CyberLink PowerDirector

CyberLink PowerDirector

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 394 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    13.0
  • Total Downloads:
    4,035,488
  • Date Added:
    November 11, 2014
  • File Size:
    1.24MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3,832
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows Vista/7/8

Editors' Review

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CyberLink PowerDirector 13 Ultra is a pro-level video production and editing suite that is well within the grasp of talented amateurs. PowerDirector specializes in speed, especially in 64-bit Windows systems. It creates themes, subtitles, slideshows, and 3D animated titles; supports end-to-end 4K and 3D; and bundles more than 100 video-editing tools and many extras, including unlimited free templates and other resources, in the DirectorZone. Version 13's improved MultiCam Editing auto-syncs more than 100 cameras. Other PowerDirector bundles are available, too.

Pros

Speed features: PowerDirector's blistering, 64-bit TrueVelocity four-video engine supports OpenGL and multiple graphics cards. Enabling shadow files of HD video downloads during the setup process speeds up editing but degrades previews, though the final video quality is unaffected.

User experience: PowerDirector's quick-launch screen let us choose the Full Feature Editor, Easy Editor, or Slideshow Creator. The Full Feature Editor packs a lot in an efficient, customizable layout topped by its four main tools: Capture, Edit, Produce, and Burn Disc. Rooms display content: Media Room, Particle Room, and so on.

Extras: The Ultra suite bundles many tools and extras, including SmartSound for audio tracks, Apple's QuickTime, and a menu of Magic Tools for quick fixes.

Cons

Download: PowerDirector 13's 6GB RAR file took a while to download and required third-party software to extract. Installation (and reinstallation) may be easier with the boxed CD edition.

Extra Startup entries: Choosing QuickTime's automatic Apple software update option adds an entry to your Startup Menu that can delay booting.

Bottom Line

CyberLink PowerDirector 13 Ultra is sophisticated and fun to use, and most similar tools can't compete with its great speed and features.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of CyberLink PowerDirector 13. The trial version has limited functionality.

 
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User Reviews
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2 stars

"Not for commercial use."

October 24, 2014  |  By SoNic 67

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDirector 13.0

Pros

1. Plenty of features and effects for a home user.
2. Some level of GPU acceleration for effects and encoding (with some caveats).
3. Price.

Cons

1. GPU acceleration for nVidia is incompatible with newest drivers.
2. Licensing agreement states is not for commercial usage because licenses for the output video formats (MPEG2, MPEG4) are not included:
https://membership.cyberlink.com/support/product-faq-content.do?id=17447&prodId=4&prodVerId=1052

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5 stars

"For me, it is very suitable"

October 21, 2014  |  By SaverySoohoo

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDirector 13.0

Pros

Really easy to use even for beginner like me does what you want!

Cons

Nothing. just download and use it.

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1 stars

"Don't buy this product."

October 09, 2014  |  By tymothil

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDirector 13.0

Pros

It's affordable. When you can get it working properly, it's occasionally useful.

Cons

Very glitchy UI. Counter-intuitive UI. Crashes often. Slow processing. Product crippling bugs in version 13. Support is not helpful, and expensive if you want to actually talk to someone.

Summary

was using PowerDirector 12, and upgraded to PowerDirector 13. It was a mistake. The program, in general, has always had a lack of polish, including redraw problems (where all the UI interface elements disappear after completing an action), counter-intuitive interface design, random crashes, and weird bugs (occasionally all transitions in a project will suddenly switch which element is A and which is B, and many others). Those are all still present; in fact, the UI has managed to take a step backwards, never remembering window positions and sizes, and the redraw is even worse than before. Now, however, there is a bug where any AVI file imported will rotate the image 90 degrees, while leaving the image frame not rotated, so everything looks like it was taken on a vertical camera phone, but is also rotated the wrong direction. Contacting support resulted in a series of form-letter responses with occasional bits of unhelpful advice. And to actually talk to a live human is 30 dollars for 2 months of phone support. No official response on their forum after multiple people posted about the bug over a few weeks. I strongly advise against purchasing this program.

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1 stars

"ALERT!! AVOID!! Installed a Browser Hijacker!!"

October 07, 2014  |  By donderutoo

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDirector 13.0

Pros

Not much. I tried to create a picture show with music. Easily dragged over 8 pictures and added music, but couldn't figure out how to add more pics. Frustrated at the performance (slow!) and UI. Ended up starting a new project, but it choked on my 400+ pictures and took over 20 minutes to import them. Ended up not using what I tried to create as it took too long and I had to go.

Cons

It installed a browser hijacker that routes searches and your home page to a "trovi" (or something like that) site. PC slowed down tremendously, too. If you get this, anti-virus sw won't see it and Malwarebytes said they cleaned it, but didn't. Use the ad-blocker software, i.e. Superantispyware, adware, etc. and they will take care of it. You can also search on how to clean the trovi browser hijacker.

