Far from being yet another Blu-ray player, CyberLink PowerDVD can be considered an all-in-one media player. Apart from playing back all your Blu-ray discs at the highest quality your PC monitor can provide (enhanced with its new TrueTheater Color and Sound features), it can play any video and audio file, and any set of photos stored on your system.
Likewise, it will allow you to enjoy your favorite YouTube videos, and whatever media you stored on your CyberLink Cloud Service account.
When opened, its attractive and elegant interface will show you all the media stored on your computer, neatly organized by categories. You are shown thumbnails of your movies, video files, photos, and audio files, as well as the info about any recently-added media, your favorite playlists, your top-rated files, etc. All your photographs – or the set selected – will be presented to you in a pro-like stunning slideshow, while your videos and Blu-ray movies will be played back in the program’s elegantly-designed player, complete with all the controls you need to move around the video in the quickest and most convenient way. From here you can access all the features, menus, and extras provided by the Blu-ray discs in a simple and efficient way, even in full-screen mode.
As said, you can also use PowerDVD as a YouTube and Vimeo player. It will act as a limited-range browser that will look in any of these sites for whatever video file you are interested in, find it, and play it back for you. You can create your own playlists with all your media files, and connect to your CyberLink Cloud account to retrieve and enjoy whatever films, photos, and music are stored there.
PowerDVD offers you a high level of customization. You can define the appearance and the position of your subtitles, the region code to be used (up to 5 code changes), how to sync with CyberLink Cloud and in which folders the contents will be downloaded, your favorite hotkeys (both keyboard and mouse wheel), etc. This comprehensive player fully supports 3D content, so if your system is equipped with the right 3DNow! technology you will be able to enjoy your 3D Blu-ray movies also with PowerDVD.
Its new TrueTheater Color and Sound features will analyze your movies and media files and will make the most of your system’s video and audio capabilities. It can now play DVD ISO files directly, and has greatly improved its H.265 and H.264 hardware acceleration to provide a flawless playback of these codecs. New audio enhancements have also been introduced, paying special attention to the playback of lossless formats (such as ALAC and FLAC) and to the optimization of the sampling rates for a better audio experience. I won’t list here all the improvements of this new edition of CyberLink PowerDVD as they are far too many, but you can always download the trial version of the program and check them out for yourself. You will surely find it worth trying.