Product Review (July 2008) - CyberLink
DVD Suite 6 Ultra: The Ultimate Package

CyberLink has rolled out their powerful DVD Suite 6 Ultra, which features an all-in-one solution for working with high-definition video content, Blu-ray discs and HD DVDs. This powerful package combines the best of CyberLink’s leading consumer multimedia software in a single package. It gives the user a complete set of easy-to-use tools for editing, authoring, burning, and playing their high-definition content. CyberLink DVD Suite 6 Ultra lets users play DVDs, Blu-ray Discs and HD DVDs (using PowerDVD 7.3), edit high-definition videos and photos (using PowerDirector 6.5 HE), author DVDs, Blu-ray Discs and HD DVDs (using PowerProducer 4.2), burn files to DVDs, Blu-ray Discs or HD DVDs (using Power2Go 6 or InstantBurn 5), archive data to DVDs and Blu-ray Discs (using PowerBackup 2.5), copy discs (using PowerDVD Copy), create slideshows (using MediaShow 3), rip music and create music discs (using Power2Go 6), create disc labels (using LabelPrint 2), and access all application software (using PowerStarter 6).

The software include BD/HD Advisor, an application that tests to see if your system is HD-Ready. Both hardware and software are checked out. Users will receive advice as to how to upgrade their system.

The ultimate movie watching experience on the PC is now possible with PowerDVD (7.3 BD/HD with
2-ch.Dolby + DTS). In addition to playing standard DVDs, users can watch high-definition movies on Blu-ray Discs and HD DVDs and experience virtual surround sound and 8-channel audio expansion. The software lets users play a broad range of audio and video formats, including AVCHD and MPEG-4 AVC (H.264). Navigate easily with shortcuts, bookmarks and other cool controls and enjoy theater-like quality with advanced audio and video technologies. Of course, you must have a Blu-ray and/or HD-DVD player in your computer to fully take advantage of these cool high definition features.

Also included in the DVD Suite 6 Ultra is PowerDirector, a powerful video editing tool for creating stylish home movies. Users can capture and edit high-definition and 16:9 video content in 720p/1080i HD formats, including MPEG-2 and WMV. Users can also stabilize shaky videos and sharpen picture focus with Magic Fix and create titles from templates with the improved Title Designer. In addition, PowerProducer is also included to create high-definition movies and slideshows targeting Blu-ray, HD-DVD or DVD discs. Users can capture high-definition videos and produce Blu-ray discs and create HD DVDs and DVDs for playing on a home video player. Users can produce discs of their own widescreen (16:9) videos and enjoy advanced video recording (DVD-VR and DVD+VR) features. Discs can be personalized with menus, music, and titles.

Power2Go (full version) features an all-media disc burning software package designed to burn data onto Blu-ray Discs, HD DVDs, DVDs and CDs. For increased security, encryption and password protection can be used for data. Users can drag-and-drop files on desktop icons for super-easy data burning. In addition, users can search for files instantly using file names and tags and convert music files to MP3s and create audio discs. Audio features allow the extracting of audio tracks from video files and create Audio CDs from MP3s. Power2Go's unlimited MP3 ripping and file conversion tools let you create audio files for your portable media player. Audio features include ripping from CDs to MP3, WMA or WAV files, audio normalization between tracks, inputting CD text, audio file converter, creating music tracks from video files, audio CD burning, and inserting gaps between audio tracks.

Video and photo tools provide easy-to-use features for quickly creating DVDs featuring video, photo slideshows, and 2-channel Dolby Digital. Video/Photo features include a slideshow editor for converting photos into slideshows, DVD authoring for creating menus before burning to DVD, inserting DVD chapters, video trimming, VCD and DVD burning, and DVD Auto-Fit compression.

CyberLink LabelPrint can create personalized CD/DVD labels, covers and jewel-case inlays quickly and easily. LabelPrint is an intuitive application that lets users design and print stylish CD/DVD labels in four easy steps. Just select your template type, disc information, text layout, background image, and print destination. LabelPrint supports Labelflash and LightScribe technology, allowing you to use the DVD drive to "etch" image designs and text onto the surface of your Labelflash and LightScribe discs. The LabelPrint software recognizes if a compatible burner and disc support these technologies, then provides the option to burn them.

