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DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantStar ContributorThe Movieman
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Hey,

Anyone have experience with the Pioneer XD07UHD? Looking to get it solely for DVD Profiler as my laptop won't have the graphic firepower to play 4K resolution. Found it for an okay price but thought would ask here before buying.
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Found this on the Pioneer web site.
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The BDR-XD07UHD includes CyberLink Software, “CyberLink Media Suite 10” only for Windows OS. It is needed to be downloaded through the WEB. (https://jpn.pioneer/ja/pcperipherals/bdd/eula/cyberlink_media_suite/en.php) Product key for free download is included. PowerDVD™14 delivers award winning playback software and will even upscale standard-definition content to high-definition quality. PowerDirector® 15 LE allows you to import your home movies, edit them, and then upload them to social media sites. Power2Go® 8 gives you the ability to burn your valuable files to Blu-ray (including triple and quad layer BDXL discs), DVD or CD media.

Seems like a pretty solid endorsement of the drive's capabilities if that software is bundled by the manufacturer.
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Yeah, seems so. I went ahead and ordered. 
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Please be aware that the device does not come with an AC adapter, it is a hot-plug device and receives its power from the laptop's USB port.

For your specified needs, the minimum requirements for your laptop are Windows 7 or later and available USB 3.0/2.0 port.
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I have not tried it yet, but it seems that most drives capable of running LibreDrive firmware can read 4K-discs.
At least, that what I've gathered from the LibreDrive forum...
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I have not tried it yet, but it seems that most drives capable of running LibreDrive firmware can read 4K-discs.
At least, that what I've gathered from the LibreDrive forum...


You are basically correct, but all manufacturers have changed their firmware to make it harder to read 4k disks. This is to stop 'ripping' of the disks. Workaround is to downgrade firmware to a UHD 'friendly' version.
There is plenty of talk on this on the interwebs. Best place to go is the MakeMKV site and browse the forums, where there are also links to get the correct firmware and how to flash.
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I have not tried it yet, but it seems that most drives capable of running LibreDrive firmware can read 4K-discs.
At least, that what I've gathered from the LibreDrive forum...


You are basically correct, but all manufacturers have changed their firmware to make it harder to read 4k disks. This is to stop 'ripping' of the disks. Workaround is to downgrade firmware to a UHD 'friendly' version.
There is plenty of talk on this on the interwebs. Best place to go is the MakeMKV site and browse the forums, where there are also links to get the correct firmware and how to flash.

Now that's a real gem of a post!
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Sounds interesting but while I'm not completely computer illiterate, I'm not comfortable with trying to download that firmware and going through the process only to screw things up which will cost me more than what I'm paying for the drive. 
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Sounds interesting but while I'm not completely computer illiterate, I'm not comfortable with trying to download that firmware and going through the process only to screw things up which will cost me more than what I'm paying for the drive. 


You are right, I have 'trashed' a couple of drives in the past. Now I have 4x UHD friendly drives so covered for a while. Only annoying thing is that if you put a 4k disk in the drive and do not do anything for several minutes, the drive 'sleeps' and when you try to access the disk all you get is nothing. Need to pop the disk and redo.
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Sounds interesting but while I'm not completely computer illiterate, I'm not comfortable with trying to download that firmware and going through the process only to screw things up which will cost me more than what I'm paying for the drive. 

Depends on the drive also... I have four BD-drives, only one of them is supported by LibreDrive. I haven't tried a 4K disc yet (as I don't own any), but the original intent of LibreDrive - removing riplock - works fine.
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DVDFab sells a UHD Drive Tool that will downgrade the UHD-Unfriendly Firmware and present you a backup-friendly UHD drive.  I purchased the product because I have 3 PC-s and I was converting about 2400 movies on blu-ray and 4K discs to a Zappiti Nas using the ISO format.  I haven't even started yet with my TV series.
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