Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Cyberlink's PowerDVD 10 Mark II

For a review of 2012's PowerDVD 12 Ultra check here: CyberLink PowerDVD 12 review

For a more recent PowerDVD 10 Ultra 3D Mark II review check our 2011 article: Cyberlink's PowerDVD 10 Mark II Blu-ray player software. Also have in mind that CyberLink offer a new major version PowerDVD 11 as of April, 2011.

The update to CyberLink's PowerDVD 10, the expected coming of which we mentioned in the Windows Blu-ray Players Comparison article, has been released some time ago. The updated version called Mark II is free for PowerDVD 10 owners. It improves on the 3D features. The new TrueTheater 3D feature allows for converting not only good old DVDs to 3D, but also various 2D file formats. As a somewhat exotic feature PowerDVD will now support 3D video footage from the FujiFilm FinePix REAL 3D W1 camera. And more 3D display technologies are supported: some 3D ready HDTVs and passive polarized displays in addition to 3D Vision.

And there is also support for HDMI 1.4. Despite the fact that HDMI 1.4a (a superset of HDMI 1.4) and DisplayPort 1.2 have been officialy specified, HDMI 1.4 is probably going to be the de facto standard for 3D TVs for some time, so that's a good thing. nVidia even released a free solution for their 3d Vision kit in order to make it HDMI 1.4 compliant. 3D Vision originally used DisplayPort or dual DVI for 3D. At the time being there are no HDMI 1.4 capable ATI cards, so this feature is limited to high end nVidia graphics hardware (GTX 460). ATI claimed earlier this year that they are going to add HDMI 1.4a and DisplayPort 1.2 support to their drivers before the end of 2010, but it has not come out yet. It is supposed to cover both the upcoming 6000 Radeon series and the previous 5000 generation, plus some selected high-end 4000 series cards.

Cyberlink have also released a free software to help check if your system supports Bluray and BD 3D playback. A similar application has been released by ArcSoft.

There are often promotions of some CyberLink products including PowerDVD. You can check for eventual discounted prices here.

If you want to read our recent Windows Blu-ray player reviews follow the link: 2011 Blu-ray player reviews. You may also go directly to our Blu-ray player download page, if you prefer to make a quick purchase of particular Blu-ray software player. Or you may just explore the Review Maze to come across other software reviews.


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