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swsnyder
06-10-05, 11:40 PM
I've got a BFG 6800GT and a Plextor DVD-RW drive. Given this hardware, what DVD video player is recommended for use in Win2K?

The Plextor drive came with Roxio's software player. I also have a licensed copy of Nero v6, which includes a DVD plug-in for Windows Media Player. It too is software-based.

Does my 6800GT have any hardware features that make a given player better than any others? I'd hate to use a software-only player if my video card supports video decompression in hardware, or some ofther nifty feature.

Opinions please? Thanks.

gram_vaz
06-10-05, 11:52 PM
powerdvd6 is generally known to be the best dvd player. powerdvd and windvd have an option in them to enable hardware accelleration to take advantage of your gpu.

thecrazykevy
06-11-05, 01:21 AM
Yeah, either powerdvd or windvd would be a good choice.

Slyder
06-11-05, 03:33 AM
PowerDVD gets my vote. ;)

saturnotaku
06-11-05, 06:34 AM
With today's powerful CPUs, hardware acceleration is not needed. Using PowerDVD and normal software acceleration (which has always looked better to me) my CPU usage would never go higher than 20%. Now if we were still in the Pentium II days, this would be a far different story.

j0j081
06-11-05, 08:25 AM
or you could try the nvidia dvd decoder. i love it.

Smokey
06-11-05, 08:30 AM
Media Player Classic is worth checking out, it has a DX9 renderer.

MidnightWatcher
06-11-05, 09:30 AM
Good lord almighty, don't go with PowerDVD or WinDVD whatever you do (that is if you don't care on the picture quality). For the absolute BEST picture quality go with something that will output to VMR9 Windowless or Renderless (ZoomPlayer 4.5 Professional RC1 or Media Player Classic 6.4.8.4). Depending on your CPU you may also want to do a little post-processing using Andy's optimized SSE2 version of FFDShow (Set Levels to 0-254 for input and output, and resize at least 2.0x w/ Lanczos2 and a Luma Sharpen of 0.9). Note that since VMR9 uses studio levels of 16-235 instead of PC levels of 0-255, you'll want to calibrate the brightness of the display you'll be using to watch the movie, that way you'll be watching what the director intended.

Salamandar
06-11-05, 01:17 PM
Nv DVD 2.0 decoder + Media Player 10 = Best DVD quality on your PC with Geforce 6x00

Elderblaze
06-11-05, 01:44 PM
WinDVD > Powerdvd. And hardware aceleration is seriously moot, with an A64 2.4 it rarely go's over 10%.

regards,
mike

gram_vaz
06-11-05, 02:09 PM
powerdvd and windvd will give you the best iq of any dvd player and are pretty much on par with regards to iq though i think powerdvd has a couple extra configuration options. and hardware accelleration in those two apps isn't to offload work off the cpu. it's to make the iq better.

wheeljack12
06-11-05, 09:04 PM
I use Windvd. One because when I had a intel p4, I liked the fact it had hardware video acceleration and that it took advantage of the hyperthreading in the cpu. The other being I own the software and kept using it because even with the a64 fx.

AnteP
06-12-05, 10:40 AM
powerdvd and windvd will give you the best iq of any dvd player and are pretty much on par with regards to iq though i think powerdvd has a couple extra configuration options. and hardware accelleration in those two apps isn't to offload work off the cpu. it's to make the iq better.

Good lord, PowerDVD is generally know among enthusiasts to be the most overrated player of them all. Horrible color handling and so-so de-interlacing.

For good results generally ZoomPlayer using DScaler MPEG Decoder or nVidias DVD Decoder is combination with FFDShow is recommended for high quality playback.

For some more authority on the subject read up here:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/forumdisplay.php?f=26

Or more specifically this thread:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=529525

DSC
06-12-05, 12:15 PM
Forceware Multimedia 3.0 + NV DVD Decoder 1.0.67. The NV DVD Decoder installer updates the codecs used in FWMM 3.0 to the latest ones from the NV DVD Decoder 1.0.67 package. Best of both worlds, you get FWMM as the client app and the latest decoders.

Or use Media Player Classic 6.4.8.4 or later, go into Options, Filters, Overrides, Add Filter, add the Nvidia Video Decoder from the list.

gram_vaz
06-12-05, 02:47 PM
i wouldn't trust one thread... i've read from many enthusiast sites that powerdvd is the best.

and, lol, did people in that thread actually say the nvidia decoder was one of the best? as good as that decoder is it still can't play with the big boys.

Ice =A=
06-12-05, 03:16 PM
Well, even if the nVidia decoder is the best. You just can't buy it! (At the moment you may just be lucky to have gotten it with your graphics card, which is a very rare thing in europe!). And is it that good with ATI's GPUs, too?

By the way, I thought WinDVD had such a new variation in developement that computes images in between the "normal" images (and that rather well) to smooth the playback if the monitor refreshrate is no multiple of the movie's frame rate?!? That sounds rather well to me!!!

Edit: That feature is called Trimension DNM.

gram_vaz
06-12-05, 11:41 PM
powerdvd and windvd comparison http://www.digital-digest.com/dvd/software/players/windvd_overall.html

powerdvd review http://www.digital-digest.com/dvd/software/players/powerdvd_60_review.html

winvdvd review http://www.digital-digest.com/dvd/software/players/windvd_60_review.html

nvdvd review http://www.digital-digest.com/dvd/software/players/nvdvd.html

AnteP
06-13-05, 01:58 AM
powerdvd and windvd comparison http://www.digital-digest.com/dvd/software/players/windvd_overall.html

powerdvd review http://www.digital-digest.com/dvd/software/players/powerdvd_60_review.html

winvdvd review http://www.digital-digest.com/dvd/software/players/windvd_60_review.html

nvdvd review http://www.digital-digest.com/dvd/software/players/nvdvd.html

"Doing a side by side comparison between WinDVD 6.0 and PowerDVD 6.0, there is for all practically purposes no difference between the video quality of both players."
Trusting a blind guy to write DVD Player reviews is not a good idea. :afro2:

In any case it's not just one thread, I was referring to the avsforum in general.

Besides if those reviews are what you go by then perhaps you should wait 'til they get a hold of DScaler and the nVidia DVD Decoder? (NVDVD does NOT use the same decoder.)

But hey, if you do want to believe that expensive mediocre software is better than by all means be my guest. :)

gram_vaz
06-13-05, 02:50 AM
it's not just there where i've read that powerdvd is the best.

but whatever, why am i arguing this, i don't even notice the difference in iq between any of these dvd decoders. what you like is what you like and what i like is what i like. let's leave it at that.