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The JG Man
17-01-2012, 08:36 AM
Hey guys.

Apparently I don't have the right codecs for "blu ray application playback" or some nonsense like that. I tried looking around last night, but couldn't find anything that made too much sense to me. Is there any free media player or batch of files I need to be downloading and, if so, a recommendable location to get them from? Thank you!

(I tried updating the drivers for the drive, but they appeared to be up-to-date. I'm using Win7 Ultimate)

Rii
17-01-2012, 09:08 AM
Your Blu-Ray drive should've come with playback software included. If not, you might have to get creative. And by creative I mean Bittorrent.

(http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/forums/showthread.php?1046-Thank-God-for-Blu-Ray)Herein (http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/forums/showthread.php?1046-Thank-God-for-Blu-Ray&p=26193&viewfull=1#post26193) reside some more of my thoughts regarding this fine, fine format.

The JG Man
17-01-2012, 09:36 AM
Yeah, I remember reading that thread actually.

I'll have another look around later to see if there's some software/driver I neglected to install and is available online. If you're able to provide any information in case that doesn't really help...well, I'd appreciate it, otherwise I have a BR box-set that I otherwise cannot watch :(

Rii
17-01-2012, 09:48 AM
Unless the Blu-Ray is unencrypted - which is unlikely if its a studio release - you're out of luck.

There's no free Blu-Ray playback software around because the license from Sony et al. costs money and the format is functionally uncracked. All hail our corporate overlords.

The JG Man
17-01-2012, 11:21 AM
So when they say "you need a free codec", what they mean is "please pay a third party for some software"? Yipee. Okay, well, I'll investigate further into this...

Rii
17-01-2012, 11:29 AM
So when they say "you need a free codec", what they mean is "please pay a third party for some software"? Yipee. Okay, well, I'll investigate further into this...

Hmm well it's possible you could be missing something more fundamental... like the codecs the video stream is actually encoded with: H.264, VC-1, etc. etc. What are you trying to play it with?

The JG Man
17-01-2012, 11:48 AM
TSSTcorp DVDWBD SH-B123L ATA seems to be the string used to describe the drive. I don't recall it coming with a driver/softward disc when I got it, then again that doesn't mean that there wasn't. The PC certainly recognises it as a BD-rom drive, as it says "BD-ROM drive".

A quick google tells me people are in a similar position, but I don't have much of a clue with under-the-hood stuff in these sort of cases, so a lot of the material doesn't make a whole lot of sense. What you've said seems to make sense though, in that I've read it elsewhere, but I don't really know how to 'get' or 'use' them. I'm a codec noob, if you will.

Also, thank you for your help. Greatly appreciated :)

Prodirus
17-01-2012, 01:51 PM
A quick google search for free Blu-ray media players lead me to this (http://www.digiarty.com) website. Not sure if it'll work, and it looks a bit dodgy, if you ask me.

I'm not sure about this, but I think that every component involved in video output (graphics card, monitor etc.) needs to be HDCP compliant, otherwise they movie will not play. Not sure about this though, someone please correct me if I'm wrong.

The JG Man
17-01-2012, 02:18 PM
Rii, I've taken your advice. The alternative advice. Cough. Thank you, I can finally watch Farscape in magnificent blu-ray.

Cheers!

(I agree Prodirus. Looks a bit suspect)

Rii
17-01-2012, 10:10 PM
According to this (http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/Reviews/Specific.aspx?ArticleId=28410) the drive, at least in its retail version, is meant to come with PowerDVD 9.

The JG Man
17-01-2012, 10:39 PM
Well I just checked the order I made and sure enough, it says it should come with it (it's also gone up 20!)

I guess I forgot to install it. Whoops! Neverthemind, I now have PowerDVD 11, which I'm supposing is +2 better.

Regardless, thanks for your assistance. Despite that glorious quality, there's certainly a lot of grievances to be had here.

Rii
25-01-2012, 06:06 AM
VLC 'hack' for encrypted Blu-Ray playback capability (http://www.anandtech.com/show/5461/vlc-hack-for-encrypted-bluray-playback-capability)

Of the Blu-Rays (Region B) I tried it with, Pitch Black and Sucker Punch worked, Predator did not.

As the Anandtech piece notes there's still some ways to go and it'll never be hassle free on account of the lawyer scum, but it's definitely something and improvements are in the works. Time to donate to the VLC team methinks...

The JG Man
25-01-2012, 08:56 AM
Another win for Open Source projects?