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FenrirMH
12-04-2011, 12:36 AM
Hey Guys & Gals, looking to see if anyone knows of a decent Blu-Ray 3D Movie Player, as I currently use the bundled CyberLink PowerDVD 11 player, although I do use and love VideoLan's VLC Media Player http://www.videolan.org/ and coupled with Stanley Huang's amazing MediaCoder http://www.mediacoderhq.com makes for a great way to encode files and stream them directly to my Android phone using VLC Direct :) Did orginally use XULPlayer http://xulplayer.sourceforge.net/ before finding VideoLan's player. Never been a big Windows Media Player fan and can just get by with Apple's Quicktime. But wondered if there's a player I've missed, thats worth trying out, it does need to be 3D compatible and support BD-Live 2.0 also. Thanks peeps :)

dstrakele
12-04-2011, 02:47 AM
Someone recommended Splash from Mirilis not too long ago: http://mirillis.com/en/products/splash.html

They offer both a free Splash Lite and sell a more feature-rich Splash Pro.

FenrirMH
12-04-2011, 04:11 AM
Thanks dstrakele, will have a look and maybe download the trial, see if it's something I could be interested in.

NOTE ADDED: Just looked at Splash and by looks of it and going through the various Editions they sell, they don't appear to have a BD player available as yet according to this anyway http://mirillis.com/en/products/splash_comparison.html Gone through all the different editions looking see which one offers BD playback and appears none so far :(

FenrirMH
12-04-2011, 04:43 AM
Nevermid been on their forums, no specific release date for the BD version, shame as I actually looks like a really nice media player, guess will stick with VLC for now. Tho might give the 30 day PRO trial a go, check out the interface and layout see if it suits me :)

Kipper
12-04-2011, 06:11 AM
By chance do you own a registered copy of AnyDVD HD? If so, then you can download the free media player from VSO software which works great for BD commercial discs as long as you have AnyDVD running in the background to deal with the copy protection.

FenrirMH
12-05-2011, 04:17 AM
Update... Why doesn't Roxio's CinePlayer BD actually play my BD (trying to watch Attack the Block), CinePlayer seems to load ok, then when I click on the Play button, nothing happens, CP just reloads in the same window? And for some reason VLC Media Player doesn't play it either, something about couldn't get DVD log file or something, all I want is a easy program to watch my movies, no fuss. Looks like back to the PS3 for watching movies. Annoyed :(

The Nemesis
12-05-2011, 04:43 AM
I have same issue, can't get any of the star wars BD to play.:(

FenrirMH
12-05-2011, 05:15 AM
It appears that Roxio's CinePlayer doesn't support the BD plugin anymore and VLC Media Player only supports ripped .M2TS files, while the upcoming VLC 1.2.0 build will support Blu-ray discs. For now will try CyberLink's PowerDVD 11 so will trial that when I get home, while keeping upto date with Mirillis' Splash Media Player as really like the look and feel of Splash PRO so when they finally add BD support I'll be ready. ANyone use SonicDVD is it any good, it is listed on the ASUS's support site, so wondered if it's any good.

The Nemesis
12-05-2011, 05:40 AM
Downloading Sonic now, will report back if it at least plays the disc that roxio won't.

PILGRIM
12-05-2011, 05:47 AM
ANyone use SonicDVD is it any good, it is listed on the ASUS's support site, so wondered if it's any good.

The SonicDVD is the Roxio CinePlayer..

The Nemesis
12-05-2011, 05:57 AM
The SonicDVD is the Roxio CinePlayer..

Yep and it still doesn't work:confused:

JRd1st
12-05-2011, 05:58 AM
Update... Why doesn't Roxio's CinePlayer BD actually play my BD
Why would Asus bundle it if it worked?

PILGRIM
12-05-2011, 06:19 AM
Update... Why doesn't Roxio's CinePlayer BD actually play my BD(

It happened to me, too, the first time I used Roxio Cine Player. Now, I use it for my Blu-Ray and 3D watching.

What I did was under CinePlayer settings, I changed the Region Control (i live in the Asia Region), then clicked the file types I liked it to play under the File Type Associations.

FenrirMH
12-05-2011, 06:30 AM
Going to try CyberLink's PowerDVD 11 and let you know what I think and if it works, at the moment will wait for VLC 1.2.0 and the BD support for Splash PRO, but until then I need something so I can watch movies over christmas as I'm away and to much hassle to take PS3 with me.

FenrirMH
12-05-2011, 06:41 AM
Why would Asus bundle it if it worked?

See your point chap, I know pre-installed software is always rubbish, but come on if you shipping the machine with a Blu-ray drive, at least make sure there's software on it so people can use it straight away, not everybody is tech savvy ASUS. At least give us software that works next time, makes me buying a ASUS Eee Transformer TF101 bit more uncertain, though I know the Android OS already, actually that reminds me to re-download BlueStacks' App Player Alpha http://bluestacks.com/download_2.html had it on old notebook allows you to run Android Apps on your desktop.

FenrirMH
12-05-2011, 10:47 PM
@ The Nemesis CyberLink's PowerDVD 11 works like a charm mate, give it a try 30day Trial available now and 50% Ultra Edition includes PowerDVD Mobile http://www.cyberlink.com/products/powerdvd/overview_en_GB.html also download PowerDVD Remote to control PowerDVD on your PC from your Android / iOS Phone http://www.cyberlink.com/products/powerdvd-remote/overview_en_GB.html?&r=1 should see me until VLC 1.2.0 and Splash adds BD support.

FenrirMH
12-31-2011, 11:17 PM
Finally, got round to watching a 3D Blu-ray using Cyberlinks PowerDVD 11 and I must say it works well, been watching the 10 Best 2011 3D Blu-ray movies as mentioned here http://3dradar.techradar.com/3d-tech/depth-top-10-3d-movies-you-must-own-16-06-2011 (though will skip Step Up 3D, lol). Already watched Resident Evil Afterlife and Bolt and must say PowerDVD does handle the fast motion of Afterlife convincingly, which is probably why ordered PowerDVD 11 Ultra :) Until I can compare it against Mrillis' Splash EX Pro w/BD Support and VideoLan's VLC 1.2.0, I can at least watch some great 3D movies, actually only really waiting for Transformers Dark of the Moon 3D (out end Jan 2012) But for now PowerDVD 11 has to be the No.1 choice for Blu-ray movies, well I've not found anything else that can happily play Blu-ray's and Blu-ray 3D without any hassel (looking at you CinePlayer).