If you're one of the 2 people who have lost sleep anticipating the Mark II update to Power DVD 10 after our previous post, it's time to relax. Support for 3D Blu-ray playback has officially been added and it's even certified by the Blu-ray Disc Association - a first for software players. To sweeten the pot, a new "Enhanced" version of TrueTheater 3D can now upconvert DVDs or just regular video files with basic 3D effects thanks to optimized GPU hardware acceleration or a high end CPU -- that is if you're willing to submit your eyes to watching it.

Coinciding with this release, the company's free BD & 3D Advisor software has also been updated to help users assess what aspects of the Mark II's smorgasbord of video playback / upscaling updates their computer can handle. So if your machine has the hardware and you've been dying for more 3D content -- Blu-ray or otherwise -- consider your wish granted.

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CyberLink Releases PowerDVD 10 ULTRA 3D Mark II to Enable Blu-ray 3D on PCs

Taipei, Taiwan-July 6, 2010-CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW) is pleased to announce PowerDVD 10 ULTRA 3D Mark II release to the retail and online market that enables Blu-ray 3D movie playback on desktop, notebook and All-in-One PCs.

"CyberLink PowerDVD 10 Mark II adds a new dimension to Blu-ray," said Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink. "PowerDVD 10 Mark II presents movies in amazing realism and depth and delivers an incredible experience that the consumers are not just in front of the screen, but virtually in the movies."

PowerDVD is the first software player to receive Blu-ray 3D certification from the Blu-ray Disc Association. Optimized with CPU and GPU hardware acceleration, PowerDVD delivers two 1080p frames to create a flawless and smooth high definition 3D video effect to the display.

Now PowerDVD 10 Mark II comes with Enhanced TrueTheater 3D for converting existing 2D DVD titles and 2D videos into a 3D movie experience. Enhanced TrueTheater 3D gives users a significant increase in sharpness, picture clarity and 3D depth while reducing artifact and motion-blurriness, allowing consumers to upgrade all media experience to 3D immediately that is great on effects but easy on the eyes.

PowerDVD 10 Mark II release also features TrueTheater 3D for videos. This lets consumers to watch video files in lifelike 3D effect. For those with a collection of DVDs titles, TrueTheater 3D also converts video discs to a 3D movie experience.

PowerDVD 10 Mark II release is available as a free upgrade to existing PowerDVD 10 ULTRA 3D users. CyberLink PowerDVD 10 offers the following high-performance features for enjoying movies on the PC:

Blu-ray Movies in 3D

Brilliant Blu-ray 3D, including comprehensive support for various 3D playback hardware, ensures exceptional playback quality for the Blu-ray 3D format.
Uncompromised video performance, with improved optimization for Intel Core Family Processors, NVIDIA GPU and ATI GPU, for a spectacular 3D experience playback in High Definition 3D movies.
Lossless HD audio, including support for HDMI 1.3a, offers pure 8-channel Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD audio via a single cable.
Fast Blu-ray loading enables consumers to access their Blu-ray movies on the PC up to four times faster.
DVDs in 3D and HD

Advanced CyberLink TrueTheater 3D technology, lets consumers transform their existing 2D DVD content into a 3D experience.
HD upscaling for DVDs, usingCyberLink TrueTheater HD technology, sharpens the image quality of standard definition content for playback on high-definition TVs and monitors.
Enhanced Videos and Music

CyberLink TrueTheater 3D technology instantly expands users' 3D collection by transforming existing 2D video files into true 3D experiences, allowing users to relive their favorite video clips with a brand new realism.
CyberLink PowerDVD also includes TrueTheater HD, TrueTheater Motion, and TrueTheater Lighting for upscaling and enhancing video files into High Definition quality giving users a new clarity in picture quality.
Quality-enhancing TrueTheater Technology for videos improves the playback experience for video files,includingreal-time correction of home movies using TrueTheater Stabilizer and TrueTheater Noise Reduction.
TrueTheater Surround for music allows PowerDVD users to customize their playback experience according to their home theater hardware and personal taste, with a range of settings for optimizing audio playback.
Extensive file format support enables playback of even more movie types, including QT, MOV, RM, RMVB, FLV, MKV, and 3GPP, and support for subtitle formats including smi, ass, ssa, psb, srt and sub.
Refreshed universal player interface integratesaccess to movies, videos and music files, without compromising the traditional simplicity of the PowerDVD interface design.
Playlist features allow consumers to easily create video and music playlists of their favorite media.
Movie Reviews and Live Comments

MovieMarks offer a brand new way for PowerDVD users to bookmark, write and share movie reviews, by adding comments and descriptions to bookmarks of key movie scenes.
Sharing MovieMarks on MoovieLive.com is a new feature allowing reviewers to upload their reviews to PowerDVD's online community MoovieLive.com. MovieMarks can be downloaded and shared.
Short Comments allow users to post live updates to Facebook, Twitter and MoovieLive.com as they are watching their movie.
PowerDVD Movie Page provides direct access to the latest content on MoovieLive.com, with links to recent movie reviews, trailers, and product tutorials, more in-depth movie information, and the ability to post live comments to Twitter and Facebook.
Support for Windows 7

Touch support allows users to navigate features by touch, including their Movie Collection via PowerDVD's FancyView interface.
Ambient Light support offers compatibility with hardware featuring the power-saving feature of the latest notebooks.
Support for Windows 7 music library features enables easy creation of music playlists and track management directly from within PowerDVD 10.
Product Availability
CyberLink PowerDVD 10 Mark II is now available online, supporting the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Japanese, and Korean. Boxed versions will be available soon in retail stores worldwide. CyberLink also offers OEM versions to PC and peripheral manufacturing customers.

CyberLink PowerDVD 10 Ultra 3D at $99.95
CyberLink PowerDVD 10 Deluxe at $69.95
CyberLink PowerDVD 10 (Standard) at $49.95
Upgrade versions for previous PowerDVD versions are available starting at $29.95

About CyberLink
CyberLink Corp is the leader and pioneer in enabling digital multimedia on PCs, CEs and mobile devices through the use of video editing software, video player software, and other multimedia solutions. Backed by a group of high-caliber software engineers, CyberLink owns its core codec and a number of patented technologies. CyberLink has built a solid reputation for delivering high-quality, interoperable, and fast time-to-market solutions that keep our OEM partners on the leading edge. Our business partners include leaders in the PC industry: top-5 desktop and notebook providers, optical drive manufacturers and graphic-card makers. Today, CyberLink's software solutions include: complete applications for Blu-ray Disc playback and creation; digital home entertainment; and touch-enabled media solution. With customers spanning from multi-national corporations to small/medium-sized businesses, and from power users to home users, CyberLink has enjoyed rapid and consistent growth leading to a record breaking IPO in 2000 on the Taiwan Over The Counter Exchange (OTC: 5203). Currently, CyberLink is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: 5203.TW). CyberLink's worldwide headquarters is located in Taipei. To keep up with market demands, CyberLink has operations in North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region, including Japan. For more information, please visit CyberLink's website at www.cyberlink.com.