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Cyberlink’s web site states that PowerDVD 7.0 is “The No. 1 DVD Experience on the PC" and they have good reason to make that claim. Despite the higher cost than similar products, once you’ve seen the quality of the video image there’s not much to complain about. PowerDVD 7.0 is also packed with features to enhance your viewing experience.
PowerDVD 7.0 supports a wide range of DVD formats including H.264 playback, DivX Pro, WMV-HD, DVD Audio, CPRM, VCPS, DVD-VR, DVD-RAM, HD DVD, and Blu-ray disc. However, some of these are only available with the higher end versions, like PowerDVD Ultra or through the purchase of an add-on pack. You can also play DVD video or media files that are on your hard drive. You can quickly access video object files (VOB files) by dragging them from Windows Explorer right onto the player screen.
CLEV-2 (Cyberlink Eagle Vision – 2) is a video enhancing technology that gives you a brighter image with more natural colors. CLEV-2 automatically adjusts the video quality so you’re seeing the best possible image whether it’s on an LCD or CRT monitor. CLEV-2 technology helps balance darker scenes by optimizing the color and contrast to provide you with the most vivid images possible. Of course, having a good quality video card also plays a big factor.
CyberLink Pano Vision (CLPV) is another excellent feature that adjusts different movie formats, such as 4:3 or 16:9 ratio images, to fit the size of your monitor. Whether you have a wide screen or standard sized monitor, CLPV will adjust the image accordingly, without any loss of quality or annoying stretching or distortion of the original format.
PowerDVD 7.0 doesn’t skimp on the audio features either. CLMEI-2 (Cyberlink Multi-Channel Environment Impression) turns a two channel audio source into multi-channel audio. The technology makes use of Dolby Pro Logic features for providing audio output level strength on each channel. CLMEI-2 supports Cyberlink Headphone (a version of the Dolby Headphone technology), Cyberlink Virtual Speaker, Low Frequency Effects and Dynamic Range Compression.
CyberLink Virtual Speakers (CLVS) simulates the feeling of surround sound when multi-channel audio is played through two speakers, while Dynamic Range Compression settings allow you to configure audio modes that are best suited for quiet, noisy or normal listening locations.
In addition to Cyberlink’s proprietary features, PowerDVD 7.0 also supports all of the major audio technologies such as Dolby Digital EX 7.1 Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, Dolby Pro Logic II multi-channel surround, and SRS TruSurround XT. Also included is support for Dolby Headphone, which gives you a surround sound feeling while wearing your headphones, and the ability to decode DTS (Dolby Theater Sound). Depending on the version of PowerDVD you purchase, these features may all be included or you may need to buy the audio enhancement add-on pack.
Included in its feature set are a number of additional utilities for enhancing DVD playback. Some of these are: