Ok, I know it’s written in the guide on how to setup external players, but I need to confirm some things, or really the behavior I should be experiencing. To get BD play back, I need to purchase TMT, PowerDVD or Windvd, to name a few. OK, I do the install of the software, and I now notice there’s a plug in associated with the software in MC, ok, so now I need to add the external player in the media browser configurator for BD playback. Now, when I click on the BD ISO from media browser, media center should minimize and then the player should automatically start playing the BD correct? Now, how do I close the player when I’m done watching the movie, is this done when I hit the stop button? Or do I need to hit exit on the remote? Or hit the green button? And then media center is restored back to the BD I selected in Media Browser?
I’m doing trials of the 3 players I mentioned above, and they all exhibit slightly different behavior, i.e. I can’t get PDVD to start playing the BD, it opens in classic view, I have to use a mouse to hit the icon on the bottom left to select the disk, if remove PDVD from the external player in mediabroswer, It seems to work better, I select the BD ISO, and then I’m prompted by mce to select a plug in, I have both Pdvd and windvd installed, I select PDVD, After playing a BD, If I recall, powerdvd will try to close when I hit exit but since I’m using a trial version a second screen pops up asking to purchase it, and then when I close that screen with my mouse, media center is restored to full screen. WindVD seems to work the best with my remote (MCE), all functions work fast forward, chapter skip, menu, I can hit the info button for the popup menu while it’s still playing, but when I hit stop and exit with the remote, windvd does not close, I can then hit the media center button on the remote to get media center on the top window, while windvd is still open.
TMT is the only one that seemed to work installed as an external player in media browser, but it feels sluggish, and it wasn’t off loading the duties to the GPU correctly, GPU utilization was lower.
For now, I just need to know the expected behavior from the external player should be, how should it all function, and secondly, if I can play a BD from selecting the player from the MCE prompt(assume this is because of the plugin), what benefit is there to adding it at as external player. I’m a little confused.