Blue Ray Player Software

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  1. Perryg114

    Perryg114 Senior member

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    It looks like Blueray players are getting cheaper for desktops but what software do you need to play one? I assume your average DVD player won't do the job. I have a couple of Media Center 2005 computers that I might also be interested in making compatible with Blueray if that is possible. How much in the way of resources does a Blueray disk take over recording or playing an HD program?

    Perry
     
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  3. Emulex

    Emulex Diamond Member

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    most video cards made today handle blu-ray themselves so 0-10% cpu at most. most blu-ray players include software unless you are buying an oem pack?
     
  4. Horsepower

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    I bought an OEM pack at Fry's and it even included software
     
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    Most retail blu ray players/burners come with an OEM version of PowerDVD.
    I don't know of any free players that will play blu ray disks. Some say a combination of VLC player and AnyDVD HD will work, but you have to purchase AnyDVD HD.

    You can get Ashampoo's Burning Studio software free. http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2124079
     
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  6. Perryg114

    Perryg114 Senior member

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    I screwed up and bought an OEM version Samsung drive from Newegg and it came with no software. Maybe I should return it for another brand that does have the software. The software costs more than the drive. I am still looking for software that does not cost and arm and leg to play Blueray. I don't need burning or editing or any of that other BS.

    Perry
     
  7. AnitaPeterson

    AnitaPeterson Diamond Member

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    How to play Blu-ray, m2ts video

    in Windows
    To play a Blu-ray Disc use PowerDVD, WinDVD or ArcSoft TotalMedia Extreme. There are currently no free Blu-ray players(with menu support).
    Play m2ts files using the same software or free tools like VLC Media Player or Media Player Classic Home Cinema.

    source: http://www.videohelp.com/play
     
  8. Emulex

    Emulex Diamond Member

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    yup save a buck buying oem and spend a ton paying for software. at least its a lesson learned. or ask someone to sell you their unused software player in fs/t forum
     
  9. Perryg114

    Perryg114 Senior member

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    Well If there was a retail version of that same drive I would have bought it.

    Perry
     
  10. Perryg114

    Perryg114 Senior member

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    Newegg does not provide alot of info on what software comes with a drive OEM or retail. All you can do is read the reviews and try to get some idea what it comes with. The drive I ordered sometimes came with software and sometimes not. I guess it was the luck of the draw.

    So what is the best Bluray software out there?

    Perry
     
  11. Fear No Evil

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    Does VLC handle Blueray?
     
  12. Soundmanred

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    Is VLC free?
     
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    Steltek Golden Member

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    So far as I know, not at this time.

    Yes - it is an open source software project:

    http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
     
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    It's free, therefore it doesn't play Blueray, that was my point.
     
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    abaez Diamond Member

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    VLC can do bluray if you have anydvd to decrypt. You can pretty much use any video proggie if you have anydvd.

    I doubt there will ever be a totally free BR player due to licensing costs and such.
     
  16. Perryg114

    Perryg114 Senior member

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    Which player software/Media Center driver is the least flakey requardless of price? I would ultimately like to play through my existing MCE 2005 computers. I remember having to buy some software to do this with DVD's. I think it was made by Invidia. I believe all my Hardware is DVI interface.

    Perry
     
  17. jacktesterson

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    I use PowerDVD 10 Ultra, works 100% for me.
     
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    I have a Powerdvd 8 software that came with my samsung blu-ray drive but it crashes my 64-bit windows 7 machine everytime I use it.
     
  19. Auric

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    If keen on BD only then may as well have a stand-alone. Otherwise, as said, MPC-HC will play the movies sans menus as well as every other format. XBMC can be used as a browser. BD software is rather limiting. PDVD arguably has the edge in quality but does not allow folder playback like TMT. Dunno aboot WDVD these days but has not been much of a contender in the past.
     
  20. Perryg114

    Perryg114 Senior member

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    I ended up returning the Samsung drive in favor of the LG with the free software. This will give me something to play with till I figure out if I want to play Blu-Ray or not.

    Will MPC-HC play Blu-Ray.

    Perry
     
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    Perryg114 Senior member

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    I got the LG drive. There were two disks one red and one blue. The red one is PowerDVD 9 and it seems to work as well as the trial version of 10. Niether worked well on one of my machines but 9 worked fine on another one of my machines. 10 did not seem to be much better than 9. The movie I had did not support mouse click menu selection so there is a calculator looking thing that shows up and I had to double click the ok symbol to get it to advance to the movie. I did not see menus at all on the machine what I had trouble with. The other machine things worked better. I expect it was some sort of graphics driver problem.

    Perry
     
  22. mb

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    It's Blu not Blue.
     
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    kinda OT but why the hell does power DVD disable the Areo interface when it plays a BR movie?