Discussion in 'Third Party Products' started by James, Feb 10, 2007.
Now I'm lost again? So vista is needed?
I believe the simple answer to your question is no.
Powerdvd Ultra, for example, can run under Windows XP service pack 2.
Windvd for HD content is not being offered on the the North American website yet
(and can only playback in a lower resolution at the moment, I think).
Vista is not required.
Got it thanks, yes I'm a fan of Power DVD so that will be what I get.
Does it install without you losing your files and stuff??
I might buy Vista Home Premium Edition within the next month or so, but I'm concerned about the DRM mess and whether I'd lose any stuff that I've saved on Windows XP Pro.
AnyDVD HD will improve your "movie watching" experience, as
1.) PowerDVD won't crash as often, as it has some trouble with AACS.
2.) PowerDVD doesn't play *a lot* of HD DVDs without AnyDVD HD *at all*. Yes, this is true. No joke.
3.) You can skip the unwanted intros
4.) You can remaster the HD DVD to your liking using scripting
5.) Maybe it even reduces the CPU load, as PowerDVD doesn't need to constantly check if the HDCP path is still intact.
If you are concerned about the DRM mess, why do you want to buy it?
WinDVD HD is complete crap (at least in its current "state").
PowerDVD Ultra does have its share of problems, but most of them are addressed by AnyDVD HD.
Yeah, Anydvd HD is a no-brainer purchase. :clap: I would buy it.
Sorry, I didn't mean to suggest Anydvd HD was useless. I just meant it's not going to magically make the source material any better (better sound quality/picture). I just didn't want people to be posting, "Help, AnyDVD HD isn't making my picture look any better than normal!"
You as a gamer should hate this new sound stack, as it does all environmental effects now in software (with the CPU). The DSP on your expensive soundcard will be twiddling thumbs.
For movie playback (multichannel decoding) it doesn't matter, this has to be done in software anyway.
The worst thing: The new sound stack doesn't work with ReClock (an essential piece of software for serious movie watchers).
As long as there is no ReClock for Vista, I wouldn't even consider it for DVD or HD DVD playback.
Yes, but if there are millions of other guys thinking as you...?
Yes. I'd be looking for any number of ways to disable it. But most well designed games should give you the option of using hardware instead of software audio decoding. If Microsoft forced gamers to take a big cpu hit each time they played games just for positional audio (when they already have soundblaster x-fi cards), there would be a huge uproar from gaming developers.
Yes, there's little doubt in my mind that staying with XP would be best for HTPC users.
Simple answer: No. On the contrary, to get rid of the 3:2 pulldown judder and have smooth 48/72 Hz playback (or to reverse PAL Speedup for the Australians and Europeans) you need ReClock.
ReClock won't run on Vista. This is a serious showstopper if you are serious about movie watching.
Then I'm sure the world would be a much better place to live in!
Another interesting article by security & cryptography specialist Bruce Schneier http://www.schneier.com/
"Why Vista's DRM Is Bad For You":
Have fun reading it. And don't buy Vista.
Here is Schneier's (and my) advice from his article:
In the meantime, the only advice I can offer you is to not upgrade to Vista. It will be hard. Microsoft's bundling deals with computer manufacturers mean that it will be increasingly hard not to get the new operating system with new computers. And Microsoft has some pretty deep pockets and can wait us all out if it wants to. Yes, some people will shift to Macintosh and some fewer number to Linux, but most of us are stuck on Windows. Still, if enough customers say no to Vista, the company might actually listen.
No, but "Slysoft products have no problems" is not reason enough to install a DRM timebomb as operating system.
My motto: Say "no" to Vista.
I paid for the program....
and then I uninstalled it...
simply put... It is not for me.
I agree 1000%!!!!
SAY NO TO VISTA!!! VISTA WAS NOT MADE FOR THE LITTLE USER.... IT WAS MADE FOR THE CORPORATIONS.
Dump all the microsoft crap and install Linux...software is free, updates are free, your system isn't the target of every virus ever created, AND you free up half your hard drive!!!
I agree. I myself have used many distributions of Linux, but Slysoft products don't work on Linux.
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