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How to Play DVD Without Downloading DVD Decoder

By Tony Moton

May 16, 2018

"I placed a video file on my computer from a DVD disc. It is a 32 minutes, MPEG-2 file with 1.6GB. It opens on Windows Media Player but only plays sound????? No image whatsoever. Can anybody give me some help? Any help would be appreciated."

As Microsoft Windows operating system only provides a MPEG-1 video decoder, so Windows Media Player cannot play MPEG-2 files. Therefore, the problem faced by this user can be solved by installing a plug-in DVD decoder. But, the whole process will be a little complicated. And this article is written to tell you how to play DVD even without downloading a DVD recoder.


Part 1. Basic Information About DVD Decoder

You may ask, what DVD decoder is. Actually, it is nearly equal to a plug-in software that helps decode DVD files in MPEG-2 format. Unfortunately, Windows Media Player does not support MPEG-2 format instead of MPEG-1 format even in Windows 10. Therefore, these kind of plug-in software can be added to Windows Media Player to extend its functionality. They are packed with a built-in player that can read DVD files in MPEG-2 format and 5.1-channel Dolby Digital files. Additionally, these software also support a various range of VGA cards. They have a setting that allows synchronizing the audio with the video.

However, to figure out whether a DVD decoder is successfully installed on your Windows XP/7/8.1/10 computer and if it is perfectly compatible with your Windows Media Player, you have to take advantage of some Windows DVD decoder checkup utilities. What's more, a great number of compatibility issues exist between the player and the DVD decoders. Besides, some of these decoders are not even safe enough, carrying virus that can damage your computer system.

Then you may ask "can I just play DVDs without downloading and install a DVD decoder on my computer?". Luckily, the answer is YES. Instead of installing a DVD decoder on your computer, you can get help from a DVD converter that enables you to directly decode your DVD movies to plain format such as MP4 and save these converted films into your local computer folder so that you can watch your DVD files successfully. Turn to the second part for details.

Part 2. Directly Decode DVD Files Without An Additional DVD Decoder

TuneFab DVD Ripper is a third-party software, specializing in ripping DVD files to other video formats that suit your digital devices. There are more than 300 video formats available for you. You don't have to worry about how long it will take to convert a DVD movie as its up to 6x converting speed will make the conversion done as fast as possible, void of saving your precious time. What's more, you can edit the DVD movies with some special effects such as the 3D Settings. Let's start to learn how to decode DVD files without an additional DVD decoder.

Step 1. Download And Install TuneFab DVD Ripper

Click the "Try it free" button to download a trial version that suits your computer running system. Follow the instructions to install TuneFab DVD Ripper. A Free trial only allows you to convert up to 5 minutes but you can break this limit by purchasing a full version.

Step 2. Open TuneFab DVD Ripper

When the installation is finished, open TuneFab DVD Ripper on your computer.

Step 3. Load DVD Files

Before loading your DVD files, make sure you have inserted your DVD disc to your DVD drive on computer.Tap "Load Disc" to add your DVD contents. Besides, IFO files and contents in a DVD folder can be detected too.

Load DVD Disc

Step 4. Adjust Your Output Settings

Click "Settings" for more output settings, you can adjust Video Settings, Audio Settings or 3D Settings here.

Profile Settings

Step 5. Select An Output Format

After loading your DVD movies, click on the drop-down menu in "Profile". There are over 300 formats for you to choose. Choose one format that you want.

Output Video Format

Step 6. Alter An Output Folder

Click on "Browse" to choose a storing folder that you want to store the converted videos instead of the default one.

Preferences General

Step 7. Start Converting

After you have completed all the settings, click "Convert" and the program will rip DVD to video of the output format that you chose immediately. The conversion will be finished within several minutes.

Converted DVD Successfully

To sum up, with TuneFab DVD Ripper, you will no longer need an additional plug-in DVD decoder which might put your computer under virus attack. Only one converter can help you rip DVD movies to digital format that can be recognized by Windows Media Player. Video-editing feature inside will make your videos vivid and appealing. If you still need more help of this resolution, please leave a comment below to let us know, we will reply to you ASAP.

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