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Old Mar 15, 2005, 03:49 PM   #1
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Post Cyberlink PowerDVD 6 or Intervideo WinDVD 6 Platinum?

I have been researching these two products, but I am unable to make up my mind about which one to buy. I will be using the software for playing my many DVD-Audio discs and DVD-Video discs.



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Old Mar 15, 2005, 03:58 PM   #2
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They have demos on their sites, you may want to try those out.

I've used powerdvd for many years, and I would highly recommend it.
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Old Mar 15, 2005, 04:39 PM   #3
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with my DVD burner i got a copy of power dvd 5... picture was excelent... so i upgraded to Power dvd 6 delux edition but the picture looks pritty bad compared to the powerdvd 5 version, it has these litle squares in the picture, dunno if it's a setting but just wanted to tell it anyway.
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Old Mar 15, 2005, 11:20 PM   #4
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I'd go with Cyberlink PowerDVD 6 Deluxe(deluxe version supports DTS). WinDVD is like Norton Antivirus; its fancy, has useless 'features', full of bloat & there are better alternative programs. Try uninstalling WinDVD and see for yourself how much crap it leaves behind.....
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Old Mar 15, 2005, 11:54 PM   #5
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I'd go with Cyberlink PowerDVD 6 Deluxe(deluxe version supports DTS). WinDVD is like Norton Antivirus; its fancy, has useless 'features', full of bloat & there are better alternative programs. Try uninstalling WinDVD and see for yourself how much crap it leaves behind.....
I agree. I've always found powerdvd to be sleeker. Only problem is that v6 takes over all the file assocations, which is annoying, to say the least.
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Old Mar 16, 2005, 12:37 PM   #6
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Up until recently, I've been using WinDVD 6.0 for all my systems. The full version has better audio support than PowerDVD and has always sounded better than PowerDVD, although PowerDVD seems to have the slight edge in image quality. Anyway, a recent patch for WinDVD seems to have made a mess with things so I've gone over to PowerDVD 6.0. The image quality is still there and the audio has improved over recent versions as well. Unless something improves with WinDVD, PowerDVD 6.0 is my choice of players at the moment.
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Old Mar 16, 2005, 09:29 PM   #7
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I agree. I've always found powerdvd to be sleeker. Only problem is that v6 takes over all the file assocations, which is annoying, to say the least.
Yeah thats the only thing that bugs me about PowerDVD 6. They should include an option where the user can associate it with any file extension.
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Old Mar 17, 2005, 12:03 AM   #8
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has anyone else noticed that DTS decoding in Powerdvd is softer than DD5.1?
and DTS decoding drives my cpu to 100%...

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Old Mar 17, 2005, 01:47 PM   #9
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has anyone else noticed that DTS decoding in Powerdvd is softer than DD5.1?
and DTS decoding drives my cpu to 100%...
DTS always 'sounds' louder to me in PowerDVD 6; as for DTS decoding, CPU usage never goes above 30%. Maybe a reinstall is in order.....
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I haven't used the most current versions of either PowerDVD or WinDVD. The versions I have seem to both do what I need to equally well so I don't find one program to be particularly better than the other. But unless something major has changed I will always choose WinDVD over PowerDVD for one reason alone: digital output interruptions.

I pipe the digital audio when playing DVD's to my Z-680 digital input. This means I have the software pass the audio directly to the Logitech decoder. You'd think a simple task like just passing audio wouldn't be a problem for PowerDVD, but it can't even handle transitions smoothly. Everytime I interrupt the DVD by changing scenes or switching to a menu, the Z-680's sound will be interrupted for 2 to 3 sec as it redetects the digital sound source trying to determine if it's Dolby Digital, DTS, etc. This should happen only if I switch the audio type and not when I'm just jumping around. This gets extremely annoying when I'm skipping between chapters in a movie as I will never be able to hear the first few seconds of a scene this way. While part of the fault does lie in the Logitech decoder taking too long to detect the audio feed, it turns out there is more to the story.

I got WinDVD and was amazed to find out my digital audio prob was solved by switching my software. WinDVD does not interrupt the digital audio feed even when I'm jumping around so I can hear the first few seconds of a scene! It obviously will still do this if I switch from Dolby to DTS the first time, but that is normal and even our home theatre receiver does this. That prob aggravated me for so long that I was only too happy to have it fixed. That one issue is enough for me to choose WinDVD over PowerDVD any day. Unless PowerDVD manages to fix that issue in addition to becoming significantly better than WinDVD, I don't think I will switch.
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Try VLC for windows, it's free, and the quality is quite good.
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Try VLC for windows, it's free, and the quality is quite good.
Does that feature full 24-bit/192 khz support for DVD-Audio? That is a must for me.


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i've used previous version of windvd, but like powerdvd more so i've been using that for the last year or so, plus i got powerdvd 6 free with my od.
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