- Apr 19, 2006
- Boondocks of North Florida
No disagreement on any points. Hit and miss playing of m4a on VLC and PowerDVD is still a brainteaser to me. Speaking of the same files playing fine/not playing. I have noticed that importing a group of m4a files into PowerDVD sometimes will not initially play (same with VLC). On closing and reopening the PowerDVD app sometimes all is good. To be clear, as opposed to selection in the Windows File Manager "play with or open with" vs selecting through PowerDVD's browser. Would seem to indicate an app problem if it were just one, but two affected simultaneously bears out something else going on. Just not sure what.It’s mainly because it can be easily tagged, just like FLAC, and can hold Atmos and TrueHD codecs. The downside is this feature (codec support) is relatively new and some application/players can’t playback. JRiver was one a couple years ago, not sure if it now supports M4A with Atmos. Old BD players like Oppos don’t recognise Atmos in M4A either.
Still I find PowerDVD overall with less problems with m4a. Confirmation bias? maybe, as I tend to use PowerDVD more. Still...