CyberLink PowerDVD

CyberLink PowerDVD

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 595 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    13
  • Total Downloads:
    13,456,145
  • Date Added:
    April 02, 2013
  • File Size:
    1.34MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    10,061
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Editors' Review

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Don't let its archaic name fool you; Cyberlink PowerDVD may sound like a name that's rooted in history, but it's actually an innovative media player and library manager that goes beyond just standard disc playback. In fact, PowerDVD 13 aims to distinguish itself from the premium media player crowd with features like "TrueTheater" enhancements, presentable media browsing, and customizable playback tools. To wrap it all up, PowerDVD also aims to rope all your media devices into one connected experience.

The installation process is standard: Cyberlink takes about 360MB of space and leaves a light footprint. And like any good media experience, it's important to at least have some organization with your media content if you haven't already done so; Cyberlink will add your system's default "My Videos" and "My Pictures" folders and display just about every video on your PC. Do yourself a favor and separate them into folders in advance for the best navigation setup.

Browsing your media is now a pleasant experience. PowerDVD will generate a thumbnail for every movie file and present your library in a photo-gallery like mode over a dark layout. By default, PowerDVD separates your content by identifying your files as photos, videos, or movies by size and type. PowerDVD will also scan your movie library and cross-reference your files with an online database to display movie information like summaries, reviews, and thumbnails. When combined with the use of a remote or smartphone via Wi-Fi and Cinema mode, your movies are displayed in a layout comparable to that of XBMC and Steam's Big Picture mode.

The meat of the application is in PowerDVD's playback delivery. In addition to increased support for movie file types and speedier performance gains, tweaks like TrueTheater, DLNA support, and 3D conversion have made their way into the new version. TrueTheater is basically a fancier option for adjusting the sharpness and brightness during movie playback. Though this is usually a bad habit in photo editing, applying the setup to motion pictures did indeed improve the viewing experience. Given that Blu-ray files are at such high definition, adjusting image settings does little to reduce the overall image quality. The gain from this minor trade-off results in a clearer picture and is a well executed feature if you have the hardware to run it. Enabling split-screen mode lets you compare your results in real time while the movie is playing, so users don't have to adjust blindly while going back and forth.

Should you ever run out of content or feel like browsing your videos online, Cyberlink also includes the obligatory support for Facebook and YouTube. You can log in to your Facebook account or YouTube account and watch all your uploaded movies and subscribed channels. Unfortunately, this option wasn't available in Cinema mode for our review build.

PowerDVD 13 pretty much covers all the bases: it supports updated standards for 4K and higher resolution content, lossless audio a-la FLAC, and enough customizable tweaks to satisfy an image quality obsessed crowd. Combined with existing DLNA support for playback on tablet devices, it brings a lot to the table for both playback and unification of your media device ecosystem.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.4

    out of 25 votes

    • 5 star 20
    • 4 star 0
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 0
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    3.5

    out of 595 votes

    • 5 star 247
    • 4 star 111
    • 3 star 49
    • 2 star 45
    • 1 star 143
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    "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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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 13

    Multimedia Support:
    • BD-Live Bypass
    • AVCHD 2.0 1080p/3D support
    • Dedicated Movie Library
    • Display file-based movies with cover art
    • Customize subtitles / multiple subtitles
    • View PGS subtitles in MKV movie files

    TrueTheater Technology:
    • TrueTheater HD for Full HD video

    User Interface/ Player feature:
    • Instant start for photos, video & music
    • Cinema mode file playback support
    • Mini music player
    • TV refresh rate auto-synced to DVD frame rate
    • High DPI - auto scale interface
    • Instantly hide controls in full screen mode
    • Keyboard arrows to skip forward / back
    • Customize interface, hotkey & mouse controls
    General
    Publisher CyberLink
    Publisher web site http://www.cyberlink.com
    Release Date April 02, 2013
    Date Added April 02, 2013
    Version 13
    Category
    Category Video Software
    Subcategory Video Players
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows XP
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 1.34MB
    File Name CyberLink_PowerDVD_Downloader.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 13,456,145
    Downloads Last Week 10,061
    Pricing
    License Model Free to try
    Limitations 30-day trial
    Price $89.95

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