Published on 24th March 2008 by
It supports the interactive standards: HDi, BD-J and BD 1.1 this is a key feature given the mouse option rather than remote only. Having used PowerDVD Ultra for several months testing HTPC motherboards, weve found Cyberlink regularly updates its software to support new features these updates are free and the good thing is that the software prompts you when theres a new one available.
Originally Posted by BindibadgiI've got to double check the HDi standard - there was a late change in spec and some of Cyberlink's documents weren't changed.
EDIT: Just talked to Cyberlink and the Ultra version supports HD DVD but will be available at a later date.
I'll double check the Ultra edition too. MoovieLive doesn't interest you? ;) You are right about 5.1 DTS on Ultra version - that is total crap. I'll bring that up with Cyberlink.
You bring up good points Joey :) and you don't just get the interface in Vista - you can use it in XP too.
Originally Posted by NikumbaYou mention it will upscale DVDs to HD res, but what about upscaling of xvids, divx etc?
Originally Posted by Joeymacmany are tweakable so that they can be better quality than PowerDVD etc.
The quagmire of DRM and encryption schemes is just destroying the "PC". You should tell Cyberlink to make a lightweight player that has a "less is more" interface and make a single version. Then tell them to start busting some studio heads. They have the entire 'HD'HTPC market in their hands.. that's drive makers to graphic card manufacturers, the lot. They could use that power to lay down some rules and get this crap in order.
I would buy PowerDVD 8 when it comes out if I actually "knew" it was going to work. But I tried it before with my HD DVD drive and there was some problem with my graphics card.. then my driver..... then my display. I got a new system (needed one anyway), decide to try it again, all HDCPed-up. I see Dreamworks logo, then it slows to a crawl. So now I'm not going to bother because there feels like a 90% chance I'll have to return everything.
I'm certainly not going to bother with PowerDVD 8 (or Blu-Ray) if they have no HD DVD support in there. A promise of it being included at a later date isn't really enough.
Originally Posted by BindibadgiNot entirely true. If you use a good graphics card with enough shader power and PureVideo or UVD you'll get a fantastic quality output and upscaling, although, yes, it is less tweakable, but you're still offloading everything from CPU. - this is also why it'll slow to a crawl in HD, you need a very beefy dual core CPU or GPU offloading.
Originally Posted by BindibadgiThe less is more approach I agree with: something simple that works, to me a simple plugin for MCE would be awesome but but it'll be hard to make it cost less. BD/HD licenses currently cost A LOT, even though Cyberlink is a BD part patent holder itself. Everytime you buy a graphics card you pay for it, everytime you buy Vista you pay for it - all sorts. The only people that lay down the ground rules are content owners and Hollywood. :( Tbh you just sound a bit raw because you own a HD drive not BD :P ;)
Originally Posted by JoeymacNew system is quadcore with a 2600xt. It'll do the job, PowerDVD just wouldn't work. The CPU wasn't taxed... no warnings, started ok for a few seconds then it slowed to a crawl.
Hardly raw because I got a HD drive. If I didn't get one in 2006, I would have gotten one recently... the firesale prices are so dam good. Heroes HD boxset £14.. Bourne Ultimatum £6... tip of the iceberg. Brought more discs since it's been canned than I brought in the previous 18 months. You try and get those on Blu-Ray for comparable prices when they do finally come out. It'll be years, if ever.
I would like to get a Blu-Ray drive (PS3 will cost nearly as much as my PC.. rather use the PC as it could do it), but as I said, I can't trust PowerDVD will work properly. 7 doesn't work with my HD DVD drive on a fresh Vista SP1 install. I couldn't even check PowerDVD 8 will work using a HD DVD (to get even a vague idea) because 8 won't have HD DVD out of the box. Suppose I'll check out WinDVD, I read that had even more problems though, like BD+ discs.
Originally Posted by BindibadgiSounds like a HDCP problem then. Are you using an OEM version that came with the HD drive?
I can't say I've ever had a problem with 7 Ultra, but you'll have to wait until 8 Ultra for HD DVD support - however I would be pissed if I couldn't get it to work. Is your monitor HDCP? Are you using HDMI? You can try WinDVD - but I dont know the cost and feature comparison off hand. I do agree that BD prices are just silly though :( Thank Sony, I suppose. :P;)
Originally Posted by [USRF]ObiwanVLC can play br/hd iso's if your system can handle it, otherwise switch to powerdvd 7+ for some hardware acceleration and disable their crap h264 codec with regsrv32 /u (folder)\videofilter\cl264dec.ax. download the CoreAVC and have it registered as the primary directshow filter for x264 add some nvidias purevideo and then Haali, coreAAC and AC3 filter for audo processing magic and you're set.
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