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This product came boxed with the DVD drive, although it retails for between £10 & £20 depending on where you buy. Installation is easy - just pop in the CD and it will autorun. According to the instructions, my PC, an AMD 400 should be able to cope and it does. There is however, a lag of a second or so, every few minutes, but after a while you tend not to notice. Initially, I found that it wouldn't work, and in fact doesn't work, if your screen is set at higher than 800 x 600. I have also found that upon start up it tends to stutter on the sound, but this is only whilst the logo loads. There are a few skins for the player included, and you have the option to hide this altogether. You will also find that the player gives you great control over what you see, and the ability to move between chapters with just a couple of clicks. Overall, it's a solid performer and well worth investigating. I don't think that I'd pay £20 for it, but you can find it for a lot less without too much trouble.
I have found windvd 2000 to be very good with a decent processor it can provide a very high quality picture quality but to provide a decent framerate you need at least a pentium 2 400mhz it is very easy to use and the manual is excellent as it gives very detailed information . i would recommend this for the beginner with a high powered system an other alternative to this is powerdvd wich is faster but is a little bit harder to set up. so if you have a powerfull system and fast dvd drive buy it now!
I got InterVideo WinDVD 1.2 pre-installed on my PC from Dell (XPS T500). It's not a bad piece of software in that is plays the DVD's well, even the Matrix, which I am told is a bit of a challenge (the software that came on the Matrix disk couldn't manage it!). I do get the occasional judder which seems to coincide with a hard disk access. I do not know if that is my PC doing something in the background or if it is WinDVD. It is not a great problem anyway. WinDVD has all of the controls that you need, i.e. play, pause, FF, REW, next/prev chapter, switch subtitles or language, changing contrast and colour and so on. These can be accessed by right clicking whilst playing, or by putting a little control pannel on screem, which can be a little distracting. You can also add a status bar which shows time played and chapter in very small writing. The only problem with WinDVD is that it is quite basic. It doesn't do anything fancy. I am not a fan of bloatware, but I would like a few more features like showing me the time remaining to play rather than just the time played. The software can change region code five times (I am told that changing region code is normally a software function on PC DVD's - the restriction is not in the DVD-ROM). A quick browse on the web shows ways to get round this.
WinDVD 2000 v2.0, was heralded as one of the best, if not the best, software DVD players around. Still, there was a large number of people who prefered PowerDVD 2.55, due to a number of features that was missing in WinDVD 2000. With the release of WinDVD 2000 v2.1, Intervideo has set out to tackle these missing features head on, and as you're about to find out, the result is promising. Decoding efficiency This decoder is still less efficient than Cyberlink PowerDVD 2.5.5's decoder, although WinDVD makes up for it in greater quality visuals and audio. Compared against version 2.0, 2.1 seems to perform around the same, perhaps even a little slower. CPU usage on my slow Celeron 333a test system was always at 100% during playback, and any action on my behalf (like righ-clicking to bring out the menu) would mean serious skipping of the picture - the 2.0 version didn't seem to be this bad. Video Quality Video quality is extremely high and I would say the best so far, although PowerDVD isn't far behind. Of course, this is dependent on your graphics card and settings, rather than directly on the Video decoder. Some people might actually experience better quality on PowerDVD, but most should be able to get the highest quality from WinDVD (at the expense of performance, of course). There did not seem to be any changes from the 2.0 version. Video Support The graphics acceleration supported has not been documented, so it isn't easy to say which card is supported. I would expect most forms of Motion Compensation and some forms of iDCT are supported, along the lines of PowerDVD. Audio Quality/Support Audio volume is better than that of PowerDVD, and LFE decoding is supported, meaning better bass if your speaker can handle it. Unfortunately, not as many sound card models are supported (for 4 speaker and S/PDIF output) compared to PowerDVD, but it is getting better, as the new version adds quite a few more
cards that are compatible with it. User Friendliness Personally, I believe PowerDVD's interface is much more friendlier than that of WinDVD. The buttons on the WinDVD console are small, and not easy to use, especially the 3x5 pixel slider button, which is very hard to see/control for those using high resolutions or with notebook type display screen. The "extended control panel" (shown above) is also not easy to find (you have to click on the ">" button, and you will only see it if you really look for it), and since it contains some very important features (like un-zoom), it can confuse new users of the software. Compatibility Intervideo seems to have tweaked the decoder somewhat, and at first, it refused to function properly on my test system. This was quickly fixed by tweaking my graphics card's DirectX settings - so the problem has to lie partly, if not fully, with my graphics card's drivers - this was not an issue with the previous version of WinDVD. I also got quite a few B-SODs (Blue Screen of Death), which is simply unacceptable in any commercial programs. PowerDVD has it's I-Power internet support, which allows your main PowerDVD screen to be turned into an HTML browser using the IE engine. The web-support feature of WinDVD is not as sophisticated, and basically puts a button on the main control panel to allow you to access some internet short-cuts (by opening a new IE window). If you were familiar with HTML, you can in fact alter the default I-Power screen for PowerDVD, where as here, you cannot alter the default short-cuts. PowerDVD wins out here. Personally, I don't really see why DVD players should have internet support, especially the half-assed effort shown here by Intervideo - I would have preferred they exchanged that button with a button for still capture - it would have been much more useful