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Windows Media Player won't play DVD's in HD?


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#1 Torn05

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 07:40 PM

So I have The Big Bang theory season 2 on DVD, and it is in HD, and plays as it should on an X-Box 360 or DVD player. My PC on the other hand plays this DVD in a very low resolution which looks quite poor on my new monitor, and I can't find any setting that effect the resolution of playback and I don't think there is one. I'm pretty sure it's not reading it as HD when it is... This is My CD/DVD Burner/Drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289 . So any help guys(and gals)? Thanks in advance.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 05:18 AM

Seems to be a codec issue to me...the issues I've seen with WMP all have to do with having the proper codecs installed.

I would download/install the K-Lite codec pack, http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/KLite-Codec-Pack-Full/1094057842/3 .

Alternately, you could try a different player such as VLC Meida Player.

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 09:23 AM

So I installed both of these and neither seem to play it in HD. VLC does however play it in a higher resolution then Mindows Media Player. Any other ideas? And thanks for the help so far

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Is there any chance My DVD drive is not fast enough to play the DVD at full resolution?

Edited by Torn05, 08 April 2012 - 09:26 AM.


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Posted 10 April 2012 - 03:30 PM

Just to be sure you know, DVD resolution is 720 by 480 NTSC or 720 by 576 PAL.
Not anywhere near HD. 1080i (p) would be 1920 by 1080 resolution for example. the DVD is a 480i whereas HD is thought of as 720P or 1080i or 1080p.

Your DVD player and PS3 are most likely up-scaling the DVD.

Do you have DVD playing software on the computer, such as PowerDVD ? that would give better results.

Edited by rotor123, 10 April 2012 - 03:32 PM.

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 12:11 PM

So I have The Big Bang theory season 2 on DVD, and it is in HD, and plays as it should on an X-Box 360 or DVD player. My PC on the other hand plays this DVD in a very low resolution which looks quite poor on my new monitor, and I can't find any setting that effect the resolution of playback and I don't think there is one. I'm pretty sure it's not reading it as HD when it is... This is My CD/DVD Burner/Drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289 . So any help guys(and gals)? Thanks in advance.

You don't say what your OS is? If it's XP, it doesn't support HD playback. You need minimum Vista for that.

Also, both your graphics card and your monitor need to be HDCP-compliant. If either of them lacks HDCP digital output, then the operating system will downgrade the signal to a much lower resolution regardless of whether you have Vista or Windows 7 installed.




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