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CyberLink has launched PowerDVD 22, the latest version of what the multimedia software and AI facial recognition company claims is the world’s number one Blu-ray and media player. Some of the new additions that PowerDVD users will find in the update for playback of 8K videos, 4K HDR Blu-ray discs, DVDs, and more include a new audio algorithm that maintains pitch during slow-speed playback, tools for trimming and extracting video for conversion into smartphone-friendly formats, and TrueTheater enhancements for improving the quality of YouTube videos. PowerDVD 22 is available now in Ultra ($99.99), 365 ($54.99 annual subscription), and Standard ($59.99) versions for new users, the latter of which seems to lack support for playback of Ultra HD and standard Blu-ray discs, among other formats.

“Recognized as the world’s number one movie and media player, PowerDVD has a long innovation history, pioneering multimedia features over and again, to the joy of our millions of users,” said Dr. Jau Huang, CEO of CyberLink. “In addition to new playback tuning options and an even friendlier user interface, we are happy to announce that PowerDVD 22 also adds exciting features to let users take complete control of their media, movies, and YouTube content experience.”

PowerDVD 22 builds on CyberLink’s pioneering media technology by offering exciting new features that offer users more control and customization options. Users can tailor their experience to match their preferences, for example, deeper colors, better lighting, and enhanced audio, such as high-fidelity 7.1 surround sound.

PowerDVD 22 includes a new keep pitch algorithm that maintains audio quality at the highest level during slow-speed playback, ideal for honing in on a video’s most intricate details without a distorted soundtrack. PowerDVD 22 optimizes playback between devices. New tools allow users to trim and extract any section of their media’s video or audio and convert them into smartphone-friendly formats. This includes MP4 for video and AAC or MP3 for audio. PowerDVD 22 also boasts faster transcode and uploading times, faster playback, and thumbnail generation on any part of the play bar for easy media skimming.

Enjoy YouTube like never before with PowerDVD 22. Next-generation TrueTheater® enhancements enrich YouTube videos with deeper colors, better lighting, and enhanced audio, no matter the original’s resolution – even 4K. Enjoy all-new matched playback speed controls, the ability to subscribe and unsubscribe within PowerDVD, and search capabilities by both channels and playlists.

PowerDVD 22 provides an unparalleled playback experience. New additions include a specialized home function that lets users instantly access their currently played, recently played, and recently added media – all in one place. The program emphasizes precision controls, fast playback, and a lightning-quick response when streaming or watching YouTube. Users can enjoy convenient search functions and filters, including separated music, movie and photo playlists, the ability to access YouTube videos directly with an URL, and an integrated media manager which automatically organizes an entire library of photos, videos, music, and Blu-ray/DVD movies.

Source: Cyberlink

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9 comments

  1. So, I didn't know there was such a strong link between Multimedia Software and AI Facial Recognition.

    I also didn't know anyone paid for playback software.
  2. Ah, so they are on 22 now huh? I grabbed 18 a few years ago when I got a BD drive for my berfday. I rarely use optical drives, so the program hasn't seen a whole lotta use. Although it upscales regular DVD videos better than any other media player I've used. In any case, in the rare event I actually watch a movie straight from a disc, my PS3 is the tool for that job. Yeah I got a PS4 Pro and base XB1 too, but PS3 is still my preferred device for BD or DVD watching. I don't know why it does a better job than the other two, but it does.

    Huh, I was not aware people use software other than web browsers and phone apps to watch YouTube. That's uh kinda weird.

    I also didn't know anyone paid for playback software.
    Same.
  3. Wow this is still a thing? And they are charging a pretty penny for it. If only there were some free options out there, hmmmm :)
    Can you point me to one of those free ones? Never found one that worked half decent. I still use an antiquated version of Cyberlink that I got for free with a DVD drive many many moons ago, still works fine though I think it might lack support for some recent blu ray security stuff.
  4. Can you point me to one of those free ones? Never found one that worked half decent. I still use an antiquated version of Cyberlink that I got for free with a DVD drive many many moons ago, still works fine though I think it might lack support for some recent blu ray security stuff.
    VLC + makeMKV? Takes a little setup but free as free gets, and MakeMKV does well with most Blu Rays

  5. VLC + makeMKV? Takes a little setup but free as free gets, and MakeMKV does well with most Blu Rays


    This. Take it a step farther and handbrake those rips down to size if you don't mind a little compression.
  6. Yeah, PowerDVD has always been pricey. That's why I've never bought it but I have had it come with a number of drives/laptops though. It's not a bad program but hard for me to recommend due to that price. A little elbow grease and VLC can work just fine but there are still some hoops to jump through to get it set up for 4K disc playback.
  7. I tried VLC a couple years back but could not get blu ray to work so I went back to powerdvd at least that played some of them.

    Must say it's mostly the playstation now for optical media.

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