A Blu-ray disc is not an unheard of thing for a die-hard movies' fan; and now with the widespread of movies available in this format, a Blu-ray software player becomes a must. Blu-ray drives are becoming a common entity in the new range of laptops that are in store now. However the presence of a drive is not enough to aptly play back Blu-ray movies and you need to download the latest software available on the Internet.
Despite the widespread realization and demand of Blu-ray movies, you cannot download a software player from multiple sources. The reason is there are only a few of them developed until now. You would expect that the Windows operating system would have a built in Blu-ray disc support but it does not; therefore a dedicated software has to be bought/downloaded for every computer in order to enjoy a movie to its complete extent; needless to say this software brings out the true potential of the sound and picture quality in a high resolution film.
The good news is that although there are not free software packages due to licensing fees some of the software will allow a free trial period during which you can play your movies, although complete feature set might not be available. However for a retail price ranging between $80 and $100 currently, you will be able to download the full player removing its trial limitations. How to select from the software players available on the market? Well, all of them are going to allow playback with very decent quality; when playback relies mostly on the graphics card instead of some proprietary algorithm, the added features and functions of each particular software product are what set a player apart from the rest.
To help you out, some of the aspects that you should be looking for in a software Blu-ray disc player are listed below.
Once you start your search for the perfect Blu-ray software player, you will be surprised to find the variety of features these products offer. To mention a few, they sport parental controls, customized viewing controls, adjustable video effects, web connectivity, etc. Some of the players would also be able to play back all type of movies and not only the ones recorded on Blu-ray discs. This is nice, cause you can download various HD movies from the Internet as well or you may want to play just the good old-fashioned DVDs or any other standard definition format videos.
With a good quality software you can even enhance the video capability of the movie. This means that most software players will allow you to upgrade the video quality of the movie with various post-processing effects like video stabilization, noise reduction or frame rate smoothing. Another nice and frequently supported options are conversion of a 2D movie to 3D video as well as upscaling SD (standard definition) picture to HD quality.
Apart from video playback capabilities, a good Blu-ray software player should be able to support HD sound quality and therefore recognizing DTS Digital, Surround Sound Dolby Digital, etc.
Besides the features mentioned above, a software Blu-ray player should undoubtedly be easy to use. There is no point in having a high-tech device if you cannot use it effortlessly. To further facilitate simplified management of your player, choose a software product, which will have an exceptional customer support program, so you have a more pleasant experience.