Watching a dvd film.
Until this afternoon, I'd never had a dvd drive in any of my machines, but I figured it would be good to be able to see dvd films. This afternoon I installed a Sony DDU 1621 dvd drive into this machine. Works fine, will read a cd for example.
So, I borrowed a dvd film from a neighbour to see if it works, and wmp complains that I have no dvd decoder installed.
After a bit of research, it would seem I need either a hardware or software decoder.
Browsing download.com there appears to be a lot of negative comments about s/w decoders, but, MS seems happy to endorse a few of them.
So, what do you lot do? Hardware, how is it, which one? Software, how is it, which one? Any other omments?
I run mine via PowerDvD....and it works fine.....slightly better on my real Dvd player.....but the SW version is pretty good
I use PowerDVD too - sharpest image of all software decoders. Naturally, if you're feeling flush, you could invest in a ReelMagic hardware decoder. That has lots of nice outputs (Even SCART, via an additional slot plate!) :D
PowerDVD is good. Mix and match video cards, tv out, and tv sets while you're at it to improve the experience.
I ran an early 4:3 Full-screen DVD through my computer using PowerDVD to output to my 4:3/16:9 ehanced mode 36" Sony Wega flat-screen and it looked fantastic.
I also use PowerDVD, version 4.0 to be exact, and i LOVE it. Its never had a problem. I used a few others; LiquidDVD, DVDxPress, WinDVD, and DVDPC and i disliked them very much.
I liked PowerDVD enough to actually pay for it, and that should mean something from me :D
I have bought PowerDVD and it seems to work. Thanks for the input people.