Monday, March 15, 2010

DVDs w/o the lead-in materials

Lately a comparison of how much bother it is to watch a bought DVD vs. a priated movie has been circulating (I can't find it now...). The point being that on a DVD you have to watch the insulting "you wouldn't steal a bag would you?" thing that MPAA gets on the DVDs, , trailers for up and comming movies, the lead in before the menu, and then finally the menu. Where you can start the movie. Right after the US-federal or local copyright warning and the distributor lead in and so on. Some of these you can skip, some of them you can skip if you press the right button (i.e. Fast Forward works on some, Skip on some, and MENU on some, depending on how conscientious the DVD-issuer-staffer that did the job was).

On my DVD player at least, this is a case of "you're doing it wrong".

1. Insert DVD
2. Wait for it to spin up and start
3. Press "STOP". Wait for it to stop.
4. Press 1.

Most DVDs have the movie on track 1. I think I've seen one or two where the movie was on some other track (track 2 and 5 comes to mind), but they are few and far between.

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