Watch video on your advanced, ultra HD display with CyberLink PowerDVD Ultra

Watch video on your advanced, ultra HD display with this must have Windows media player

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I love watching movies. In fact, I watch movies more than I watch regular, network TV here in the States. I have a real issue with mainstream television. I am not fond of the writing, I don’t like many of the plot lines, and most of it isn’t appropriate for family viewing. I have cable TV and most of the movie channels because I REALLY don’t like network TV. However, when I can’t watch my movie channels due to travel, business commute or other issues, I really like to take my video on the go and its important to have a really good Windows DVD app like CyberLink’s PowerDVD Ultra at times like those. Its one of my favorites.

PowerDVD Ultra supports all media types including video, audio and photographic content. Its your all-purpose entertainment station. With it, you can enjoy media on your PC, mobile devices, home networks, from the cloud, and even via social networks. PowerDVD Ultra’s enhanced audio-visual quality, extended file format support, improved functionality, refinements to the user interface, and has an enhanced, wide range of digital media experiences.

PowerDVD 15 takes your movie experience to new places with playback enhancements and format support additions you won’t find in any other player. The app intelligently analyzes video footage and optimizes hues and vibrancy, creating a true-to-life viewing experience. TrueTheater Color recognizes skin tones in footage and applies only subtle adjustments to these areas in order to achieve improvements while retaining authentic coloring.

PowerDVD’s intelligent media buffering engine means that you no longer have to deal with stop and start playback, especially when you’re streaming video from a NAS device. This is a huge advancement, as streaming video on your home network just got more reliable. Advanced preloading techniques let PowerDVD analyze and retrieve additional playback data so that your media playback is not interrupted, even if the connection to your storage device is degraded.

PowerDVD Ultra is one of the better DVD players on the market. Its easy to use, has advanced playback and streaming controls and, it also supports 4K video… if you can find video files that actually support the new color and resolution format. When PowerDVD detects a 4K video file and a 4K monitor, Overlay Mode is automatically engaged to optimize the rendering pipeline and reduce the graphic resource load, delivering smooth, lag-free playback.

The app is also simply gorgeous to look at. However, non-standard UI’s are always an issue with Windows. They’re more often than not, “coats of paint,” or masks, over the standard Windows UI and take resources away from the PC, generating performance issues. I didn’t see that here with PowerDVD, and I tested it on an older, Windows 7 based PC.

If you’ve ripped your DVD’s to ISO’s, PowerDVD 15 now offers convenient direct playback of Blu-ray and DVD ISO files, either directly from the PC or via a network-connected drive. No additional mounting tools are required; and if your playback is interrupted, you don’t have to worry about trying to remember where you were in the movie. PowerDVD can pick it up right where you left off.

This is a really cool application, and since Microsoft has done a huge amount of work to deemphasize Windows Media Player (and I’m not entirely certain why), a more modern app with support for newer HD formats and technology is clearly needed. PowerDVD is filling a huge hole, and it does a GREAT job at it, too.

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CyberLink Media Suite – All You Need to Enrich Your Digital Life

CMS10If you’re like me, then you have digital media coming out of your ears – photos, music, video – and more coming nearly every day. It’s not always easy to manage when items are coming at you from all directions. That’s one of the reasons why I like CyberLink Media Suite. It’s a media management tool for Windows.

CyberLink Media Suite is a 10-in-1 software suite featuring PowerDVD for movie playback, PowerDirector for video editing, PowerProducer for DVD authoring, Power2Go DVD burner and 7 other, additional CyberLink apps, including CyberLink WaveEditor for editing your digital audio. It’s an all-in-one DVD & Blu-ray Media suite that allows users to view and work with HD content, including Blu-ray.

One of the biggest things in HD TV as of late is 3D. Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of 3D content out there to be had. With PowerDVD, you can use TrueTheater 3D to transform 2D Blu-ray videos into 3D movies in real time. PowerDVD also works wonders for SD DVD’s, too. TrueTheater HD up-converts your DVD’s and vides to near-HD quality. Your SD movie collection is now free of pixilation and other distracting artifacts.

