Creative's first attempt at a Software DVD player produced the Zoran based SoftDVD 1.0 - and it wasn't very good. Once again, Creative has choosen to use the decoders from another company, but this time they seemed to have choosen wisely - in choosing the Intervideo WinDVD decoder.
Decoding efficiency : Video Quality : Video Support :
This player uses the same video decoder as WinDVD 2000, please refer to WinDVD 2000's review for more information. Excellent support for Creative GeForce cards.
Audio Quality/Support :
Excellent support for SB-Live cards, 4/6/AC3 SPDIF modes are all available (see picture below). This player uses the same audio decoder as WinDVD 2000, please refer to WinDVD 2000's review for more information.
Creative SoftDVD 188.8.131.52 uses the same decoder as WinDVD - and so you can use DVD Genie's WinDVD 2000 section to change regions/settings to tweak this player
The Creative Playcenter has a nice interface, some would say nicer than WinDVD's. There is the bookmark function, which is always useful, and easy access to all menus and options using the usual right-click menu. The only thing that is wrong is that you cannot change as many settings as you could using the WinDVD player - I guess this is where DVD Genie comes in.