Solved VLC and WMP fail to detect second audio track on DVD

October 27, 2014 at 19:42:13
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Intel Core i3 @ 3.10GHz | 8GB DDR3 1333MHz
I have an anime DVD with two audio tracks; English, and Japanese. On my PS3, it detects both audio tracks and I can switch between languages with no issue at all. However, on my laptop, both VLC and Windows Media Player fail to see the second audio track, and it instead will only play the English dub without any way to switch to the Japanese audio.

I've also tried playing it on my desktop using the same programs without any success.

Is this just an issue with playing this particular DVD inside VLC/WMP? Or is it simply a limitation of using DVDs on a computer's disk drive? Both my laptop and desktop are using Windows 7.

Thanks in advance!

MSI B75MA-P45 Motherboard
Intel Core i3-2100 3.10GHz
8GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM
SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 5770 Vapor-X
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB SSD (Windows 7 Ultimate)
Toshiba 2TB HDD


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#1
October 28, 2014 at 01:09:51
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It's a limitation of the media player software on your laptop & PC. You probably need to install something like Cyberlink's PowerDVD media player commercial software which you have to pay for:
http://www.cyberlink.com/stat/volum...

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#2
October 28, 2014 at 07:01:10
In my experience I have always found VLC to be very capable although your problem isn't one I've ever had to deal with.

I decided to have a quick look online and your issue with Anime audio has been discussed before.

Anyways here's something that popped up a few times. It appears to be the workaround although the discussion is a couple of years old now. I hope it still applies:

https://answers.yahoo.com/question/...


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#3
October 28, 2014 at 16:41:38
@btk1w1, @phil22

It seems as though this particular DVD only has one audio track, and the only way to switch between the English and Japanese audio is the language option on the main menu of the disc. (Which I didn't notice earlier. Heh.) The PS3 must just read the tracks differently than VLC or WMP, enabling it to switch languages during playback without having to return to the main menu. Odd, seeing as VLC only detects one audio track and one subtitle track.

Anyways, problem solved! Thank you!

MSI B75MA-P45 Motherboard
Intel Core i3-2100 3.10GHz
8GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM
SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 5770 Vapor-X
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB SSD (Windows 7 Ultimate)
Toshiba 2TB HDD


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#4
December 7, 2014 at 15:07:24
Just an aside. I have noticed that with CD/DVD's that have multiple options (of any kind), each player you try seems to behave differently. I've a feeling something about this sort of thing seems to lack any form of standardisation.

Whatever, glad to hear you sorted it and came back with the feedback.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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