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post #1 of 13
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Hello, I have just bought a hp zr30w for gaming, but I would like to watch some movies too. Since I cant connect a multimedia player or other similar device because it does not have hdmi I would like the best software for watching movies from my computer dvd or from my hard drive, I dont mind if I have to pay for it.
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post #2 of 13
Really not much difference between products in terms of viewing quality imo, (lots of people disagree however) but do not pay for one.

I use VLC/WMP/MPC and am happy with all of them, guess I'm easy to please.
http://mpc-hc.sourceforge.net/
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post #3 of 13
I use windows media Center with the media browser plugin with the diamond theme set the cover flow. I use media centre master to fetch all the metadata for my films (poster, backdrops, actors, synopsis, imdb rating etc). It looks amazing and is really easy to navigate. Highly recommend it.
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post #4 of 13
for individual videos (not movies) I use VLC (but others swear by other lightweight freeware programs).

For most of my media I use XBMC, and use Ember Media Manager for assigning all the fanart/posters/info/backgrounds etc for each movie. Works very well for me and many others.
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post #5 of 13
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I usually use vlc because plays everything, but I see some problems.
When I play movies the black bars that appear in the top and the bottom of the screen arent black at all are a little bit gray.
Other problem, the image when watching movies is a bit gray too.
This does not happen when I watch movies in my laptop or my tv
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post #6 of 13
I have used DivX player for years, and i love it
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post #7 of 13
MPC-HC for its perfect hardware acceleration(dxva). Cause anything else would be uncivilized.

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post #8 of 13
I use VLC, Media Player Classic and KMPlayer for videos and foobar2000 for music.
All are free, of course.
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post #9 of 13
I use VLC, Media Player Classic and KMPlayer for videos and foobar2000 for music.
All are free, of course.
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post #10 of 13
Most of my viewing is done with VLC. It is the one to turn to when you have a problem. I have had DRM issues with Windows Media Player that were just not resolved so I simply used VLC. The streaming sources out there are getting a little better but there still is a demand for old fashioned viewing off the DVD.
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