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Cyberlink PowerDVD 14 has always been ahead of any other media player since it’s past few versions. What makes it different, rather a complete media entertainment hub is the set of features it provides. Yes, we admit it costs more than any other media player, hence suiting those who are in need of serious multimedia experience with all the necessary hardware present. We will discuss this part in details in the later sections. Now lets start with the features Cyberlink PowerDVD 14 has packed.
Cyberlink PowerDVD 14 Feature Overview
PowerDVD 14 Interface
The interface is not much different if you have already used the previous version. The basic presentation and arrangement of things are the same. The left side menus and bottom controls present easy access to various tasks you might want to perform whereas the middle portion of the screen is to display the results in terms of media, devices etc.
Overall interface appears neat and we felt it to be better in visual appearance than the previous versions with lighter color shade and semi transparency.
PowerDVD 14 Functionality
Apart from basic functionality like adding media library, playing Blu-ray disks and all, you can do a lot more. You can directly synchronize your media files from your phone. In our test it only required us to plug in our device and PowerDVD automatically detected and organized the media content.
Media Streaming feature i.e DLNA is of great help when we want to stream media across devices. PowerDVD provides this feature with great efficiency. There were no lags that we experienced during our test. Though this experience will change defending on your hardware.
Another feature that we liked much was the YouTube playback. Once you login to your YouTube Chanel, it will display your favorite subscriptions and latest videos. Best thing is that you can pin the videos if you want offline viewing for the videos. Also there are no ads in the videos. Other options include Facebook, Flickr, vimeo. Facebook friend photos can be viewed in the same way or you can choose to watch a slideshow. Oh wait, it does not end there. You can comment on the photos as well.
Features like Cloud Service and Store allows you to conveniently store videos and photos to cloud storage and also buy music online.
PowerDVD 14 Playback
Form of media that can be played are:
- Blu-ray software, Blu-ray 3D, and DVD player
- Movies and videos files, including MKV, MP4, AVCHD, XAVC-S
- UltraHD 4K and HEVC (H.265) videos
- Music files in MP3, FLAC, ALAC and popular formats
Practically you can play any video available around. Now lets take a look at video playback options for better viewing and convenience.
- TrueTheater HD – Upscale video to HD quality and beyond
- TrueTheater Motion – Up-convert frame-rate for smoother video playback
- TrueTheater 3D – Turn 2D movies and photos to 3D
- TrueTheater Lighting– Enhanced image colors and detail
- TrueTheater Stretch– Intelligently expand 4:3 video to 16:9
- TrueTheater Stabilizer – Minimize video shakiness
- TrueTheater Denoise – Reduce video artifacts
- TrueTheater Surround – Expand stereo output for home theater-style surround sound
Use these features according to your needs for the best experience. We found significant improvement in video quality with respect to sharpness, clarity and color depth. YouTube video experience will never be the same with PowerDVD. It’s amazing.
Cyberlink PowerDVD 14 is no doubt the best in class. It bundles every thing necessary for a complete multimedia experience. The question stands, is it really for you? Well, if you have a HD or Ultra HD television at home with a powerful PC, powerful enough to process HD videos and multiple mobile devices which are used to view media content. The answer will be definitely YES. PowerDVD 14 becomes the seamless media hub for all devices around you.
If you are just watching videos on your laptop screen then we suggest you to stick with free video players such as VLC, KM Player etc.