WinDVD from Intervideo?

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Bill Lorin, Jan 21, 2004.

  1. Bill Lorin

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    Do I need to purchase the full application WinDVD for Media Center to
    function properly, or can I just install the free WinDVD decoder-only that
    comes with many DVD movies you buy?

    Bill
     
    Bill Lorin, Jan 21, 2004
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  2. Bill,

    Most DVD players will probably work, providing they supply a directx
    compatible mpeg-2 codec. Most nowadays do, including the free version of
    WinDVD, athough I believe that the free version that comes with many DVD
    movies is Interactual DVD player, and not Intervideo WinDVD. Anyway, that
    will probably work too.

    Regards,

    Luis
     
    Luis A. Burgos [MCE MVP], Jan 21, 2004
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  3. Actually, the InterActual player that comes with many DVDs isn't a decoder,
    it's just a front end interface that relies on a decoder already being
    there. Most DVD players will come with an MPEG-2 Decoder, however, so there
    are very few situations where you end up without one at all.

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    Chris Jackson, Jan 21, 2004
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  4. Chris,

    Is that right? I thought it was a full blown DVD player. It does not makes
    much sense to me...I guess that the whole idea was to allow users play the
    DVD on a computer...what if the user doesn't have a DVD player installed
    (mpeg-2 codec)? windows does not come by deafult with an mpeg-2 codec

    Anyway, this is good to know. I have never installed it though, and now I
    have yet another reason not to do it.

    Thanks,

    Luis
     
    Luis A. Burgos [MCE MVP], Jan 21, 2004
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  5. MPEG-2 is not an open standard - the folks who provide you with the decoder
    have to pay licensing fees, in addition to paying their developers to create
    the application. They can decide to eat the cost of the their own
    developer's time if they can make it up elsewhere, but the patent holders
    aren't as generous with their fees. That's why it's fairly hard to find a
    decoder for free (not that they don't exist). The player shell just uses the
    codec on the system, and most drives come with a codec (that you pay for as
    part of the price of the drive) so there is no reason for you to pay the fee
    for a decoder twice.

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    Software Engineer
    Microsoft MVP - Windows Client
    Windows XP Associate Expert
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    Chris Jackson, Jan 21, 2004
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  6. Chris,

    I know about the per-unit fee license of mpeg-2. However, it still doesn't
    make any sense to me to provide an empty face, in most cases useless,
    assuming that the user will have a DVD player installed. Based on that
    assumption, it won't be necessary to provide any wrapper, IMHO.

    Regards,

    Chris
     
    Luis A. Burgos [MCE MVP], Jan 21, 2004
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  7. It's typically not just an empty wrapper. With most DVDs that have PC
    features, you access them using the special player that comes with the
    movie - it just makes it a bit easier than going through and discovering
    them yourself. My Terminator 2 Extreme Edition, for example, doesn't contain
    the Windows Media Decoder, but I need to use the included player (which
    relies on my decoder) in order to get past the DRM features and watch the
    movie. It's about adding features that are hopefully relevant, and that a
    generic player doesn't include.

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    Chris Jackson
    Software Engineer
    Microsoft MVP - Windows Client
    Windows XP Associate Expert
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    Chris Jackson, Jan 22, 2004
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