Playing DVDs with Windows Media Player 11
October 2, 2006 85 Comments
Sounds quite funny right? Well any modern media players are supposed to play my DVD by default. What the heck I should do more to play my DVD?
I would require proper Codecs to play DVDs in my laptop using any media player (just not windows media player). A CODEC is a combination of COder-DECoder. When media is written to DVD or CD, using some special algorithms, it will be encoded in to a specific compressed format. This encoding also decides the quality of the media. At the time you play the disc, this encoded media cannot be played as it is. It should be decoded on your computer before it can be played. There the Codecs come in to picture. DivX is one of the famous codec technologies that could compress a DVD Movie to a single CD with out loosing quality very much.
Some players automatically download the codecs from websites to play the media, and some dont. In my case, windows media player 11 has never been able to download a codec to play DVDs successfully. This could be by design.
Initially I struggled a bit to find out what to install in order to run my DVD movies. Then i found this cool website called www.free-codecs.net which is a codec heaven for anyone.
I have installed XP Codec Pack and voila ! Now i can enjoy my movies :-). So if you are not able to view DVD movies, do not re-install your windows XP many times, instead go and install a proper codec pack from the above website.