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DVD According to the Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA), "manufacturers claim life spans ranging from 30 to 100 years for DVD, DVD-R and DVD+R discs and up to 30 years for DVD-RW, DVD+RW and DVD-RAM".✝ Blu-ray The recordable media used in red laser disc technology like DVD's and CD's is an organic dye that is very sensitive to light. ...


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Yes VLC can play Blu-ray discs. You will need to update the keys database and AACS dynamic library, both of which can be downloaded from http://vlc-bluray.whoknowsmy.name/.


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No, not yet. The issue is that in order to read commercial blu-ray disks (which I'm assuming is what you're after, that being playing 3D movies), you need a codec that is capable of decrypting the blu-ray disk. In the US and many other countries, licensing the decryption keys from the Blu-ray Disk Association requires money, and a good bit of it-- to make ...


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You can play Blu Ray dics in Media Center if you have the latest version of either of these two programs: TotalMedia Theatre 5 PowerDVD 10 Neither will allow you to play the disc from your computer through a media extender though. I came across this idiocy when trying to play Blu Rays or even regular DVDs through my Xbox 360 from my computer sitting 3 ...


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You can check the validity of the drive by looking in the device manager. Sometimes if you run applications such as Alcohol 120%, daemon tools, power ISO, and so on they make virtual drives, which might appear as Blu-Ray drives.


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If you don't live in the 'land of the free' you can also install DVD43 which decrypts DVDs in the background and shows them to the player as region free.


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AnyDVD HD can strip the region codes from (most?) HD and Blu-Ray disks. I do not believe either DVD43 or VLC will do that, I think they only work on DVDs.


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You basically have three options. There are no codecs that can be installed, you will have to purchase 3rd party software. The three top choices from best to worst are: TotalMedia Theatre 3 Platinum PowerDVD 9 WinDVD 2010 Pro


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From Microsoft MPEG and DVD video: frequently asked questions Can I play a Blu‑ray Disc? To play a Blu‑ray Disc, you need to use a non-Microsoft program that supports Blu‑ray playback and a device capable of reading Blu‑ray Discs.


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First use tsMuxerR to convert to BD then use imgBurn. imgBrun will burn BD but will not create menu but on the other hand it is open source. And here is a link to a short guide how to do it. Enjoy the quality


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I seriously would recommend you get HDDs as a backup: Reasons: They are cheaper You can keep your data always up to date You can plug them in anywere Faster Backup If you check HDD prices today, they are probably quite high, this is still due to the flooding in Thailand, which made the prices for HDDs explode - doubled prices!


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The introduction page for libbluray kind of hints that there isn't an easy way: Most commercial Blu-Ray are protected by AACS or BD+ technologies and this library is not enough to playback those discs. People interested in AACS technologies should have a look at libaacs. But don't get your hopes up for libaacs either: this project doesn't offer ...


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No, only ISO 9660 and UDF


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I'd recommend against archiving to DVDs since they're inconvenient for large projects and just as susceptible to bit rot as hard drives. If you MUST archive to optical, you should use M-Discs (requires special hardware) or 100-year discs, not standard writeable DVDs off the shelf. My preference is an archival filesystem (naturally, since I helped develop ...


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Just for the simplicity of it all, I'd go with the hard drive. It costs less and saves a ton of time, and time is money. To get 1TB in those discs, you'd need 20. 20x35 = $700. You may want to consider backing up to internal hard drives as well. They are less expensive and you can buy an enclosure for them all.


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as far as i've seen, laptops still seem to use the old ATAPI interface which is pata based, and from the images of a supposedly compatable drive on amazon (TS-L632) it looks identical to the standard pata drives on my thinkpads - i can easily pop the one on my 3 year old laptop into a significantly older system so its a fairly common standard- so its very ...


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VLC is what I use to play almost everything on Windows and Mac. Every version I've used is solid and it's the best software I've found for working with subtitles (especially those in external files). I'm not sure if the most recent version supports SUP files but it certainly is only a matter of time. Even if you find a program in the meantime, you may want ...


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Officially you don't. Thank big movie studios for that! When you connect an analog receiver or a digital one without HDCP, there is a resolution limit in place. I can't get exact numbers right now, but it should still be better than regular DVD. There are ways to circumvent the issue, but the fact that you don't have HDCP enable output makes it more ...


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Copy pasted from http://www.blu-ray.com/faq/: How fast can you read/write data on a Blu-ray disc? According to the Blu-ray Disc specification, 1x speed is defined as 36Mbps. However, as BD-ROM movies will require a 54Mbps data transfer rate the minimum speed we're expecting to see is 2x (72Mbps). Blu-ray also has the potential for much higher speeds, as a ...


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If you have the Blu Ray image file on your hard disk then tools like Daemon Tools can mount it.


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The problem is your DVI to HDMI adapter. You cannot have any adapters if you want to be HDCP compliant. So to answer your questions: 1) What can I do to establish the HDCP connection? Get rid of the DVI to HDMI adapter. Nothing between your GPU and display except an HDMI cable. 2) Would it help to use the HDMI output of the graphics adapter instead of ...


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The file systems supported by Blu-Ray: ISO 9660 Joliet Rock Ridge / SUSP El Torito Apple ISO 9660 Extensions Universal Disk Format (UDF) Mount Rainier


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Actually, all you need to play 1080p HD Blu-ray x264 movies are an Intel Pentium 4 CPU, or AMD equivalent, and an AMD ATI HD graphics card. Also, you probably only really need 512MB of RAM. MPC is the best software to use when playing HD movies. I only have single core P4 1.5Ghz CPU and HD movies play perfectly on my 1080p screen because when you use MPC it ...


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For Blu-Ray, as far as the drive itself, you really just need one that will actually READ the discs. The UDF file system is built into Vista/7. I use a LG burner, and it reads discs regardless if software is installed. If you go to "My Computer" can you actually EXPLORE a blu-ray disc? If so, your drive is fine. If not, the drive, cable, or SATA ...


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A Blu-ray player is definitely different from a computer Blu-ray drive. The Blu-ray player (or for that matter any Optical Disc player) is essentially designed for reading predefined patterns of content off an optical media. In this case, only video. The software to make sense of whatever is read is actually a firmware ("kind of" permanent software ...


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I personally prefer the K-Lite Codec Pack over the Combined Community Codec Pack, as being much more evolved. K-Lite also has as a separate download the K-Lite Codec Pack 64-bit: A bundle of 64-bit DirectShow filters that can be used together with 64-bit players, such as Windows Media Center. [EDIT] Please note that some blu-ray copy-protections work ...


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It's probably Protected Media Path that is stopping the VGA (analog output). You'll need a video card with an HDMI or DVI output that supports HDCP. Any card made in the past couple of years should support that.


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Cyberlink has a free utility that's intended to assess Blu-Ray and 3D playback readiness. While you're asking about the more general case of HDCP compatibility, period, the requirements are essentially the same and this will even break down component by component what the problem is.



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