Reviewer’s
Guide
WinDVD® 9 Plus Blu-ray
The World’s #1 DVD and Video Playback Software
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Contents
Welcome to the Reviewer’s Guide for WinDVD® 9 Plus Blu-ray, the latest version of Corel’s award®
winning DVD, Blu-ray Disc and Video Playback Software.
Contents
Welcome
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Corel Digital Media Solutions .............................................................................................. 3
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Trends in the WinDVD target market ................................................................................... 3
Introduction
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WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray at a glance ...................................................................................... 4
What’s New
New features ......................................................................................................................... 5
Blu-ray Disc/HD DVD playback .............................................................................................. 6
Version comparison chart ....................................................................................................... 7
Product Tour
Stylish new user interface ...................................................................................................... 8
State-of-the-art upscaling & video enhancement .................................................................... 9
Movies on the go - Music to your ears - Hardware graphics acceleration ........................... 10
Personalize playback & enjoy HD home movies ................................................................. 11
Summary
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WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray – The best way to watch movies on your PC! .............................. 12
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WinDVD 9 family ................................................................................................................. 13
System requirements .......................................................................................................... 14
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Welcome
Corel® Digital Media Solutions
Enrich the way you live, work and play
Corel’s Digital Media Solutions offer the broadest portfolio of products to
enhance the way users live, work and play. Our innovative software gives
both beginner and advanced users the tools they need to organize,
enhance, edit, share and enjoy their digital content. Whether it’s working
with photos or video, creating or playing back DVDs and high-definition
discs, or sharing on mobile devices or on the Web, Corel Digital Media
solutions empower users to make the most of their digital media and enrich
their lifestyle.
Covering the spectrum of user needs
Whether a beginner or advanced user – or somewhere in between – Corel
has the full software suite to manage, enjoy and share photos and videos.
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Organization – easily import, export, categorize, sort and archive
photos and videos.
Photo Editing – change color, fix lighting, erase objects, crop and enhance images.
Project Creation – produce movies, slideshows, calendars and scrapbooks.
Digital Art – sketch, paint and transform photos into stunning paintings.
Video Playback – enjoy crystal-clear playback of DVD, video and audio in most popular
movie file formats.
Video Editing – enhance video footage with narration, music, audio and special effects to
create amazing videos.
DVD Creation – create, author and burn professional-style movies, menus and slideshows to
DVD and CD.
Copy and Convert – transfer content to multiple media devices and/or burn to DVD and CD.
Trends in the WinDVD® target market
High-Definition Playback
The shift to HD is gaining momentum. With Blu-ray emerging as the winner in the format war,
consumers who elected to “wait and see” are now able to invest in the new technology with greater
confidence. HD content is gaining shelf space in retail channels and fanfare around new title
launches will create even more excitement for the HD experience. For PC playback, hardware
requirements are now well established and component prices are falling to the point where this year
mainstream PCs will have the ability to play back HD titles. In short, the scene is now set for HD to
take off.
Upscaling
If HD is clearly the future, SD remains the present. High-end televisions and DVD players address
the gap between display technology and lower-resolution content by including sophisticated upscaling
features. WinDVD now brings this solution to PC and notebook playback. Users can enjoy a “betterthan-original” experience when playing back DVD content with advanced SD to HD upscaling and
picture enhancement based on Trimension ALL2HD technology.
HD Home Movies
Consumers are shifting to HD camcorders for shooting their family memories. HDV led the way, but
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AVCHD is gaining in popularity, and Hitachi just announced a Blu-ray camcorder. WinDVD 9 Plus
Blu-ray will flawlessly play back HD home movies - from video files, AVCHD or Blu-ray discs - in full
resolution.
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Introduction
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WinDVD® 9 Plus Blu-ray at a glance
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Corel WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray is DVD, Blu-ray Disc and video playback software that delivers
quality and entertainment in style. Play spectacular Blu-ray and HD DVD discs on your PC, or enjoy
standard DVDs with state-of-the-art HD-quality upscaling. Take your movies on the go with advanced
battery optimization controls for laptops. Play home movies recorded on the latest high-definition
AVCHD™ camcorders. Choose WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray for the ultimate Blu-ray, DVD and video
playback experience.
WinDVD® 9 Plus Blu-ray
The World’s #1 DVD and Video Playback
Software
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Superior video & audio playback
The best way to watch movies on your PC.
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View standard DVDs at amazing HD
resolution with state-of-the-art upscaling
and motion enhancement.
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Unique laptop features lets you watch
movies wherever you are, and ensure you
never miss the ending!
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Plays popular formats
Standard as well as high-definition formats
like Blu-ray, HD DVD, AVCHD and HDV.
Blu-ray/HD DVD playback
WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray plays high-definition Blu-ray and HD DVD discs!
