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Now with sharing and streaming via the cloud to just about any device, Cyberlink"s đoạn phim player is one step closer lớn ruling the đoạn phim playbaông xã world.


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PowerDVD 20 offers the best video clip playbaông xã money can buy, bar none. Yes, more than competent freebies such as VLC are available, but when it comes to lớn image quality, Cyberlink’s pay-player has no peers. And peers, you & yours, is largely what this lathử nghiệm version is all about—you can now upload, nội dung, and stream your videos khổng lồ nearly any device & anyone via the company’s cloud service.

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Updated to provide a links khổng lồ our news story about the release of PowerDVD 21.

Interface and usability

PowerDVD features two interfaces: one for use while you’re at your PC, and the other—TV Mode—for use with a remote when you’re playing couch potato lớn. To facilitate your slothfulness, Cyberlinks provides the Power Remote ứng dụng, so your phone can fill that role. Sweet.


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PowerDVD 20’s TV mode interface is designed for use with a remote control. Normally, this page will show all available movies. I liked the capture bare. Use your imagination, or look at the next image.

The TV Mode interface shown above is simple & easy, but the PC version below, while attractive & efficient enough for basics such as browsing và playing, could use some work in the nooks & crannies. Cascaded dialog boxes are convoluted, and it’s occasionally difficult to see where one ends and the other begins. Additionally, the popup menus aren’t always completely contextualized, showing numerous selections that aren’t germane to lớn the task at h&.

To be fair, most video player configuration dialog boxes and menus are even less efficient, while not being nearly as good-looking. And I’m being picky—you’ll adapt in short order.

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Cyberlink

Cyberlink’s PC interface is attractive and efficient with basic tasks. But it could use some work in the dialogs and menus.

Legacy features

Before I get to the new stuff—a basic overview of what PowerDVD đôi mươi does & what makes it better than the rest. As you might suspect from the name, the program started life as a tool to lớn play DVD movies (including copy-protected commercial titles) from a PC. It still does that, as well as supporting new Blu-ray and Ultra HD Blu-ray movie discs if you have sầu an HDCP-capable GPU. 

It also plays a very wide variety of the most popular video clip, audio, and image files, though it’s not quite as universal as the company has at times trumpeted. Some legacy (RealMedia) và oddball codecs (some FLV, và even some older AVC) that VLC handles easily won’t play, or play only as audio with PowerDVD. The program is also a more than capable librarian và organizer with playlists, rankings, & the like. 

While it’s not obliging of antiques, PowerDVD’s real value lies in its TrueTheater enhancements: HD upscaling, HDR color, lighting, motion compensation, noise reduction, và stabilization. The latter is useful if your camera didn’t take care of this on its own. Not all are available with all material or hardware, however; HDR color enhancement, for example, is only available if your PC’s graphics hardware supports it.

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PowerDVD’s TrueTheater enhancements can make a world of difference in the unique of đoạn Clip playbachồng. Especially with older or lower-resolution material.

PowerDVD 20 will stream videos from various sources, including any local DLNA VPS (such as the NAS box I use khổng lồ store my movies), YouTube, và Vimeo. It also “pins” YouTube videos for offline viewing. You can even cast to your TV using Cyberlink’s Android & iOS apps, which are free.

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The $100 Ultra và 365 ($55 annually) versions of PowerDVD support all the lakiểm tra (& not so latest) technologies, including 3 chiều, 360-degree Clip with spatial audio, 8K UHD, HDR & more. If it’s a hot new thing, or was a hot new thing at one time, Cyberlink has added support—at least to the Ultra version.

The standard ($50) & pro ($80) versions don’t support all the advanced technologies, which honestly, some users won’t need. Cloud sharing & streaming aren’t provided with these versions, either. You can find the complete comparison of the versions here. 

New features

As I mentioned up top, by far the most compelling new feature in PowerDVD 20 is the leveraging of Cyberlink’s existing online storage infrastructure for storing, sharing, & remotely viewing your movies. The aforementioned Android & iOS apps allow viewing on the go, và you may nói qua links with your friends, who can use those apps for không tính tiền as well. chú ý that videos are transcoded lớn 720p or 1080p resolution as necessary during uploads.

