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Old April 20th, 2009, 03:37 PM   #1
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I have had two clients come to me asking why their dvd's wont play in windows media player.

I am burning MPEG2's in dvd architect.

any thing I should be doing in order to make it play in WMP? or is this WMP's fault?
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Old April 20th, 2009, 03:46 PM   #2
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They need a third party MPEG2 decoder. XP and the non-Home Premium or Ultimate versions of Vista don't have a native MPEG2 decoder.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/win...r/plugins.aspx
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Old April 20th, 2009, 03:53 PM   #3
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thanks. so to get around it, make make it a WMV file?
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Old April 20th, 2009, 03:58 PM   #4
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Yep. That's the best way to utilize Media Player.

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Old April 20th, 2009, 04:02 PM   #5
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you can DL an update to MEDIA PLAYER from MSN site which will play DVDs. Don't remember which one it is (sorry) but I know it's free. I dl'd it for my laptop and IIRC I THINK it MIGHT be Media Player Classic. All I know is that it was free and works.
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Old April 20th, 2009, 06:16 PM   #6
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you can DL an update to MEDIA PLAYER from MSN site which will play DVDs. Don't remember which one it is (sorry) but I know it's free. I dl'd it for my laptop and IIRC I THINK it MIGHT be Media Player Classic. All I know is that it was free and works.
yeah, I use K-lite, it plays almost every codec I throw at it, but this is for some coporate clients, and most of them cant download players...so I will avoid mpeg2.
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Old April 21st, 2009, 06:16 PM   #7
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How do they normally play DVDs?
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Old April 21st, 2009, 07:15 PM   #8
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Media Player Classic and VLC are excellent (and free) open source tools that will play DVDs without having to install an MPEG-2 codec.
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