Help with my VLC Player

By learninmypc
Apr 18, 2012
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  1. Rabbit01

    Rabbit01 TechSpot Booster Posts: 863   +35

    Good to know there's nothing....aside from the WMP issue...wrong w/ your computer. Enjoy the movies.
  2. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 4,580   +186

    Thanks Rabbit01, I will:)
  3. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 4,580   +186

    Ok, I have one more idea/question. A neighbor , using Vista said he has RealPlayer & was able to view the DVD (Alien3) so before I install RealPlayer, any feedback?
    I know RealPlayer was on here at a prior date,but was removed for reasons I don't remember.
  4. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,201   +229

    I would avoid installing it if I were you. If you really need that specific codec support (and please make sure it's what you actually need) then use something like RealAlternative. You don't need Real Player to view a standardly formatted DVD so there must be something different or off about the files on that disc.
  5. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 4,580   +186

    RealAlternative? Got a link for XP MCE?
  6. Rabbit01

    Rabbit01 TechSpot Booster Posts: 863   +35

    I've got couple videos from way back w/ RM extensions and both VLC & MPC-HC can play them. No extra codec. Video properties show it's Real Video 4 (RV40).

    Don't use Real Player anymore. It was popular in the past and I thought it offered decent video quality over dial-up connection. Nowadays, it's mostly Flash based video streaming. I don't think I've seen anything that needs Real Player.
  7. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 4,580   +186

    Ok, let me clarify this if I didn't already. I'm trying to view DVD's, not online videos.
    I'm having a problem trying to view the DVD of Alien 3
  8. Rabbit01

    Rabbit01 TechSpot Booster Posts: 863   +35

  9. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 4,580   +186

    Rabbot01, I've tried playing the DVD of Alien 3 on my VLC player & it won't play,yet my other DVD's will play in my VLC.
    Has cnet.com cleaned up their downloads? I've heard one could get serious infections by their downloads.
  10. Rabbit01

    Rabbit01 TechSpot Booster Posts: 863   +35

    That's the DVD you mentioned in post #25? Not sure why it won't play. Maybe try using the latest version of VLC if you aren't already?

    The only file I download from CNet is Roboform. That's where I'm redirected to sometimes when I click Download on the vendor's site. I try to d/l files directly from the authors' sites. Anyway, no, I haven't had issues w/ CNet d/l.
  11. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 4,580   +186

    In post #25 it was the DVD of Secretary I was able to watch. I am using the latest version of VLC.
  12. Rabbit01

    Rabbit01 TechSpot Booster Posts: 863   +35

    The DVD that didn't play using VLC, have you tried selecting Open Folder then navigate to the Video_TS folder on the disc?

    I just remember VLC has a pop-up for displaying error messages & etc. Before playing the movie, press Ctrl-M, than start your movie, whatever problems the player encounters, those should show up in the Message window. And you might be able to find solutions to fix/work around them.
  13. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 4,580   +186

    DUNNO WHAT I did,but I'm watchin' it. BBL8R :):):)
     
  14. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 4,580   +186

    Just as quickly as it started,it stopped. BUT, I'm not giving up. Tomorrow, after needed rest, I'll continue. Thank you. :)
  15. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 4,580   +186

    Well, other than trying the above, I've exhausted every thing. My neighbor wants to see ALIEN 3 too, so once we watch it on his tv, I'll be returning the DVD to the library. Hopefully it won't happen with future DVD's. Thank you to everybody that tried to help.:)
  16. Rabbit01

    Rabbit01 TechSpot Booster Posts: 863   +35

    Ideally, all you need is one media player. But that's never the case. After I posted here yesterday afternoon, I popped in a DVD and used MPC-HC (what I use primarily) to play it. It sort of played. For some reason everything was blocky. Opened it in VLC and it was fine.
  17. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 4,580   +186

    I will do a search on my pc because I "think" I had that player on here. If not,I will d/l it in hopes it'll help. Thanks.
  18. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 4,580   +186

    Thank you, thank you, thank you Rabbit01, I just finished watching Alien3 on Media Player Classic & it went flawless.
    My neighbor is jealous of my sound system but oh well. :):)
  19. Rabbit01

    Rabbit01 TechSpot Booster Posts: 863   +35

  20. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 4,580   +186

  21. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    A bit late reply but I'd like to comment that it's possible to add VLC as the default autoplay handler for DVDs, I just did it for mine. You'll need to edit this snippet to change your DVD drive letter to match. Copy & paste as .reg file, run it as administrator.

    edit: Ehh, this isn't for decade old OSes...

    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\VLC.Autorun\shell\PlayDVDMovie\command]
    @="\"C:\\Program Files (x86)\\VideoLAN\\VLC\\vlc.exe\" dvd:///H:/"
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoplayHandlers\Handlers\VLCPlayDVDMovieOnArrival]
    "Action"="Play DVD Movie"
    "DefaultIcon"="C:\\Program Files (x86)\\VideoLAN\\VLC\\vlc.exe\"
    "InvokeProgID"="VLC.Autorun"
    "InvokeVerb"="PlayDVDMovie"
    "Provider"="VLC"
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoplayHandlers\EventHandlers\PlayDVDMovieOnArrival]
    "VLCPlayDVDMovieOnArrival"=""
    
  22. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 4,580   +186

    I appreciate that but I've had excellent viewing with the Media Player Classic.
    Maybe down the road some time I'll try that. Thank you :)
  23. mike1959

    mike1959 TechSpot Addict Posts: 1,033   +15

    Hi, There is a media player based on the VLC code, it's called Kantaris, so as it's free you could give it a try.
    http://download.cnet.com/Kantaris-Media-Player/3000-2139_4-10702958.html

    ( Running Windows 7 HP here, and have tried most of the Video players, but I still use Media player classic most of the time.)
    Most problems such as this almost always are due to not having the correct codec installed. I have done the same here.
  24. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 4,580   +186

    Thank you for your input. Currently I'm finding Media Player Classic the easiest for my simple mind :).
    Using VLC for tunes:). I have this thread bookmarked, just in case. Have an aersome weekend. :)
  25. mike1959

    mike1959 TechSpot Addict Posts: 1,033   +15

    Hi, I tried this media player today, 4 May, and it played a movie DVD at first try.
    Free to download and use;
    http://www.freesmith.com/free-video-player.html
    Use the arrow in the middle of the screen to choose your DVD drive if you have more than one.
    Works fine here on my 6 year old PC.


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