CeBIT 2008 - Previewing The Trends

Cyberlink is set to unveil version 8 of its PowerDVD player software. Most of the innovations center around playback of HD video in the form of Blu-ray and HD-DVDs. For example, a so-called Remix feature is expected that will let you play various titles in a different order. The new version also adds digital bookmarks that will allow switching scenes and dialogues as well as adding subtitles and pictures. In some forums, there were also discussions of a feature called MoovieLive with which movies that had been edited using the Remix feature can be published.

Does Version 8 of PowerDVD bring any real innovations?

Until now, Cyberlink was pretty much the only game in town when it came to software players for the PC, but the competition from Arcsoft and the TotalMediaTheatre do a few things better. At least users aren't patronized when it comes to playing video content from the hard drive. Thus, it remains to be seen whether the new version 8 of PowerDVD will really be a convincing offering.

Cyberlink is set up in Hall 21 at stand B40/1.

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