CyberLink is one of first software companies coming out of Taiwan that succeeded in becoming a major international player. From the dawn of multi-media and first DVD-ROM drives, PowerDVD software was there to play the content (and yes, we’ll never forget the ability to change the regional lock through software). Just like everything changes with time, PowerDVD gained tens of millions of users.
With PowerDVD 17, their flagship movie and media player is bringing native support for 360 and 3D-360 video for VR headsets, Ultra HD Blu-ray video, as well as HDR10 format support.
PowerDVD 17 adds support for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive VR headsets to bring virtual reality content front and center for users, along with groundbreaking innovations in 360 video playback.
According to the press release “added features offer a state-of-the-art portal to virtual worlds, enabling more ways to access the next emerging entertainment format that is virtual reality.” Furthermore, TrueTheater HDR technology is bringing GPU-accelerated video conversion that emulates HDR video on standard non-HDR video.
“Since day one, PowerDVD has been about bringing people a premium media experience built on technological advancements and innovations they won’t find anywhere else,” said Dr. Jau Huang, Chairman and CEO of CyberLink. “With PowerDVD 17 people can expect to enjoy leaps in quality-along with entirely new viewing adventures-that they’ve never seen before, making it a must-have addition for everyone looking to maximize the potential of their new PCs and TVs.”
PowerDVD 17 Key Features
- VR Mode – explore new worlds in 360-degree video and photos in a virtual environment that supports Oculus Rift & HTC Vive VR headsets, along with new 3D-360 videos.
- Ultra HD Blu-ray – better resolution, higher frame rates, and high dynamic range (HDR) support deliver the most realistic viewing experience available.
- Cinematic Movies – watch it all in the very best quality. From Blu-ray and DVD discs to 4K, HD video files and ISO images, as well as downloaded and quality-enhanced YouTube videos.
- TrueTheater® HDR – creates HDR video from standard dynamic range content for better viewing on HDR displays. Combine with a host of other TrueTheater technologies for the ultimate in visual and audio quality.
- Music Master – the industry’s broadest support for lossless formats delivers music the way it was meant to be heard. Rip CDs to a vast range of formats, and extract audio tracks from video.
- Perfect Photos – enjoy photo collections in high-resolution on PCs or TVs with one-click slideshows. Includes support for Camera Raw files.
- TV Mode – a streamlined design provides effortless TV access to all videos, photos and music in the media library, delivering powerful media center functionality to consumers looking for a premium experience on their TV.
- Media Streaming – support for Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast enables users to cast video, photo or music files not supported by the TV-connected devices themselves, and in improved quality via PowerDVD’s TrueTheater technology.
The software package is available in several different ways, including the subscription based package. As the press release states, software is offered in “both subscription and perpetual licenses so users can choose a purchase option that best suits their requirements.”
- PowerDVD Live: US$44.99/12 month or US $14.99/3 month subscription
- PowerDVD 17 Ultra: US$99.95
- PowerDVD 17 Pro: US$79.95
- PowerDVD 17 Standard: US$59.95
To see the differences between each version visit the PowerDVD product page . Upgrades from previous PowerDVD versions are available starting at $49.95.