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).
Runs on Windows
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, etc.
I recommend media player classic which is available with 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 the 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 the 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.
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 a 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 the 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.
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 has a free and paid version. Paid version is quite expensive (29.90 EUR for a new licence at the moment and 19.90 EUR if renewing a licence).
In BSplayer, for seeing DVD menus, you will need a paid version, free version recognises only .vob files and does not read DVD menus.
Option to remember video position is available under general
Runs on windows
Full-screen mode available
DVD menus available but only on paid version
Jump back and forward (keyboard shortcuts . 10 sec
forward, , 10 sec back)
Paid version has an option to skip the warning on beginning but in my
experience it wasn’t always working properly thus the jumping forward
option is handy
Automated subtitles download, additionally paid version includes a
good subtitle editor too
Capture video screen and save it to .jpeg (frame capturing)
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