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If you have an HD video camera, PowerDVD is the ultimate media player for viewing your HD videos right on your PC. You can watch AVCHD home videos captured on your camcorder or MKV and FLV files. PowerDVD also supports two new 3D formats – MVC Transport Stream 3D (M2TS) and MK3D – in addition to MVC 1080i 3D PowerDVD also supports quality of 5.1 channels Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD soundtracks for truly HD quality entertainment

When it comes to your digital photo collection, CyberLink Media Suite has you covered there too. You can use MediaShow to organize all of your photos and home videos. You can sort items by date, album or people. MediaShow automatically organizes your photos and videos into a calendar view by the date they were shot.

Once in MediaShow, you can use its FaceMe technology to identify and tag people in your collection. The app is surprisingly accurate. Once faces are tagged, MediaShow makes it easy to locate every photo that a person appears in.

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Design your CD/DVD labels with CyberLink LabelPrint

Soft32 has a number of great applications for creating backup copies of the DVD’s you legally own. After you’ve made your copy, you need to label it in some way so that its identifiable. This is one of the reasons why I like Cyberlink LabelPrint. It’s a fun and easy to use optical disc labeling program for Windows.

CyberLink LabelPrint can create stunning CD and DVD labels in four quick steps. All you really need to do is select your template type, disc information, text layout, background image, and print destination. LabelPrint supports layout and printing on a broad range of templates for your CD/DVD labels.

It gets even better when you use Labelflash and LightScribe. Labelflash software and LightScribe software allow you to “etch” image designs and text onto the surface of your Labelflash and LightScribe discs. LabelPrint recognizes if a burner and disc support these technologies, and provides the option to burn to that media.

If you’re a music nut, you can work with MP3 audio files to create numbered track lists quickly by simply selecting the files you have added to your disc. The information is automatically transferred between layout templates, enabling the creation of custom CD/DVD labels, jewel-case covers and inlays all at the same time.

CyberLink LabelPrint also supports a broad range of commercial templates from leading label makers for your disc covers. A built-in library of high-resolution images provides you with choices of 16 popular themes, including Travel, Happy Birthday, and now Soccer. You can also import your own images and then edit them to fit your label and disc cover designs.

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Backup and keep all of your data safe with CyberLink Power2Go Essential

Everything is about data. Your entire computing experience is about your data – pictures, movies, music. Your data, your memories are irreplaceable; and keeping it and them safe should be your primary concern when it comes to your computer. This is why I’m really grateful for applications like CyberLink Power2Go Essential. It’s an optical disc burning tool for Windows. It can keep your data and memories safe and you can have a good time using it, too.

CyberLink Power2Go Essential allows you to safeguard your data, copy DVDs and burn everything in sight to optical media. You can use it with its new System Recovery tools and you can make use of over 5000 free DVD menus from its online resources at DirectorZone.com. These powerful templates allow you to create professional styled CD’s and DVDs, and to safeguard YOUR valuable data.

CyberLink Power2Go Essential is a complete burning tool. With it you can burn data, rip music, copy discs, create photo and video discs on Blu-ray, BDXL, DVDs as well as CDs. If you have access to disc images, *.ISO files, you can also mount that disc image file as a virtual drive and access it like a real disc drive on your PC. You can rip and copy your music from your favorite CDs or extract a soundtrack from your videos. CyberLink Power2Go Essential’s precision audio editing tools, featuring its Wave Editor 2, provide you with a high-grade precision waveform editor for that perfect professional touch.

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Last week’s highlights #02

Time for last week’s summary, a week that brought us some useful system utilities to keep your PC in shape. Take a look at the summary below:

TuneUp Utilities 2012

In time, a long lasting use of your PC, without any revision, causes a sluggish behavior and it’s performance decreasing. To prevent this from happening, you can use TuneUp Utilities 2012 that reduces clutter and ensures that all systems are running as they should. TuneUp Utilities has been around for quite a while and it’s clear that this software will stay on the market due to the simple fact that it does the job and it can really optimize your computer for the best performance – not just on paper.

