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Promo2day Review PowerDVD 19 Ultra: The leading Multimedia Player
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PowerDVD plays more than just DVD and Blu-ray discs. It is an all-round multimedia player for downloads, movies, videos, audio, photos, VR 360˚ content, and even YouTube or Vimeo. Enjoy all your favorite movies and premium videos in high quality in your own home theater with support for popular media casting devices, plus most file formats and codecs. For those who like to be on the cutting-edge of entertainment PowerDVD 19 also delivers the most immersive 360˚ VR experience possible with new spatial audio support.

PowerDVD 19 offers video playback support for Ultra HD 8K and 4K HDR content. PowerDVD’s playback engine now also boasts native 64-bit support, allowing for Ultra HD 4K video to be enjoyed in better-than-original quality with unique TrueTheaterTM audio-visual enhancement technology.

8K video is the next wave in superior definition home entertainment. With 8K video already on YouTube and mainstream TV broadcasts, it won’t be long until it is the norm for video media consumption. By supporting 8K video playback, Ultra HD 4K and 360˚, PowerDVD users will enjoy the future of multimedia.

The new PowerDVD 19 has a significant upgrade to the playback engine which helps native 64-bit support. This allows for Ultra HD 4K video quality to be upscaled thanks to CyberLink’s patented TrueTheaterTM Color, Lighting & HDR technologies. The program also supports all major file formats and codecs, including those not natively supported by Windows such as HEVC (H.265) and new HEIC/HEIF image files. 

PowerDVD 19  guarantees better-than-original video and audio playback for Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD discs, major file formats and codecs, as well as 360˚ video. It offers audio support for 360˚ videos, making VR video feel almost as real as being there in person. In addition, PowerDVD make it easy to connect and watch YouTube Live, 4K, and HDR videos, or “pin” videos to watch offline later. This enables online entertainment to be more accessible 


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Amazing quality for home theaters with new 8K, 4K, and HDR video playback
Play & cast virtually any type of disc, video, photo, audio & ISO files
Immersive 360˚ VR experience with new spatial audio support

Format and Device Support:

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Compare Editions:

Find the video player that's right for you. See the full comparison here:

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You can download the free trial on the website and try the program but there are some limitations in this free app. After purchase, you will receive a link to the retail version and your license key

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Installation and activation:

After download of the retail installer (or the trial version), double click on the installer and following few on-screen steps the program is working on your computer. If this is the retail version, it will ask for activation and registration in the first time use. This is very easy and done while connected online

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After installation, you will see this wizard to complete installation and start using the program:

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Free Trial Limitations:

The program offers 30 days free trial with many limitations. You need to uninstall the trial version from your computer to install the retail version after purchase


PowerDVD Live: US$44.99/12 month or US$14.99/3 month subscription

PowerDVD 19 Ultra: US$99.99

PowerDVD 19 Pro: US$79.99

PowerDVD19 Standard: US$59.99

User Interface:

The user interface is very friendly, easy to use and well arranged with left sided bar (media panel) including many options and main program area (media window) on the right side. The playback features are in the lower part (playback controls). The upper right part shows the search tool, help and tutorial, settings, and switch to TV mode

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What are the NEW Features in PowerDVD 19?

· Play 8K videos with up to 7680×4320 resolution.
· View animated GIFs and HEIF (.HEIC) image files in the photo media library.
· Enhance 4K video with TrueTheater enhancements*.
· Includes support for the latest VR 360° video formats, including 3D Equiangular Cubemap.
· Adds support for Spatial Audio for 360° videos, and WebM video (VP9 video + Vorbis audio) file playback.
· Select video quality before pinning YouTube videos.
· Import external subtitle files or utilize secondary subtitles on Ultra HD Blu-rays.
· Enable auto changing UI wallpaper and other user experience improvements.

PowerDVD Modes:

PC mode:

This is the main mode of CyberLink PowerDVD and contains all app features. You can easily switch to TV mode using the upper right icon

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TV mode:

Built for users who wish to view movies at a distance (10 foot) with a remote control, or utilize touch screen playback on the latest generation of Ultrabooks and tablets.

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VR mode:

If you have a supported virtual reality (VR) headset, you can play your media in PowerDVD VR mode.

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Mini Player mode:

There is a mini player available when playing movies, TV shows, videos, music and when viewing photos.

PowerDVD Media Library:

PowerDVD media library contains all movies, TV shows, and other media files that you import from your computer's hard drive and connected network devices. It is also where you can play back your movie discs and access the latest movie information from the Internet. You must specify where it is so it is located to be easily imported. This will ensure that your media library has all your media files.

Playing Media in PowerDVD:

CyberLink PowerDVD provides you with the complete digital media playback experience. It supports the playback of a variety of different media types. These include high definition content and DVDs,  movie files and TV shows, home videos, audio CDs, photo slideshows, music, photos and many more

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Media files can be played using one of three methods; the media library options according to your media type, you can also browse all your computer for the media you want to ply. In addition, simple drag and drop of any supported media type is enough

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PowerDVD Virtual Reality (VR) Mode:

First you need to be sure that · your supported VR headset is connected to your computer and turned on and you have installed all the necessary tools and programs. Simply click the button in the lower part and select Enter VR Mode.

Playing Media on Another Display or Device:

You built-in feature lets you play media to a VR headset or a Chromecast, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, or Roku streaming device connected to the same Wi-Fi network. You can also enjoy playing favorite media on an extended Miracast-certified device or to an extended display that is connected via an HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI, D-Sub connection or to a digital media renderer over a DLNA network. In addition, a computer running CyberLink PowerDVD or Power Media Player is also supported

The process is very easy. Simply select all of the media files you want to play and click the button to display a list of connected devices then select the device you want to play the media to. That’s all! The program will play back the media on the selected device.

TV Mode:

TV Mode was first introduced in PowerDVD 16 replacing the old Cinema mode. This built-in tool aims to provide an easier and intuitive interface for users who wish to watch movies on bigger screens. To enter TV Mode you can choose it when launching the program or using TV Mode icon in the PC mode. Please remember that you can move back to the PC Mode using its icon. The program offers the same features with different interface and arrangement of user interface

Cyberlink Cloud:

This built-in feature is very useful. It allows users to store their media files on the cloud space offered by CyberLink company. You can easily upload all your videos, photos, and music which helps you to have a backup and make it available anywhere for playback on a portable device. The auto sync feature is of help to complete this process and store all your media in the cloud

Syncing Media files in the Library:

You can share media files in your library to be available to other devices connected to the same network. You can also share videos and photos in the media library on social networking web sites, sync all the media in the media library to an Android device that is connected via a USB cable, or transfer movie files to a device on the Devices & Home Media (DLNA) tab. 
Setting Up CyberLink Apps on Your Devices:

Power Media Player:  

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This app is compatible with Android and iOS devices. Power Media Player lets you enjoy media on your Android phone or tablet. You can watch movies, view photos, and listen to music with the best possible quality. Power Media Player will also play shared media shared when connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

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PowerDVD Remote:  

This app is compatible with both Android and iOS smart phones.

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PowerDVD Remote turns your Android device into a remote control for PowerDVD. You can also use this app to wirelessly send, playback and save content from your mobile device to your PC. In addition, if you like to connect your PC up to your TV to watch your movies on a bigger screen, PowerDVD Remote allows you to control everything with comfort. Using your Wi-Fi network, you have total control over your Blu-ray Discs, DVD titles and high-definition videos. You can also control music and photo playback features in PowerDVD.

Please remember that you need to find and enter the 4-digit passcode provided on this tab into the device running PowerDVD Remote. PowerDVD can also access the media on it.

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Extreme Video & Audio Quality:

Enjoy all your favorite movies and premium videos in better-than-original quality in your own home theater.

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VIDEO Superior Definition Entertainment: NOW SUPPORT 8K

The next wave in ultra-high definition entertainment is here with 8K video. PowerDVD brings the latest in high-resolution video technology right into your living room to ensure you can enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience in Ultra HD 4K, HDR & now 8K on your big screen TV.

PowerDVD 19 - One-click Ultimate 4K Video Enhancement

The Ultimate Cinema-grade Sound at Home:

PowerDVD lets you get the most out of your home audio setup with support for master-quality sound technology from the leaders in professional digital audio—Dolby and DTS. Enjoy the acoustic difference of specialized multichannel audio and lossless audio formats such as FLAC and DSD.

Play & Cast Your Favorite Media:

One player to play virtually any type of media including movie files, discs, ISO, and photos on your PC or cast to TV.

Wireless Entertainment Made Easy

Stream directly from PowerDVD to your TV using leading media casting devices — Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast and Fire TV. You can even improve the video and audio quality of any content in real time with CyberLink’s unique TrueTheater enhancements!

Play & Cast Almost Anything!: NOW SUPPORT HEIC PHOTOS:

Enjoy the Ultra HD videos shot on your GoPro, or iPhone photos in full quality as soon as you get home, even if you're running Windows 10. PowerDVD ensures playback for a wide range of file types and formats, including HEVC/H.265 video & HEIC image files, without the need to install any extra plugins.

With PowerDVD 19, you can even cast a wide range of media formats and codecs to your TV, even if they are not natively supported by your Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, or Fire TV device.

