'
     
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    You're supposed to play the file with VLC.
     
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    Oh ok I see. Yeah I got it. Thanks so much for your help!
     

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