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#1 IanHenry



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Posted 08 March 2018 - 01:32 PM

After abandoning the Learn and Master course a few years ago I decided that I want to start again but sadly due to upgrading to Windows 10 I’ve found that the DVD player that previously came with Windows no longer seems to work. Can anyone suggest a good alternative?


I can play the films using the VLC player but it isn’t as interface isn’t as good, you have to pick films out individually and when you come back to it, it doesn’t carry on where you left off. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.






#2 Matonanjin



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Posted 08 March 2018 - 03:16 PM

Ian, I'm glad to see you back here.  Best of luck for your starting up again.

A couple things:

1) Most likely, my very unhelpful response is going to be the only one you get here.  All the guitar members here have migrated over to Steve's new forum, Guitar Gathering.  I highly recommend that you join us over there, post your question, and you will undoubtedly get many more intelligent responses than mine.

2) I have "ripped" all of the videos from the L&MG DVD's to my hard drive and then I use a program called Video Surgeon to view them.  This approach has a couple obvious hurdles to it but I have found this, once past the hurdles,  to be a very powerful learning tool.

Those hurdles are:

a. You have to get the videos to your hard drive.  There are software programs to do this.  I use WinX DVD Ripper Platinum.  There I go spending more of your money but it is only $39.  Or you can probably find some friend to do this.

b. Video Surgeon is not cheap.  But I have found it to be just about an indispensable learning tool.  Once you load the video into Video Surgeon you can slow it down, and, most importantly to me, loop certain sections of it.  I am currently working S13, "Playing the Blues".  At the end of it Steve has some exercises working the chord changes in a 12 bar blues, the I, IV, and V chords.  You'll learn about this .  I have a loop set up where I slowed it down at first and then just played it over and over gradually upping the speed until I got to 100%.


This doesn't answer your question of just how do I play the #$%^ dvd!  I realize that.  But it is an alternative, admittedly a somewhat more involved one.   Go to Guitar Gathering and you'll get a lot better answers.


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#3 John Wells

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Posted 10 March 2018 - 02:11 PM

Although I have an Apple iMac, I understand your frustration as software updates take away DVD players. I can't help you with advice based on experience, here's an article from PC Magazine that addresses your problem. Lotsa luck.


#4 Padre



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Posted 25 December 2018 - 03:28 PM

I know this is a bit late, but if you make an ISO copy, VLC will play it just like you put it in a DVD player. This also saves the original discs from damage by being used too much.

If wanting to rip the track, I use two programs that are free and I have used successfully on over 350 movies. MakeMKV and Handbrake.

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