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Free DVD decoder software?

By TWonk ·
Where can I find free DVD decoder (or MPEG-2 video decoder) software?

I just bought and installed a Sony Optiarc DVD/RW-CD drive (with out software) for my Dell Dimension 2400, 2.6 GHz, WinXP PC. It plays pre-recorded music CDs and DVDs, but when trying to play a homemade DVD sports slide show that someone made, I get the message: Windows-Media player cant play this DVD because a compatible DVD decoder isnt installed on this computer?.

So, where can I find free DVD decoder software without spending $15-$50?

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You will need to locate the CODEC used in the original software....

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to Free DVD decoder software ...

... the one that was used to create the homemade slide show, and that probably will not be free. CODECs are proprietary.

You might try installing the software that was used to create the slide show to begin with.

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DVD 'decoders' have ALWAYS been free ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Free DVD decoder software ...

They're called UPDATES.

Try this to help in your search:

Most likely the CODEC used in the making of the slideshow is a lot more up-to-date than anything present in your system.

With a bit of luck, a simple update will allow Media Player to interpret this slideshow, otherwise as ThumbsUp2 has suggested, you'll need to get your hands on the slideshow software in order to play it back properly.

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try VLC media player....

by ---TK--- In reply to DVD 'decoders' have ALWAY ...

I always use that media player plays just about everything....

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If it's just a missing codec problem...

by roger houston In reply to try VLC media player....

I got tired of always looking for specific codecs. Try Ace MegaCodecs Pack or Gordian Knot.

I know there's supposed to be a downside to installing packs, or unused codecs, but I think having everything and anything play without detective work is preferable.

Rarely, installing one of these can make an existing player wonky, just uninstall the player and put it back.

I've never had an issue with a pack though.

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K-lite codec pack

by seanferd In reply to If it's just a missing co ...


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You require a Reader for the Software

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Free DVD decoder software ...

That was used to make the Slide Show.

So if the Slide Show was made in Power Point you require the M$ Power Point Reader/Viewer

If it was made in Impress you need Open Office available from here

Between both of these you should be able to view most Slide Shows.


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Another vote for k-lite codec pack

by Lovs2look In reply to Free DVD decoder software ...

the media player plays everything I have thrown at it. Brilliant.

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