Cyberlink PowerDVD is easily one of the most advanced media players currently around. It’s been around for ages and has introduced new features and support for new file types and codecs with each new releases. The latest version of PowerDVD as of today (25th December) is  8.0.2217.50. There are several different editions of PowerDVD such as Ultra and Deluxe. The Ultra edition (featured in this post) is the most feature rich of them all with support for Blu-Ray playback, AVCHD, SPDIF Mixing, Dolby Digital 7.1 EX, etc.

Note: If you are using a 3rd party codec pack such as FFDShow or CCCP and want to decode movies and music with PowerDVD’s proprietary codecs, you may want to add powerdvd.exe to FFDShow decoder filter exception list (How to).

powerdvd 8 ultra 

High Definition Playback

  • Blu-ray Discs - Enjoy the best video quality and an enriched movie experience with interactive features and next-gen movie navigation. Display advanced content such as crew commentaries, access online content and games, zoom in to details.
  • High-Definition video formats - play MPEG-4 AVC (H.264), MPEG-2 HD, WMV-HD, and SMPTE VC-1 files.
  • Optimized Output for widescreen displays - Get the most of your movies with up to 1920 x 1080 image resolution.
  • CyberLink TrueTheater™ Stretch technology - Display 16:9 and 4:3 videos on your monitor, regardless of its size.
  • CyberLink TrueTheater™ Lighting technology - Enhance image details, and naturalize colors, with adaptive adjustments to chroma and luminance. Select your preferred profile.
  • Hardware acceleration - Optimization for high-definition graphics processors from Intel, NVIDIA and ATI ensure ultra-smooth playback on the PC.
  • HDMI connectors - You can reduce the number of cables to only one and still take full advantage of high-definition audio and video.

High-Definition and Home Theater Audio

PowerDVD delivers uncompressed HD audio and surround sound to make the most of your home-cinema setup, bringing movies to life in your living room.

Supported Audio Formats

  • Dolby TrueHD (7.1-channel)
  • Dolby Digital EX (7.1-channel)
  • Dolby Digital Plus (7.1-channel)
  • Dolby Meridian Lossless Packing (MLP)
  • DTS-HD (7.1-channel)
  • DTS (5.1 channel)
  • DTS 96/24 decoding
  • DTS-ES (Discrete and Matrix)

Supported Audio Technologies

  • CyberLink TrueTheater™ Surround
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIx surround sound
  • Dolby Virtual Speaker
  • Dolby Headphone
  • DTS Neo:6

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