Sometimes you really do get what you pay for. At least you do with the pricey CyberLink PowerDVD, a nifty video player that combines ease of use, top-notch performance, and an outstanding feature set.
The compact and handy interface comes in several flavors, including a miniature version with minimal playback controls. The context menu is customizable, and the program automatically resumes playback from the last point you viewed. You can bookmark interesting scenes and move subtitles so they don't interfere with the picture. Video-enhancement options include color profiles and Eagle Vision technology, which makes the picture brighter and more natural. CyberLink PowerDVD also has tools for improving sound on headphones or two-speaker systems. You can enable a different parental control level for each of your kids. It also supports Blu-ray discs and picture-in-picture displays.
What's not to like? OK, the price: $69.95 might seem steep, but you're getting a lot for your money. Also, Windows Vista users have complained about bugs since Version 7, so caveat emptor if you're on a Vista-32 machine.
PowerDVD 8 delivers new dimensions in the way consumers can enjoy their movies. In addition to offering industry-leading movie playback quality in high-definition (HD), PowerDVD now extends the movie experience with an online web service called MoovieLive and offers an innovative and novel concept of remixing your favorite DVD movies for sharing with the world. PowerDVD 8 delivers uncompromising quality for movie playback on the PC. Support for Blu-ray Discs offers a new world of movie features, including seamless disc navigation, Picture-in-Picture support, and movie extras. Widescreen, high-definition output supports the latest HD displays. And with support for 7.1-channel high-definition audio, users can enjoy a true home theater experience via their PC.
Version 8 features Blu-ray format support.
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Version 8 delivers new dimensions in the way consumers can enjoy their movies, and extends the movie experience with an online community called.