Practically any modern computer with an optical disc drive is capable of playing DVD movies. But what about Blu-Ray movies? The playback of high definition video formats require more processing power and of course a compatible disc drive.
Cyberlink's Blu-Ray Disc Advisor is a free program that you can use to find out if your computer can play Blu-Ray movies just fine, or if you will run into issues if you try to play these HD movies on your PC.
It was created as a reference tool and will display results only seconds after execution. The results are divided into two categories. Basic Playback will check if the hardware of the computer is capable of playing Blu-Ray movies. The diagnostic tool will analyze the cpu, system memory, video card, disc drives but also software video players and video connection types that are available.
The detection is not overly accurate but should be sufficient on most occasions. It did detect 2 Gigabytes of computer memory on a system with 4 gigabytes installed. The Blu-Ray Disc Advisor will show if the items are Blu-Ray ready. A green icon means the hardware or software component does not get in the way in regards to playing Blu-Ray movies while red means it is not capable enough or not supporting it. The two other colors indicate that an upgrade is required (yellow) or that the component has not been identified properly by the advisor.
The second tab analyses advanced Blu-Ray playback capabilities of the computer hardware. This includes special features that are included as part of some Blu-Ray movie titles like Internet interactions or a picture-in-picture mode.
Items will be tested for dual-video decoding capabilities, network capabilities and player capabilities. It is possible to save the information in a log file and visit the Cyberlink website for additional information about items that are not Blu-Ray capable.
Please note that you need to fill out a form on the CyberLink website before you can download the application to your system. Make sure you uncheck the product update options if you do not want to be subscribed to these newsletters.
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