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Great Blu-ray player software needs to maintain high-quality playback with Blu-ray Discs while giving you bonus features, like a digital library and HD upscaling for your DVDs. Arcsoft's TotalMedia Theatre 6 gives you those tools and more. Its many features and easy user interface make it excellent Blu-ray software. TotalMedia Theatre sets itself apart as your media hub with its integration to your YouTube account and its ability to download YouTube videos. Based on its impressive quality and strong tools, TotalMedia Theatre 6 wins our Top Ten Reviews Silver Award.
Before you get started, you should make sure to jump into TotalMedia Theatre's settings. This will help the software do what you want it to do, including changing its power-save options. If you're using TotalMedia Theatre on a laptop, you can set the software to use less battery power, and if you're on a desktop, you can opt to use more power to boost the video quality.
TotalMedia Theatre 6 can play BD, BD-R/RE, DVD and DVD-R/RW. If you're playing a Blu-ray Disc, the software recognizes and preserves high-quality Dolby and DTS audio. It also supports 3D Blu-rays, as long as you have a 3D display. If you're playing a DVD, the HD upscaling feature gives your movies a visual boost.
You can modify the display in several ways to fit your viewing environment. If the image appears small on your screen, you can stretch the image. If the movie is too dark, or the colors don't feel right, you can change some video effects with simple sliders. Unfortunately, TotalMedia Theatre does not have a cinema mode, so you should not expect high-quality viewing on a projected screen.
TotalMedia Theatre 6 is compatible with Windows 8, and if you use a touchscreen monitor, you'll love the simple interface. In addition to touchscreen compatibility, this Blu-ray player software will be your new media library. It can help you organize and view all of your digital media in one place.
The Smart Menu on TotalMedia Theatre provides all the information you need regarding the current DVD or video file that is playing. You can access the menu without pausing the current video. From this menu, you can change chapters, adjust audio or display subtitles. You can also bookmark certain scenes in the movie and access specific movie information such as its director and genre.
TotalMedia Theatre 6 gives you many options for playing content directly from the internet. You can access all the content under the Shared area on your interface. You can also play content directly from sites like YouTube. With this software, you can import video directly from your web browser, download a video and share it with others via email or Facebook, and even create your own playlists.
However, TotalMedia Theatre does not meet our full expectations for the features it offers. This application lacks karaoke features, which would allow you to play karaoke music for sing-alongs. Additionally, you cannot customize the user interface to fit your needs and wants.
ArcSoft offers exceptional help and support. Email, telephone and live chat support are available if you wish to speak directly to a customer support representative. From the website, you can view tutorial videos and read manuals. These are easy to use and understand, and can help you quickly learn all the ins and outs of this software. TotalMedia Theatre also has a helpful FAQs section, and users can discuss programs in the forum. In the software, you can explore guides and help pages. ArcSoft ensures that you have the resources you need to answer all your questions.
TotalMedia Theatre 6 is great Blu-ray player software that is suitable for both movie buffs and casual viewers. With a host of beneficial features and the latest audio and video technology, this Blu-ray player application does an exemplary job of delivering flawless HD playback. With TotalMedia Theatre, you can have a stunning and captivating viewing experience on your computer.