So what does PowerDVD do exactly?First if all the simple explanation. You take a DVD movie from those oh so slick new cases (better than a chunky tape anyway). Press the button to open the DVD drawer, insert the shiny gold DVD and close the drawer! Now is where PowerDVD kicks in. By some clever inside-the-computer jiggery pokery Windows realises that your shiny disc is not a CD but a DVD, and even better it knows it's a DVD movie and not a DVD computer program. Cleverly PowerDVD now loads up, and automatically starts playing the DVD on the screen. Now you have two choices - either enlarge the window full screen, or size it as desired and watch it in a box while you do other things on the PC.
Of course, there is quite a lot more to PowerDVD than that, it's just that half the time you won't actually notice the other features.Installation is easy, although their insistence of typing in an excessively long code at least doubles the total installation time. Once installed the next thing to be done is to configure PowerDVD to work with your system. It runs a series of diagnostics to figure out what your system can and can't do, and once that?s done you're ready to go. Pentium 2 300-400Mhz machine. You can get away with less than this if you have a DVD decoder card, or your graphics card supports DVD decoding.
PowerDVD has support for the majority of 3D soundcards, and has full support for all the Dolby Surround sound features of DVD's.As I said, PowerDVD does a lot of things, it just does most of them in the background. By it's nature you don't want to fiddle too much - you just want to watch the DVD. Most of the navigation is done by the control panel which looks like the front of a DVD player, and has the usual play, pause, skip controls on it, as well as giving you information about the DVD and camera angles etc.
A right click on the video window reveals a host of options, allowing you to choose the aspect ratio you watch the DVD in and zoom levels etc. It also allows you to skip to various parts of the DVD including menu screens. This is useful, as the on disc navigation that a lot of DVD's have is truly awful. It also allows quick access to things such as subtitles.One great feature I find great is the ability to bookmark your place in a movie, so if you only get to watch half of it one night you can get back to that exact place the next night!
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