How to Play DVD Discs/Folders/ISO Files with DVDFab Player 5
Having a reliable DVD player is an absolute must in this day and age. Movies on DVDs include more and more additional contents now, and you wouldn’t be able to enjoy all the good extras with just any old media player. Not to mention the fact that a vast majority of players still do a bad job at offering navigational menu support. However, that’s not the case with the player we’re going to cover in this article.
DVDFab Player 5 is a modern and fully-featured media player that has a lots to offer. The software can support any format, comes with two playback modes, navigational menus, customization options, and more. This is arguably the best DVD player for Win/Mac available on the market right now. In this article, we’re going to discuss not only about why that is the case, but also how to make the most out of this great player. First, though, let’s start off by talking a bit about the pricing options you can expect.
Although you can use the software to play DVD discs/folders/ISO files and more for free on both Mac and Windows, it’s worth noting that DVDFab Player 5 also has a couple of paid versions you may want to check out. As you might expect, these offer a number of interesting features that you wouldn’t be able to access with just the free version of the player.
The first paid version is known as Standard and comes with the ability to support navigation menus for all types of DVDs. The software can also play Blu-rays in Sample Mode, supports BDAV and AVCHD discs, and more. Of course, this version also includes other main features like the two playback modes, customizable playlists, smart previews with thumbnails, and support for 5.1 channel audio.
If you want to take full advantage of all DVDFab Player 5 has offered, we recommend checking out the Ultra version. With this version you also gain access to Blu-ray navigational menu support, the ability to play 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs, and even 3D content. Moreover, the Ultra version also supports HDR, H.265 files, and 7.1 channel audio. If you want to learn more about the differences between the various versions of DVDFab Player 5, make sure to visit the official website.
Download and Installation
Regardless of which version you end up choosing, you’ll first need to download and install the player before doing anything else. To start, visit the DVDFab website and navigate to the “More” section to find Player 5. As mentioned, the software is available on both Windows and Mac, so choose the option that works best for you depending on your operating system.
Download the software and then hit the “Click to Install” button to continue. If you want to install Player 5 in a specific location on your computer, click the “Custom” button and select your preferred destination folder. While you’re there, you can also choose whether or not you want to create a desktop shortcut for the program. Once the software has been installed, open it and proceed to the next step.
How to Play DVD Discs/Folders/ISO Files etc. With DVDFab Player 5
Upon opening the DVD player for the first time, you are presented with two options – PC Mode and TV Mode. These are the two playback modes mentioned earlier. Just as their name suggest, PC mode is meant for watching contents on a computer, while TV mode is ideal for big-screen smart TVs, as this mode attempts to provide a genuine cinematic experience. If you plan to always use the same mode and don’t want to see this screen in the future, tick the box labeled “Remember my choice.”
If you go with the PC Mode, you’ll notice the software automatically lists all your optical drives along with any discs that are currently found inside them. If you haven’t inserted your disc just yet, now would be the time to do so. Once the discs have been loaded, simply hover over the one you want to watch and press Play button to start the movie. Alternatively, you can click the upwards arrow button for any of the available drives to have the DVD player open said drive, so you can insert the disc you want to watch.
If you want to watch digital contents that’s already on your computer, such as an ISO file or folder for example, click the big “+” button. Doing so will let you navigate to the location of the movie, which you can then open and play directly. We mentioned ISO files and folders in particular because this article is mainly about playing DVD contents, but you can use this method to play a wide variety of other formats as well, not just ISOs.
The DVD player for Win/Mac has an entirely different playback mode for TVs, complete with a special user interface. Upon selecting the TV mode, you will notice that your optical drives are now listed on the bottom half of the UI and there is no “+” button here. However, there are a few other options that you should keep in mind.
If you want to play movies from physical discs, click the first icon suitably titled “Disc” to find a list of all available drives that’s similar to the one you can see when using the PC mode. If you want to play locally stored contents, click the second option labeled “My Computer”. The navigation process is a bit different, since it was built with TV in mind but finding the movie you’re looking for is just as simple. Finally, there’s a third option that works alongside DVDFab Movie Server, which you can also use if you happen to own the product.
