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CyberLink PowerDVD

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 601 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    15
  • Total Downloads:
    13,679,915
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 25, 2015
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $99.95 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    1008.96KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3,729
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #15 in Video Players

Editors' Review

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CyberLink PowerDVD can not only process traditional DVDs and Blu-ray, but it also supports digital video formats such as MKV, H.264, 3D , and even 4k. This new build, version 15, also supports online video from providers like YouTube and Vimeo, or you can upload your own on CyberLink Cloud. The suite, although pricey, offers a home-theater experience for those who consume a lot of media on the go.

Pros

Optimized media: CyberLink PowerDVD's TrueTheater Smart Enhancement can automatically optimize your video and audio quality. Skin tones appear more lifelike, and movies' black levels are richer, thanks to customized adjustments in hue and saturation from TrueTheater Color. Video noise reduction removes the haziness effect of compression found in many online videos, delivering a more vibrant picture. Video enhancement works on movies under 2,048 pixels x 1,152 pixels, making it compatible with most FullHD sources.

Auto-tune your audio: TrueTheater Sound applies smart tweaks to give your audio a boost. The enhancements bring a deeper bass level, immersive ambient sound, better vocals, and captivating surround-sound effects. The optimization is more noticeable on audio headsets but can improve audio quality on standard speakers, too.

The Swiss Army Knife player: PowerDVD 15 can process a large amount of video, audio, and image formats. Using your hardware memory, the player churns out 4k video without stutter. PowerDVD also allows you to view high frame-rate videos (from 120 frames per second, up to 240 fps), like those made by the new iPhone 6 or GoPro without Apple iMovie. We appreciate the direct NAS playback and DLNA support.

Watch longer using less power: PowerDVD performs admirably without wasting system resources. Better power consumption means longer battery life for your devices.

A DVR for online streams: Download YouTube or Vimeo movies to watch offline at your convenience. Hear a song that you like? PowerDVD can rip audio tracks for later listening. CyberLink Cloud allows you to store videos, sync music, make playlists, and stream them directly wherever you are. TrueTheater enhancements are also available for online videos.

Cons

Buying a ticket to your own show: With so many free options out there, it can be hard to justify paying for a media player. Cineastes will want to pony up for the premium version, as PowerDVD greatly enhances your entertainment when hardware is limited to your laptop and a mobile device. PowerDVD Standard is pretty minimal, missing many important features like Blu-Ray playback. It's more cost-effective to splurge for the Pro or even Ultra option.

Bare-bones Web search: PowerDVD may support YouTube and Vimeo, but search functionality leaves much to be desired. Keywords bring up video thumbnails without information, like dates and view counts. Unless you already know which video you would like to view, copying and pasting direct URLs from the services' respective Web searches was the best way to get to your content on PowerDVD. CyberLink also allows you to log in to your accounts, but managing them still requires a browser.

Bottom Line

If you're in the market for a more sophisticated video watching experience, PowerDVD delivers. With its Smart Enhancement and TrueTheater technology, CyberLink delivers a cinematic experience without the expensive hardware.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"Tolerated for 5 months--Finally uninstalled"

June 17, 2015

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDVD 15

Pros

This came with my Win 8 laptop and in five months, I could not ever get it to work without something going wrong. To play a simple DVD requires 15 minutes of set up time and then restarting to overcome the glitches that occurred during the viewing.
Found no pros. Nothing worked easily. Everything glitched. No help.

Cons

The autoplay didn't work. There was no help to resolve it. Everything I was told to do or it could do was not how it worked.
The video-screens froze and glitched; blurring the picture and creating a patchwork look. The sound stuttered and froze, making listening to CD or DVD impossible to enjoy. It needed constant attention to restart it and troubleshoot it.
I downloaded VLC and seconds later the movie started and the movie played perfectly. No glitches. No frozen screens. No problems.

Summary

I found the program impossible to use for CDs and DVDs.
Wouldn't recommend it and uninstalled it today. I gave it every chance to work. It is a chore to use and when it runs, there are hiccups and problems throughout the viewing time.

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5 stars

"PowerDVD 15 is an entertainment superstar."

