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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.
If you wish to play encrypted DVDs, you must install the libdvd* packages.
# pacman -S libdvdread libdvdcss libdvdnav
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 enable the DVD menu use (NOTE: you use arrow keys to navigate and the Enter key to choose):
$ mplayer dvdnav://
To enable mouse support in DVD menus use:
$ mplayer -mouse-movements dvdnav://
To find the audio language, start MPlayer with the Template:Codeline switch to output audio IDs. An audio track is selected with Template:Codeline. Set a default audio language by editing Template:Filename and adding the line Template:Codeline for English.
With MPlayer, the DVD could be set to a low volume. To increase the maximum volume to 400%, use Template:Codeline and Template:Codeline. 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.
alang=en softvol=yes softvol-max=400
A capable player with a simple GUI, installed with:
# pacman -S vlc
A lightweight media player supporting DVD menus.
DVD drive is noisy
If playing DVD videos causes the system to be very loud, it may be because the disk is spinning faster than it needs to. To temporarily change the speed of the drive, as root, run:
# eject -x 12 /dev/dvd
Any speed that is supported by the drive can be used, or 0 for the maximum speed.