The News Archive

April 29th, 2000.

Updated the Finnish language file. And did convert the DVD Logo to a more compatible format.

April 26th, 2000.

ATI have announced their new graphics chipset (or GPU as some people now refer to it). It contains all the goodies you'd expect from a new chipset, including faster memory bandwidth, full-scene anti-aliasing, geometry-transform, and all the other hoopla.

However, from my point of view (being that of a video-geek), it's support for HDTV decoding (hopefully on an input-level) and Adaptive-DeInterlacing may make it one of the best card for decoding DVD and Video Capturing.

For more information, read the review at Sharky Extreme and

The Spanish language file for DVD Genie has been updated to v3.43, get it here.

April 24th, 2000.

The Hungarian, French and Swedish translations of DVD Genie has been updated for v3.43, get them on the language page.

April 22nd, 2000.

Announcing the release of DVD Genie v3.43.

Improved CineMaster support for the latest version (GeForce/G400 acceleration and a new tweak). Im hoping I also squashed another Win2k errata with this release.

For the complete history list go here.
To download DVD Genie v3.43, click here.
To download additional language file, click here.

April 19th, 2000.

I've been having problems reaching 800x600 TV-Out mode with my NVIDIA based card using the BT869 chipset. I have found a solution to this issue, and if you are having the same problem, you should check out the tip.

April 17th, 2000.

Work is being done on the next version of DVD Genie. Right now I've added support for NVIDIA GeForce and Matrox acceleration using the latest Cinemaster Engine. Also made a few other tweaks for the new Cinemaster Engine.

If nothing else bars it, the new version should be out sometime this weekend.

April 14th, 2000.

The 10th Kingdom is a fantasy based miniseries that is being released on DVD on May 9th. If you like high-fantasy adventure movies, this is one of the better releases in recent months.

Also, if you like Fantasy movies/miniseries, check out Merlin, good cast, great visuals and a well laid story.

In a completely unrelated topic, I've gotten into the Diablo 2 beta today. It's pretty interesting, but from a graphics point of view, im disappointed it's only 640x480. Don't get me wrong, the graphics are good, but im somewhat used to higher resolutions nowadays.

The game is also suffering from jump-lag and some other ailments, but all-in-all it looks like a hit.

April 13th, 2000.

I am looking for a person to do reviews of DVD Playback software and related issues. The following requirements must be met prior to submitting:

  1. Fully Fluent at writing the english language.
  2. The ability to write intriguing multi-page articles.
  3. Must hold to schedules.
  4. Knowledge of DVD and Windows operating system.
  5. Being willing to learn and accept criticism.

If you feel you are up to it, Contact me.

The Italian and German translations have been updated for version 3.42.

April 12th, 2000.

The Dutch, Spanish and Swedish translations of DVD Genie have been upgraded to version 3.42. And the Finnish translation was also submitted, bringing the total translated languages to eight. Good work people.

You can get the language files here.

It seems Reel had a screw-up with their latest $10 off $40 campaign, they have since corrected it, and here is the updated link:

Up to 40% Off Hot Pre-orders

April 11th, 2000.

The Dutch v3.40 translation of DVD Genie has been uploaded to the language page.

The French and Hungarian 3.42 translations have also been uploaded.

April 10th, 2000.

Announcing the release of DVD Genie v3.42.

With improved support for language files, a bit of WinDVD tweaks, extended support for the AsusDVD player and more!

For the complete history list go here.
To download DVD Genie v3.42, click here.

This is a special one-time ad from, they are offering $10 off any $40 purchase, click for details:

Up to 40% Off Hot Pre-orders

April 9th, 2000.

Ok, I've got the last bit of information regarding the AsusDVD player issue, the next version of DVD Genie should be out within the next 48 hours.

April 8th, 2000.

I have written a very long and information packed article about DVD Playback on TV using a Display Adaptor with a TV-Out port. It contains lots of tweaking information, especially for NVIDIA users, so jump in.

April 7th, 2000.

I am putting the finishing touches to the next version of DVD Genie. But I still want to include support for running the AsusDVD Player (A WinDVD off-shoot). The thing is, I am unsure of the registry location the Asus DVD uses to store the path to it's EXE file. If anyone installed the AsusDVD player, please send me the registry key it creates.

3DSL.Com is running a new skinning competition for PowerDVD with a nice prize, A free GeForce card goes to the winner.
At the very least, go look it up to get a feel for it.

The swedish translation of DVD Genie has been posted.

April 6th, 2000.

Ok, the winner has replied,

The Tip & Tricks winner is Kai Zastrutzki from Belgium. And he has selected Ghostbusters as his prize.

Version 1.74 of Remote Selector has been released. It offers support for the latest Creative DXR3 drivers. Get it from it's home page here.

April 5th, 2000.

The winner of the Tips & Tricks contest has been notified. He has 48 hours to reply to his eMail or the winning will be transferred to the runner up.

April 1st, 2000.

The Tips and Tricks contest is now over. The winner will be informed by eMail within the next 48 hours.

Hungarian translation of the DVD Genie user interface is now up.

March 30th, 2000.

I have written a small tool that people with TV Output cards would appreciate (especially TNT/GeForce owners). It allows you to quickly zoom predefined windows to a desirable location and size. I have dubbed it "AutoZoom". It's quite simple and of course, it's freeware.

For more information about this new tool, click here.

I would also like to remind you that in a couple of day, our Tip & Tricks contest will be over, so press on the contest logo above and give it a shot!

March 29th, 2000.

The DVD Genie GUI has been translated into Spanish, get it at here.

On top of that, the French DVD Genie on-line documentation has been revised by Emmanuel DESAINT to match version 3.40.

March 27th, 2000.

The DVD Genie GUI has been translated into French, get it at here.

March 26th, 2000.

Two new language files have been added for DVD Genie, German and Italian.

March 25th, 2000.

Announcing the release of DVD Genie v3.40.

New support for language files. This should make the DVD Genie user interface translatable into any language. Also some small fixes, hopefully some none (or at least less) Windows 2000 issues.

For the complete history list go here.
To download DVD Genie v3.40, click here.

P.S. Thanks to for the new DVD Genie download mirror.

March 21st, 2000.

Some people have been complaining that DVD Genie requires a password to download now. This is some hosting bug on my main download site. Either that, or that perticular host is not very happy with the bandwidth.

With this in mind, if anyone can offer a mirroring site which I could access using FTP, please let me know.

March 18th, 2000.

I am almost done with version 3.40 of DVD Genie. This new version will finally include the language pack. This will allow people to translate the user interface.

There's still a bit of work to do before it's ready for the masses, but hopefully by next week it should be ready.

March 17th, 2000.

DVD Infomatrix is now an associate, scroll up to the top of the page for a look at the new (and remarkably similar) search engine designed specifically for you Europeans folks.

If you're an European considering shopping at this store and feel like contributing to this site (I worked long and hard to write and program all the goodies on this page), please use the new search engine when buying your Region #2 DVDs.

March 14th, 2000.

I am working on a language pack feature for the next version of DVD Genie. I don't have a lot of free time, so I am working on it sporadically. I am expecting this feature to be in the next release, which should be out in a week or two. Once out, I will be accepting language pack translations to be posted on the site. Full credit will be given to the translators.

March 12th, 2000.

Announcing the release of DVD Genie v3.33.

This is another patch for PowerDVD v2.55 under Windows 2000/NT4. Hopefully this one will get it right.

For the complete history list go here.
To download DVD Genie v3.33, click here.

Any Terry Pratchett fan will instantly recognize this movie.

Terry Pratchett's Disc World series has rarely been translated to an animated media. There were several Disc World games, but hardly any Movies.

Having seen this as a TV animated series several years ago, I must recommend this. If nothing else, it would introduce you to Disc World, and perhaps you'll even pick up one of the books for a good laugh.