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Play commercial titles with advanced navigation features
Play recordable media such as HD DVD-R, BD-R and RE
The first playback software to support new BD BonusView.
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What’s New
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WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray offers a cool new interface, with up-to-date DVD & video playback
enhancements. Play Blu-ray & HD DVD discs, or enjoy new upscaling technology that makes DVDs
look like HD. Enhancement filters improve low-resolution video, and there is support for new audio
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and video formats such as Dolby Digital EX and AVCHD.
Stylish good looks
The sophisticated graphite interface blends
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seamlessly with your Windows XP or Vista
desktop.
 Digital Natural Motion – advanced motionsmoothing technology.
Enhance low-resolution video
 New graphite color – Up-to-date and
professional look.
Clean up digital artifacts from MPEG, H.264
and VC-1 video
 New layout – A clutter-free and easy-tonavigate interface.
 De-snow filter removes digital noise from
low-resolution video.
 New compact mode – Minimize the screen
to use less screen space.
 De-block filter removes blocky digital
artifacts from compressed video.
 Message Center – Don’t miss out on
product updates, exclusive offers and fun
tips and tricks!
More formats supported
Enjoy reliable playback of high-definition or
standard-definition video recorded from HDTV,
camcorder, or downloaded from the Web.
Immerse yourself in today’s top audio
technologies.
 H.264 Support – Smoothly plays back the
next-generation high-definition format for
premium content and downloaded video.
 AVCHD™ – Supports playback of video
from AVCHD camcorders, either copied
from the camcorder hard drive, on
AVCHD disc, or memory card.
Technology powerhouse
Maximize your viewing experience with stateof-the-art audio and video technologies.
 Blu-ray & HD DVD Playback – Enjoy the
unrivalled viewing experience of highdefinition discs.
 Unique All2HD upscaling –
converts standard DVDs to
crisp high-definition video
with outstanding color and
clarity.
 Dolby Digital EX – Enjoy 6.1 or 7.1channel playback with appropriate
hardware.
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 DTS surround audio – Supports up to 6
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channels of audio for titles with DTS
surround sound.
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Blu-ray/
HD DVD
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Blu-ray Disc/HD DVD playback
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WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray plays back high-definition Blu-ray and HD DVD discs with stunning 1080p
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picture quality and next-generation Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD™ surround
sound. BD-J, BonusView and HD DVD Advanced Navigation offer new and exciting ways to
interact with content.
Compatibility
Interactivity
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WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray fully supports both
Blu-ray and HD DVD disc types.
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Play commercial titles, as well as
recordable media such as HD DVD-R, BD-R
and RE.
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Supports both BD-J and HD DVD Advanced
Navigation technology to provide immersive
features such as pop-up menus to select
scenes or change audio tracks, without
interrupting movie playback.
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It is the first software to support the new
BonusView picture-in-picture features on
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Blu-ray Disc .
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Plays back HD-Rec (HD DVD on standard
DVDs) - HD DVD-format video can also be
burned on a standard DVD disc. WinDVD
reliably plays back such discs on standard
DVD drives.
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Supports all Blu-ray and HD DVD video
encoding formats, including MPEG-4-AVC
(H.264), MPEG-2, and VC1.
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Supports HD audio formats like Dolby
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Digital Plus, and uncompressed Dolby
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TrueHD and DTS-HD for Blu-ray and HD
DVD commercial titles.
Support for BD-J & BonusView
Interact with advanced content such as
games, additional tracks and advanced menu
options for Blu-ray Discs.
Blu-ray BD-J overlay menu
Support for HD DVD Advanced Navigation
Provides interactive menus and special
features for HD DVD, including links to online
content, clips and images. Responds to user
navigation input (remote buttons) as well as to
events set to occur during playback of a
movie.
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HD DVD Advanced Navigation Menu
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Version
Comparisons
Comparing previous and
current versions
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WinDVD 9
Version Comparisons
WinDVD® 9 WinDVD® 9
Plus Blu-ray
Plus
WinDVD® 9
Standard
WinDVD® 8
Platinum
WinDVD® 8
Gold
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Key Features
Blu-ray/HD DVD playback &
navigation
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HD DVD Advanced Navigation
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All2HD Upscaling
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De-snow/De-block filters
AVCHD™ support
96K/24bit audio decoding
NVIDIA PureVideo
ATI AVIVO
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Codec/File Format Support
H.264
VC1
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DivX file playback
WMV HD
QuickTime
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RealPlayer
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Audio Features
Dolby Digital® Plus
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Dolby Digital EX
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Dolby TrueHD
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Dolby Pro Logic IIx
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Dolby Headphone
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Dolby Virtual Speaker
DTS™ HD
DTS™ NEO:6
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Video Features
Progressive de-interlace
SmartStretch
Smooth reverse playback
Other Features
Quick Clip
Power Saver
Time Stretch
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Product Tour
Stylish new user interface
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WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray’s new, sophisticated graphite design blends seamlessly with your Windows
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XP or Window Vista desktop. The interface is clutter-free and easy-to-navigate. Apart from the familiar
playback controls, users can find advanced audio and video controls to easily personalize the playback
experience.
