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Robert McN
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      07-03-2006
I am going to be giving a lecture and I want to incorporate a short clip from
a DVD movie into a Powerpoint presentation. My IBM laptop is an
ultraportable without a DVD player, but I have an external Sony DVD player
that I use for loading programs and backup purposes. For the first time, I
tried to use it watch a DVD, using the Windows Media Player. I got the
following error message, "Windows Media Player cannot play the DVD because a
compatible DVD decoder is not installed on your computer." I have two
questions: 1) Is there a good and free decoder or is this something that
should be purchased? 2) There are one or more brief clips that I'd like to
incorporate into my presentation. I'm pretty sure this could be done without
violating the copyrights since it should amount to no more than a few
minutes. (If such a short sampling for a public lecture is not permissible,
please let me know). Can anyone tell me how I can copy a clip from the DVD?
Thanks very much. (And to all, "Happy Independence Day".)
Bob
 
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zachd [MSFT]
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      07-04-2006

1. They're to be purchased, since there are licensing costs (to MPEG-LA)
involved.
2: You should be able to use most any search engine to find answers to those
kinds of questions. Legality is something you should check with lawyers
about as opposed to ever taking random Internet advice . =)

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>I am going to be giving a lecture and I want to incorporate a short clip
>from
> a DVD movie into a Powerpoint presentation. My IBM laptop is an
> ultraportable without a DVD player, but I have an external Sony DVD player
> that I use for loading programs and backup purposes. For the first time,
> I
> tried to use it watch a DVD, using the Windows Media Player. I got the
> following error message, "Windows Media Player cannot play the DVD because
> a
> compatible DVD decoder is not installed on your computer." I have two
> questions: 1) Is there a good and free decoder or is this something that
> should be purchased? 2) There are one or more brief clips that I'd like
> to
> incorporate into my presentation. I'm pretty sure this could be done
> without
> violating the copyrights since it should amount to no more than a few
> minutes. (If such a short sampling for a public lecture is not
> permissible,
> please let me know). Can anyone tell me how I can copy a clip from the
> DVD?
> Thanks very much. (And to all, "Happy Independence Day".)
> Bob



 
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