ATI DVD Player
Let’s start out by inspecting the first application in the list, ATI DVD Player. That’s what you see when you launch the program:
The new “Modern” skin is a default one and quite a beautiful one, I should say. If you still prefer the previous version, you can switch to “Classic” anytime:
By the way, you can switch between the skins in any player from the MMC.
The configuration flexibility offered by the ATI DVD Player is rather narrow. Anyway, we do have the necessary settings concerning the audio output, the aspect ratio and parameters of the reproduced video. The player can save still images at a push on a hot key; the still can be then sent to the gallery for viewing or saved into a file, stored in the Clipboard or printed. There are a couple of interesting functions like ThruView Window and ThruView Desktop available. The first makes the playback window translucent, the second turns the playing video into the background of Windows Desktop.
As for the playback quality, it is good enough, although with a slight flicker on some details. Thanks to the VPU, the peak workload of the central processor was only 13% when playing DVDs. The quality of sound, both with 5.1 and stereo speaker systems, was high enough for a PC.
Overall, the ATI DVD Player is a nice tool, simple and efficient, and without a misleading bunch of various settings. This is a player for people who want just slip a DVD-movie into the drive and watch it, never bothering about any technicalities.