|Cyberlink PowerDVD 9 Ultra review|
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|MoovieLive, remixing&heading=MoovieLive, remixing|
|Performance, conclusions&heading=Performance, conclusions|
One of the biggest changes over the PowerDVD that we're used to with version 7 is the introduction of support for "MoovieLive" - Cyberlink's own web site for collection information and reviews on films played back using the application.
In essence, when you pop in a movie disc this acts much like CDDB does for CDs, querying the MoovieLive service and downloading any pertinent information on it such as its title, a rating, how many others have watched this movie and so on.
If you want to get yourself involved with this community yourself (to add your own reviews, movie information and so on), then signing up to MoovieLive is free, and simply involves the usual kind of web registration process that you're doubtless well and truly used to these days.
Adding data for a movie not in the database is simple enough, allowing you to download and edit existing information or simply start from scratch, while the application provides all of the information it can directly from the disc such as languages available and so on. You can also add in reviews, tags and so on as well. Without signing up to MoovieLive, these details can be stored locally or downloaded from MoovieLive, but an account is required to upload them to the service so that others can access the information.
The other major feather to PowerDVD 9's (and MoovieLive's) cap is the ability to create movie "remixes", which in a sense gives you what is almost a subset of the functionality available via Cyberlink's more powerful PowerDirector video editing package.
This functionality allows you to easily select single or numerous scenes (via a single click at the start and end of the scenes you wish to capture) within a DVD movie that you're watching, add effects and the like to those scenes, and then upload them to the MoovieLive service where they can be viewed by others. Of course, to get around the obvious copyright issues of this service, uploading a remix doesn't involve uploading the actual video, but rather simply all the additional changes you make and scenes you select - This means that anybody who wants to watch your remix needs to own the DVD of the movie themselves to view it, which arguably reduces both its usefulness and fun factor.
Once you've picked your scenes, you can add a number of frames or objects to them, or transitions between scenes to spruce things up a bit.
The remix functionality of PowerDVD 9 also allows you to add text and text effects to scenes as required.
Finally, you can also add your own custom audio tracks to scenes of your remix, from a music track or the like through to your own audio commentary via a microphone on your PC. Perhaps someone can create their own version of RiffTrax through this service? Now that would be awesome.