TopTenREVIEWS - Gold Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

When searching for the best DVD player software we found PowerDVD by CyberLink. Because this company has been in the home theater viewing for many years and are experienced with offering the best features we could find such as the simplistic integration with social media, they deserve our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award.

PowerDVD will allow you to view any media format on your PC. This includes videos from Facrbook, YouTube or any home video unit. If you are searching for a specific scene of your video you can use the Ultra-fast Instant Seek option that will help you to find that scence more quickly and easier than ever before. With this DVD player software, you also have the capability of playing almost all video formats currently available. This is truly an all-in-one application to enhance your video viewing pleasure.

Using PowerDVD you can now increase the quality of all of your videos. With this application, you can give your home videos a more contemporary look and feel. You have the option of adding a plethora of details such as enhancing details for better viewing. You can also reduce the shakiness of videos and remove background noise, creating a more professional feel to your home videos.

Feature Set
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One of PowerDVD’s nicest features is FancyView. Utilizing PowerDVD’s Smart Navigation, FancyView allows you to navigate your movies in an animated rolodex sort of way. This feature’s navigation is very similar to Apple and iTunes “Cover Flow.”

One of our favorite and most unique features of PowerDVD is their online movie community, MoovieLive. Using PowerDVD’s Movie Collection organization functionality you can share/display your collection of DVDs and Blu-rays with the MoovieLive community. Here you can add ratings and reviews to movies you’ve seen; share movie remixes; and edit film information like cast or trivia. It’s like a special social network for movie lovers and PowerDVD owners.

With regards to play back, PowerDVD automatically adapts the video to your specific monitor or screen size. This stretching technology means you'll have no more annoying black spaces, just optimal picture with the best ratio for your screen.

PowerDVD can also play movies directly from your hard drive. Simply select the movie folder and press OK. There is also a time-saving shortcut that lets you access video object files (VOB files) through Windows Explorer; just drag the VOB file directly into the screen to begin the movie automatically. This is great for watching home videos ripped directly from your MiniDVD discs. Common media players like Windows Media Player cannot read VOB files.

You can program your mouse or computer keyboard to perform common commands like chapter selection, volume control, fast reverse/forward and more.

PowerDVD includes convenient mobile power settings for notebook computers. When you watch a movie on a notebook computer in battery mode, PowerDVD will balance your power usage to allow the movie to continue to play through to the end. Although you'll experience a slight loss of performance, your movie will not be interrupted by a dead battery. Or, you can preset your battery-saving settings; this allows you to automatically terminate the movie when the battery level reaches a certain percent so that you can preserve your battery power for other tasks.

The best features in the new version aren't so much new features as they are enhancements to old ones, which is fine and even encourage. The audio and video in the playback in this program is a direct result of the upgrades made to the TrueTheater system. We're anticipating what revolutionary changes are going to come in future versions.

Ease of Use
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PowerDVD is simple to use. The program has an uncluttered screen that makes selecting and navigating simple. The buttons and icons are easy to see and each option includes a footnote explanation. You can toggle the size of the control screen with the touch of a button, shrinking the control panel so it doesn't get in your way.

Additionally, using PowerDVD’s FancyView, an interface similar to Apples Cover Flow, browsing through your movie collection couldn’t be easier.

Video Quality
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PowerDVD produces outstanding video quality. The software uses technology called TrueTheater to analyze the video image and enhance brightness, contrast and saturation on the fly. This technology will adjust scenes that are too bright or screens that have a dark overlay (common in DVD movies).

PowerDVD adds contrast to bright scenes and removes the dark overlay from night scenes, providing a crisp, clear picture. The program gives you optimal viewing for any system-TV screen, computer, or HDTV (Hi Definition Television). This requires some specific technological tools. Why? Because most DVDs are interlaced-this means they were designed to play on televisions, not Hi-Definition video systems and computer screens. Portions of your DVD picture must be deinterlaced, or displayed in a different, faster way to give you the sharp visual images you expect from HDTV or a computer monitor.

PowerDVD takes extra steps to ensure that each frame of your video is clear, sharp and clean, as it was meant to be viewed. Without intelligent, adaptive deinterlacing, some scenes in your movie will appear smeary, jagged, or blotchy. And you can even customize the deinterlacing settings if you want.

TrueTheater also enhances your DVD’s lighting, motion and sound; drastically improving your movie watching experience.  If your video isn't in 3D or HD formats, this part of the program can convert it within a few moments.

Audio Quality
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PowerDVD offers superb audio quality to give you cinema sound quality at home. PowerDVD has advanced control features so you can customize your sound to your home environment and desired output. For example, you can define your environment as noisy or quiet, pick between living room, theater, or stadium, and define your desired sound as movie, music, or even onstage music. Or you can avoid choices and have the program use default settings. You may also manually alter the speakers' Surround-Sound settings using DS3D Virtual Speaker Settings software (included). And you can easily play CDs and MP3 audio files with the sensation of Surround-Sound.

The audio in PowerDVD’s newest version includes HDMI 1.3 support, which means you get lossless compressed audio streams. This kind of audio support makes you feel like you are in the theater and part of the movie you are watching.

Help/Support
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PowerDVD is one of few DVD players that provide ample help documentation. The contents category is divided into specific subcategories so you can find subjects easily. If you need more help, you can access the index tab and search for a keyword. If you still have unanswered questions, online support is available.

PowerDVD Summary:
9.4/10

If you want to experience the ambiance of the theater without leaving your home, CyberLink PowerDVD is an excellent choice.  If their entry into the DVD player software arena wasn't the undisputed champion in this category before, it certainly is now.  The gap between it and everyone else keeps getting wider with each new version.

 
 
 

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Pros
The optimized TrueTheater video quality is fantastic, and the software integrates with social media tools.

Cons
The DVD player doesn't support as many advanced audio technologies.

The Verdict
: 9.38/10

With advanced features, functionality and flexibility, PowerDVD is the overall best DVD player software.