reprinted from a Corel press release:
Newest Release Offers Consumers Enhanced Viewing Options with a New, More Intuitive User Interface, New State-of-the-Art Upscaling Capability, Enhanced Blu-ray Disc Playback and the latest High-Definition Surround Sound Technology
OTTAWA March 18, 2008 Corel Corporation (NASDAQ:CREL; TSX:CRE), a leading developer of graphics, productivity and digital media software, today announced the latest release of Corel WinDVD, the world’s number one DVD and video playback software on PCs. Corel WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray features a new, more intuitive user interface, new video technologies including advanced upscaling that enables users to create near-high-definition viewing with standard-definition DVDs, enhanced Blu-ray Disc playback, as well as the latest in high-definition surround sound for the ultimate viewing experience. With more than 200 million units shipped worldwide, WinDVD remains the industry standard for DVD, video and Blu-ray Disc playback.
“WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray is designed for the movie buff, frequent flyer and those who want a superior video and audio playback experience in one easy-to-use solution, said Jeff Hastings, President and General Manager, Digital Media at Corel. “More and more people are adopting the latest high-definition technologies such as Blu-ray Disc and AVCHD. With WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray, users will have access to the latest Blu-ray Disc playback capabilities including BonusView as well as revolutionary upscaling technology that enables users to create near-high-definition viewing with standard-definition DVDs.
New User Interface
The new user interface in WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray makes viewing and navigation easier providing a more pleasant viewing experience.
-Graphite Interface The sophisticated graphite design blends seamlessly with a Microsoft Windows XP or Windows Vista desktop.
-Navigation Controls The de-cluttered user interface displays a clean, sleek look where navigation controls can be hidden instantly. Users will find advanced audio and video controls to easily personalize the playback experience.
New State-of-the-Art Video Technologies
WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray maximizes the viewing experience with state-of-the-art video upscaling technologies including:
-Unique Trimension(TM) All2HD Upscaling Converts standard-definition DVDs and videos to crisp near-high-definition video without the added expense of high-definition drives and media.
-Digital Natural Motion Removes the judder effect from fast-motion scenes for the smoothest possible playback creating a better-than-original look.
-De-snow Filter Removes digital noise from MPEG, H.264 and VC-1 low-resolution video to provide a clearer viewing experience.
-De-block Filter Removes blocky digital artifacts from MPEG, H.264 and VC-1 compressed video.
Enhanced Blu-ray Disc Playback
With WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray, users can enjoy 1080p high-definition Hollywood blockbusters or Blu-ray Disc home movies.
-Advanced Interactive Content Support Next-generation interactivity provides access to pop-up menus or picture-in-picture features with full BD-J support, all without interrupting the movie.
-Latest Surround Sound Technologies Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD surround sound support are included in WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray for the ultimate audio experience.
-Next-Generation Hardware Acceleration Experience superb playback of the most demanding titles with support for NVIDIA PureVideo HD and ATI Avivo(TM) HD hardware acceleration providing increased user support of high-definition playback.
-Fully Compliant with Content Protection Systems Supports HDCP, AACS and BD+ to ensure worry-free playback now and into the future.
-AVCHD Supports playback of video from AVCHD camcorders copied from the camcorder hard drive, on AVCHD disc or memory card.
WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray optimizes the on-the-go movie viewing experience with the latest laptop features including:
-Battery Optimization Extends the life of the laptop’s battery providing extended playback time.
-TimeStretch Increases video and audio playback speed so users never miss the ending of their favorite movie while traveling.
-Smart Stretch Provides standard or widescreen viewing allowing flexibility for varying movie and laptop types.
-Virtual Surround Sound Supports virtual surround sound technologies even when listening on headphones and stereo speakers.
Pricing and Availability
WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray is priced at $99.99 SRP (US and Canada), and is available starting today through www.corel.com and over the coming weeks from Corel’s global channel partners. WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray also includes HD DVD playback with Advanced Navigation, and all of the features and technologies in WinDVD 9 Plus and WinDVD 9.
WinDVD 9 Plus is priced at $79.99 SRP (US and Canada), and is available starting today through www.corel.com and over the coming weeks from Corel’s global channel partners. WinDVD 9 Plus includes play back of standard-definition DVD and video with advanced Trimension(TM)All2HD upscaling for a near-HD viewing experience, as well as AVCHD video playback. Audio playback technologies include Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic IIx and DTS Digital Surround. WinDVD 9 Plus includes all of the features and technologies in WinDVD 9.
WinDVD 9 is priced at $49.99 SRP (US and Canada), and is available starting today through www.corel.com and over the coming weeks from Corel’s global channel partners. WinDVD 9 is for users who want straight-forward playback of standard-definition videos and DVDs as well as DivX and QuickTime movies WinDVD 9 includes Dolby Digital, DTS 2.0 Channel, SRS TruSurround XT audio technologies.
Upgrades from WinDVD 6, 7 and 8 to WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray are priced at $59.99 SRP (US and Canada), and are available starting today through www.corel.com.