Today Corel launched a new version of one of the software industry’s favorites: WinDVD Pro 11.
Like most of our beta testers, I’ve been playing around with different versions of the software for many years. My requirement for playback software are simple – let me watch my movies in a way that provides the crispest image and most immersive sound that can be squeezed from my PC or home theatre and sound systems. Well I’m happy to report that beta after beta, WinDVD Pro 11 has delivered the goods.
The entire beta review process got me thinking about the origins and probable future direction of playback software, and the concept of elegant simplicity came to mind. It starts with the actual movie-going experience: You sit, you watch, and you get blown away in an immersive experience (or fall asleep because the movie’s a total flop). More and more, modern TVs strive towards simplicity: Plug it in, turn it on, watch, and enjoy crisp, vivid color and great sound. The installation has to be as simple as possible. New technologies such as Dolby® surround sound, HD, Blu-ray™ and 3D have come around to further enrich the experience, but TV vendors are still keeping things as simple and elegant as possible.
Now, as an employee in a highly competitive PC-based software development market sector, feature bloat has been an unrelenting trend that has been very, very difficult to resist. Yet, to resist the bloat is exactly the mission of a product like WinDVD.
The holy grail of PC playback software has to be: Simplicity during installation and usage, amazingly good image and sound output, unobtrusive options to customize the experience, great file compatibility (particularly the most advanced ones such as Blu-ray™, Dolby® and AVCHD™) and finally, leverage the processing power of the PC to take the viewing experience further with great playback enhancing features like 2D to 3D conversion, HD upscaling and more.
That’s exactly what the WinDVD Pro 11 engineering team has delivered – playback software that:
- Immediately installs and works well on everybody’s Windows PC’s, laptops and external display and sound devices
- Provides amazingly good video and sound output to the maximum of device capabilities – and more
- Supports all the leading movie formats that are out there, including 3D
- Leverages the processing power of the PC to further enhance the movie viewing experience
So, be a happy home-theater movie watcher like me. Try out Corel WinDVD Pro 11 and let us know what you think. You won’t be disappointed – unless it’s your movie that sucks! That unfortunately is something that even WinDVD won’t be able to fix…but we’re trying! ;-)