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I'm currently using Windows Media Player for watching DVDs. Unfortunately if I close the player, I lose my position. My main requirement is that I want a player that will remember my position, even if I restart the computer or accidentally eject the DVD.

I tried VLC player, but sometimes it fails to open DVDs (don't know why).

Other requirements:

  • Runs on Windows
  • Full-screen mode
  • Ability to show DVD menus (so that I don't have to guess which one of twenty tracks to play)

Nice features to have:

  • Quickly jump back 30 seconds
  • Ability to skip time-wasting piracy warnings, ect
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Personally, I've used Media Player Classic (MPC) klite package which can remembers last position of the video, last window size/location. I've not used it with DVD though therefore I cannot add this as an answer. –  Joraid Mar 1 at 7:38
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VLC should handle this, it sounds like you may have unidentified / unresolved system issues. –  Caleb Mar 1 at 8:10
    
@Casebash Checkout kantaris.org i've never used it for DVD playback but am sure it will meet your needs. –  Simon Mar 1 at 12:37
    
@Casebash splayer.org/index.en.html may also suit your requirements nicely. –  Simon Mar 1 at 17:37
    
@Caleb I doubt VLC has the feature of remembering the last position. –  Bleeding Fingers Mar 3 at 8:53

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I use media player classic - klite codec package almost every day (I've not used it with dvd though) and it's one of the best media player applications I've ever used. This nice application can remember almost everything include

  • Last window size
  • Last video position for each video you played. Note that it also remembers last video played even after you restart your pc. You can simply open MPC and click play and it will automatically open the last video with same time it was closed at.
  • As for DVD, there is an option to remember last position as well. This answer on SU explain how to set it up.
  • For skipping video, it can be done by hitting CTRL+ to skip forward CTRL+ to skip backward.

This is how the player looks like:

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Right click menu:

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Worth mentioning the MPC remembers the last position of every file that was played on it not just the last one. MPC surely does wonders. –  Bleeding Fingers Mar 3 at 8:55
    
It was there before (last video position per video) But guess i removed it when I added the remember after restart part. I emphasized on that part now. Thanks. –  Joraid Mar 3 at 9:28

SMPlayer

  • remembers the settings of all files you play. So you start to watch a movie but you have to leave, when you open that movie again it will be resumed at the same point you left it, and with the same settings: audio track, subtitles, volume even after restart,
  • it runs on windows,
  • has configurable screen (4:3,16:9, stretched, full etc)
  • don't know about DVD menus,
  • jumps backs 10sec or 1min with one key, which is useful for skipping the piracy warnings
  • another thing is it can be used to manage timing of subtitles based on text, if you find setting the lag in time to be annoying.

I have used it as a default player for more than 4 years.

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Before I switched on Linux, I used VLC and BSplayer. Both are good media players but since you seem to have issues with VLC you may try BSplayer. Bsplayer have free and paid version. Paid version is quite expensive (29.90 EUR for new licence at moment and 19.90 EUR if renewing licence). In BSplayer, for seeing DVD menus you will need paid version, free version recognize only .vob files and does not read DVD menus.

Your requirements

  • Option to remember video position is available under general preferences
  • Runs on windows
  • Full screen mode available
  • DVD menues available but only on paid version

Other features

  • Jump back and forward (keyboard shortcuts . 10 sec forward, , 10 sec back)
  • Paid version had option to skip the warning on beginning but in my
    experience it wasn’t always working properly thus jumping forward option was handy
  • Automated subtitles download, additionally paid version includes a good subtitle editor too
  • Capture video screen and save it to .jpeg (frame capturing)
  • YouTube streaming

Note that I’m no longer using windows or BSplayer and in my opinion VLC is superior and offer better codec's support, so I would recommend to dig in VLC prior you ditch it since all your requirements are available in VLC too. Non reading DVD's could be easily just a missing codec

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