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DVD/Video playback is poor


DoubleView does not support hardware acceleration (such as DirectX, OpenGL). Please transcode DVDs into another video format (e.g. Divx, Avi) and watch it with a Video player application rather than DVD player software.

If the frame rate should be too slow, please follow the hints to speed up the secondary display

DVD playback may only work if the player program allows you to disable the 'Overlay'-mode. Please refer to the Player software documentation whether you can disable Overlay

If you see a black window in Windows Media Player, please disable any Video acceleration in the Media Player Settings:
Media Player 7: Tools -> Options -> Performance.
Media Player v6.4 and below: View -> Options -> Playback.
In both cases slide the Hardware Acceleration slider to None.

If the colors are strange, set an identical color depth on both PC in the Windows display properties dialog (Right-click your Windows desktop -> Select Properties -> click on the Settings tab).

Generally you should prefer to play back video on the Primary display and extend static windows on the Secondary screen. The to CPU/network load by DoubleView is linear to the amount of changing content on the screen which is pretty high when playing video.

Windows Media player is known to have some technical issues. You may want to consider to try an alternative video player such as Quicktime or Real Player which perform better when using multiple monitors

Product: DoubleView
KB: 355  Last updated: Mar 22, 2006

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