Settings and Hotkeys
Using hotkeys with DVDFab Player 5 can save you a lot of time, especially when using the TV Mode. But a bit more on that later. First, let’s start with the PC Mode. In order to access the DVD Player’s settings menu, click the little downward arrow key found in the top right corner of the UI. This is a drop-down menu that will present you with a number of options. Click the first one labeled “Settings”. There are a lot of things you can change here, so go through every category until you find what you’re looking for.
For example, under the General category, you can change the language while under Playback you can choose whether you want to use navigational menus when playing DVD discs/folders/files etc. or keep things simple. There are also categories specifically designed for letting users make adjustments to video and audio proprieties, subtitles, 3D display, network setup and more.
Naturally, there’s also a category dedicated to Hotkeys, which is found between Snapshot and Network in PC Mode. Here, you can not only view the hotkeys that allow you to quickly control many aspects of the DVD player but also rebind them. If you decide to stick to the default configuration, some of the most important hotkeys you’ll need to remember are Ctrl + O, F11, CTRL + S, and =/-. These will allow you to open a file, enable full screen, stop the playback and raise or lower the volume, respectively. The hotkeys will look a bit different on Mac for obvious reasons.
If you’re using the TV Mode, the simplest way of controlling things would be to grab a Remote Control app for your phone. However, you can also use hotkeys if you prefer. To access them directly from the TV Mode, go to Settings and then click the Advanced Settings option. This will open the same menu you can view when choosing Settings in the PC Mode.
This time around, look at the TV Mode column and use the hotkeys found there. You can return to the main Settings menu to make other changes like picking the UI language, selecting the DVD playback mode, changing the audio proprieties etc. The settings are similar to the ones found when using the PC Mode.
Navigation Menus and Additional Options
DVDFab Player 5 supports navigation menus in both PC and TV Modes. The menus tend to differ from one movie to the next, but they generally contain a handful of the same options. Namely, a button that plays the movie, a button that lets you jump to certain scenes, a button that allows to change the language, and a button from where you can access special features. These usually come in the form of extra contents such as behind-the-scenes footage, cut scenes that didn’t make it into the final version of the movie, director’s commentary, and more.
The DVD player also contains a number of other useful options, some of which cannot be found under the Settings menu. These options can be accessed while playing the movie by clicking the right mouse button. Doing so with bringing up a new menu that lets you make quick adjustments while the movie is playing. For example, you can use these options to change the aspect ratio and rotation of the video or even adjust color proprieties like brightness, saturation, and contrast.
Among other things, this menu can also be used to quickly select different audio tracks and subtitles or jump to specific chapters. A couple of other useful options found here will let you rewind and fast forward the video on the fly. Meanwhile, the last option will bring up the Settings menu mentioned earlier, so if you want to modify others aspects of the player, you can do it from here without having to go back to the main menu.
Another important thing you’ll need to remember when you play DVD discs/folders/ISO files with this media player is that you can also use the playback controls to improve your viewing experience. These can be found towards the bottom of the UI, just underneath the progress bar, and function similar to the playback controls found in most modern media players. These include Play/Pause and Stop buttons, buttons that let you skip to the next/previous frame or chapter, and of course, a volume slider. If you don’t want to bother learning all the hotkeys, we recommend taking to time to learn at least the ones related to the playback controls as it will make things much easier.
Hopefully thing guide was able to give you a good idea about what to expect from DVDFab Player 5 and how to use the software to play DVD discs/folders/ISO files etc. easily and efficiently. At first glance, it may not seem like this DVD player differs much from similar products, but a closer inspection reveals just how many great features you can find packed neatly beneath its sleek exterior. If you want to check it out, don’t hesitate to grab it for free and consider upgrading afterwards if you like what you see and if you want to take advantage of everything this fantastic DVD player for Win/Mac has to offer.