Playing WMV files on DVD Players # Playing DVDs on Windows PC

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by CJB, Dec 9, 2004.

  1. CJB

    CJB Guest

    Why is it that movie DVDs or CDs recorded using a basic DVD Recorder
    cannot be played on a PC running say Windows XP?

    And why is it that movie files such as MPG, AVI or WMA recorded onto
    CDs by a PC cannot be played on a DVD player?

    The above may be possible using special conversion software, but all I
    want to do is :

    1/ play an ordinary DVD on my PC, and

    2/ play an ordinary CD with WMV files copied to it on my DVD Player.
    Or am I misunderstanding something here?

    Cheers - CJB.
    CJB, Dec 9, 2004
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  2. CJB

    Guest Guest

    MPEG2 is the format that DVD players expect for a DVD, that's why you
    can't play a WMV file on your standalone DVD player.
    MPEG1 is the VCD format that is also recognized by DVD players.

    There are several software apps that will play a commercial DVD on your
    PC (Media Player should be one, WinDVD, PowerDVD are others)
    You should also be able to find freeware apps to play DVD's on your PC

    Every PC has Media Player. Latest version is v10 (may need Win SP2
    free upgrade disc) or v9 (if you don't have SP2 on your XP system)
    Guest, Dec 9, 2004
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    Trev Guest

    Media player can if you have the MPEG 2 codec Which means also installing
    win DVD or power DVD.
    Trev, Dec 9, 2004
  4. CJB

    Trev Guest

    Well stated
    Trev, Dec 9, 2004
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    WELSHBOY Guest

    WELSHBOY, Dec 10, 2004
  6. CJB

    CJB Guest

    Many thanks for the advice and info. - its a complex subject!! I hope
    that your succinct ansers will also benfit others as cinfused as I am.

    I welcome DVD players that play WMV files - my Pioneer doesn't.

    Also I see now how I can get to play DVDs on my PC - I need to download
    a codec.

    Cheers - CJB.
    CJB, Dec 12, 2004
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    Tman Guest

    Actually there are a couple of stand alone dvd players that will play
    'raw' (non-compliant) mpeg, avi (DivX & XviD), wmv, & asf files burned to
    a disk as data. I have the Philips DVP-642 which plays these fine.

    Tman, Dec 17, 2004
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    Eric Gisin Guest

    Most DVD players have a ~100MHz CPU that cannot render any video format. They
    do have hardware for mpeg-2 A/V decoding. Newer designs also do divx/xvid. WMV
    is rare.
    Eric Gisin, Dec 26, 2004
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    tman Guest

    I have the Philips DVP-642 & it will play wmv & asf video files.

    tman, Dec 27, 2004
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