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CyberLink PowerDirector 10

Based on a huge community, PowerDirector has been recognized the most popular video editing tool, and therefore has evolved from version to version in terms of functionality and performance. PowerDirector 10 confirms again to be the fastest video editing tool. This is the result of a revamped rendering engine that provides even faster and more efficient video production. The engine takes advantage of both hardware and software technologies to speed up video processing, harnessing system GPU power via OpenCL for incomparable effects rendering speed, while a brand new H.264 media encoder rapidly processes HD video. In addition PowerDirector 10 is the world’s first native 64-bit consumer video editor, enabling improved system efficiency and faster loading of HD video footage through parallel processing optimization.

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Defraggler

One of my favorite third party defragger and also the fastest out there is Defraggler – a tool developed by Piriform – the company behind both CCleaner and Recuva. Defraggler allows to defragment and optimize your local drives or a single file, several files or an entire folder. Defraggler is also very simply to use. If you would like to analyze your drive to determine how fragmented is prior to defragmentation, just use the Analyze button. Once the analysis will finish, it will show you the visual drive map along with the fragmented files.

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O&O SpeedCheck

O&O SpeedCheck is a free portable utility that simulates the effects of a defragmentation on your computer. It will simulate a fragmented and defragmented state on your system. This means that the program will simulate reading files that are fragmented and then re-reads them as they were defragmented. No data is written in the simulation and no real files are used for reading. O&O SpeedCheck is a simple and useful tool that might save you time in understanding the need of your system for defragmentation. But it also promotes O&O Defrag by pointing you to its download site after finishing the simulation. Good thing is that you don’t have to choose this program. Just ignore the message and carry on with your work.

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aTube Catcher

aTube Catcher is a simple but powerful freeware that can download videos from social web sites such as YouTube, MySpace, Metacafe, Yahoo, Vimeo, etc. and convert them into a wide range of audio and video formats. aTube Catcher can also burn in DVD your videos and it has a built-in Screen Recorder to capture whatever you may see on your screen. simply copy and paste a URL of a video from YouTube (or any other supported social media web site) into aTube Catcher, select the location where you want it to be saved, set the output format and press Download. That’s all, aTube Catcher will take care of the rest.

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CyberLink PowerDirector 10 the World’s fastest consumer editing software

Video editing was never an easy job. Either the software is too expensive, or you just own an entry level PC which is over passed by the hardware requirements. Even if you meet all the requirements, your need some expertise in this field to obtain good results in video editing. CyberLink has released the latest PowerDirector edition, which seems to cover all your needs, giving a balanced solution between low hardware requirements and usability.

Based on a huge community, PowerDirector has been recognized the most popular video editing tool, and therefore has evolved from version to version in terms of functionality and performance. PowerDirector 10 confirms again to be the fastest video editing tool. This is the result of a revamped rendering engine that provides even faster and more efficient video production. The engine takes advantage of both hardware and software technologies to speed up video processing, harnessing system GPU power via OpenCL for incomparable effects rendering speed, while a brand new H.264 media encoder rapidly processes HD video. In addition PowerDirector 10 is the world’s first native 64-bit consumer video editor, enabling improved system efficiency and faster loading of HD video footage through parallel processing optimization.

Intelligent Smart Video Rendering Technology (SVRT) is a patented technology that analyzes an entire project to assess the types of media and formats used, then selects the best output profile for optimal production speed. Theoretically in this way users can produce better videos in less time. SVRT technology recognizes the portions of a movie clip that has been modified and only renders those portions during production and not the entire clip. But for an average user, this technology can become useless if he already knows what output suites his needs, or if the user is forced to use a specific output for his project.

CyberLink PowerDirector 10 is a good solution also for slow computers. Thanks to an enhanced H.264 software encoder, PowerDirector 10 is up to 38% faster than PowerDirector 9 at rendering 1080 HD video clips. This means that even if your PC doesn’t have the latest CPU/GPU hardware, rapid video rendering speeds are still within reach through software technology.

