NVDVD 2.0

Review

posted 12/14/2002 by John Yan
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As you can see from the various menu captures, there are a great number of settings that you can adjust. If you have a digital out from your computer, you can experience Dolby Digital or DTS sound. In setting this up, NVDVD's menus give you a very nice visual display of what speakers are active and offers a calibration option. All the menus were clear and concise giving you plenty of options to tinker with.

Taking a screenshot of a movie is easy. Pressing F6 will capture the current frame into your my Documents folder. A nice little effect of it is that it can recognize some of the DVDs that you put in and name the screenshots with the title of the movie. It seemed to have a problem with the Spider-Man DVD so it saved them in a general name. But the pictures of Lord of the Rings and Gladitor had the title prefaced to the image name. The screenshots are taken in JPEG format, which saves space but you can specify other formats for capturing. Screen capturing is made very simple with NVDVD. Below are screenshots of Spider-Man and Lord of the Rings while the movie was in motion.

The picture quality is pretty good with vibrant colors and a good sharp picture. Comparing it with WinDVD, I really liked what I saw from the movies I tested. Using the program in conjunction with the Abit Siluro GF4 MX-8X, I popped in Star Wars Episode 2, Gladiator, Lord of the Rings Extended Edition, and Terminator 2. All of them looked great on the computer and being outputted to the TV. I have included two screenshots of Gladitor to show the difference between WinDVD and NVDVD. The first picture is the NVDVD shot and the second one was taken with WinDVD. The colors are a little deeper in the NVDVD picture and from the hairs on Russell Crowe’s face the NVDVD program seems to be sharper too. Whereas the WinDVD’s picture has the facial hair being more muddled, you can make out individual hairs more easily in the NVDVD picture. The pictures were captured while the scene was paused.


NVDVD


WinDVD

NVIDIA’s NVDVD 2.0 uses less CPU than WinDVD. When playing Star Wars Episode 2, task manager showed that NVDVD hovered around 35%-45% usage while WinDVD’s CPU usage fluctuated between 45% - 60% on my Duron 1.2GHz machine. For the player to produce a nice quality picture and use less CPU shows that NVIDIA developers know their stuff.

NVIDIA has a pretty good quality program here. They’ve developed a very good DVD player with a clean interface and easy to use. It’s not just a DVD player as it’s evolving into a multimedia program with multiple format support. The picture quality is really good and if you have a GF4 chipset, then you can take advantage of the hardware decoding for a crisp clean picture. CPU usage was low compared to the others. There are many extra features that can enhance your viewing of a DVD along with sharing content and bookmarks with your friends. I’d definitely consider the program if you want a quality DVD viewer for a home theater PC. NVDVD 2.0 has great features and can definitely compete with the more established DVD players out there.



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The picture's really good and there's a good load of features for the user who loves to watch DVDs on their computer. It features a nice clean GUI and a good layout.


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