Summary

Slow sw package that installed a browser hijacker/virus. Wouldn't recommend

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1 stars

"Crashes, crashes and crashes again"

September 24, 2014  |  By Deyneko

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDirector 13

Pros

Low cost for such program

Cons

It just crashes every 5-10 min during editing (program doesn't respond...)
I have success one rendering from 3 (two files don't have video just black screen.

Summary

I hope that company will find what causes this continuously crashes.

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2 stars

"hidden tech support"

September 12, 2014  |  By ms techie

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDirector 12.0

Pros

easy to use buttons and navigation to access each component of the program. Desktop icons setup and install quickly.
First project smooth. Easy to import video and picture files

Cons

tried to import MTS files, sends me to their website, response back quickly but have to sign up for their newsletters to see a response about a general question. They only post phone if you sign up and pay for tech support

Summary

Would not purchase, will look at other options for desktop editing.

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1 stars

"looks ok at first"

June 25, 2014  |  By kmkrreeves

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDirector 12.0

Pros

looks modern... can produce projects if you are careful and save it every few seconds.

Cons

Crashes extremely often.
EVERY time you go to burn a disc it will crash the first time, and you will lose all the customization on the disc menu (every title. everything. even if it took you hours) there is no way to say the disc menu, so the first time expect to have to re-do it.

the more you use it the more it crashes, glad I didn't purchase after first project.

Summary

the first project I did in the 30 day trial worked great, I almost bought it, but I decided to do a few more in the trial, and every one gets worse. The first one was pretty smooth, worked great. second one, it crashed on me, it doesn't have any sort of auto save, so if you do try it make sure to save your work every time you do anything. then I tried to burn it, and after titling every chapter and moving the stuff around on the weird template that comes with it for dvd menus (only one is included, you have to download others) it crashed when I clicked burn disc. then I found out that it does not save the dvd menu in the project file, so everytime it crashes you have to start over.

first project was decievingly smooth, make a few things before you decide to purchase

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4 stars

"Easy to use"

June 10, 2014  |  By Intranet_Manager

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDirector 12.0

Pros

I use this to do all my video editing.
Good support for different video formats and codecs
Fast, especially on a high ram pc.

Cons

Sometimes, the number of editing options can create a bit of confusion

Summary

On the surface of it all, it is easy to use. My 9 year old was able to use it intuitively for a simple video project, with only limited help from me, when it came time to output the project, and applying the best settings for an mpeg4 video file.

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5 stars

"Love it! Highly recommend it!"

May 27, 2014  |  By Harrisince

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDirector 12.0

Pros

So, I tried the free trial before, and it was excellent! Even though it has a watermark in the middle, it's faded so people can see the whole video, and it's super easy to use and adjust to it! It's a great video editor, and a video creator too! Also a great way to make a quick video. But it also has some downfalls, too! One downfall is that the trimming needs to be exact, not in groups, so it makes it easier to trim down, because sometimes I want to trim up just a little part, and I can't really. Also have a concern about the transitions. I don't add them, because when I want to shorten it, glitches happen and it ruins the whole video. Other than that, it's flawless, and really neat too, it just bothers me when a product looks so classic, but it's really modern and neat, I like it!
FYI there is a portable mac version of CyberLink Power Director, which can be found here:
http://www.macvideoeditor.com/

Cons

it has a watermark in the middle

Summary

We can add music to videos and we can even add audio voiceovers. Once we finish creating a great video, we can share it with others in a variety of ways including on Facebook.

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1 stars

"Unstable Garbage software"

May 23, 2014  |  By wallstreetexaminer

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDirector 12.0

Pros

Lots of features, most of which will cause the program to crash without warning and lose your data.

Cons

Crashes constantly. Loses data. Overwrites data. Can only handle very small snips of video one at a time. It's almost worse than Windows movie maker, which is another p.o.s. but at least that's free. I'm working on a quad core process with plenty of RAM. This isn't a hardware issue. It's junk software.

Summary

If you waste your money on this unstable, unworkable POS be prepared to waste countless hours doing things over and over in tiny slices before producing an entire video. Their Youcam software is also unstable. Both are virtually useful. HP should be ashamed for installing this garbage.

Updated on May 23, 2014

Typo. Should be "virtually useless" not "useful".

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 13.0
Cloud Tools, Fully Customizable Design Tools, Over 60 New Features, Effects and Templates and Much More! Unleash your creativity with PowerDirector 13's customizable design tools - create your personalized transition, titles and disc menu, and edit up to 100 multicam clips with the most powerful video editing software! Need more effects and templates? PowerDirector includes over 50 new effects and templates to polish your video creations. When your creation is done, you can backup your projects using CyberLink Cloud service, or create movie discs with our new Menu Designer!
General
Publisher CyberLink
Publisher web site http://www.cyberlink.com
Release Date September 17, 2014
Date Added November 11, 2014
Version 13.0
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Editing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.24MB
File Name CyberLink_PowerDirector_Downloader.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 4,035,488
Downloads Last Week 3,832
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $99.99

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