I'm looking for a (commercial) player for my movies, both DVDs and those stored on my media-library HDD.
I have a DAW (digital audio workstation) which means that my PreSonus soundcard/audio interface uses the ASIO driver protocol. Compatibility would be nice (and shouldn't be much of an issue). My audio is 2.1 with KRK powered near-field monitors and sub. Also, I have twin monitors and would enjoy being able to spread the film across both. That's an nVidia setting and again, shouldn't be much of an issue. Presently, I run WinXP SP3. I use a Hauppauge 1600/SnapStream to do video capture and send it out through an evga 8800 GT GPU.
For backup I utilize SlySoft AnyDVD and CloneDVD. I occasionally watch Netflix instant streams on my PC, which uses it's own proprietary player, so I wish to ensure no software conflicts
First and foremost I want the best available quality in video and audio playback. Everything else (to me) is secondary.
I've been researching PowerDVD and WinDVD, which seem to get the most press, but then I come across people who say that BlazeDVD cannot be beat. FWIW I have studied the software player reviews here on our website
If freeware exists that trumps the commercial products, tell me. I'm most interested in this community's opinions.
Thanks for reading.