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while im happy with the bluray playback using powerdvd8, there is are quirks that are getting to me.


one the fact that is doesn't support 720p resolution, my display doesn't like 1280x768 as much as it does 1280x720.


also it doesn't integrate into MCE.


so what are my options are far as good bluray playback, im not looking to rip at this time.


is it just Total media theater and powerdvd as my only choices?
 

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Those are the only two I'd use. And, after using PDVD9 and getting sick of it's problems (and it's really, really, really terrible forum), I've switched to TMT3.
 

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For a long time I was against spending the money for TMT3 because the bitstreaming issues not getting fixed annoyed me so I just resorted to using MPC-HC as an external player for BD content remuxed to MKV, but recently having built a new HTPC for a friend and trying the latest version of TMT3 I've come around and it's pretty decent these days, especially if media center integration is a must.


It's finally to the point where you're not having to reach for a wireless keyboard just to get back and forth between MC and the external player without issues or hangs.


Download the trial and check it out. I recommend MediaBrowser as the front-end in MC to drive it as well. You'll need to set up TMT3 as the external player in MediaBrowser's advanced config. I bought TMT3 last night with 20% off coupon code "ARC404P20" -- just search 'arcsoft coupon code' in google - usually arcsoft always has a coupon code running.
 

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for me best way is remuxed to MKV+flac or WAV play it on media center and use my movies or media browser, this way i don't need any software player
 

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Mike.

I have never heard of a display with a native resolition of 1280x768.

If yours is a 1366x768 then you should be sending either 1366x768 or 1360x768 if possilbe. If that is not possible then sending it 720p([email protected]) is best.


I just found that there were some 1280x768 15:9 LCD displays made several years ago.
 

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Mike.

I have never heard of a display with a native resolition of 1280x768.

If yours is a 1366x768 then you should be sending either 1366x768 or 1360x768 if possilbe. If that is not possible then sending it 720p([email protected]) is best.

1280 x 720p looks great on my display, but if i swicth to 1360x768, then the picture doesn't fit the screen quite right, even though its the native resolution of my tv. 1280x768 fits the display when its is zoomed properly, but the text is now a little washed out, which is to be expected.


i spent some time over the weekend trying to get this to work with all sorts of combination of screen zooms, inside and outside of MCE. i finally settled on 1280x768 giving the best results, but i rather have my 720p back but i cant play the blurays in that resolution.
 

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Are you able to send 1366x768?

AFIAK Blu-rays are encoded in 1080i/60 or 108p/24.

What program outside of MC are you using to play Blu-rays?

smaller font ext can always be a problem unless true 1:1 pixel mapping is being used between source and destination.

What make/model display do you have?
 

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WinDVD has a blu-ray version. Unknown how reliable/unreliable it is as I have not used the program since the early DVD days. They have a new 2010 version out and it has a free trial.
 

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Originally Posted by walford /forum/post/18313708


Mike.

I have never heard of a display with a native resolition of 1280x768.

If yours is a 1366x768 then you should be sending either 1366x768 or 1360x768 if possilbe. If that is not possible then sending it 720p([email protected]) is best.


I just found that there were some 1280x768 15:9 LCD displays made several years ago.

My Mitsubishi HC3000U DLP projector is 1280x768.
 

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i spent some time over the weekend trying to get this to work with all sorts of combination of screen zooms, inside and outside of MCE. i finally settled on 1280x768 giving the best results, but i rather have my 720p back but i cant play the blurays in that resolution.

Mike,


Here's how I get around this problem on my 1280 x 720 projector: Before launching PDVD8, I set the desktop resolution to 1280 x 768. This gets me past the message that PDVD8 puts up about not finding the minimum resolution that it wants. Once PDVD8 is running at the higher resolution, I minimize the program and set my desktop resolution back to the projector's native 1280 x 720. Now, when I maximize PDVD8, it will complain about the resolution once but continue to operate normally after that.


Doing this is kind of a pain but it does get me the desired result of 1:1 pixel mapping on my projector.


Good luck with this,

Blato
 

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Originally Posted by Blato /forum/post/18320090


Mike,


Here's how I get around this problem on my 1280 x 720 projector: Before launching PDVD8, I set the desktop resolution to 1280 x 768. This gets me past the message that PDVD8 puts up about not finding the minimum resolution that it wants. Once PDVD8 is running at the higher resolution, I minimize the program and set my desktop resolution back to the projector's native 1280 x 720. Now, when I maximize PDVD8, it will complain about the resolution once but continue to operate normally after that.


Doing this is kind of a pain but it does get me the desired result of 1:1 pixel mapping on my projector.


Good luck with this,

Blato

Wow thats pretty lame to have to do that everytime.
 
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