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Works for me.

  • Sep 4, 2008
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WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray provides an improved interface, new higher definition viewing capabilities up to 1080p, and superb surround sound quality. The new `Graphite' user interface looks sleeker and makes viewing and navigation much easier and user friendly. The audio and video controls can easily be personalize to your preferences. I had to contact support (which they were very helpful) in order to get all the "bugs" correctly working, but after making some adjustments to the sound card settings it solved the problem.

Some other benefits that WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray offers that I considered a plus:
You can play home movies and videos. Supports DVD-Video, DivX, RealPlayer, QuickTime, Windows Media and AVI. SD to HD Conversion. De-snow and De-block Filters to remove digital noise (nice feature). Battery Optimization - Extends the life of the laptop's battery providing extended playback.


Here is a list of System Requirements, which I found very helpful since
I was questioning if my computer met the specifications. (Compliments of Corel's website)

For DVD and Video Playback:
· Windows® XP with Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista®
· Minimum CPU:
o Windows XP: Intel® Pentium® III, 800 MHz or equivalent AMD Athlon(tm) processor
o Windows Vista: Intel Pentium 4, 1.0 GHz or equivalent AMD Athlon processor
· Recommended CPU:
Intel Pentium 4, 2.8 GHz or equivalent AMD Athlon, or higher
· 256 MB system memory or above (512 MB RAM recommended)
· 200 MB of hard-disk space for program installation
· 4:3 or 16:9 (widescreen) monitor
· AGP or PCI-Express graphics card/accelerator with DirectDraw(tm) overlay support
· Windows®-compatible sound card and stereo speakers (PCI or on-board audio card)
· DVD-ROM, DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo, DVD-R/RW, DVD+RW or DVD-RAM drive
Supported Formats:
Disc: DVD-Video, VCD, SVCD, Mini DVD (DVD on CD), WMV HD, Audio CD
The Plus version also supports AVCHD(tm) disc
Video: MPEG-1, 2, 3GPP/3GPP2, DivX®, Windows Media®, AVI, RealPlayer®, QuickTime® formats, HDV, MPEG-2 HD
The Plus version also supports H.264 and AVCHD
Audio: Dolby Digital®, MP3, AAC, MPA, M2A, WAV, WMA, DTS®, LPCM
For Blu-ray/HD DVD Playback:
· Windows XP with service pack 2 or Windows Vista
· Minimum CPU:
o Intel® Core(tm) Duo T2400 1.83 GHz
o AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ 2.0 GHz
· Recommended CPU:
o Intel: Core Duo T2500 2.0 GHz, Core Duo E6400 2.13 GHz, Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4 GHZ, Core 2 Duo 5500 1.66 GHz, or higher
o AMD: AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 2.6 GHz, AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ 2.2 GHz, AMD Turion(tm) 64 X2 TL-60 2.0 Ghz, or higher
· 512 MB system memory or higher (1 GB recommended)
· VGA Chipset: please ensure your VGA chipset supports hardware acceleration
· 128 MB VGA VRAM or higher (256 MB recommended)
· Graphics Cards:
o Minimum:
NVIDIA GeForce® 7600, ATI Radeon(tm) X 1600
o Recommended:
NVIDIA GeForce 8400, ATI Radeon HD 2400 or higher
· VGA Driver Version: To ensure you can enjoy full quality of Blu-ray and HD DVD movies, please visit the ATI and NVIDIA Web sites to download the latest drivers
· Optical Drive: Blu-ray optical drive for Blu-ray titles or HD DVD drive for HD DVDmovies. Both Blu-ray and HD DVD drives can play back standard DVD titles. Standard DVD optical drives can play back HD-REC (HD DVD video burned on a standard DVD), as well as AVCHD discs
· Display Device: If you are using a Digital Visual Interface (DVI) or High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) connection to a digital output, please make sure your display device is High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP)-compatible and your VGA supports HDCP
Supported Formats for Blu-ray/HD DVD Playback:
Disc: Commercial HD DVD & Blu-ray discs, HD DVD-R, BD-R and RE, HD-REC
Video: MPEG4-AVC (H.264), MPEG-2 HD, and VC1
Audio: Dolby Digital® Plus, Dolby® TrueHD and DTS®-HD

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WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray is DVD, Blu-ray Disc and video playback software that delivers quality and entertainment in style. Play spectacular Blu-ray and HD DVD discs on your PC, or enjoy standard DVDs with state-of-the-art HD-quality upscaling. Take your movies on the go with advanced battery optimization controls for laptops. Play home movies recorded on the latest high-definition AVCHD camcorders. Choose WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray for the ultimate DVD and video playback experience.

Choose WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray for the ultimate DVD and video playback experience.

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  • Blu-ray and HD DVD support--Experience stunning high-definition entertainment on your PC.
  • State-of-the-art Upscaling--Play standard DVDs at HD resolution with unique upscaling and motion enhancement.
  • Movies on the Go--Powerful laptop features ensure the best movie experience--wherever you are!
  • Memories--Enjoy the full quality of high-definition home movies recorded with the latest AVCHD or Blu-ray camcorders.

Unique All2HD offers state-of-the-art upscaling.

See more of the action with advanced Digital Natural Motion.

Enjoy your video collection like never before. Watch standard DVD movies at near-HD quality with captivating surround sound.

Watch movies wherever you are.

Play crystal-clear high-definition home movies from the latest AVCHD camcorders.

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