As HTPC systems gain popularity, we begin seeing more and more complete multi-media solutions, such as Cyberlink's DVD Suite 6 Ultra. Cyberlink DVD Suite is a collection of software that takes care of all your multimedia content, whether it's reproduction, recording or editing.
Cyberlink DVD Suite v6 comes in three versions, depending on your needs. The top versions is the mentioned DVD Suite Ultra that brings Blu-ray and HD-DVD support – both reproducing and recording. The second in line is DVD Suite Pro that's basically DVD Suite Essential (the third option) with added Power Director and some additional options within PowerDVD and PowerProducer. Pro version is for somewhat more advanced users that need greater freedom with DVD media, while Essential version is aimed at simple reproduction and some basic editing options.
Cyberlink DVD Suite v6 Ultra is comprised of ten programs that let you manipulate multi-media content. PowerDVD is the first and basic DVD Suite program that reproduces movies and other video content. Then there's PowerDirector that's used for "automatic“ video editing and PowerProducer used for authoring the video to the medium. Power2Go is a program that's used for simple burning of all kinds of multi-media content, data, ripping MP3's, etc. PowerBackup is a tool for archiving and backing up data, while PowerDVD Copy is for copying and recording unauthorized DVD's. InstantBurn is used for turning your optical drive into floppy by simple and hassle-free burning. Handling images, creating slideshows and such is a task for MediaShow, while LabelPrint is used for label designing.
In order to make controlling these programs easier, they're sorted into groups in a utility called PowerStarter, which acts like a central console that takes you where you need to go.
We already mentioned that this part of Cyberlink's DVD Suite is a simple interface software that sorts programs in clearly defined categories and its intuitive interface is quite easy to use. Certain common tasks are sorted in Favorites section and this part of DVD Suite is also in charge of upgrading and installation of add-ons.
One of the most important parts of this task is used for video content reproduction. Depending on the version, this program can reproduce Blu-ray and HD-DVD content. The interface is incredibly simple and intuitive, so inexperienced users that might encounter such a program for the first time shouldn't have trouble with it. DVD Suite Ultra version's Power DVD program supports HD DVD, Blu-ray, Dolby Digital Plus, True HD and DTS formats. PowerDVD from Pro and Essential versions received a CES Innovations 2007 Design & Engineering award, and that clearly shows what it's capable of.
During our testing, we encountered no trouble in movie reproduction, and the simple sleek interface only added to our pleasant experience. PowerDVD is a simple, intuitive and well-designed program that's a top notch product when movie reproduction is in question.
PowerDirector is a program for capturing, editing and burning video content. In this case, 6.5HE version comes with HD content support. Among the tools you'll find a tool for stabilizing "shaky" videos, sharpening the picture with the "Magic Fix“ option, editing with Magic Style option, combining effects, transitions and titles. PowerDirector can save your work in 720i/1080i HD formats, including MPEG-2 and WMV.
Just like the rest of this DVD Suite software, PowerDirector is simple and intuitive, so inexperienced users should find the task of editing the content from their cameras and burning it to a DVD afterward quite simple and straightforward.
PowerProducer 4.2 BD/HD
PowerProducer is a program used for creating, or as it's now called, authorizing DVD, HD DVD and Blu-ray content. With this software, you can create a DVD, HD DVD or Blu-ray medium with a personalized menu, music and titles that any home player can reproduce.
MediaShow is another key part of DVD Suite, and it's used for editing pictures and creating slideshows, Powerpoint slides and music. It comes with options for setting up titles, effects and different slideshow transitions that can be burned to a DVD or a VCD afterwards. Slideshows can also be saved as executable files that can be run on any other PC.