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    It is pretty wierd, but I still find the best software with which to watch movies is WinDVD 5 OEM, which can still be downloaded at
    http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport...tem=ob-47357-1 . An HP Vista compatible version of it came out in 2007 and it works flawlessly with Vista 64. for video features it is head and shoulders above Windows Media Player, RealPlayer, CyberLink DVD Suite and HP Quickplay. It permits you to bookmark or take snapshots of spots throughout the movie, plays in whatever size window you choose, plays in the compressed or extended time frame you set, permits subtitles and closed caption and permits panning, etc.

    That is more than I can say for WidDVD 8 Gold OEM. Corel does not support OEM versions at all. Unfortunately, the serial number on WinDVD OEM installs, but the WinDVD 8 update patch for Vista fails during installation because it says it is not applicable to the WinDVD 8 OEM version. Without the patch, WinDVD 8 OEM quits a few seconds after starting to play so you are stuck with nothing.

    WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray requires NVIDIA GeForce 7600 or above so its market will be smaller. WinDVD 9 and WinDVD 9 Plus without Blu-ray do not require high end graphics cards, but, given the poor compatibility of v8 Gold, it doesn't seem prudent to sink more money into software from a company with such poor support.
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    vlc works w/ 64bit vista also........

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    VLC is best. It plays absolutley everything, isn't a memory hoog and takes barly a second to load.
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    I just use WMP with a Cyberlink codec from one of those free packs on the web. It is very basic, but it works..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homeboy View Post
    VLC is best. It plays absolutley everything, isn't a memory hoog and takes barly a second to load.

    I agree it would be hard to live without VLC with all the formats and codecs of today’s movie files, but the picture quality of VLC when viewing DVD’s is not the best vs. Power DVD or Win DVD. Now this could just be on my setup that this is so, but there is definitely a picture quality difference when I compare the two (VLC and Power DVD).

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    I use VLC for every video format.
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    I use WMP w/ K-Lite mega codec pack

    does VLC take much resource compared to WMP?
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    VLC is amazing, it uses hardly any resources. Two other players to check out as well are MPlayer and Media Player Classic.

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    Doubt it. Haven't checked though because I never use WMP. With VLC, you don't need to use any codec packs, it has all of it already.
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