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Terminator Blu-ray plays under Windows Media Player

Discussion in 'AnyDVD HD (Blu-ray issues)' started by roog, May 27, 2007.

  1. roog

    roog Well-Known Member

    Under Vista 32, I discovered that the main movie file "00017.m2ts' for the Blu-ray movie 'Terminator' will play using Windows Media Player.

    I haven't found any other titles that will work but it's interesting that this one does.

    I may be wrong, but to me it looks like Microsoft has already put HD capabilities into Vista but is currently suppressing their use.
    Last edited: May 27, 2007
  2. Galileo2000

    Galileo2000 Well-Known Member

    That's interesting, first time I heard about WMP playing any HD format.

    What else do you have installed on your system? Maybe it is a side effect of some other software?

    As of HD being built into Vista I doubt it.

    First Microsoft would support the format they officially support, HD DVD and not the competing Sony format/
  3. Peer

    Peer Redfox Development Team Staff Member

    Yes, I think so too. WMP simply uses the DirectX Filter mechanism and puts together, whatever is available (codecs, containers, ...) on the system, that will play the format.

    So it's just using the filters installed by (?) WinDVD or whatever.. :)
  4. Zeratul

    Zeratul Well-Known Member

    does it play other movies? or just the one
  5. Galileo2000

    Galileo2000 Well-Known Member

    I am certain OP will be able to play any other file on his/her machine as long as the codec is the same.
  6. Zeratul

    Zeratul Well-Known Member

    thats what i would guess as long as it is really caused by a codec.
  7. roog

    roog Well-Known Member

    I have both PowerDVD Ultra 7.3 and Nero 7 (with Blu-ray and HD DVD plugin) installed so it could be them.
  8. Galileo2000

    Galileo2000 Well-Known Member

    So my bet is it is nero BD plugin.

    hmm, we might have an accidental discovery here.

    How is the playback? Is it any good w/WMP? I heard a lot of complaints about nero playback of HD.
  9. roog

    roog Well-Known Member

    I found two other movies that work, Crash and Click. I play them by right-clicking on the .M2TS file and selecting 'Open With->Choose Default Program', then select 'Browse' and locate and run 'wmplayer.exe' which is in the 'Program Files' directory. The first time you try this you have to let Windows Media Player search for the codec.

    In answer to your questions, the video quality seems to be reduced and the audio is at a very low level. Also, unlike Nero Showtime, the audio seems to be in sync with the video.

    Hopefully someone else, without Nero installed, can try to play them to see if they work.
  10. HD43

    HD43 Well-Known Member

    K-lite codec pack (free drivers and Media Player Classic) plays AVC/H.264 HD better than WMP.

    Maybe this will play HD-DVD + Blu Ray also?
  11. Galileo2000

    Galileo2000 Well-Known Member

    It won't work w/o Nero BD plugin, I can bet you $1.

    PDVD is a "closed" player.

    Since Nero decided to implement their support thru the plugin, they had to comply w/common plugin architecture of the OS.

    WMP is just taking advantage of that.
  12. titan

    titan New Member

    Looks like you owe me $1 :)

    I've been building and configuring a system for the last week which will play BD content through Media Centre. (Involves the myMovies plugin, anyDVD and creating ISOs of the DVDs, then PowerDVD for playback. Bit of a hash but it kinda works).

    You can play the .m2ts files located in the stream directory via WMP and you certainly don't need Nero installed.
  13. bingobill

    bingobill Well-Known Member

    And what programe do you use for mounting the ISO ?

    I've tried mounting a Blu-ray ISO with most of these virtual drives and with all of them the playback was choppy.
  14. Galileo2000

    Galileo2000 Well-Known Member

    Hmm, interesting. I don't have an explanation for this.
    Can you try the same thing on XP?

    I'll send you $1 thru PayPal for doing this :D
  15. Galileo2000

    Galileo2000 Well-Known Member

    It has nothing to do with the mounting program, Daemon Tools should be just fine, choppy playback is due to either your PC not being powerful enough or HDD badly fragmented.
  16. bingobill

    bingobill Well-Known Member

    No way Jose, my pc is plenty powerful enough and well maintained.

    Blu-ray and HD DVD play perfectly from the folder on HDD
  17. Galileo2000

    Galileo2000 Well-Known Member

    So you are saying that Daemon-mounted ISO has a sluggish playback and it is Daemon Tools fault.

    Frankly, I find it hard to believe.

    Try to defragment HDD.
  18. bingobill

    bingobill Well-Known Member

    Thanks for trying to help but I see no confirmation from anyone that mounted HD ISOs play successfully at all. Have you succeeded at this ?

    As I say my PC is well mantained including disk defragging.

  19. Galileo2000

    Galileo2000 Well-Known Member

    All my 19 HD DVDs are converted to ISO w/IMGBURN UDF-only mode and used with FastMount and Daemon Tools as a host for the FastMount.

    Double-clicking ISO starts playback of the HD DVD movie w/PDVD.

    Playback is perfect.

    What is funny someone has reported to me that they had a sloppy playback using folders and got perfect playback using my method.

    BTW, I am using "old" Daemon Tools version, 3.47 which seems to have the least of the compatibility problems.

    My OS is XP SP2, no "automatic updates".

    Hope it helps.