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{{Article summary text|An introduction to playing DVD-Video.}}
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DVD, also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc, is an optical disc storage media format used for video and data storage.[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVD]
If you wish to play encrypted DVDs, you must install the libdvd* packages.
# pacman -S libdvdread libdvdcss libdvdnav
Additionally, you must install player software. Popular DVD players are [[MPlayer]], [[Wikipedia:Xine|xine]] and [[Wikipedia:VLC|VLC]]. xine and VLC support DVD menus.
{{Tip|Users may need to belong to the [[Groups|'optical' group]] to be able to access the DVD drive:
# gpasswd -a USERNAME optical
Don't forget to re-login the user for the changes to take effect. You can see your user's current groups with {{codeline|groups}} command.
==DVD players==
See also: [[Common Applications#Video]]
[[MPlayer]] is efficient and supports a wide variety of media formats (i.e. almost everything). To play a DVD with MPlayer:
$ mplayer dvd://N
...where N is the desired chapter number. Start at 1 and work up if unsure.
To play a DVD image file:
$ mplayer -dvd-device movie.iso dvd://N
To find the audio language, start MPlayer with the {{Codeline|-v}} switch to output audio IDs. An audio track is selected with {{Codeline|-aid <audio_id>}}. Set a default audio language by editing {{Filename|~/.mplayer/config}} and adding the line {{Codeline|1=alang=en}} for English.
With MPlayer, the DVD could be set to a low volume. To increase the maximum volume to 400% use {{Codeline|1=softvol=yes}} and {{Codeline|1=softvol-max=400}}. The startup volume defaults to 100% of software volume and the global mixer levels will remain untouched. Using the 9 and 0 keys, volume can be adjusted between 0 and 400 percent.
[http://www.mplayerhq.hu/ MPlayer home page]
A capable player with a simple GUI, installed with:
# pacman -S vlc
[http://www.videolan.org/vlc VLC home page]
{{Tip|1=To make VLC the default DVD player in GNOME, edit {{Filename|/usr/share/applications/vlc.desktop}} and at the bottom of the file add:
Then, as root, run:
# update-desktop-database /usr/share/applications
Finally, open '''System > Preferences >> File Management >>> Media''' and next to '''DVD Video''' select '''Open VLC media player'''.}}
A lightweight media player supporting DVD menus.
[http://www.xine-project.org/ xine home page]

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