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WinDVD Pro 12 Review

WinDVD Pro is a quality piece of Blu-ray player software that works with most video formats. It lets you tweak audio and picture settings for optimal viewing and has various customization options.

Our Verdict

The player is easy to use, widely compatible with formats and packed with features, giving you a software Blu-ray player that rivals a movie-theater experience.

For

  • It runs with very little CPU usage, allowing you to multitask without problems.

Against

  • It does not allow you to use your smartphone as a virtual remote control.
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WinDVD Pro is a quality piece of Blu-ray player software that works with most video formats. It lets you tweak audio and picture settings for optimal viewing and has various customization options.

This is great movie player software for all versions of Windows. This is handy because Windows does not have a native Blu-ray player. It is compatible with virtually all physical and digital media formats, giving you a source to view your entire video collection. However, it is not available for macOS, Linux or Ubuntu.

This software is a great option for playing videos on your computer, as it doesn't dominate your CPU while running. It averaged just eight percent of the CPU power during our testing – the program easiest on system resources was Leawo Blu-ray Player at four percent. It did a great job playing all video types, loading them quickly, so there was little wait time before viewing. The player has an intuitive interface that looks modern and clean.

With the lossless audio playback, even through headphones or an HDMI cable, you don't have to worry about degraded sound quality, no matter what your setup is. Additionally, the software has Dolby and DTS pass-through support, so you can optimize your home theater or surround sound system for high-quality, cinematic sound.

You can also easily upgrade your movie library with the software's built-in upscaling features, which can turn standard-definition videos into HD and 2D flicks into 3D. However, you still need 3D glasses and a compatible screen in order to properly watch the upscaled 3D video.

The digital video player offers a wide variety of optimization and interactive features, letting you achieve the best possible movie-watching session. It can adjust the picture hue, saturation and brightness from a simple menu while you watch your video to get the best picture, and you can also stretch its dimensions to fit your screen. The auto-resume function remembers where you leave off in a video and automatically starts it from that same point if you start watching it again, making it easy to watch a movie over a few sittings. A power manager lets you conserve battery power if you're using the software on a laptop.

Watching foreign movies is a cinch with this software, as it lets you change world regions. It has a multi-language output, and you can select subtitles for multiple languages if the disc or file has the information.

For fun, you can customize the player skin, letting you make the software yours, and share whatever you're currently watching as well as a comment to sites like Twitter with its social media connectivity. With the BD-Live functionality, you can access additional special features not found on a Blu-ray disc. A useful feature it's missing, however, is smartphone connectivity, which would allow you to use your phone as a virtual remote control.

The WinDVD Pro Blu-ray player software offers high-quality audio, impressive operating system and video format compatibility, and some free technical support options. You can tweak picture settings to enhance your viewing experience and share your playlist with social media. All things considered, this is one of the best Blu-ray software players you can get.