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Roxio CinePlayer Review
This product has been dis-continued by Roxio.
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• Excellent picture quality
• 3D features
• Easy to use
• Lack of Blu-ray support
• Limited Dolby audio options
Roxio CinePlayer with 3D is a great option for anyone wanting a package for playing both 2D and 3D discs and videos.
The installer was nice and quick, punctuated with the usual terms approval and file location interactions. Unfortunately a reboot was required to complete the installation which is always a little annoying but the wait was worth it.
Once installed no more configuration is required so you’re up and running instantly. If needed there is a settings menu which allows you to fine tune all the usual things including video hardware acceleration (DXVA) and audio speaker set up. One thing we did notice was if you open the settings menu without a disc present it appears that the Region has been fixed and is un-editable, however once a disc is present you can change the region as required for up to the usual 4 times before becoming permanent.
CinePlayer can play the following disc formats: BDMV and unprotected BDAV, AVCHD, DVD-Video, DVD-VR and DVD+VR, DVD Slide Show, VCD, VCD Slide Show and SVCD (Super Video CD). Unfortunately not all formats are available in CinePlayer 3D, with Blu-ray (BDMV and BDAV) only being available in the upgraded version CinePlayer 3D BD, so if you need Blu-ray then it’s worth taking a look at that upgrade.
CinePlayer also supports opening video files from your computer and covers a wide range of formats here: .divx, .mpg, .mpeg, .m1v, .m2v, .mpe, .ifo, .dvr-ms, .tivo, .avi, .wmv, .m2ts, .m2p, .m2t, .avc, .mts, .mp4, .3gp and .mov.
CineView HD can automatically up-scale all standard definition movies to high definition when in use with HD computer monitors and TV’s. You can also perform further enhancements using one of the available presets from the Color Enhancement drop-down list, or by selecting Custom you can set the Sharpness, Brightness, Contrast, and Saturation levels manually.
As the name suggests CinePlayer 3D is capable of not only playing true 3D discs but also converting 2D discs/videos for 3D playback. There is a selector button bottom right of the program window which suggests real-time changes, however you do need to stop and restart playback in order for 3D conversion to kick in the first time. Importantly you can tweak your 3D settings to get the best results for your setup. If 3D is what you like then this software is an excellent choice.
Screen capture is available but there’s no button so it relies on you using a keyboard shortcut (Control+U). By default this action instantly saves a BMP file into a pre-defined folder on your computer, with changes here made under the Settings > Capture menu.
If you have a PC remote control then that’s well supported by CinePlayer to allow you to get comfortable a distance from your monitor.
DVD and video playback quality is excellent, and performed very smoothly on our test system. Audio was also impressive considering it’s limited with only Dolby Digital 2-channel (Stereo) and Dolby Digital 5.1-channel Surround Sound available in this version of CinePlayer (the upgraded BD version offers the full Dolby family).
The 3D functionality also worked very well, and we were especially impressed with the configurability when converting 2D videos to 3D.
Ease of use
Visually CinePlayer resembles a classic media player with menus at the top, a large viewing area in the middle and then the player controls at the bottom. It’s all very sleek and clean and easy to use.
The control buttons are responsive and perform well, and navigation within the current scene is very quick using the timeline scrollbar. There is clear feedback for each action with a discreet notification of the current status appearing top left of the viewing screen (e.g. Fast Forward 1.5x). Generally everything is very intuitive and makes using this package a pleasurable experience.
Help & support
Under the Help menu the Technical Support link sends you off to the Roxio website. Here you can access a Knowledgebase which generally covers technical support issues, Discussion Groups (Forum) which actually looked more useful than the Knowledgebase, and contact support (once registered on the support site). Further down on the Help menu is the proper Help file (which you can also access via the F1 button) which covers all the basic functionality nice and clearly.
Roxio CinePlayer with 3D performs really well with excellent image quality both in 2D and 3D mode. Match that with the friendly interface and you’ve got yourself a great product. If you need Blu-ray playback (and more Dolby audio options) then the upgraded version is the one for you. For everyone else Roxio CinePlayer with 3D comes highly recommended.
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