CyberLink PowerDirector

CyberLink PowerDirector

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March 07, 2012
Free to try (30-day trial, limited features); $99.95 to buy
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CyberLink PowerDirector 10 is a feature-packed video editor that boasts some serious improvements over its previous iteration. With its revamped TrueVelocity engine and OpenCL support, it makes editing and rendering a bit speedier than before. Plus, it's got built-in 3D support.

As for the basics, PowerDirector can import and handle most of the video file types you would normally come across. You can also use it to easily add text, effects, and transitions; edit audio; capture video; burn discs; and share content online. Plus, it has intuitive, icon-based navigation and ample thumbnails, making it quite easy to zip around its interface.

So what's new? Eye-popping titles, picture-in-picture, particle effects, and time-lapse editing are among the added features. There's also, of course, some incredibly powerful 3D editing, as it can import all types of 3D content, convert from 2D to 3D, and output to virtually any industry-standard 3D format. Plus, the program includes some very nifty 3D menus and effects.

Among the new features, one of our favorites has to be Audio Beat Marker, which can potentially shave hours off of your editing sessions. The Beat Marker analyzes your soundtrack and automatically places markers at what it feels are major beat points, making it much easier to precisely place music-driven transitions and other effects. So, as you can imagine, it makes editing, say, a music video a less tedious process. There's also a single-click audio normalizer for when you're compiling several clips from different audio sources with different audio properties.

Another new feature we enjoy is the Drawing tool. It can record your mouse-drawn gestures and create overlays for use with your footage. Imagine recording your signature, and having it play out to look like graffiti being sprayed on a wall. While it might not be something you'd use every day, it sure is a nifty trick to have in your back pocket.

Finally, one thing that sets PowerDirector apart from its competitors is its integrated user community, DirectorZone. Through DirectorZone, you can download creative new menus, effects, particles, and even tutorials to help enrich your CyberLink experience overall. So if you need to stylize some dream sequence footage, for instance, you can log in and get tips from others who have that kind of knowledge.

While we do love the improvements that PowerDirector 10 brings to the table, we still wish we could squeeze a bit more out of its revamped engines. We felt it was a bit sluggish when launching, and it even lagged a little when we tried to quickly click through and preview all of the video effects. Overall, it's certainly not a slow program, but we did expect it to be a bit zippier.

In spite of its performance blips, we still consider CyberLink PowerDirector 10 a feature-packed video editor that gives you tons of bang for your buck. Whether you're a novice video editor or a more advanced user, it should have the tools you're looking for. And if it doesn't, you can probably find what you're looking for in the built-in treasure trove that is DirectorZone.

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  • 2 stars

    "hidden tech support"

    September 12, 2014   |   By ms techie

    Version: CyberLink PowerDirector 12.0


    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


    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


    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


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


    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.


    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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