Microsoft has pounded another nail in the coffin for optical media with the revelation that it won't be including DVD playback support by default in Windows 8. With a post on the Building Windows 8 blog, the company explained that DVD and Blu-ray playback as well as watching broadcast TV on PCs is in decline, and thus it no longer feels that the cost of licensing specialized decoders across all copies of Windows is justified.
Windows Media Player will continue to be offered in all versions of Windows 8 and allow playback for internet video and other files, but without DVD playback capability. Instead, those who need the functionality can purchase the Windows Media Center upgrade separately, or use third-party software and rip movies to MP4.
The following guide takes the ASUS Vivo Tab RT tablet for example, and introduces the conversion solution for watching Blu-ray, DVD and videos on Windows 8 tablet.
How to convert Videos and Rip Blu-rays/DVDs to Asus Vivo Tab RT Windows Tablet
Step 1. Load Blu-ray/DVD movie and videos the all-in-one converter.
Run the Windows 8 Converter Ultimate, click “Load BD/DVD” to load your DVD and Blu-ray disc, and click “Add Video” to load your video files like MTS/M2TS, MKV, MOV, TOD, TiVo, etc.
The DVD/Blu-ray movie is displayed in a directory. Click the triangle arrow to expand the directory. Basically the main movie is included in the first Title, so you can check the main title (usually the one with longest duration) only and leave other extras unchecked. You may also view movie chapters and videos in preview window.
Step 2. Set audio track and subtitles for selected chapters.
You can select audio track and subtitle (if necessary) for Blu-ray and DVD movies. Click on the Audio box and select an audio track with desired language. Set subtitles in the same way. There is a box of “Force Subtitles” too.
Step 3. Set Windows 8 friendly output format.
Click on the “Format” bar and there are various output formats for you to choose from. As we’re converting videos to Asus Vivo Tab RT Windows Tablet, you may follow “Windows”-> “Microsoft Surface Windows RT H.264 Video (*.mp4)". This format gives video of 1280x720, which fits for the 16:9 screen of Asus Vivo Tab RT and Microsoft Surface slab.
Step 4. Start converting Blu-rays, DVDs and Videos to Windows 8 optimized video files.
Now click "Convert" button to start ripping Blu-ray and DVD movie or converting video to customized MP4 videos. Wait till the conversion finished. Once the conversion task is finished, you can click “Open” button to get the final output files for your Windows 8.
What else can the Windows 8 Converter Ultimate do for you?
1. The Windows 8 Converter allows you to outputs video clips as one file or by chapter, trim out unwanted frames, remove interlacing lines, adjust video bit rate, frame rate, codec, etc.
2. The software supports all the popular Android, iOS and Windows devices (Microsoft Surface, Samsung Series 5/7 Slate, Lenovo IdeaPad Lynx, Acer Iconia W510/W700, HP ElitePad 900) and more portable media players (Xbox 360, PS3, Apple TV, PSP, etc).
3. The Windows 8 Converter also converts Blu-ray, DVD and HD video recordings to AVI, MP4, MKV, WMV, etc.