[QUOTE=Kerry56;2737470]It depends on what you need in a player. There are quite a few free players with good support for DVD’s. VLC, PotPlayer, Media Player Classic Home Cinema, the list goes on for a while.
Support for Blu-ray menus is the real sticking point, and we are now down to only three programs with relatively good playback of those menus. PowerDVD is probably the best, but it is extremely intrusive, and I hate firing it up, as the services keep running even when you shut it down. And the interface is a bloated mess.
WinDVD has never really impressed me, and though playback was smooth enough, I just didn’t think it was as good as TMT.
The last one is the media player within Nero, and I refuse to even install that suite of programs. So I can’t tell you anything about its playing capabilities.
The other candidates include the Leawo program, which is not able to play all Blu-ray menus, I don’t care what they say in their marketing blurbs. And you have DVDFab Media Player, which is similar to the Leawo program in that it fails to open menus about half the time. At least DVDFab lets you play ripped files and ISO’s for free. Neither of these players really matches PowerDVD or TMT in quality of playback, though they are very much improved from where they started.
If you have TMT, stick with it. Even if that means using AnyDVD HD or DVDFab Passkey in the background to remove encryption on new discs as they arrive on the market. If you don’t need Blu-ray menu support, Media Player Classic Home Theater or PotPlayer combined with one of those decrypters should be fine too when playing from original discs.[/QUOTE]
I bought a copy of PowerDVD 14 and WinDVD 11 back in July, so I have those programs along with Arcsoft’s TMT. I’m glad that I bought these programs (ArcSoft’s, that is) when they were available, and put the installation files and key codes in the Google Cloud, just so I always have a copy of it.
Just like you, I preferred ArcSoft’s TMT over Cyberlink’s PowerDVD or WinDVD, and by a long shot.
Luckily, I bought TMT 3, along with 3 copies apiece of TMT 5 and 6, and along with AnyDVD HD, I won’t ever have to worry about Cinavia too much.
I agree with you that Nero is a bunch of bloated crap. I won’t even look at buying that suite of stuff again.
[QUOTE=Kerry56;2737472]From the VSO website:
[B][I]Blu-ray & DVD compatible[/I][/B]
- [li][I]Specially designed to be compatible with blu-ray files and [B]folders
[/li][/B]If reading a blu-ray disk from your optical drive a decryptor maybe needed such as AnyDVD[/I]
Since the VSO player doesn’t really differ from the free players in this regard, I haven’t bothered to try it. I don’t believe it has menu support even on ripped files on the hard drive.[/QUOTE]
VSO only works if you have something like AnyDVD HD or DVDFab to get past the encryption.
Me, I use Slysoft’s AnyDVD HD to work with it.