CyberLink PowerDVD 17

Media player that runs a variety of video and audio files

  • Category:

    Players

  • Version:

    17

  • Works under:

    Windows 10 / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Trial version
  • Vote:
    7.4 (541)
CyberLink PowerDVD 17
CyberLink PowerDVD 15.0

PowerDVD is a powerful and highly versatile media player that works with DVD and Blu-ray discs, video and audio files in a variety of different formats and photos.

It comes packed with features that let you enhance your viewing experience by optimizing audio and video output, whether you're watching movies on a laptop with a small display, a standard PC or the big screen TV in your living room. PowerDVD even supports the newest Ultra HD Blu-ray format, letting you watch movies in 4K UHD quality. Despite its powerful features, it's still very easy to use and doesn't require you to adjust complex settings or understand technical terms to get the best possible playback experience.

Perfect Quality on All Devices

PowerDVD lets you choose between a PC mode and TV mode when you open the program. This allows it to automatically adjust some playback settings depending on the hardware you'll be using. For example, it will optimize the sound output depending on whether you're using headphones, standard PC stereo speakers or a complete surround sound system.

Compared to many other media player programs, PowerDVD does a fantastic job at giving you an excellent entertainment experience when you hook up your PC to a big screen TV. Its TrueTheater® enhancements result in brighter, more vivid colors, smoother motion and a richer audio environment.

PowerDVD now supports media casting to Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast devices. This makes it easier to enjoy your favorite movies on the big screen, as it eliminates the need to connect your PC to your home entertainment system through a cable.

For those who want to experience next-generation entertainment in the most immersive way possible, it works with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets too. Combined with its support for 3D-360 video, this lets you watch videos while feeling like you're actually at the center of the action.

Neat Interface and Simple Controls

PowerDVD's main interface not only looks great, but is also laid out in a way that lets you quickly get access to the media you need. You can instantly see the videos, audio and pictures in your media library, browse for content on your PC or watch YouTube videos without leaving the program. The latest version comes with the ability to "pin" YouTube videos, essentially saving them on your PC so you can watch them later. You can even choose to just take the audio track and save it in your music library.

Playback controls are very simple, with the "Play/Pause" and volume control buttons being easy to get to at the center. There's a settings button that lets you access more advanced options. Various hotkeys, which are explained in the help section, can be used during playback too.

Free Version Is Just a Trial

Unfortunately, the free version of PowerDVD is time-limited trial that can only be used for 30 days. To keep using the software beyond that, you'll need to buy the full version. Keep an eye on the messages offering the upgrade, especially towards the end of the trial, as you can sometimes get a unique offer for a big discount off the regular price.

Pros

  • Plays DVD and Blu-ray discs, plus all media file formats.
  • Supports Ultra HD Blu-ray disc playback.
  • Enhances playback for PC or TV viewing.
  • Can save YouTube videos for offline viewing.
  • Simple interface layout and controls.

Cons

  • Free version is a 30-day trial.

This is a full-featured software solution for playing DVDs, Blu-rays and the latest multimedia technologies.

This highly functional media player handles a comprehensive number of computer file formats on top of a primary function for playing physical discs. DVD discs and Blu-ray discs load and playback automatically. The latest advances in HDMI connectivity ensure new standards are integrated, including the new generation of 3D Blu-rays and UltraHD 4k viewing on compatible monitors and televisions. The result is crystal-clear video in high-definition, or an upscale standard definition stream that looks just as sharp as native HD. Additionally, the intuitive interface allows a user to select between video and audio file formats, with most audio formats ably supported by PowerDVD software processing. The latest additions to the list are the FLAC and APE lossless audio file formats. Options exist to turn on hardware decoding, a feature that depends on the power and configuration of the host computer. There are even extra features for integrating the software package with social networks, or uploading videos to popular video websites such as YouTube or Vimeo.

The latest version of PowerDVD embraces new internet and mobile technology with syncing, storage and effortless streaming from the ubiquitous cloud. A seamless interface connection between the software application and a mobile devices keeps content current across every platform. With these new mobile features properly configured, on the move users can upload a movie to the cloud, sync the content with the home device and pick up the movie where it was stopped. Intelligent home networking features deliver surround sound and super-clear video streams to any room of the house thanks to DLNA compatibility and the capacity to play well with both the iOS and Android mobile operating platforms.

The list of features continues for several pages, but none of these features would be of any use unless they were tied together by an intuitive graphical interface and simple-to-operate controls. Menus pop up, floating into view to keep the user informed of their actions. The navigation of the software lets a movie enthusiast find a disc or file quickly without having to read through heavy user manuals. The same level of integration is in place for photographs and music, delivering an ease of playback where multimedia fans can easily build playlists and libraries of their favorite content complete with full-color covers, options for multiple soundtracks and subtitles.

Pros

Compatibility with countless file types, including video, image and audio formats.

Focuses on simple operation, but there are options for complex adjustments.

Enhanced network and mobile connectivity. Dedicated cloud support.

Latest video and surround audio standards are supported. UltraHD 4k and 3D playback.

Range of extra features for upconverting and improving playback. TrueTheater HD, TrueTheater 3D, etc.

Cons

Slow loading and occasional instability issues.

Expensive software package. There are free options, but they have fewer features.

Doesn't support TV tuners.

Heavily dependent on owning a powerful computer rig.

Some confusing under-the-hood settings.

Special monitors required for 3D or 4K viewing experience.

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