Enjoy Incredible HDR Video: ENHANCED GPU SUPPORT

HDR (High -dynamic-range) video delivers deeper blacks, brighter whites, and greater color depth compared to regular video. With PowerDVD you can enjoy this next level in entertainment quality with TrueTheater HDR enhancements & expanded GPU support for HDR video playback that removes the need to run in Windows Exclusive Mode. Windows Exclusive Mode will still be run when watching Ultra HD Blu-ray discs.

Play Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray & DVD:

Play it all, no matter if you want to enjoy the latest Hollywood blockbuster or relive a classic from your collection. Even upscale while you watch with TrueTheater.

External Subtitle Support for Discs: ENHANCED:

Watch your favorite titles on Ultra HD Blu-ray, or Blu-ray, in any language, even with custom subtitle files you’ve downloaded.

True Full Screen for Blu-ray:

Watch your favorite Hollywood movie classics on widescreen TVs without any letterboxing or black bars while using your 4K video player.

Cutting Edge VR & Online Playback:

Immerse yourself in a media that’s as good as being there, and enjoy YouTube streaming in better-than-original quality.

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360˚ VR Video with Spatial Audio:  NEW

Experience the most immersive 360º VR video experience with spatial audio. Whether you're watching on your PC or with a headset you can now experience audio that flows around you in a truly 360º world.

Don’t Miss a Moment in 360º

Watch 360º video from every angle simultaneously, even without a headset, and never miss a moment. This PowerDVD is perfect if you’re watching 360º content on a smaller screen.

VR Mode for Popular Headsets

Immerse yourself in VR with support for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets in PowerDVD, making it the best 4k video player for next-generation multimedia entertainment.

Better Online Entertainment

Enjoy all your favorite online content from YouTube or vimeo without being tied to your web browser.

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Always on Top Mini View

Never miss a moment of your favorite YouTube Live streams with this minimalist viewing mode.

Pin Videos to Watch Offline:  ENHANCED

You don’t even need the internet to watch your favorite YouTube clips. Pin them to watch offline or on the road.
PowerDVD 19 - Pin YouTube Videos in Any Quality You Want

Minimum System Requirements

The system requirements for PowerDVD listed below are recommended as minimums. The system requirements for PowerDVD vary depending on the movie content you are watching. 3D technologies require additional hardware to view 3D movie content.
CyberLink PowerDVD optimizes performance by selecting the appropriate video de-interlacing algorithm for the available processing power. CyberLink PowerDVD maintains its support for processors below 1.6 GHz by ensuring that some CyberLink TrueTheater technologies are turned off by default.

CyberLink PowerDVD's advanced audio and video technologies function better when used with processors above 2.4 GHz.

The full requirements depend on the software you are using whether ultra or pro or standard. Here are the requirements for the ultra version:

Operating System

Ultra HD Blu-ray: Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit with Fall Creators Update 2017 Oct. updates)
HDR10: Windows 10 (64-bit with October 2018 Update)
8K Video Playback: Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit with Fall Creators Update 2017 Oct. updates)
4K Video Playback with TrueTheater: Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit with Fall Creators Update 2017 Oct. updates)
Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and TrueTheater 3D Playback: Microsoft Windows 10, 8.1, 7 with Service Pack 1
VR Mode: Windows 10/8.1/7 with Service Pack 1

Processor (CPU)

Ultra HD Blu-ray: Intel 7th generation (Kaby Lake) Core i processors and above that support the Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX) technology.
VR Mode: Intel i5-4590, AMD FX 8350 equivalent.
Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and TrueTheater 3D Playback:
Blu-ray Disc playback: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (2.66GHz), AMD Phenom 9450 (2.10GHz).
Blu-ray 3D playback: Intel Core i5, AMD Phenom II X4.
TrueTheater HD** and TrueTheater 3D** for Blu-ray and HD video: Intel Core i5 (with 4 Cores), AMD Phenom II X6.
DVD playback: Pentium 4 (2.4 GHz), Athlon 64 2800+ (1.8 GHz), AMD Fusion E-series & C-series.
4K Video Playback with TrueTheater: Intel Kaby Lake Core i5 with HD (UHD) Graphics 630.
4K Ultra HD with Hardware Acceleration:Intel 3rd generation Core i5.
Note: CyberLink PowerDVD supports 4K Ultra HD video in H.264/MP4 format at bitrates up to 60 Mbps.

