CyberLink PowerDirector

CyberLink PowerDirector

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 392 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    13.0
  • Total Downloads:
    4,010,381
  • Date Added:
    September 25, 2014
  • File Size:
    1.24MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    11,869
  • 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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  • 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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    "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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    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 September 25, 2014
    Version 13.0
    Category
    Category Video Software
    Subcategory Video Editing Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 1.24MB
    File Name CyberLink_PowerDirector_Downloader.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 4,010,381
    Downloads Last Week 11,869
    Pricing
    License Model Free to try
    Limitations 30-day trial
    Price $99.99

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