Role of DVD Codecs on Windows® XP®
Get to know more about using DVD codecs in Windows XP
The DVDs are one of the most popular types of media sold today and they hold feature length motion pictures, videos, audio and countless other types of media such as software and data. They are not only can be played in standalone DVD players, but also most computers have a DVD drive. DVD codecs help in recognizing the data which are of various types namely the audio codec and video codec that help in compression and decompression of such data from the DVD. Various media players available in the market use the DVD codecs to interpret the data from the DVD for the users. Nowadays, a DVD player that supports a wide range of codecs is a must in very homes as the era of using CDs is coming or has come to a standstill.
The following points discuss the tips to installing DVD codecs on Windows XP:
- Role and usability
DVDs encode data in a variety of ways like for instance Dolby Digital data requires a Dolby Digital decoder and the same is true with DTS (Digital Theater System). These are both audio data that require decoding, but many video images stored on a DVD also require decoding including MPEG-2 (this is the most popular video format for DVD and others. It should also be noted that in order to play a standard DVD, the DVD player is not enough, but also you also need the software to decode the images making the data fully functional.
DVD decoders perform three functions primarily in Windows XP. First, all DVDs that are sold by the major movie studios include copy protection to make it difficult for you to easily make copies of the DVD's data and the copy protection is called CSS. In order to view the file, a decoder is required to unlock the copy protection. Second, DVD decoders decode the MPEG-2 format, recreating the data so that the original images can be viewed clearly. And third, the decoder makes it possible for these images to be played through a viewing program which is installed on PC or DVD player.
A codec is a device or computer program capable of encoding and decoding a digital data stream or signal and while there is not a standalone DVD encoding software program that is free, you can find a free player that includes the ability to decode MPEG-2 files like VLC where you can play on practically play on Windows XP. The VLC media player does not need any separate DVD codec to play DVDs, so it is the best free solution for using a computer DVD player with no DVD decoder software.