March 11th, 2000.

Announcing the release of DVD Genie v3.32.

This release should hopefully enable PowerDVD v2.55 region support to function better under Windows 2000. I still have no idea what causes DVD Genie to GPF under Windows 2000, it works perfectly on one of my computers locally. I will be installing Windows 2000 on my main computer any day now, perhaps this will shed a light on what is causing these issues.

Beside the PowerDVD support, there are a few more new items, so read the history list.

For the complete history list go here.
To download DVD Genie v3.32, click here.

It seems I made a bo-bo, the way Windows NT4 and Windows 2000 handle some registry commands are different than Windows 95/98. So the PowerDVD 2.55 fix is still not working on Windows 2000.

I am working on a fix as we speak, and it should be up within the next 24 hours.

March 9th, 2000.

As some of you may know, I recently received my Leadtek GeForce DDR card. The thing is, the card's TV-Out didn't seem to display the TV image on my entire TV screen. It simply didn't cover it entirely, giving me a 1 inch border around the image.

Thanks to Oddjob on IRC for pointing me to TVTool, a program that allows you to scale the image to fit the entire screen and also has several quality and compatibility modes which are quite useful.

March 6th, 2000.

After nearly a year, I Brought the Installing Software Cinemaster the Right way article up-to-date.
I have also adjusted the DVD Playback guide to account for the latest changes in the DVD world.

I will be releasing DVD Genie v3.32 this weekend, as you can see, the on-line documentation has already been update for this version. I am still waiting on the actual release to see if I can track down the Windows 2000 issues. I still don't have my retail copy of Windows 2000 server which I require for testing both this site and DVD Genie. So it may take two three weeks before I am able to delve more into these issues.

March 5th, 2000.

Here are some of the DVD Movies being released this month at
DVD Name:Date:Price:Discount:
The Bone Collector 14th$16.19(40%)
The Color of Money 14th$17.99(40%)
Chill Factor 21st$17.99(28%)
Hook 21st$14.97(40%)
Jakob the Liar 21st$19.56(30%)
Pokemon the First Movie 21st$14.99(40%)
The Abyss: Special Edition21st$20.99(40%)
Star Trek: TOS, Vol. 9 21st$11.99(40%)
Star Trek: TOS, Vol. 10 21st$11.99(40%)
The Sixth Sense 28th$17.99(40%)
Back to School 28th$19.99(20%)
Force 10 From Navarone 28th$19.99(20%)

Completely revamped the links section. More links, revised layout, etc...

Take a look.

March 4th, 2000.

While most people may find the Tarzan C|Net article a pain in the neck. Personally, I find what Disney done quite funny (it's my cruel side). Not only is Disney seriously overcharging their DVDs (up to $50 list price!), they are putting 4 minute Ads on their movies which can't be bypassed (using the special track usually reserved for copyright messages).

I guess if you pay the mouse, you got to eat some cheese.

March 2nd, 2000.

As some of you may have noticed, I've modifying the site here and there, for example, i revamped the FAQ section. I have also added a few of the submitted tips, and other small trinkets around the site.

I am also contemplating what to do next for DVD Genie. I think the first thing I should do is get my copy of Windows 2000 so I can test the NT compatibility more. I am still waiting for my disc to arrive, hopefully it won't take too long.

I have also received my Leadtek GeForce DDR today. It's quite nice, 3D quality wise, I got my brother's QUAKE-3 running at 1280x1024 completely smoothly (733mhz CPU ...). However, the TV Out on this thing pales compared with the Hollywood-Plus decoder quality. I truly suggest a decoder card if you are going to be playing DVDs on a TV... (software decoders look better on the monitor though).

Sadly, my own Hollywood-Plus card has decided to go bonkers on me, and since I still have 40 days on my warranty, I sent it back to be replaced. I also fiendishly marked it using an alcohol based pen, drawing dots in hidden places so I would know if they return the same card back to me (Hey, I may be paranoid, but I've been screwed before).

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