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Cyberlink

Cyberlink’s Cloud can be used to store, chia sẻ, & stream your movies. Higher-resolution videos will be transcoded khổng lồ 720p or 1080p resolution.

100GB of Cyberliên kết Cloud storage is provided free for one year with the perpetual version of PowerDVD trăng tròn Ultra, và can be renewed for $10 per 10GB per year, up to a maximum of 100GB. The 365 rental version is renewable in & of itself, and being only $55, is likely the better deal if you make heavy use of the cloud services. If you only use it lightly, the perpetual license with less capathành phố might make more sense.

Another new feature is “resume.” If you’re like me & don’t always finish a movie in one sitting, you’ll appreciate that PowerDVD now offers to lớn take you back lớn where you left off. This can save sầu quite a bit of time you’d otherwise spkết thúc memorizing the last location (tough when you’re falling asleep) & scrolling, & eliminates the possibility of ruining the suspense when you accidentally skip past your last location. Don’t ask me why I thought of that. 

Cyberliên kết has added the facial recognition/tagging featured in its other products to PowerDVD’s image section, which also plays into the new social aspects of PowerDVD. Lastly, the company has moved from its own movie info database to lớn a third-buổi tiệc nhỏ repository of film knowledge with nice results. Cyberlink’s wasn’t bad; this one’s better. And no, they didn’t tell me which one. If any of you movie buffs recognize it, let me know. 

Video quality & performance

While VLC and Media Player Classic will serve sầu most users quite well, they don’t offer the ease & breadth of PowerDVD’s True-this & True-that Clip enhancements discussed above sầu. You can almost always make a movie look better in PowerDVD than in other players. 

While the enhancements have a pleasant effect on high-resolution đoạn phim, where they really shine is with any material that’s of lower resolution than your display, or older material that may not have been remastered as well as it should have sầu been.

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My Man Godfrey without TrueTheater HD upscaling.

PowerDVD is my go-khổng lồ for classic movies (My Man Godfrey in the captures) when I watch them on my computer, especially when output via DisplayPort/HDMI lớn a 4K TV.

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My Man Godfrey with TrueTheater HD upscaling. The difference is noticeable.

TrueTheater HD capable of sharper upscaling than that done in most TVs, especially less expensive sầu models. 

Playbaông xã performance with PowerDVD đôi mươi was top-notch, though you might experience issues with less powerful CPUs and GPUs at higher resolution videos. That’s true with all đoạn phim players. Turning off the enhancements can help, though I never felt I had to lớn with any of the videos I tried. 

As to that, I played all the 2160p (4K UHD) và 4320p (8K UHD) demo material I use to kiểm tra TVs, on my 2015 iMac (running Windows 10) with its bộ vi xử lý Core i5-6500 và AMD Radeon R9 M380 GPU. There were no major hiccups though panning of detailed city- & nature- scapes wasn’t quite as smooth as with a top-kết thúc TV. On the other hand, there were no traces of moire or shimmer that you’ll find on all be the very best 8K UHD TVs. As I said, mileage will vary with hardware. 

What Cyberliên kết needs lớn work on is making background connections to lớn external và remote truyền thông media a background process. I experienced several “Cthua the program/Wait for the program to respond” dialog boxes và system lags of up khổng lồ 10 seconds while PowerDVD waited for local hard drives và a NAS box khổng lồ spin up. The program also spends a lot of time downloading info from the online database & showcase (new stuff you just have sầu lớn watch!). If you experience slowdowns, just wait—the program will come around.

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PowerDVD 20 is the first choice for those seeking every last ounce of Clip unique, và of course those that want khổng lồ play commercial DVD, Blu-Ray, and Ultra Blu-ray discs using a PC. The sharing & streaming are a very nice addition that will likely have broad appeal for business & private use alượt thích. That said, I’m all about the “resume” baby! Nice work Cyberliên kết. 


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