We’ve recommended VLC on more than one occasion, and for good reasons. It’s the swiss army knife of the video playback world. It supports more formats and codecs then we can count, installs quickly, and is updated frequently. With the upcoming release of Windows 8 however, it will start offering a new killer feature most people probably didn’t care about before - DVD playback. Microsoft’s decision to not support DVD playback in Windows 8 unless you shell out the extra cash for media center has created a ton of vitriol in comment feeds around the web, but also a pretty obvious question. If a free and open source app can offer the feature, why can’t Microsoft? ZDNet blogger Ed Bott set out to answer the question, and his findings may surprise you.
Hey there future movie makers - we see you, hunched over your computer in the dark frantically trying to edit that brilliant video of your nephew practing 360's/boss' comedy performance at the local pub/girlfriend singing acoustic Lady Gaga with a mandolin. Wouldn't that be easier if you had some sweet software to work with? Say... Cyberlinks PowerDirector 9? Oh, it would?
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Outside of Apple, you'd have to search far and wide to find someone not stoked about the release of Windows 7, or just take a visit to CyberLink's headquarters. The multimedia software maker pulls in most of its money from bundling PowerDVD and other apps with new PC purchases, and according to company chairman Jau Huang, Microsoft's snappy OS doesn't necessarily require consumers to replace their current systems.
Some analysts have noted that netbooks in 2010 should shoot up by 30 percent from 2009, but this too is of little consolation to CyberLink. Barring any major overhauls to existing platforms, netbooks typically are not equipped with video and audio functions necessary for CyberLink's software, Huang said.
So where does that leave CyberLink? Perhaps scrambling to make a buck in the smartphone market. Huang said there may be some business opportunities in the mobile phone market as new handsets come equipped with video and audio editing software.
Chances are you own at least one high tech, handheld gadget, whether it be an iPod, iPhone, PSP, or other device capable of playing back movies. It's also a safe bet to say you probably don't look forward to transcoding your favorite flicks into a compatible format, particularly when dealing with HD content. That's what makes CyberLink's achievement so noteworthy.
PowerDirector 6’s powerful features are handcuffed by a mildly frustrating interface. Unfortunately, the app just won’t let you easily tweak things, which is strange because the product seems aimed at pleasing the button-mashers.