Media Center supports playing back DVD-Video discs.
MC supports DVD playback on Windows Systems (that can playback DVDs with MS Media Player) and a DVD Drive set the the same Region as the DVD Disk to be played. To playback DVDs from other regions, you will need either a 3rd-party DVD decrypter or change the region of your drive. AnyDVD HD is a good option.
Insert a disc and the program will offer to play it. If you have a ripped copy of the DVD, you can Import it and Media Center will play them.
Media Center uses MS DVD Navigator that lets you use the DVD Menu for title selection, chapters, audio stream selection, subtitle selection, and a variety of other playback options. In addition you can access many of these by Right Clicking on video during Playback or using the OSD option to for many of these options.
Ripping and collecting Meta Data including Coverart
Media Center is able to rip any DVD and will automatically look up cover art, descriptions, directors, actors, genres and other metadata using the Automatic Metadata Lookup system.
You can rip DVDs using Action Window > Rip Disc inside the program or MC will prompt you if you insert a new DVD in the drive after scanning the disc.
Once you press "Rip":
- MC will give the the opportunity to change the Title as the one automatically read from DVD may not be that user friendly, then
- MC will commence copying the DVD Folder Structure from the DVD to your HDD
- While the DVD is being copied (it can take up to half and hour as most discs are around 8GB), the "Get Movie & TV Info" feature will appear and allow you to search using the Title on line databases for Movie Info and Cover-art. If it doesn't find the "correct" movie, just modify this title in the search box. Once you have selected the best option press "Use This Data" and the MC Database will be populated.
If you have more than one DVD Drive, you can rip multiple discs at the same time.
As a default, DVDs will be imported with a Media Subtype set to "Movie". If you have a TV Series, or Music Video disc you will want to change this so that it appears in the correct view in MC. You may also want to use the Particles Feature to be able to see, play, and tag each Episode or Music Track as a separate entry in the data base.
Managing Multi-Part Discs
If you prefer Media Center also supports bitstreaming. You can enable bitstreaming via HDMI or S/PDIF connection in:
- Tools > Options > Audio > Settings > Bitstreaming.
Bitstreaming bypasses the entire Media Center audio engine, including things like the Volume controls, and the decoder on the far end of the HDMI or S/PDIF cable is responsible for decoding the audio.
MC uses its own OSD to provide access the to the content on DVD discs such as:
- audio, video, and subtitle stream selection
However, MC does not support the Java or BDMV menus included with many commercial discs, as there is no currently available open decoder required for this support. To watch your movies in the highest quality, you don't need them, though! To access the menu press the Up/Down arrow keys or right click on the playing video.
MC will automatically display any subtitle track that is was marked as "forced" when the disk was authored. Forced subtitles are often used for bits of non-native language which audience isn't be expected to understand, in a movie that is otherwise in their native tongue (elven or alien speech, a little Spanish in an English language movie, etc). Unfortunately, many disks are authored with these subtitles in a separate track and in these cases the user will need to select the correct track (normally towards the bottom of the subtitle list). MC will remember this selection for the next time the BD is played.
- Refer to Audio Setup for information on configuring your sound output.
- Mojave on audio mixing for Blu-ray: "JRiver does anything AC3Filter does, but better. JRiver does everything in its 64-bit audio path and makes sure that the highest quality is maintained. I removed AC3Filter a long time ago."
- You can also Extract Audio from Video Files.