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DVD Decoder software

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Where can I download a good, free, DVD decoder? I have a Creative 16x DVD - ROM drive.  This is one of those combi things that can also play and burn CDs, so the DVD part is a bonus for me. Unfortunately the shop didn't provide the DVD software / decoder for it.

Please, only answer this question if you know that the software is good and spyware free. it's easy to seacrh the internet using keyword and finds dozens of sites offering free DVD software, but I need expert advice.

Points will be awarded to the first person whose suggestion works.

Thanks in advance.

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by:Luc Franken
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This one isn't free, but I still think it's the best program around => http://www.gocyberlink.com/english/products/product_main.jsp?ProdId=28

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by:Jason210
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Hi LucF

Thanks - good to be aware of it. But it's not cheap!

J
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by:Luc Franken
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that's right It's not cheap, but you really get what you've paid for. But you can always use windows media player to watch your movies if you want it free.

LucF
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by:Jason210
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Oops! Why didn't I think of that??

Thanks LucF. That must be the easiest 500 points you earned!
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by:Luc Franken
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Could be yes... ;-) (at least a good second place)

Glad I could help.
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by:JCMcL
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Media Player 9 fo XP does not seem to include the DVD decoder, it is advertised as a buy in
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by:Luc Franken
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If no other software you have includes the MPEG-2 codec, take a look here:
http://codeccorner.com/af.html
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by:Luc Franken
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by:srlorenzo
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This comment may be a few days late but I hope it is still useful to someone.

This is the link to a program that's called VideoLAN Client or vlc for short. I discovered it a couple of weeks ago. It will play pretty much any audio/video file available even if the file is not complete or is missing parts. It also plays VCDs and DVDs and is available for many OS's. And that's just the start.

http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
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by:ca_heckler
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srlorenzo, yours is the single most interesting post in this whole thread! saved my day, thanks!
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by:Rich Rumble
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mencoder from the makers of Mplayer (question is PAQ'd I know)
http://www.mplayerhq.hu/homepage/design7/news.html
-rich
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by:Luc Franken
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Thanks for the info rich, I'll keep that in mind :)
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by:cpudesperado
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I'd highly recommend BlazeDVD--I've had decoder problems and this plays what others can't!
http://www.blazedvd.com
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by:radixk
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i found VideoLAN to work well and it's free.  Not a lot of bells and whistles, but it plays a movie.

http://www.videolan.org/
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by:gavmiester
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Zoom is a pretty good free media player app that plays many file types, and can be found at www.dvdrhelp.com .....oh yeah, its free as well.  <removed per http:help.jsp#hi100>

Cheers
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by:Jason210
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It seems I accepted to early.

SRlorenzo, that VideoLAN is really an excellent piece of software. You shold have had some points for that.
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by:Jason210
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cheers!
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by:mlaschiazza
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to the guy who thinks it's decript, no it's decode...remember pc developers still don'tknow television! :)
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by:pkphilip
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Please check this link:

http://www.videolan.org

It is a media player which also plays DVD. It is perfectly legal and free. It is also open source and there is no spyware, adware or any other crap.
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by:Claudiann
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This answer does not help.  I need to be able to view my newly burned DVD on my TV, all I get is scrambled picture.  Does anyone know what I should do.  I have no problem viewing movie on PC but I want to share the entertainment with my family.
Please need an answer quick.
Thank you...
Claudiann
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