May 17, 2015  |  By MassBarry

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDVD 15

Pros

Superb user-interface that is bursting with choices yet easy and fun to navigate. Seamless integration with my Youtube and MoovieLive accounts, as well as Vimeo, Facebook, and the Cyberlink cloud.

Cons

I can't find anything I don't like about this program.

Summary

As a long-time fan of Cyberlink products, specifically PowerDirector for video editing, and Power2Go for disc burning, I finally took the plunge and downloaded a copy of their media playing juggernaut, PowerDVD. I went with the Ultra version to get all the features offered.
I am coming from OEM version 10, now at version 15, PowerDVD is an extremely popular program and I'm sorry to have waited so long to revisit it because 15 is stellar.
First off, the download was swift and without error, as was the install, just run the executable file, add the key code when asked, and now I'm astonished to see what I have been missing all these years.
The nicely designed UI was easy to read using it's stock skin, yet bursting with choices. Assuming you are online, Cyberlink's PowerDVD15 offers up links, via it's Media Library, to the latest Movie Info, including currently in theaters, upcoming, DVD/Blu-ray releases, top-rated, most-collected, TV shows, even Celebrity links, all by using tiled images making for a very lively but easy-to-browse experience. The visuals really stand out here and make you want to keep clicking around to see what's next!
All the time I am poking about the inviting interface, the program is scanning my drives for any and all media to add to the Library, because this juggernaut is also a photo viewer, music player, multi (and I do mean multi) format video player so all my entertainment choices are in one place. As a semi-professional video editor, I have several drives of video and audio from a myriad of sources, and I can't find anything that PowerDVD15 can't play. The list of features and functions is almost endless, custom skins (your own images), TrueTheater (Cyberlink's amazing audio-video enhancement technology), links to feeds from Vimeo, as well as to my Youtube and MoovieLive accounts, all executed beautifully using the tiles, but you can customize that, too, by resizing, displaying them as lists, and for some categories, calendar-style displays. And I haven't even played a DVD or Blu-ray yet!
Getting finally to it's seemingly most heralded feature, disc play, I was thrilled to find it was easily the best disc player I ever used. There is a trainload of items you can tweak related to performance of audio and video that I cannot properly detail here, you just need to take this program for a test-drive to see for yourself that Cyberlink PowerDVD has become an entertainment superstar. Photo slide shows, music playlists, 3D, DLNA, Dolby, remote control via Wifi using your smart phone, a companion tablet app (Power Media Player) available for Apple and Android, as well as my favorite, Windows.
From within PowerDVD15 you can share to Flickr and Facebook, email, print, and it even has links to edit apps, such as Paint, and Cyberlink PhotoDirector. There are also easy uploads to your own Cyberlink Cloud account to keep everything backed up and synced with your other devices.
PowerDVD15 has truly added to my entertainment options in so many ways, it's simply put, an embarrassment of riches, all brought together in one place in a seamless, fun to use program. Cyberlink has hit a home-run, again.

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5 stars

"Excellent Video Player!"

April 15, 2015  |  By daniel76308

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDVD 15

Pros

The TrueTheater is fantastic! Love it!

Cons

I think it's great so far!

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1 stars

"saves money and nerves -use PotPlayer not PowerDVD"

April 12, 2015

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDVD 14

Pros

Nice interface, nice brand.

Cons

Running Blu Ray movies with PowerDVD it's the same adventure like using Alpha version of some unknown players.
They are freeware Blu Ray players which work reliable ... and you save your money, your nerves and your time.

Summary

I wanted to build my own Home Theater PC 3 months ago. So I bought: the latest version of PowerDVD (Ultra v14 latest patch level), a brand new PC (special configuration for HTPC), brand new Windows 8.1, brand new LG Blu Ray player (latest firmware), commercial Blu Ray discs. The result: randomly PoverDVD don't recognize the Blue Ray discs (commercial discs) and randomly add a "helicopter" noise sound over movies. Frustrating experience from the best rated commercial player - PowerDVD! After 2 months of investigations I solved the problem by uninstalling PowerDVD and start using PotPlayer. Blu Ray discs are all recognized and no more "helicopter" sound over movies.

