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    DVD playback - what programs are you using?

    Today 3 teachers have all grabbed me with the same problem - they can't play DVDs on their IWBs (what a waste.)

    Anyway as it turns out it's generally DVDs that use the Inter Actual Player, which whinges about resolution/colour then stops.

    Windows media player simply won't load the film, no idea why as I have put on a couple of codec packs in the hope of finding one that it'll like. As with Inter actual player it whinges about a DVD decoder and talks about changing my hardware acceleration!

    I can get DVDs to play through VLC player without any problems but it's hardly the best interface for a teacher to use - it's not very intuitive, but it is free!

    Anyone have any suggestions for what to use? I've always disliked powerDVD/WinDVD etc and as we'd have to buy these I'm guessing the teachers wouldn't be too happy with them either.

    Buying separate DVD players is not an option.

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    Re: DVD playback - what programs are you using?

    Media player classic?

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    Re: DVD playback - what programs are you using?

    tried it, no idea why but won't play them either.

    Just got the latest version of VLC which I'll probably just tell them to use. works a treat, just wish it had a nicer interface

    edit: just downloaded the WMP11 skin for VLC which is pretty nice!

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    Re: DVD playback - what programs are you using?

    remember to pay your MPEG royalties!

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    Re: DVD playback - what programs are you using?

    Quote Originally Posted by Halfmad
    tried it, no idea why but won't play them either.

    Just got the latest version of VLC which I'll probably just tell them to use. works a treat, just wish it had a nicer interface

    edit: just downloaded the WMP11 skin for VLC which is pretty nice!
    I'd check that you're using Media Player Classic and not just skim reading that suggestion from Chris.

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/guliverkli/

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    Re: DVD playback - what programs are you using?

    you have to fiddle with overlays to get WMP to show on screen. WMP is very poor at decoding tho' - powerDVD/WinDVD are a lot smoother.

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    Re: DVD playback - what programs are you using?

    For personal use, I install the k-lite codec pack, and have never had any problems:
    http://www.codecguide.com/download_kl.htm

    I don't know how it would serve a school network / laptops.

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    Re: DVD playback - what programs are you using?

    i use ffdshow codec pack

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    Re: DVD playback - what programs are you using?

    I had this problem towards the last week of term I use PowerDVD or Windows Media Player making sure I used the IWB as the primary default screen in the Control Panel > Display > Advanced Tab

    Good to be back posting :-)

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    Re: DVD playback - what programs are you using?

    Media Player Classic here also [where PowerDVD hasnt come with the computer / DVD drive].

    Plays nearly everything thrown at it.

    Nath.

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    Re: DVD playback - what programs are you using?

    I love VLC, it's small and no nonesense, plays everything. You just have to tell people to open the disc rather than let it play auto.

    It doesn't install codecs either I think, self contained.

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    Re: DVD playback - what programs are you using?

    Power DVD here on all the IWB machines and laptops. A batch file installs it on the first logon after a rebuild.

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    Re: DVD playback - what programs are you using?

    PowerDVD

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    Re: DVD playback - what programs are you using?

    Quote Originally Posted by contink
    Quote Originally Posted by Halfmad
    tried it, no idea why but won't play them either.

    Just got the latest version of VLC which I'll probably just tell them to use. works a treat, just wish it had a nicer interface

    edit: just downloaded the WMP11 skin for VLC which is pretty nice!
    I'd check that you're using Media Player Classic and not just skim reading that suggestion from Chris.

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/guliverkli/
    I know what Media player classic is mate and no it still doesn't work :P

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    Re: DVD playback - what programs are you using?

    Quote Originally Posted by Halfmad
    Quote Originally Posted by contink
    Quote Originally Posted by Halfmad
    tried it, no idea why but won't play them either.

    Just got the latest version of VLC which I'll probably just tell them to use. works a treat, just wish it had a nicer interface

    edit: just downloaded the WMP11 skin for VLC which is pretty nice!
    I'd check that you're using Media Player Classic and not just skim reading that suggestion from Chris.

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/guliverkli/
    I know what Media player classic is mate and no it still doesn't work :P
    Its a skin that you can apply to VLC to make it look better.



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