This review applies to version 14.0.
The latest version of this software will soon be reviewed by our
CyberLink PowerDVD is a full-featured and versatile media player that allows you not only to watch and enjoy DVD movies, Blu-ray discs and images, but also to play and listen to your favorite audio files.
All its functionality is encapsulated in a simple and attractive interface, with all the controls you need to navigate your movies and other media comfortably and intuitively.
PowerDVD comes with specific settings for certain media, especially for DVDs and Blu-ray discs. This player supports both 2D and 3D Blu-ray movies, and allows you to select a region code of your choice up to five times, so that you can watch region-coded Blu-ray discs irrespective of the part of the world they come from.
Hotkey customization is yet another of the program's main assets - you can set custom key combinations to skip various time lapses backwards and forwards, or simply to zoom in and out, fast forward or rewind your videos, and to set a different volume level using your mouse wheel, for instance.
As a video player, CyberLink PowerDVD is an excellent one. The image it offers is crystal clear, even in the full screen mode. It is possible thanks to the TrueTheater technology that not only upscales standard videos to HD quality, but also allows you to view 2D videos in 3D. The quality of your videos can be further enhanced by making some basic yet effective adjustments to the image, such contrast and lighting, as well as by applying the TrueTheater noise reduction and stabilization algorithms. All the controls you need to enhance your viewing experience are discreetly shown in a comprehensive bar at the bottom side of the screen (including quick access to the program's settings, 3D viewing when available, and a rotation tool).
Finally, the audio player shares the same attractive interface as the video player and will offer you some extra information about the selected audio files, such as the title, artist, album, track number, and the total length of the track, together with a thumbnail of the CD cover.
CyberLink has included extensive improvements and new features in this new PowerDVD 14 edition. It now supports multi-angle MKV video, multi-audio MP4, and lossless audio codecs such as ALAC. You can now watch YouTube videos offline, as well as Vimeo videos. Apart from these, this latest major release stands out thanks to many other interesting functions.