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1 stars

"Absolute ******* garbage"

February 07, 2015  |  By Gawlron

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDVD 14

Pros

There are none.

Cons

- Horrible support
- Crashes constantly when trying to play purchased DVDs or BDs
- **** support
- Expensive for a pain in the ass.
- Installs annoying "helper" apps

Summary

Do not buy this software. It is a pain in the ass. Do not install it if it came with your off the shelf OD, you will regret it.

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1 stars

"jUST GETS IN THE WAY!"

January 19, 2015  |  By stephen7144

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDVD 14.0

Pros

I SEE NO PROS ABOUT THIS AT ALL. iT DOES NOTHING I CANNOT ALREADY DO.

Cons

iT IS A SERIOUS MESS WHEN IT STARTS INTERFERING WITH THE PROGRAMS I HAVE CHOSEN TO PLAY VISEO ETC. I DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW IT GOT ONTO MY COMPUTER BUT IT MESSES UP THE WORKS WHEN I AM TRYING TO PLAY VIDEO ON MY COMPUTER ON MY hdtv USING fIRE tv STICK AND THE pLEX APP. iT GRABS FILES ALREADY ASSIGNED TO OTHER PROGRAMS AND STARTS TO OPEN THEM AND BRINGS THE ENTIRE COMPUTER TO A HALT. I've REALLY SEARCHED BUT CANNOT FIND ANY OPTIONS TO TELL THIS TO SIT STILL AND ALLOW THE CORRECT PROGRAM TO FUNCTION. if I DO NOT FIND ANY VALUE IN IT SOON I AM JUST GOING TO UNINSTALL IT AND SAY GOOD RIDDANCE. if ANYTHING IT MAY BE SPY WARE OR JUNK WARE BUT IT CERTAINLY IS USELESS TO ME.

Summary

dO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS JUNK. I HAVE IT ALREADY ON MY COMPUTER FREE AND I HATE IT BECAUSE OF THE WAY IT GRABS FILES IT IS NOT INTENDED TO USE BY ME.

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5 stars

"Superb Player"

October 10, 2014  |  By JHzlwd

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDVD 14.0

Pros

Actually works - and in a straightforward way.

Cons

A bit pricey but you get what you pay for. Forget the free stuff. It's a big waste of time.

Summary

Tried numerous Open Source (free) players and not one would sync closed captions properly. Some even would pause during playback and get the audio out of sync. I'm lookin' at you, VLC, which has both problems. Power DVD just plays your DVD the way it's meant to be with no need to fool with sync settings or other details you shouldn't have to deal with. Very easy to use and intuitive with a great interface.

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1 stars

"This is a scam!!!"

May 20, 2014  |  By captainbj

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDVD 14

Pros

absolute the worst of the worst. No support, nothing.

Cons

Key doesn't work at all. No reply from support. I tried to call and send tickets. They want to charge for giving me support.

Summary

Don't fall for this trap.

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1 stars

"Cyberlink sucks"

May 09, 2014  |  By tpearce06

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDVD 12

Pros

I purchased this program 1 week ago and was given a product key to download the software. The product key does not work. I tried to contact them to inform them of my problem.. In order to do so it said they would like a payment of 29.99 for resolution well i already paid 85.00 for the program so NO I do not want to pay another 30.00 for something I never even had a chance of opening. Customer service did send me an email to change my password though!!! Even though my password was never an issue. Asknet is the company that provides payment to cyberlink they sent me a form to fill out for a refund but Its asking for information I do not have and I need to get it to Germany!!! *** is wrong with this company??? I hope they go Bankrupt for conning people out of money... **** YOU CYBERLINK..that is all have a nice day

Cons

my con is my pro

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2 stars

"Good programme and interface,but"

April 15, 2014  |  By Trumph

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDVD 14

Pros

Does what others do not,but in differing ways so hard too Judge.

