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Where is a reliable place to get DVD decoder software?

Discussion in 'DVD / Blu-ray drives' started by audduck, Sep 27, 2012.

  1. audduck

    audduck Member

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    In order to be able to watch DVDs on my netbook, I recently bought an external CD/DVD drive. It plays my CDs just fine, but won't play DVDs. I get this message: "Windows Media Player cannot play the DVD because a compatible DVD decoder is not installed on your computer." The material that came with my DVD drive tells me that it doesn't include a decoder, because many computers already have one. There seem to be a lot of different options available, and I haven't the first idea which ones might be promising. Can anyone give me an idea of exactly what I'm looking for and where I can find it?

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    vurbal Administrator Staff Member

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    For the decoder I prefer to go with ffdshow:

    64-bit: http://www.afterdawn.com/software/audio_video/codecs/ffdshow64.cfm

    32-bit: http://www.afterdawn.com/software/audio_video/codecs/ffdshow.cfm

    I also recommend using a player other than WMP. VLC would work, although I don't personally like it so much for playback. I use Media Player Classic Home Cinema. If you go that route (or with VLC for that matter) you don't have to worry about installing the decoder separately.

    64-bit: http://www.afterdawn.com/software/audio_video/media_players/media_player_classic_home_cinema_64-bit.cfm

    32-bit: http://www.afterdawn.com/software/audio_video/media_players/media_player_classic_home_cinema_32-bit.cfm
     
  4. mrslicker

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    If you want a plain DVD decoder for windows try the one at this link. It is lightweight and non-intrusive. It works with Windows media player. I have used it before.
     

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