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Impressive!

  • Oct 16, 2008
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First off, let me just say that I don't own a Blu-ray player and my review is based on DVD's only. Most of the review, however, will most likely apply to Blu-Ray as well.


>> Video Enhancements

Here are just some highlights:

- De-snow, De-block, and up-sampling:
De-block reduces pixelation and up-sampling is a filter that fills in extra pixels to improve picture quality. I am unable to see an appreciable improvement in the picture quality of the DVD's with these enhancements turned on. The De-snow option, however, significantly reduced video noise and dramatically improved picture quality on some of the DVD's I played.

- Trimension All2HD:
Enabling this option helps convert standard videos into "high-definition". The improvements are definitely noticeable - Trimension All2HD reduces noise and makes the picture more crisp. However don't expect the picture quality to be "just like HD." There is even a split screen (or Demo) option where the left side of the screen has Trimension All2HD enabled and the right side doesn't so you're able to see the difference between them.

Here's a caveat - Trimension All2HD is CPU-intensive, so if you have a slower computer, it may slow the other programs running on your computer.


>> Color Adjustments
It goes without saying the WinDVD comes with the standard adjustsments such as Brightness, Contrast, Hue, Color, and Gamma correction. Apart from the Brightness, the colors look great on my player with the color adjustments left at their default values.


>> Audio Enhancements

- Virtual Surround Sound:
If you don't have surround sound speakers, you're in luck. WinDVD uses the patented SRS TruSurround XT technology, which takes 5.1 or 6.1 multichannel content and virtualizes the channels for output to 2 speakers. The result is an immersive audio experience - impressive and the best virtual surround sound I've ever heard coming from 2 speakers!


>> User Interface
The user interface is a pleasure to use. I've read complaints that the controls are not intuitive - I don't understand why - but for me I was thrilled at how quick and easy it was to control the application:

- Click once anywhere on the screen and the menu bar and play controls show up. Click again to hide them.

- Double-click to go into full-screen mode. Double-click again to restore.

- Right-click for a popup menu for some quick options like play, stop, repeat, forward, and most of the controls you'll need to navigate through your video.

- Audio/Picture enhancements and all other options come up in a window overlaid on the video. You can make adjustments (Trimension All2HD, De-snow, color, etc.) on the fly (dynamically) while still being able to navigate your video (pause, play, fast-forward, etc.) unlike some applications where you have to dismiss the windows before being able to access the video controls.


>> Usability
My biggest complaint about usability is the application can be sluggish at times particularly when Trimension All2HD, SRS TruSurround XT, and other CPU-intensive options are turned on. On my 2.5 GHz computer, WinDVD can take a couple of minutes to respond to mouse-clicks while it changes the mouse pointer into an "hour glass." Even though the video playback is smooth, it can become out of sync with the audio at this time. However, once the options are fully enabled, video playback returns to its full functioning capacity.


Overall, despite some issues with the application being sluggish at times, I'm very impressed with the Video/Audio quality. Plus, WinDVD gets high marks for its very user-friendly interface. I was especially blown away by the virtual surround sound feature. So to wrap it up, WinDVD has my vote on being one of the best players!

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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.

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