In our recent media streamer roundup, we discussed various commercial Blu-ray video profiles and presented our test suite for the same. We reused the same test suite for this review also. Before testing out the ISOs and folder structures which had their copy protection removed, we tested the original Blu-rays from an optical drive and also a few other unlisted Blu-rays such as 'Waltz with Bashir', 'FIFA World Cup 3D' and 'The Lion King'. CyberLink PowerDVD 12 was able to play back all the Blu-rays from the optical drive without issues.

The tables below present a summary of how CyberLink PowerDVD 12 fared in our local media test suite.

Container Compatibility Details
CyberLink PowerDVD 12
Version 12.0.1227.54 Ultra
Container Notes
DVD Menus Supported
ISO Supported
Folder Structures Supported
Blu-ray ISOs Supported
Folder Structures Supported1
BD Profile 1.0 Supported with Menus
BD Profile 1.1 (Bonus View / PiP) Plays with Menus, PiP Available
BD Profile 2.0 (BD Live) Plays with Menus, BD Live Available
BD Profile 5.0 (3D) Supported
Non-BD Profile 5.0 3D Blu-rays Play in 3D with Menus
Seamless Branching Works Perfectly
MKV Supported Video Codecs: H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 (DivX / XViD)
Supported Audio Codecs: AC3, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD MA, DTS-HD HR2, AAC, MP3, LPCM
Supported Embedded Subtitles: SRT, ASS/SSA
Multiple Video Tracks Not Supported
Multiple Audio and Subtitle Tracks Supported
Forced Subtitle Tracks Not Supported
Chapters Not Supported
Header Compression Supported
MKV3D (Stereoscopic Flag) Supported
Half SBS / TAB 3D Plays Back with Manual TV Mode Change, Auto-Switch Spotty
M2TS Supported Video Codecs: H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2
Supported Audio Codecs: AC3, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD MA, DTS-HD HR, LPCM
Supported Embedded Subtitles: PGS
AVI Supported Video Codecs: MPEG-4 (XviD / DivX), MJPEG
Supported Audio Codecs: AC3, MP3, PCM
SBS 3D AVIs Don't Autoswitch Reliably
MP4 / M4V Supported Video Codecs: H.264
Supported Audio Codecs: AAC
Miscellaneous Containers DVR-MS and TRP Supported
WTV Files Play Back with Audio Only
TS and MTS Supported
M2V Supported
1 Our BD Profile 1.1 ripped folder structure test stream (Band of Brothers (Disc 1)) failed to load beyond the initial startup screen. ArcSoft Total Media Theater 5 played back the same folder structure without issues
2 Our MKV test stream with AVC video and DTS-HD HR audio repeatedly crashed PowerDVD 12. Other MKVs with AVC video played back without issues

 

Video Compatibility Details
CyberLink PowerDVD 12
Version 12.0.1227.54 Ultra
Codec Notes
H.264 1080p60 Level 4.2 Camcorder Streams / Level 5.1 User Encodes Fully Supported
Maximum of 12 Reference Frames Supported (16 reference frame videos show heavy artifacting)
Maximum frame size of 4096 x 2304 (multi-threaded software decode)
10 bit H.264 Decoding Not Supported (Blank Video Screen)
Erroneous Bitstream Recovery OK
Upto 80 Mbps H.264 Streams Play OK (over eSATA)
VC-1 Supported
720p60 / 1080i60 (Interlaced Streams - Advanced Profile) Also Supported
MPEG-2 Supported
MPEG-4 (DivX / XviD) Supported (up to 1080p24)
Global Motion Compensation with More Than 2 Warp Points Supported
Real Media Video Fully Supported (up to 1080p24 tested)
Miscellaneous Codecs WMV8 Supported
VP6 Not Supported
VP8 Not Supported
Theora Not Supported
MPEG-1 Supported

 

