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TubeMate YouTube Downloader

TubeMate YouTube Downloader
Free

TubeMate YouTube Downloader

Download YouTube videos directly to your Android device.

Free
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Publisher: Devian Studio Downloads: 44,283,523
Wise Video Converter

Wise Video Converter
Free to try

Wise Video Converter

Convert all formats of videos for all devices in an easy and fast manner.

Free to try
Editors' rating
User rating
Publisher: WiseCleaner Downloads: 148,164
Adobe Presenter Video Express

Adobe Presenter Video Express
Free to try

Adobe Presenter Video Express

Create, edit and mix interactive HD videos, and transform the video viewing experience.

Free to try
Publisher: Adobe Systems Downloads: 6,606
XviD Video Codec

XviD Video Codec
Free

XviD Video Codec

Compress video files to transmit them fast over computer networks.

Free
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Publisher: Xvid Downloads: 3,680,401
Lead MJPEG/MCMP Video Codec

Lead MJPEG/MCMP Video Codec
Free to try

Lead MJPEG/MCMP Video Codec

Compress multimedia files from any application.

Free to try
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Publisher: LEAD Technologies Downloads: 423,802
x264 Video Codec

x264 Video Codec
Free

x264 Video Codec

Provide a library for encoding H264 or AVC video streams.

Free
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Publisher: x264 Downloads: 114,622
Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack

Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack
Free

Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack

Add audio/video codecs and filters to playback any video file.

Free
Editors' rating
User rating
Publisher: MediaCodec Downloads: 10,616,609 External File

This software is available to download from the publisher site.

x264 Video Codec (64-bit)

x264 Video Codec (64-bit)
Free

x264 Video Codec (64-bit)

Provide a library for encoding H264 or AVC video streams.

Free
Publisher: x264 Downloads: 13,596
Combined Community Codec Pack

Combined Community Codec Pack
Free

Combined Community Codec Pack

Unify the filter packs provided by several groups into a single pack.

Free
Editors' rating
User rating
Publisher: CCCP Project Downloads: 84,063
MX Video Player Codec (ARMv7)

MX Video Player Codec (ARMv7)
Free

MX Video Player Codec (ARMv7)

MX Video Player Codec for ARMv7 type CPU, including NVIDIA Tegra 2.For devices including Galaxy Tab 10.1, LG Optimus 2X, Motorola XOOM, ASUS...

Free
Publisher: MX Technologies Downloads: 23,071
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About DVD player software

Streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Video have made DVDs and Blu-rays a lot less popular than they used to be. But if you still enjoy playing DVDs and want to watch on your desktop or laptop, you certainly can. Your options depend on your operating system and computer maker.

Note: If your computer has a CD-ROM drive, no software can make it play a DVD or read a DVD-R or DVD-ROM; the laser inside a CD-ROM drive can't read a DVD at all.

  • FAQ

    Your computer may have preinstalled software to play DVDs. So before you download anything, pop in a disc and see what happens. If you can't get the disc to play this way, read on for our advice and recommended downloads.

    Playing DVDs in Windows 7
    When you insert a DVD in the DVD drive of a computer that's running Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate, Windows Media Player should automatically open and start playing the disc.

    If you have a different version of Windows 7, or if Windows Media Player is not cooperating, your best bet is VLC Media Player (Windows, Mac, Android). This free app plays a wide variety of audio and video files.

    Playing DVDs in Windows 8
    Windows 8 does not have built-in support for playing DVDs. Until October 30, 2015, you could have bought a Pro Pack or Media Pack from Microsoft to enable Windows Media Player to play DVDs in Windows 8.

    However, if your version of Windows 8 was upgraded from Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate, or a different version of Windows 7 that came with the Media Center, then it should have inherited the ability to play DVDs automatically. (Note: If you've ever had to reinstall Windows, if you follow the upgrade path -- reinstall 7, then upgrade to 8 -- you should still have your DVD player license. But if you had to wipe everything and install 8, you won't have the DVD player.)

    If you can't play a DVD in Windows 8, VLC Media Player (Windows, Mac, Android) can come to the rescue. Just download and install VLC, pop in your DVD, and Windows should ask if you want to use VLC to play the disc. If you have problems getting the disc to play, you can also open VLC first (it should create a shortcut on your desktop when you install it), click the Media menu in the upper left-hand corner, select Open Disc, and click the Play Button.

    Playing DVDs in Windows 10
    Windows 10 can play DVDs automatically -- if certain conditions are met. If you upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate; a different version of Windows 7 that came with the Media Center; or Windows 8 with a Pro Pack or Media Pack installed, then Windows 10 should have retained the ability to play DVDs. If not, we recommend VLC Media Player (Windows, Mac, Android) once again. You can pay $15 to get Windows DVD Player from Microsoft's app store, but we don't recommend this app. Frankly, it's not very good -- you might not even be able to get it to run.

    Playing DVDs on Mac
    OS X has DVD Player built in. Just pop your disc into the optical drive (or the external SuperDrive connected via USB), and your DVD should start playing automatically. Of course, if you have a MacBook Air, which has no CD/DVD drive, you won't be able to watch DVDs on your laptop.

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