Setup: haswell cpu i5-4570, windows 8 64bit, monitor on DVI, LCD-TV on HDMI.
I'd like to be able to open a video in a player in normal window (no fullscreen) on the PC and - additionally - show the video as fullscreen on the TV.
Any thoughts how to achieve that?
(Earlier with windows XP this was possible with the MPC-Player in a "theater mode" and ATI/nVidia drivers.)
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Theater Mode is no longer supported in Vista or Windows 7/8 as it requires overlay mixer.
@sheppaul: yes, i know, that's why i wrote: "...earlier under XP...". This thread has been created for a solution under win8
This question has come up before. There is nothing that can duplicate ATI Theatre mode for MS Windows versions after Windows XP. If cloning the desktop or extending the desktop won't allow you to do what you want, then you are SOL.
There is at least a sort of work-around: VLC Player has a feature called "clone" under "tools/effects/video effects/advanced...". By that the playback window can be cloned, dragged to another display and made fullscreen. So with a well pragrammed player almost anything seems possible.
What i do not like about this work-around is that when cloning this way you have to work with an undocked cloned window on the main PC display as well instead of having the main playback window within the player interface as in the normal case.
But maybe there is somebody here knowing of any other good players allowing for duplicating the playback onto the TV in a fullscreen mode?
I have the same problem. I'd gladly stay with xp 64bit just for video mirroring/theater mode, as long as I could find drivers for my hardware. Unfortunately not many downgrade guides are avail. for win7/8. I run a transportation company and use a second monitor in the back for my patrons. I play music videos (vlc of course) and live tv (slingplayer 2.0) to the back screen using mirroring so I can change the channel. It would be hard to start the window and move it to the secondary screen (or back again) if you can't see your secondary display.
I'm still using a DV6704NR hp notebook due to this 'glitch' that microcrap infected vista/7/8 with due to DRM/mpaa/whoever else is to blame.
I'd pay someone to write drivers/patch that would implement the overlay/theatermode/video mirroring if it could be done just so I could upgrade without losing the functionality.
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