Audio Compatibility Details
CyberLink PowerDVD 12
Version 12.0.1227.54 Ultra
Codec Bitstream Decode Downmix
AC3 (Dolby Digital) Yes Yes (up to 5.1) Yes (down to 2.0)
DTS Yes Yes (up to 5.1) Yes (down to 2.0)
Dolby Digital Plus Yes Yes (up to 7.1) Yes (down to 2.0)
DTS-HD HR Yes Yes (up to 7.1) Yes (down to 2.0)
Dolby TrueHD Yes Yes (up to 7.1) Yes (down to 2.0)
DTS-HD MA Yes Yes (up to 7.1) Yes (down to 2.0)
WMA Pro No Yes (up to 5.1) Yes (down to 2.0)
AAC Not Tested Yes (up to 5.1) Yes (down to 2.0)
MP3 Not Applicable Yes Not Applicable
FLAC Not Tested Yes (up to 5.1) Yes (down to 2.0)
Cook (Real Audio) Not Applicable Yes Not Applicable
Vorbis Not Applicable Yes Yes
APE Not Applicable No No
AIFF Not Applicable No No
DVD-A Partially Supported (AC3 Version)
SACD Not Supported
BD-Audio Supported with bitstreaming
Playlists M3U and PLS files don't show up in the media library
Gapless Audio Not Supported
Sampling Frequencies Faithful Decoding to LPCM up to 192 KHz for all audio codecs

 

Subtitle Compatibility Details
CyberLink PowerDVD 12
Version 12.0.1227.54 Ultra
Format Notes
PGS Supported only in M2TS (PGS in MKV is Unsupported)
Forced Subtitles in M2TS Supported
SRT External Subtitles Supported for All Formats
MKV Muxed Subtitles Supported
Automatic Subtitle Encoding Detection Works
SUB/IDX External Subtitles Supported, But SUB overlay blanks out the screen every time it appears
MKV Muxed Subtitles Not Supported
ASS / SSA Supported without Stylization or Font Effects

 

Image Formats Compatibility Details
CyberLink PowerDVD 12
Version 12.0.1227.54 Ultra
Format Notes
JPG Tested Upto 40MP ; Instantaneous Decoding and Scaling to 1920x1080
GIF Not Supported
JPS Supported
Miscellaneous Formats MPO Supported
DNG Supported
TIFF Supported (Multipage Files Display First Page)
PNG Supported

 

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  • ganeshts - Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - link

    I am not going to disagree with this, but I did mention in the preamble to the piece that we are looking at avenues to enjoy commercial optical discs in the most legal manner possible. Usage of AnyDVD HD is very much in the grey area since it circumvents copy protection technologies (not that I agree with the law here, but we have to make do with whatever the politicians are putting out thanks to the bribes they get from the content owners (MAFIAA)) Reply
  • Golgatha - Thursday, February 2, 2012 - link

    I wonder if decrypting on the fly is really against the DMCA. You're not making a copy and the encryption isn't being removed...it's still on the disc ;-). Reply
  • Etern205 - Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - link

    The Ultra comes with the extra 2 features bundles while Pro and Standard makes you pay extra?
    I don't see the point of getting pro or standard cause by getting Pro you actually pay more than the ultra and standard is useless since you can't play Blu-Ray.
    Reply
  • ganeshts - Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - link

    Well, not every customer wants a mobile app or mobile remote.. So, in that sense, the pricing strategy does seem OK..

    I agree that Pro is not a good choice if you want to play Blu-rays. I believe that tier was created for OEMs to snag (It is probably the version bundled with all the PCs having a Blu-ray drive)
    Reply
  • erikstarcher - Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - link

    Nice review. Now can we get one on TMT5 and WinDVD please? Reply
  • CharonPDX - Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - link

    Yes, I know... But I have a combo HD-DVD/Blu-ray drive, and I still own a few movies on HD-DVD only. I know the older versions, that were current when HD-DVD was current, can play them, but have the newer versions kept that? Reply
  • piroroadkill - Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - link

    I know for a fact they removed HD-DVD support at some point for no apparent reason. I very, very much doubt they re-added it. Reply
  • shriganesh - Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - link

    Hi Ganesh!
    I am also Ganesh ;) Your reviews are detailed and very good esp regarding the CPUs used in devices and their architectures!
    You have Engal Anna dvdrip! Are you Vijayganth fan??? ROFL!!
    Reply
  • Ph0b0s - Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - link

    Finally it looks like PowerDVD can decode DTS-HD MA 7.1 for those of us with 8 channel PAP sound cards. Up until now it could only manage 5.1. This is good news and a big feature inclusion, shame it was not tested... The only thing missing I would like to see them do is Truetheater HD motion for Blu-ray movies, so Blu-rays can appear to be more than 24 fps, with in between frames inserted. Maybe next release. Reply
  • ganeshts - Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - link

    Yes, DTS-HD MA 7.1 decode is fully supported and confirmed to be working. Reply

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