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Does most of what Corel promises it will do

  • Sep 14, 2008
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I installed WinDVD 9 Plus on a computer running Windows XP SP 2. The screen has 1920 x 1200 resolution. WinDVD 9 installed without problems.

Probably the strongest benefit this package provides is the number of media formats it will play: DVD-Video, DivX, RealPlayer, QuickTime, Windows Media, AVI, H.264 and MPEG-2 HD Transport Stream (M2T). Additionally, WinDVD supports AVCHD, Blu-Ray from Hitachi camcorders, HDV video, recordable HD DVD or Blu-ray media such as HD DVD-R, BD-R and RE discs and HD-Rec discs (HD DVD video recorded on standard DVD media). One can certainly call that versatility. (By the way, you need to have QuickTime and RealPlayer installed to play those formats.)

I was unable to test any of the Blu-Ray formats or the AVCHD.

I did test DVD-Video, DivX, RealPlayer, QuickTime, Windows Media, AVI, H.264 and MPEG-2 video - and all these formats worked well, which is surprising since so many programs overstate their capabilities. With regard to these media formats, Corel's claims are accurate.

One Corel claim, however, left me scratching my head: WinDVD will "convert standard DVDs to crisp high-definition video with outstanding color and clarity". Frankly I was unable to see a differene in playback from standard commercial DVDs. Perhaps a more discerning viewer might see a difference because of WinDVD 9. I did not.

The User Interface is simple and uncluttered, which is nice.

Operation was smooth and I haven't encountered any crashes yet.

Overall, I think WinDVD 9 is very capable and versatile video playback software. In my eyes, its most impressive feature is the number of video formats it will play - that is really a very cool feature. I am also impressed with WinDVD's stability so far. In the past, I've sometimes encountered difficulties with video playback software. So far, WinDVD has been very well behaved.

Jerry

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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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DVD & Video Playback for Today

  • 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.

Stylish Good Looks
The sophisticated graphite interface blends seamlessly with your Windows XP or Vista desktop....

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