April 14th, 2015: It’s been a while since Cyberlink updated their PowerDVD line but now the wait is finally over – Welcome the all new PowerDVD 15. And what a significant update this is. This new version boast a number of needed new features and performance upgrades from version 14, and compared to version 13, it blows it away. So let’s take a look at what new in this release.
New Feature Overview.
There are several key new features PowerDVD 15 that make this a compelling upgrade and are worth mentioning. We won’t go through every nitty-gritty detail but let’s take a look at some of the most important additions and enhancements in this release versus version 14.
- TrueTheater Color – TrueTheater Color, with smart buffering algorithms, recognizes background and skin tones in your videos and applies adjustments to hues and vibrancy in order to achieve improvements while retaining authentic coloring.
- TrueTheater Sound – You’ll see new automatic enhancements to audible areas that count. Improvements in low bass to bring movie theater-like sound quality. Muted and undistinguished speech is made much more audit able and recognizable. There is also volume amplification when there is a high amount of ambient noise (i.e. traffic on the street). Best of all, bit-perfect lossless audio playback is supported on more audio formats including ALAC, FLAC, MP3 and WMA.
- H.265 (HEVC) hardware acceleration – PowerDVD 15 now has hardware acceleration support for Intel Haswell and NVIDIA Kepler processors. As a result, you’ll see vastly improved H.265 and H.264 video playback as well as improved battery life on your laptop when on the go.
- Enhanced 4K Playback – New overlay rendering in PowerDVD detects your 4K video and monitor and automatically optimizes the video to reduce the graphic resource load and delivering a smooth, lag-free playback.
- Video Scene Selector – You can now select any section(s) of your videos to your favorites so you can quickly go back to them when you need to. Plus any audio in your videos can be ripped and saved as MP3 or AAC.
- Blu-ray & DVD ISO playback – Finally, you can go completely disk-free with direct video playback of all Blu-ray and DVD ISO files, either directly from your computer or through your networked hard-drive.
- Smooth 120/240 fps video playback – Got the latest iPhone 6 or GoPro? Then now don’t worry about choppy playback as the smart rendering technology in PowerDVD 15 give you smooth 120/240 fps video playback.
- It remembers where you left off – Don’t you just hate it when your film is interrupted for one reason or another and you don’t remember where you were? Well, that’s a thing of the past now as PowerDVD 15 remembers where at what moment you finished watching and resumes it there once you replay it.
- Stream from CyberLink Cloud – In version 15 you now have double the cloud storage (20 GB in total which is free for your first year with the Ultra version) which can stream any of your videos or shows directly to your PC.
What’s the difference among versions?
Like in past releases, PowerDVD 15 some in a few different flavors: Live, Ultra, Pro, and Standard. Here’s a look what’s different among them all and what you’ll have to pay to get it (if you’re upgrading from the last version then you’ll be able to pay less).
PowerDVD 15 vs. the even older versions.
If you’re anything like most people, you probably tend to skip at least one software release between upgrades. So if you’re currently using version 13 or older, here’s a quick look at what you’ll gain in PowerDVD 15.
The Free Trial & Money Back Guarantee.
Like with most software programs, you’ll be able download PowerDVD 15 Ultra, Pro, or Standard and test it out for a full 30 days risk-free. And if that’s not enough, Cyberlink also has you covered with a 30-day money back guarantee just incase you’re slow to figure out that you actually don’t like it or ended up buying the wrong version. The free trial links are available in the downloads section of cyberlink.com.
What do you think about the new PowerDVD 15? Is it a worthy upgrade or will you be skipping this release? Leave your thoughts and comments below.