Cons

I had to delete this edition as it was supposed to be an update to my allready installed software,BUT it wanted me too buy, as it was only a trail version.Does interfere with other programmes and jolly hard to alter settings

Summary

Wasted my air time units .This programme says FREE like all these scams to download without a mention about being only a trail version.and certainly not an UPGRADE to my software as expected.Not at all Happy Chappy

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What's new in version 15
  • TrueTheater Color --intelligently analyzes video footage and optimizes hues and vibrancy, creating a true-to-life viewing experience. TrueTheater Color recognizes skin tones in footage and applies only subtle adjustments to these areas in order to achieve improvements while retaining authentic coloring.
  • TrueTheater Sound --applies smart enhancements to four key areas simultaneously in order to create a richer, fuller audio environment:
    • Bass boosting for effective recreation of that "cinema sound"
    • Vocal range amplification, making speech crisper and more audible
    • Reverb engagement to create a virtual surround sound effect
    • Volume amplification to boost audio performance in environments with high levels of ambient noise such as aircrafts, trains, cars, offices, etc.
  • Bit-Perfect High Definition Audio Output: Typically found only in very high-end audio applications, Windows Audio Session API (WASAPI) manages the flow of lossless audio data (ALAC and FLAC, for example) between software and speakers. PowerDVD is the only movie and media player to support WASAPI. PowerDVD can utilize an "exclusive mode," meaning that the software assumes exclusive use of the speakers to deliver a movie's soundtrack. That means PowerDVD is able to block non-critical system sounds, and eliminate instants of audio interruptions that can degrade the movie experience.
  • A True Lossless Experience: Being able to assign the speakers exclusively to the audio playback of selected media also allows PowerDVD to provide optimum sampling rates for audio. PowerDVD configures the audio device to match the source format (bits per sample and sampling rate) so to avoid any quality degradation. The final result is true lossless audio, and perfect sound output.
  • Broadest range of Format Support: PowerDVD 15 now offers convenient direct playback of Blu-ray and DVD ISO files, either directly from the PC or via a network-connected drive. No additional mounting tools are required.
  • Smooth Playback of High Frame Rate Video: High speed video recording is no longer just for professionals. The new iPhone 6 can record video footage at 120 or even 240 frames per second (fps). But few media players offer quality playback for high speed video. PowerDVD 15 introduces an intelligent playback algorithm designed specifically for this purpose. PowerDVD will analyze the refresh rate of the monitor the footage is to be played on, then intelligently decode and render only those portions of the source clip that can be handled by the monitor. For example, if the source clip is filmed at 240 fps, but the playback display has only 60 fps refresh rate, PowerDVD will decode selected frames to match the refresh rate of the monitor. This results in smooth playback with zero stutter.
  • Enhanced 4K Playback: Overlay rendering in PowerDVD offers a method of rendering video images to a monitor using a dedicated memory buffer inside hardware. This frees PowerDVD from constant memory clipping and checking that negatively impact playback performance. When PowerDVD detects a 4K video file and a 4K monitor, Overlay Mode is automatically engaged to optimize the rendering pipeline and reduce the graphic resource load, delivering smooth, lag-free playback.
  • Battery Life Optimization: Device and laptop battery life is becoming an increasingly important factor for many movie lovers. Both PowerDVD and its mobile companion app, Power Media Player, have been designed from the ground up to extend useful battery life well beyond what other players can offer.
  • Faster Startup: CyberLink has spent extensive resources in the advancement of the company's Instant Play technology, aimed at making PowerDVD the quickest-loading player in the world. Instant Play is the name given to a set of start-up refinements based on data gleaned from PowerDVD's Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP). Usage data from participants is analyzed to determine which features and settings are most popular and which are less used. Features that are non-essential to users can be bypassed at startup to reduce loading times. Instant Play also integrates BD-Live bypass technology to remove Blu-ray previews when not needed, as well as express loading for specific start-up pathways, e.g. launching a video by double-clicking the file in Windows Explorer.
General
Publisher CyberLink
Publisher web site http://www.cyberlink.com
Release Date April 14, 2015
Date Added August 25, 2015
Version 15
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Players
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1008.96KB
File Name CyberLink_PowerDVD_Downloader.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 13,679,915
Downloads Last Week 3,729
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $99.95

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