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Note : This is an archived review for an older version of WinDVD. For the latest review, please refer to this page.

New in WinDVD 8.0

Click here to read the official WinDVD 8.0's Features/What's New page.

This page tries to list all the significant new features of WinDVD 8.0 (as compared to WinDVD 7.0) - if you want to see a complete review of the latest version of WinDVD, please refer to this page.

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New Product Versions

WinDVD 8.0 is again available in two main versions : Gold and Platinum. Gold is the "cut-down" version of Platinum, and the features that are unique to the Platinum version are :
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIx (New)
  • MPEG4 AVC/ H.264 Main Profile (New)
  • UPnP Media Server (New)
  • High Definition File Playback (New):
    • H.264
    • VC1
    • HDV
    • WMV-HD
    • MPEG-2 HDTV (Transport Stream)
  • MPEG4 AVC/H.264 file playback
  • Dolby Digital EX 6.1/7.1
  • DTS 2-channel
More explanation for some of the above features later on.


New Video Features

The new video features are all concentrated in the area of high definition playback, which is no surprise considering the official launch of both Blu-ray and HD DVD high definition DVD formats. There is support for both H.264 (MPEG-4 AVC) and Microsoft's VC-1 - both H.264 and VC-1 are used by Blu-ray/HD DVD (along with the "old" MPEG-2 standard), with early Blu-ray titles using MPEG-2 and early HD DVD titles using VC-1 (and occasionally H.264).

Blu-ray and HD DVD logos


There is also support for MPEG-2 HDTV transport streams (TS), WMV-HD and HDV.

Support for both nVIDIA Purevideo HD and Intel Clear Video acceleration has been added as well. nVIDIA Purevideo HD is supported by GeForce 7x series or newer graphics cards, while Intel Clear Video is available on IntelĀ® G965 Express based chipsets.

nVIDIA Purevideo HD and Intel Clear Video


New Audio Features

Dolby Pro Logic IIx support has been added. Dolby Pro Logic IIx simulates 7.1 audio from existing stereo of 5.1 audio sources.



New Interface Features

The previous version of WinDVD introduced a completely new interface. WinDVD 8 continues with the same theme, with overall improvements and evolution of that skin. The playback console no longer seems to undockable like in the previous version though.

WinDVD 8.0's Audio Center


WinDVD 8.0's Video Center


Similar to what was introduced in PowerDVD 7.0, the skin color can also now be changed, with 7 different colors to choose from.

WinDVD 8.0's Skin Color Selection


WinDVD 8.0's Skin Colors


There is also a new "Boss Key" feature which when pressed (F12), pauses playback and minimizes WinDVD to the taskbar. Otherwise, the interface remains similar to that of WinDVD 7.




Other Features

WinDVD 7.0 Platinum introduced support for UPnP media servers. WinDVD 7.0 acted as a client for these servers, which are increasingly becoming standard parts of home network and home theatre setups. WinDVD 8.0 now allows WinDVD to be the media server as well (the Platinum version only - the Gold version is a client only).

WinDVD 8.0's UPnP Client Support
Intel Core 2 Duo is also supported for enhanced multi-tasking performance.

 

 


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