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CyberLink PowerDVD

By CyberLink Free to try Editors' Rating

Key Details of CyberLink PowerDVD

  • Enjoy the best video quality in 4K, HDR, Blu-ray or DVD, HEVC, and 360 VR
  • Last updated on 04/17/20
  • There has been 1 update within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 0 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon
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Editors' Review

shelbybrown Apr 14, 2015

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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 20.0

Version 20:
  • Multi-screen media library on phone or PC/Mac browser
  • Cross-screen continue to watch movie/TV
  • Cinema Quality Audio Playback (More Formats)

General

Release April 17, 2020
Date Added April 17, 2020
Version 20.0

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 14,157,006
Downloads Last Week 63
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Developer's Description

PowerDVD does more than playback Blu-ray and DVD movies. It's an all-in-one, premium multimedia player that organizes and plays your entire collection of movies, music, and photos. PowerDVD installs on your PC or laptop for media playback, as well as casting to your mobile devices at home. Better yet, you can take your media collection on-the-go by syncing them to your private CyberLink Cloud, enjoying them whenever and wherever you need entertainment. The true, premium multimedia experience. Thought you knew PowerDVD? Think again.