Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
RioDVD Region Free Player is produced by RioSoft Inc. and is another of the top DVD player software systems. The program has quality picture detail and adjustable settings which are definite pluses when it comes to getting the most out of your movies.
One of the best features RioDVD Region Free Player offers is the ability to play DVDs from all regions, making it the player of choice if you own DVDs from around the world. That is if your DVD drive does not have region restrictions already installed. RioDVD allows you to adjust the movie easily using your specific room setting-you can click the video effect button and select the mode that best matches your room (for example-darker room or lighter room). The program also includes the ability to change the viewing screen from the standard view to either the pan & scan (allowing you to move the screen view back and forth on a wide view movie) or digital zoom (allowing you to zoom in on your favorite scene). RioDVD can also play a movie in the background while you are working on other computer tasks. And this player can capture scenes and save them directly to the hard drive without interrupting the movie. You can also bookmark your favorite scenes to revisit later.
RioDVD's control panel is little more intricate than that of some DVD players but it’s nothing to worry about. Its view size is small, making it a little difficult to spot functions. Also, the colors of the control keys are similar to the player color, making it difficult to distinguish them. So there’s some familiarization needed but nothing problematic.
RioDVD presents excellent video viewing options also, such as vivid, bright, mild, or mono settings. These effects can be accessed through the video effects settings tab on the control panel or by pressing the shortcut F2 key. But RioDVD lacks some video settings common in top DVD players. This software does, however, offer video mode variations; for more information on video mode options, read our article on video interlacing.
RioDVD is a good DVD player but lacks the sophistication of top-of-the-line DVD player software products. The program needs improvement in documentation and navigation. With adjustments, RioDVD would be a far more competitive software product.