Display clip
information by
clicking the “I”
button
Click on
Compact Mode to
see viewing area
only
Audio Graphic Equalizer
Video Filters and
Enhancements
Set up a custom playlist
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Product Tour
State-of-the-art upscaling
& video enhancement
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WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray employs leading technologies to make standard DVDs look like HD, and to
improve the look of low-resolution video.
Trimension™ ALL2HD upscaling
All2HD converts standard DVDs to crisp
near-high-definition video with
outstanding color and clarity. It works
by auto-scaling intelligently, and tailoring
playback to fit monitor resolution and
refresh rate. Adjust sharpness for a
better-than-original look.
Try it for yourself!
Note: Be sure to turn off hardware acceleration in the
Setup-Audio/Video Setup menu to enable All2HD.
Trimension™ Digital Natural Motion
Digital Natural Motion removes judder effect for
smooth motion and crisp edges even on fastmoving objects. Choose from presets for the
smoothest possible playback.
Enhance low-resolution video
Clean up digital artifacts from MPEG, H.264 and VC1 video.
 De-snow filter removes digital noise from low-resolution
video.
Now!
De-Block
Clean up
MPEG
videos!
De-Snow
 De-block filter removes blocky digital artifacts from
compressed video.
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Product Tour
 Movies on the go
 Music to your ears
 Hardware graphics acceleration
Laptop-friendly features
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WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray offers custom controls for
those who like to watch movies on the go.
 Smartstretch lets users watch movies in standard or
widescreen.
 Enjoy Virtual Surround Sound even when listening on
headphones.
 TimeStretch enables the playback time to be adjusted without
altering the audio pitch - so a movie can finish when you need
it to!
 Battery Optimization makes sure your battery doesn’t die
before the villain does.
Top audio technologies
The Audio Center gives easy access to a robust assortment of
high-end audio technologies:
 Dolby Digital Plus – Next-generation HD sound support.
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 Dolby TrueHD – Audio encoded with lossless technology,
supporting the Blu-ray/HD DVD maximum of 8 channels.
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 DTS-HD™ – DTS 7.1 surround audio for compatible Bluray/HD DVD discs.
 Dolby Pro Logic IIx – Transforms 2-channel (stereo) audio
to surround sound, or expands 5.1 sources up to 7.1 speaker
systems. Choose Movie or Music modes.
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 Dolby Virtual Speaker – Creates a 5.1 surround sound
environment on two speakers.
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 SRS audio technologies – Selectively enhance movie dialog
or music, or create a virtual surround effect on two speakers
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with TruSurround .
 96 kHz/24-bit audio decoding –
Play back audiophile-quality audio.
Hardware graphics acceleration
WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray supports graphics devices with ATI
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AVIVO™HD and NVIDIA PureVideo HD hardware-enhanced
video playback.
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Enjoy sharper, more vibrant video images.
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Minimize CPU utilization and power consumption.
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Product Tour
Personalize playback
& enjoy HD home movies
Personalized playback
 Pan & Zoom – Click and drag to zoom in and
pan across any part of the screen to get a
closer look.
 Instant Replay – Ctrl-B lets you jump back
to the line you missed, or catch that action
sequence again!
 Playlists – Create personal playlists with audio
tracks or video files from DVDs, VCDs, SVCDs
and CDs.
 Smooth Reverse Playback – Play movies
in reverse without frame drops.
 Bookmark favorite spots and save them as a
file (.bmk) for later, or send to a friend.
 The Boss Key (F12) instantly clears the
desktop and pauses your movie. To resume,
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simply double-click on the small WinDVD 9
icon in the system tray!
Capture Image/QuickClip
UPnP™ client
The new capture controls make it even easier to
grab a favorite movie scene as a still picture or
animated clip that users can easily share with
friends via email or mobile phone.
Plays back content from other UPnP-certified
devices within a network, with enhanced
thumbnail views of available clips!
Capture QuickClips
AVCHD and HDV playback
Today’s high-definition camcorders let you record your personal
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memories in stunning clarity. WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray lets you see them
at full resolution!
 AVCHD – Conveniently supports playback of video from AVCHD
camcorders, either copied from the camcorder hard drive, on AVCHD
disc, or memory card.
 HDV Video – Play HD video captured from HDV camcorders.
 Blu-ray Camcorders – Play HD video from the latest Hitachi Blu-ray
camcorders
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Summary
WinDVD® 9 Plus Blu-ray
The best way to watch movies on your PC!
