I've been a registered user of ZoomPlayer for 8 years now. Recently I took the plunge to add support for BluRay. Since my BluRay drive came with an OEM copy of PowerDVD9 I went ahead and tried out the trial plugin for that.
This has been working fine but I have two issues with PowerDVD:
1. Looks like the lovely startup image has been hardcoded again in 9 and above since it's brief customization in 8. I like my screen black when there is nothing playing.
2. I LOVE the ability to execute .vbs (tip found in these forums) in ZoomPlayer and there does not seem to be this functionality in either PowerDVD or ArcSoft TMT. This allows for ZoomPlayer to kick off ML commands after playing files.
So, I spent this morning really diving into my options. Out of curiousity, I went to the inmatrix.com to see if they had plans to add BluRay support. To my surprise, they have added it in the Version 8 Home MAX edition and it works like a champ. NOTE: BluRay support is only available for decrypted content. For most this won't be an issue if you are ripping your discs to HDD.
While I haven't done thorough testing of it yet, I have sanity checked it for expected functionality. I had to tweak the fddshow options for deinterlacing to make regular DVD playback a little smoother but other than that, playback of both DVD and BluRay (both ripped to hard drive) worked out of the box with little effort. For my initial BluRay test I loaded up Tron Legacy which was my first BluRay purchase and proved to be quite demanding on my inital configuration several months ago. This played out just as good as it did in PowerDVD 9 so I was quite happy.
So I've now got ZoomPlayer playing DVD and BluRay, I've got my scripting ability for callbacks to ML. The only concern was the ability to pause and stop the movie. I read another post where Cinemar indicated (back in like 2007 or 2008) that they would consider updating the MLZoomPlayer plugin if BluRay support was added. So before posting something about it and asking if this was on their radar, I figured a quick test would be in order. Again, nothing thorough, mainly because of my excitement when I was able to pause/play and stop Tron Legacy with an MLZoomPlayer command.
While I will be doing some more testing on this and plan on watching another BluRay with ZP8 in about an hour when my daughter goes down for a nap, I had to share my good news so that other fans of ZoomPlayer new there was a new option in the field for BluRay playback.