Review of WinDVD 9 Plus BD:
Corel’s WinDVD was the PC DVD player of choice for a whole year sometimes back in time, but since then PowerDVD took over the business. Now led by a new owner, Corel, WinDVD is trying to get back there on the stage and did just enough by releasing a fantastic application for the latest Blu-Ray technology. The program features a host of new options and is planning to take the crown of the best Blu-Ray player software soon.
The ninth version of the program has been released in three versions: Standard, Plus and Plus Blu-Ray. We will review the last one today, because the first can only play conventional DVDs, while the second has support for the same media types as the last one, but lacks the support for Blu-Ray. With the Plus Blu-Ray version the customers will be able to enjoy the maximum benefits of the application.
The interface and design were tweaked and look way better than before. You will notice this just after the installation, which is done very easy and quick. Customers can configure the program so that it starts in full screen. You can choose to use transparent or normal subtitles, set up instant replays and adjust parental controls. There are separate menus for audio and video. The program can also decode 96KHz / 24-bit audio and features video acceleration.
The menu enables users to Zoom and Pan across a section from the video image and gives you the tools to capture images. However, images can only be captured in BMP format, which is a bit disappointing. JPG and PNG support should not miss.
Users can adjust color and correct contrast and can also use effects like Cinema Enhancement Vintage and Negative, plus filters such as De-block and De-snow. There is also support for Blu-Ray media types and HD DVD format, but also for the AVCHD format, which becomes more and more popular in HD camcorders. The program features support for the latest audio technologies, including Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HS. You can also install QuickTime and Real Player if you buy this program, because these two applications are included in the installation files.
Make sure you select the program as a default player during the installation on Windows XP, otherwise it’s not possible to do it later. This drawback is not happening anymore in Vista or Windows 7. Corel WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-Ray does not feature file associations and you can’t pick certain file types to be played by WinDVD9. The program will either play all of them or none.
Corel offers a big deal of support for customers for this Blu-Ray player software. They can use the online forum (which requires registration in advance) and the webpage, but can also get help by e-mail. If you wish to have phone support, you will have to pay for it, but this might be necessary if you have a problem that needs to be solved right away.
The program is compatible with Windows XP, Vista and 7 and optimized to run on systems powered up by Intel or AMD processors and running on NVIDIA graphic card. Don’t worry, you can also use the program if you have an ATI graphic card, but it will not be so effective. It is recommended to run at least an Intel chipset with a higher frequency than 1.66GHZ or AMD with a higher frequency of 2.0. Having at least 1GB RAM is recommended to run this application at its best parameters.
The Corel WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-Ray is the most advanced version of the ninth WinDVD released by Ulead’s Corel. The program is a full multimedia Blu-Ray PC software, mainly known for playing HD and Blu-Ray videos in high-quality.