Corel® WinDVD® 9 Plus Blu-ray
WinDVD® 9 Plus Blu-ray offers high quality
playback of commercial and personal Blu-ray
and HD DVD movies, video files and DVDs, and
introduces cutting-edge video upscaling and
enhancements.
$99.99 SRP in US and Canada
Upgrades from WinDVD 6, 7 and 8 to
WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray will be available
via download at $59.99 SRP.
User Benefits Recap
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Blu-ray Disc/HD DVD Playback.
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State-of-the-art upscaling – View
standard DVDs at amazing HD resolution
with motion enhancement.
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Plays popular formats – Standarddefinition and high-definition video such as
AVCHD and HDV.
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Unique laptop features – Watch movies
wherever you are, and ensure you never
miss the ending.
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Superior video and audio playback – The
best way to watch movies on your PC.
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WinDVD 9
Family
WinDVD® 9 is available in three editions to let consumers choose the range of features they need,
at different price points. (For the differences between WinDVD® 9, WinDVD® 9 Plus, and WinDVD® 9
Plus Blu-ray, see the comparison chart on p7)
Corel® WinDVD® 9 Plus
The World’s #1 DVD and Video Playback Software
With over 200 million users worldwide, WinDVD® 9 Plus
offers high-quality playback of video files and discs, and
introduces cutting-edge video upscaling and enhancements.
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Superior video & audio playback – The best way to
watch movies on your PC.
All2HD upscaling – View standard DVDs at amazing HD
resolution with state-of-the-art upscaling and motion
enhancement.
Unique laptop features – Watch movies wherever you
are, and ensure you never miss the ending!
Plays popular formats – Standard as well as highdefinition formats like AVCHD and HDV.
Corel® WinDVD® 9 (Standard Version)
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WinDVD 9 is the world’s leading DVD and video playback software
delivering superior audio and video quality in a stylish and easy-touse application. With broad format support, state-of-the-art quality
enhancement technologies and unique features for watching movies
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on the go, WinDVD 9 sets the standard for affordable
entertainment on your laptop or desktop PC.
UPGRADE to Blu-ray
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Upgrade WinDVD 9 and WinDVD 9 Plus to high-definition disc playback! Visit
www.corel.com and purchase your instant activation key. You’ll be watching the latest
blockbusters, in HD, in no time! Also plays HD DVDs.
Upgrade from WinDVD 9 Plus:
Upgrade from WinDVD 9:
US$ 29.99
US$ 59.99
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System
Requirements
WinDVD® 9 Plus System Requirements and Format Support
 OS: Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista
 Processor: Minimum CPU:
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Windows XP: Intel Pentium III 800 MHz or equivalent AMD Athlon processor
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Windows Vista : Intel Pentium 4 1.0GHz or equivalent AMD Athlon processor
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 Recommended CPU: Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz or equivalent AMD Athlon , or above
 RAM: 256 MB system memory or above (512 MB recommended)
 Disc space: 200 MB of hard-disk space for program installation.
 4:3 or 16:9 (widescreen) monitor
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 Graphics Card: AGP or PCI-Express graphics card/accelerator with DirectDraw overlay support
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 Windows -compatible sound card and stereo speakers (PCI or on-board audio card)
 Optical Drive: DVD-ROM, DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo, DVD-R/RW, DVD+RW or DVD-RAM drive
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Supported Formats
 Disc: DVD-Video, VCD, SVCD, Mini DVD (DVD on CD), WMV HD, Audio CD, AVCHD™ disc
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 Video: H.264, MPEG-1, 2, 3GPP/3GPP2, DivX , Windows Media , AVI, RealPlayer , QuickTime ,
HDV, MPEG-2 HD, AVCHD™
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 Audio: Dolby Digital , MP3, AAC, MPA, M2A, WAV, WMA, DTS , LPCM
Additional Blu-ray/HD DVD Playback Requirements
 Processor: Intel Core™ Duo T2400 1.83 GHz or above, AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 3800+ 2.0 GHz or
above
 RAM: 512MB
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 Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7600 or above, ATI Radeon X1600 or above
 VGA Chipset: Ensure VGA chipset supports hardware acceleration, with updated drivers installed.
 VGA VRAM: 128MB
 Optical Drive: Blu-ray optical drive for Blu-ray titles or HD DVD drive for HD DVD. Standard DVD
optical drives can play back HD-REC (HD DVD video burned on a standard DVD) as well as AVCHD
discs.
 Display Device: If you are using a DVI (Digital Visual Interface) or HDMI (High-definition Multimedia
Interface) connection to a digital output, please make sure your display device is HDCP (Highbandwidth Digital Content Protection) compatible and your VGA supports HDCP.
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Supported Formats
 Disc: Commercial HD DVD & Blu-ray discs, HD DVD-R, BD-R and RE, HD-REC
 Video: MPEG-4-AVC (H.264), MPEG-2 HD, and VC1
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 Audio: Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD
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