Being a comprehensive application, it’s not an easy job to deliver a user-friendly interface. On the surface CyberLink PowerDirector 10 looks nice, bringing the main features in front. But as you go deeply into his functions, the interface becomes overcrowded. You can use up to 100 track timelines that lets you create even the most sophisticated movie sequences with ease by allowing multiple layers of video, audio and objects to be controlled simultaneously. PowerDirector 10 introduces a host of exciting new features to make your video productions not only more impressive, but also easier to create.

One of these features that comes for the first time in a consumer editing software is the free-hand drawings that can be recorded and overlay on any video. In addition these drawings are time-distortable, so you can slow down or speed up the action anytime. The cinematic Time-Lapse technique makes its debut in PowerDirector 10 transforming any slow moving activity into a fluid motion. CyberLink TrueTheater module can upscales SD videos to HD-like content, sharpening images and removing video noise or even reducing shakes from your camera movement transforming your sequence into a smooth clip. The Beat Marker algorithm analyzes your soundtrack and places markers at major beat points so that you know exactly where to place your transitions and effects. But in case your audio track is a slower one, you won’t get any beat points at all. On the other hand, faster tracks will create too many beat points that are useless in the editing process.

The most notable feature brought by PowerDirector 10 is the 3D support. Whether from files or straight from 3D cameras/phones, PowerDirector can edit any type of 3D video file. Convert your 2D videos & photos to 3D with TrueTheater 3D module for an enhanced experience and burn them to any standard: 3D Blu-ray, 3D AVCHD or 3D DVD discs and watch it on 3DTV.

Following the social networking trend, with PowerDirector 10 you can upload videos and photo slideshows directly to a host of popular video websites including Facebook, YouTube, DailyMotion,  Vimeo and NicoNicoDouga. Add tags to your media, choose the video quality, and set your account info for instant upload. And with the YouTube Smart Upload feature, if your video’s more than 15 mins long, PowerDirector will automatically split it into different parts and create a YouTube playlist.

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PowerDVD – the best movie experience on the PC

It’s all about the videos. Media has always been a passion for us and finding the best way to play, manage and experience media is a challenge for many. Some don’t want to use mainstream tools. Others don’t want to deal with what many consider bloatware. Others simply want a better experience than what is offered by standard players. This is why PowerDVD is one of the best players available. It’s a feature rich media player for Windows.PowerDVD 11 is the ultimate universal media player that extends your viewing experience beyond just movies.

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CyberLink launched a new and improved version of PowerDVD

CyberLink released PowerDVD 11, the latest version of the media playback software for PCs. PowerDVD 11 introduces a multitude of new features including support for playback and transfer of content from the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android phones and slates to PC. In addition to smart device content, PowerDVD also facilitates the playback of remote media from sources such as DLNA servers and social networking sites like Facebook, Flickr and YouTube.

Key Features in PowerDVD 11:

Play any HD media: Whether it’s Blu-ray, upscaled DVDs, videos or photos, PowerDVD 11 can play them all flawlessly with optimized CPU/GPU hardware acceleration. And new ultra-fast Instant Seek lets you search for movie scenes in your DVDs in a flash.

Play any 3D media: Experience the hottest new movie and video technology with Blu-ray 3D and native 3D video support. You can even convert your 2D DVDs, videos and photos and enjoy them in 3D.

Play media from anywhere: From Apple and Android devices through to online media, DLNA server content, and Blu-ray and DVD discs, PowerDVD 11 plays it all.

Play in upscaled quality: CyberLink’s unique TrueTheater enhancements allow you to upscale the image quality of your movies, videos, while TrueTheater Surround gives you a surround sound experience using only stereo speakers.

Play social media: Watch TrueTheater – enhanced video from YouTube and view Facebook and Flickr photos and slideshows all from the one application. Easy, convenient and a great time-saver – no more searching!

PowerDVD 11 users with iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Android devices are able to download and install the PowerDVD Remote app enabling them to remotely control PowerDVD playback of Blu-ray and DVD movies, videos, photos and music from the comfort of their sofa.

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