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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
I am using a gateway fx desktop with hdmi to hdtv to play blu-rays with power dvd 9 with superb results. I am looking to copy to HD with DVDfab. Q: do I need the power dvd software for playback of those files or could (should) I use windows media player or dvdfab media player? Thank you.
post #2 of 19
It depends what format you copy them to. Are you planning to shrink/compress them. Either way the common file format used is mkv. For the player most people here use mpc-hc. Mkvs won't play natively in wmp. You need an extra codec.

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post #3 of 19
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No compression - looking to make BD-50 1:1 blu-ray clone. Wondering what my options are for players. Thanks!
post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by whiteboy714 View Post

It depends what format you copy them to. Are you planning to shrink/compress them. Either way the common file format used is mkv. For the player most people here use mpc-hc. Mkvs won't play natively in wmp. You need an extra codec.
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Actually most people on here use wmc +\- media browser

www.avsforum.com/t/1394442/avs-htpc-census-2012-q1-results
post #5 of 19
Thread Starter 
So if I use the "blu-ray copy" feature of DVD fab can I use windows media player to play the copied blu-ray from the HD?
post #6 of 19
It's very simple to play MKVs in Windows Media Player or WMC. You just install LAV and then play a MKV in WMP, answer the prompt, and you're done.

For DVDFab, for Bluray to MKV, you want Bluray Ripper, not Bluray Copy: http://www.dvdfab.com/blu-ray-ripper.htm. The MKV option will rip 1:1 to an MKV file.
post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 
2 final questions: is there a difference in quality when using dvd fab blu-ray ripper rather than copy? And if I use the former, is makemkv preferrable to dvdfab? (I understand it is free)
post #8 of 19
No quality differennce.

MakeMKV is all I've ever used because it works so why pay for something else.
post #9 of 19
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Thanks, Sammy. Quality differences aside, what is the difference between a (DVDFAB) "copy" and a "rip?" Also, one reason I plan on playing from HD is because of improved audio / video qaulity vs. playing the disc itself. Do you find that to be true? Thanks again.
post #10 of 19
I don't use DVDFab but a "rip" is just that..

You cannot make the quality any better than the source because you cannot create pixels that aren't there in the first place.
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by gerall View Post

Thanks, Sammy. Quality differences aside, what is the difference between a (DVDFAB) "copy" and a "rip?" Also, one reason I plan on playing from HD is because of improved audio / video qaulity vs. playing the disc itself. Do you find that to be true? Thanks again.
There will be no difference from disc to hd copy if the copy is a true 1:1 copy.
It's the same thing.

Not sure if dvdfab uses the proper lingo. A rip and copy should be the same thing. Rip to them may mean putting the audio and video in an mkv. Which would still be the same as copy just in an mkv file instead of folders like blu ray comes native.

Dvdfab also has numerous options that will compress the movie thus losing some quality. So watch what you pick.
post #12 of 19
"Rip" has a certain conotation to it...
post #13 of 19
Well when there is a copy option and a rip option there's gotta be some difference no?
post #14 of 19
Maybe "rip" opens encrypted discs and "copy" doesn't? I have no idea as I've never used this program.
post #15 of 19
Maybe "rip" opens encrypted discs and "copy" doesn't? I have no idea as I've never used this program.
post #16 of 19
Crazy thought: go to the DVDfab website and look? smile.gif
post #17 of 19
Who? Hopefully you mean the OP. I'm not the one asking for help.
post #18 of 19
Thread Starter 
According to DVDfab, the dvd/bluray "copy" results in a dvd/bluray folder or ISO file on the HD. A "rip" will be MKV. Is there any difference and will WMP play the former?
post #19 of 19
I don't think WMP can play either natively. I prefer MKV as its just the movie. No menus etc. WMP can play them with sharks codec pack set to recommended settings.
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