PowerBackup is the safe way to protect your valuable data by providing three backup methods (Full, Differential, and Incremental). Full is a complete backup of all files. Differential mode archives only new or changed files. Incremental mode archives new files created since the last backup. Users can archive files, folders and application data while choosing to include or exclude files with advanced filtering. You can also schedule automatic backups of important data and restore data using the independent restorer utility. The software even lets you back up onto a Blu-ray disc or any DVD type including splitting data across discs.

MediaShow is designed to create impressive multimedia slideshows featuring music, photos and PowerPoint slides. The content can target DVD or cheaper VCD formats for mass distribution. The slideshows can be created with title designs, title effects, and fancy-looking transitions. Simple photos can be transformed into enjoyable slideshows with exciting image effects and transitions using PhotoNow! It is even possible to create standalone executable files that allow playback on any computer.

PowerDVD Copy is the one-step DVD to DVD Copying Software designed to make high-quality 1:1 DVD movie backups of unprotected discs. The software includes a feature that can auto-shrink content to fit 8.5 GB onto a 4.7 GB DVD. Movies can be previewed through the Movie Preview window. Users can customize disc copies with removable disc features.

InstantBurn is an intuitive packet-writing solution for rewritable disc media allowing users to use a Blu-ray Disc, HD DVD, or DVD like a hard drive or super large floppy disc supporting a broad range of rewritable disc burners. When launched, the program operates in the background, thus eliminating the need to worry about using optical disc burning software. The user interface makes it easy to cut, copy, paste and rename files and folders as you normally would on your hard drive. File property information can also be changed.

CyberLink includes one simple-to-use interface called PowerStarter, making it easy for users to launch applications under clearly defined categories. The user can save frequently used tasks under a favorites category for added convenience and get product updates through online access to the Upgrade Center. The main screen provides access to all of the CyberLink products and product updates can be obtained from the CyberLink Upgrade Center.

CyberLink's DVD Suite 6 Ultra, which is available for only $129.95, includes several hundred dollars worth of software bundled together. This package is designed for the more serious user yet can easily handle more mundane tasks without a problem. Those who wish to take advantage of state of the art Blu-Ray and HD-DVD need to have computer hardware that supports the software. CyberLink has put together a comprehensive multimedia package that will keep you busy exploring the powerful capabilities of the software while creating new media. More amazing is the price at which they can do it.

- Kevin Nakano

OneCall: Your Home Theater, Digital Camera, and HDTV Experts

Review - At a Glance

CyberLink DVD Suite 6 Ultra: The ultimate package

System Requirements

  • Operating System: Windows Vista, XP, 2000
  • Processor: Dual core recommended for high-definition content
  • Memory: 1 GB for applications running on Vista
  • Screen Resolution: 1024 X 768 pixels, 16-bit color
  • Hard Disk Space:
    • 25 GB (50 GB recommended) for Blu-ray Discs
    • 15 GB (30 GB recommended) for HD DVDs
    • 10 GB (15 GB recommended) for DVDs
  • Video Capturing Device
    • HDV camcorder video capture: IEEE 1394 I/O devices compliant with OHCI standards
    • DV camcorder video capture: IEEE 1394 I/O devices compliant with OHCI standards
    • Analog video capture: USB or PCI capture devices compliant to WDM standards
    • Digital camera photos import: USB interface
  • Burning Device
    • A BD-RE burner is required to burn Blu-ray Discs
    • An HD DVD burner is required to burn HD DVDs
    • A DVD burner (DVD+R/RW or DVD–R/RW) is required to burn DVD/MiniDVD titles
    • A CD (CD-R/RW) is required to burn VCD/SVCD/ titles
  • Microphone
    • A microphone is required for recording voice-overs

Company Information
CyberLink USA
46750 Fremont Blvd, Suite 200
Fremont, CA 94538
Phone: 510-668-0118 (for OEM business enquiries)
Fax: 510-668-0121

Source: Manufacturer Supplied
MSRP: $129.95

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