Graphics Processor (GPU)

8K Video with Hardware Acceleration:
NVIDIA GTX 10 series; Intel 7th Generation Core i7 (Kaby Lake) with HD (UHD) Graphics 630.
8K video output: GPU and 8K monitor with DisplayPort 1.4 or HDMI 2.1 support.
Ultra HD Blu-ray: Intel 7th generation (Kaby Lake) Core i processors integrated with Intel HD Graphics 630, Intel Iris Graphics 640.
VR Mode: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970, AMD Radeon R9 290 equivalent.
HDR 10 Video Playback: To view High Dynamic Range (HDR) effects from HDR10 Videos, Intel 7th Generation (Kaby Lake) Core i Processors integrated with Intel HD Graphics 630 or Intel Iris Graphics 640, AMD Radeon RX 400 series; RX 500 Series; RX Vega Series, and NVIDIA GTX 950/960, 1000 series (for HEVC HDR 10), RTX 2000 series, GTX 1080 Ti, GTX 1050, GTX 1050 Ti, or GT 1030 (for VP9 HDR 10).
4K Ultra HD with Hardware Acceleration:
H.264/AVC: 3rd Generation Intel Core i5 (Ivy Bridge).
H.265/HEVC (8bits): 5th Generation Intel Core i5 (Broadwell) or NVIDIA GTX 960.
H.265/HEVC (10bits): 7th Generation Intel Core i5 (Kaby Lake) or Nvidia GTX 1060.
4K Playback with TrueTheater: Intel HD/UHD Graphics 630 or Intel Iris Graphics 640 for 4K 30 fps video. NVIDIA GTX 1060 or AMD RX580 for 4K 60 fps video.
Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and TrueTheater HD/3D Playback: Intel HD Graphics, ATI Radeon HD 5000, NVIDIA GeForce 9500GT.
It is strongly recommend that you update your graphics card driver to the latest version. 3D display devices are required for TrueTheater 3D playback.
Blu-ray 3D playback: Intel HD Graphic (Intel Core i5), NVIDIA GeForce GTX 400 series and GeForce GT 240/320/330/340, AMD Radeon HD 6000 and 6000M series with UVD 3 support.
DVD Playback: PCI Express graphic accelerator supporting DirectX 9.0.

Mainboard (Motherboard)

Ultra HD Blu-ray: Ultra HD Blu-ray A mainboard is required which supports the Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX) technology. The Intel SGX feature needs to be enabled in the BIOS settings and allocated with 128 MB or above memory space. To view the HDR 10 effect of Ultra HD Blu-ray movies, a mainboard that supports exporting HDR 10 signal is required.
HDR 10: To view HDR 10 video, a mainboard that supports exporting HDR 10 signal is required.

Memory: 4GB (6GB recommended)

Hard Disk Space: 700MB for product installation.

Display Device

When playing video files on displays larger than Quad HD+ (or any file greater than 3300 X 1900 resolution), CyberLink PowerDVD enters a high performance mode that disables some non-essential playback features. In this mode the following features are unavailable: Video rotation. Video Scene Selector (Video mark in/out). Instant Preview. Instant Zoom (Zoom in/out). Dual subtitle display. Subtitle customization for font, color, and size. If required, you can disable high performance mode in video settings.
Ultra HD Blu-ray:
Display device with HDMI 2.0a/DisplayPort 1.3 connection interface, and must support HDCP 2.2.
Screen resolution: Ultra HD resolution (3840 x 2160).
Display connection: HDMI 2.0a/DisplayPort 1.3 version cable without any adapters/splitters/repeaters.
Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and TrueTheater 3D Playback:
For Blu-ray titles with AACS and DVD titles with CPRM playback, PowerDVD only allows output to display devices using DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort connector in order to be compliant with copy protection (HDCP).
For other DVD and Blu-ray Disc playback: HDCP compliant display for digital output. TV or computer monitor for analog output.
TrueTheater 3D playback: 3D display and 3D glasses required.
Blu-ray 3D with or without Hardware Acceleration: 3D display and 3D glasses are required (NVIDIA 3D Vision, 3D Ready HDTV, HDMI 1.4-enabled TV, Micro-polarizer LCD or Anaglyph Red/Cyan Glasses). HDCP compliant display for digital output.

Video Output: VR Mode: HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2.

USB Port: VR Mode: 2x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0

Disc Drive:

Ultra HD Blu-ray playback: optical disc drives that are certified for Ultra HD Blu-ray playback.
Blu-ray Disc playback: BD-ROM/BD-RE or Super Multi Blu combo disc drive.
DVD and TrueTheater 3D playback: DVD-ROM, DVD+-R/RW, DVD-RAM or DVD Super Multi combo disc drive.

Internet Connection:
Required for initial software and file format activation, first-time play of an Ultra HD Blu-ray movie, and online services.

Multi language support:

Th program supports many languages to let you enjoy using the app
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish (European), Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Portugese (Brasil)

Check for updates:

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PowerDVD - Setting PowerDVD as Default Media Player:

Player settings:

Audio, Video, Subtitles
Blu-Ray Disc
Movie info

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UI Customization
Media Library
Home media (DLNA)
3D Media

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PowerDVD is the best movie & media player. With a comprehensive set of features and enhancements, it transforms media on your big screen TV or PC into a truly immersive experience. These latest updates make PowerDVD the leading player on PC and the ultimate addition to Home Theater systems.
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