How to Play DVD in Windows 8
Lately Mircosoft announced that there will be No DVD Playback Support for Windows 8′s Windows Media Player. The core reason for this change in strategy is licensing fees that Microsoft has to pay to support features such as DVD playback in the operating system. This may let you down if you have some DVD collections and want to watch them in Windows 8. Don't worry, there are some shortcuts you can resort to. Read on to get more details.
- Solution 1: How to convert DVD to play in Windows 8's Windows Media Player
- Solution 2: How to play DVD in windows 8 with third-party media players
You may get used to play media files with windows embedded media players, and it's a little troublesome to switch to other players. But since now DVD playback is not available in Windows 8. Luckily, there's a solution that you can play DVD directly with Windows Media Player. That's to convert your DVD (inculding the latest DVDs) into Windows Media Player's friendly formats like WMV, AVI, MPEG, etc. In this way, you can play not only play DVD smoothly, but also back up your DVD from scratch. Very useful, isn't it? Here's how to to do it.
Prep: To convert DVD to your desired format quickly and easily, Wondershare Video Converter is highly recommended with great quality, high efficiency and simplicity. Free download the trial version here:
1 Load your DVD files
Run this program and click "Load DVD" to add your DVD files. Alternatively, you can directly drag the Video_TS folder to its program window directly. DVD disc, ISO files, DVD folder, and IFO files are all supported.
When all files imported, you can design the file name, select your favorite subtitles, audio track and click the play icon to preview them.
2 Select your preferred output format
Click the format image in the "Output Format" pane to access the drop down format list. Here you'll find a variety of formats and device presets. In the Format tab, please choose "WMV" from "Video" subcategory.
Note: Besides converting DVD to WMV for playing with Windows Media Player, you can also choose to convert DVD to AVI to enjoy them on PSP, Xbox, Blackberry, convert DVD to MOV for QuickTime or iTunes, convert DVD to FLV for YouTube, DVD to MP4 for iPod/iPhone/iPad, and more.
Tips: This Video Converter also provides hands-on editing feature, you can easily crop the black edge, trim out unwanted part, apply special video effect, etc. For more details, please refer to the User Guide.
3 Start to convert DVD in Windows 8
Hit the Convert button to kick off the DVD conversion for Windows 8 instantly. All the tasks will be done at fast speed and high quality, and the progress bar will show the percentage and remaining time. Bingo! You've made it! Now you play the converted DVDs in Windows 8 Media Player with no limit.
See a detailed video tutorial:
To play DVD in Windows 8, you can also try some universal players below (totally free):
Wondershare Player: With a vast array of video and audio formats supported: including DVD, AVI, MKV, MP4, etc., subtitles chapters, etc., you can easily and smoothly play DVD disc in Windows 8 with Wondershare Player. Never need to wait forever to load or play with jerky cuts while you're just trying to enjoy your movies or videos- control your playback now!
VLC: It's an open-source, highly-portable free media player, and the most popular among both Windows and Mac users. With a vast array of video and audio formats supported: including DVD, AVI, MKV, MP4, 3GP, ASF, etc, subtitles chapters, etc., you can easily and smoothly play DVD disc, DVD folder or ISO image files with VLC media player.
Mplayer: Mplayer is also a powerful media player that supports tons of video formats and runs in Mac, Windows and Linux system. Compared with VLC, Mplayer features its playback on encrypted BluRay DVD, though not all steps are handled by MPlayer itself.