• WinDVD Pro12


    Greetings All –


    I’m not sure if this post belongs here or not, but it could be a Windows thing.  I just finished putting together a new PC build.  Intel i5-9600k processor, MSI Z390A board, DDR4 RAM, using the onboard audio and video and running WIN 10 version 1903.  Everything works great except for my copy of WinDVD Pro 12.  When attempting to play either a BD or DVD movie, I get a message saying, “Your display environment does not support protected content playback.”  Looking in the preferences-regions tab, the DVD Title section is all greyed out.  Clicking on anything has no effect.  Contrarily, the BD Title section illuminates normally.  A, B, & C options are all available, and the OK box is illuminated.  The software worked just fine on the previous machine–also WIN 10 version 1903.  As a side note, the only available computer/monitor connection is VGA.  My monitor does not have DVI, and the motherboard does not have HDMI–only DisplayPort.  Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

    Casey H.

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    • #2080310

      Is WinDVD Pro 12 is fully updated to Service Pack 5?

      If it is updated, WinDVD Pro 12 might playback media if you have a DisplayPort to VGA adapter.


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    • #2084007

      How was the old PC hooked up to the monitor? Was it via HDMI?

      It sounds like you have an HDCP issue since you’re using VGA. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-bandwidth_Digital_Content_Protection) VGA is an analog signal format, which does not support HDCP. You’ll need a DP > HDMI converter cable.

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      • #2084013

        The nice thing about DP-to-HDMI is that it’s a digital-to-digital conversion, and audio goes along for the ride. A full length DP-to-HDMI cable costs about the same as a small adapter that does the same chore; I usually opt for the former.

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    • #2084036

      Thanks everyone.  It looks like a connection issue.  I do have service pack 5 installed, and the old connection was HDMI.  I find it strange that my new motherboard does not have an HDMI connection, only VGA, DVI, & DisplayPort, which I had never heard of before. It also seems strange that my monitor doesn’t have a DVI port, ergo the only possible connection being VGA.  Time to go shopping.

      Casey H.

      • #2084206

        Manufacturers have to pay a couple dollars for permission to produce each HDMI port, but Display Port doesn’t have the same limitations. Guess which one we wind up with?

    • #2084281

      I do have a question about WinDVD and I guess belongs here, given the title of the thread.

      I used to have and liked very much WinDVD in a Windows XP-running laptop. When I bought a new laptop (that I still have) with Windows 7, back in 2011, I decided to get the corresponding version of WinDVD. So I got the free trial and installed it. It was such a serious disappointment that I did not buy the software when the free-trial period run out. I looked around and got the definite impression, from the comments I found on the Web, that Corel was no longer the Corel of old, but it had become known for its inferior software. So: has Corel gone back to being the Corel that was once famous for WordPerfect and the good old WinDVD I knew and loved? Is WinDVD now, again, something good and trouble-free enough?

      Ex-Windows user (Win. 98, XP, 7); since mid-2017 using also macOS. Presently on Monterey 12.15 & sometimes running also Linux (Mint).

      MacBook Pro circa mid-2015, 15" display, with 16GB 1600 GHz DDR3 RAM, 1 TB SSD, a Haswell architecture Intel CPU with 4 Cores and 8 Threads model i7-4870HQ @ 2.50GHz.
      Intel Iris Pro GPU with Built-in Bus, VRAM 1.5 GB, Display 2880 x 1800 Retina, 24-Bit color.
      macOS Monterey; browsers: Waterfox "Current", Vivaldi and (now and then) Chrome; security apps. Intego AV

    • #2085873

      The only reason I bought this product was to play BD movies.  At least with my old system, it did that just fine, the exception being difficulty sometimes in bypassing previews and going directly to the movie.  I don’t know if that’s a problem with other software or not.  I had originally tried following the instructions to utilize VLC Media Player, but I was unable to make it work for BD.

      Casey H.

    • #2086712

      Converter cable arrived & installed.  All’s well that ends well.  Thanks again to all who weighed in.  Surprisingly the entire DVD title section of the Region tab is still greyed.  No changes are possible anywhere.  Apparently if I up & move to Greenland, I won’t be able to play DVD movies.  The BD section of the tab is fully functional.

      Casey H.

    • #2585868

      just solved this with info from techradar… “If you have more than one display connected to your PC (eg a monitor and a HDTV), then disconnect all except the one display which you want to use. WinDVD might give this error message when it detects there are more than 1 display connected. It thinks you are trying to make a copy with the 2nd display and so it will not work.”

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    • #2592626

      Finally gave up on this software about a year ago.  Switched to Cyberlink Power DVD.  It seems better all around, although it has its own issues from time to time (won’t play a Bluray), that requires uninstalling and reinstalling the software.  I guess people would rather get their movies via streaming, so not enough people up in arms about it.  Now that 4k disks are available, it’s even worse.  Neither my laptop’s USB powered optical drive nor my desktop’s optical drive have 4k capability.


    • #2592631

      Finally gave up on this software about a year ago.  Switched to Cyberlink Power DVD.  It seems better all around, although it has its own issues from time to time (won’t play a Bluray), that requires uninstalling and reinstalling the software.

      Many Blu-ray player apps have trouble with decoding commercial Blu-ray discs. I had the same problem with Cyberlink. Leawo Blu-ray player (link below) does a better job with Blu-ray discs. It is free with ads that popup while you use it or you can purchase it to get rid of the ads. You can see if it does what you want. I don’t use it any more as I converted to digital and got rid of all my Blu-rays, but it worked when I did use it.

      Leawo Blu-ray Player

      HTH, Dana:))

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