Help - DVD's w/ pc-compatible playback

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  1. MarcoBiscotti

    MarcoBiscotti Producer

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    I recently moved into a new condo and have been doing a lot of work getting the home theatre in place and setup. I've been living here for 2 full weeks now without any television or media connections apart from my computer and am going out of my mind!

    It's Saturday night and I should probably be out, but I've gotta be up at 7am tomorrow because I have workers coming to install teak wood panels on my balcony.

    Anyways, I haven't watched a movie in almost 2 weeks and I miss my DVD's!!

    I should have my projector installed mid next week (it was backordered from the company because apparently they weren't expecting such a large demand and didn't have enough production units) - but I can't wait any longer!

    I want to watch a DVD!!!


    Please help me out here - Can you guys try to list all the R1 DVD's that you're aware of that have pc-compatible playback so that I could watch a movie tonight?

    It's not ideal, but I've got a 19" monitor with pretty decent Bose satelite speakers hooked up in my office which should suffice.

    I know that there have been releases for example, like the Ultimate Edition T2, which offered a bonus file sporting high-def transfer in some format to run through your computer in WMP or something...

    Anyways, if you guys could compile a quick list or just name drop as many DVD's as you know that would play on my pc, than I could see which ones I own and kick back on my sofa and watch a movie instead of hitting refresh in my browser window for the Film & Documentary Forum all night..

    :}

    PS - I obviously don't have a DVD Player on the computer or else I wouldn't be posting this thread.

    Thanks!
     
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    Damin J Toell Producer

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    Every DVD is "PC compatible," if you're got a DVD-ROM drive. If you don't have a DVD drive, how do you expect to do anything with a DVD and your computer? For example, you can't play that hi-def T2 disc without a DVD-ROM drive on your computer...

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    Without having a DVD drive in your computer, you're not gonna be able to watch any of them.
     
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    I have a CD-ROM drive.

    And it's not uncommon for DVD's to sometimes offer exclusive features such as interviews or trailers and whatnot through pc.

    I assume people with CD-ROM drives can view this material, no?
     
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    You assume wrong. Unless you've got a DVD that actually came with a special CD-ROM, you're out of luck. CD-ROM drives can't read any material whatsoever off of a DVD. The DVD material you speak of that can be viewed on a PC require a DVD-ROM drive.

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    So T2 Ultimate Edition is only compatible on computers with a DVD drive?

    If that's the case, why won't that high-def transfer tahts encoded on whatever format on the disc as a bonu, play on regular DVD players?

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    And what if I download a DVD decoder, is there any chance than that I'll be able to watch my discs through WMP or BsPlayer or something?
     
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    Unless you have a magical way of getting data from a DVD to your PC, you can't watch anything contained a DVD on your PC. You need a DVD-ROM drive. No amount of software will help. You need the hardware.

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    That really sucks, guess it's back to hitting refresh in my browser window than.


    Thanks for the help.
     
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