CyberLink PowerDirector

CyberLink PowerDirector

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Average User Rating:
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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    10
  • Total Downloads:
    4,037,442
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 29, 2012
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial, limited features); $99.95 to buy
  • File Size:
    1.24MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3,675
  • Platform:
    Windows
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Editors' Review

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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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  • Current Version

    1.6

    out of 22 votes

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    • 3 star 1
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    • 1 star 15
  • All Versions

    3.1

    out of 394 votes

    • 5 star 143
    • 4 star 64
    • 3 star 30
    • 2 star 20
    • 1 star 137
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1 stars

"It freezes and pixelates everything. Do NOT buy!"

November 14, 2012  |  By Bonjaker25

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDirector 10

Pros

None that I can think of

Cons

Screen freezes and pixelates
It also renders like this which means your final movie will be entirely frozen.
Crashes after about 5 minutes.
It just doesn't work!

Summary

Waste of money. I can't use any of it, because it freezes all my scenes and crashes every 5 minutes. Updates are useless.

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1 stars

"Power Director sucks"

September 16, 2012  |  By theman2057

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDirector 10

Pros

Nothing good to say for Power Director

Cons

Anything you can think of

Summary

I installed the Power Director 10 demo and it tells me cannot render or construct videos due to lack of filters. I checked forums and many said to download the Klite Codes pack. All my other editing programs see the files and they work well with them. I went ahead and tried downloading the codecs and in the process was asked to update them as well as i had to delete the old./ In the process of this all i ended up with a virus which i was able to get rid of. However you never know if it all was removed. Now im forced to reformat. I should not of had to go through so much hassle. Anyway the program still does not work. Again all my other programs work just fine and are recognized. If you try the demo and have trouble with files not being seen, save yourself the trouble and dump it. A big FKN wast of time.

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1 stars

"Terrible tech support. Actually, the worst ever"

September 14, 2012  |  By LMMFAO

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDirector 10

Pros

Price isn't bad. Fairly easy to use.

Cons

Crashes, upgrade problems, tech support (non-existent) Having to pay for tech support by phone!

Summary

Would never buy again.

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4 stars

"Couldn't test it well, since it doesn't do AVCHD."

September 04, 2012  |  By dbdavis

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDirector 10

Pros

Did not get that far. I downloaded a converter to convert my AVCHD to something else. Then i said to myself: "Wait a minute! This is crazy. There are other editors which do."

And I stopped working with it. It has a great rep, and a good feature set, which was why I wanted to try it.

Cons

Does not do AVCHD, which is all I have.;

Summary

Have no opinion as to how it really would do, since without AVCHD, I would need to convert each clip to get it in. There is no point since many other capable movie editors do support AVCHD.

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1 stars

"CyberLink 9, 10"

August 23, 2012  |  By Bogot001

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDirector 10

Pros

None to think of

Cons

I have been using PowerDirector for years. Even bought upgrade versions. I don't understand why professional review mags or web sites speak so highly of it. Just look at the comments from users.
There is 0 support. Even if it's there problem you have to pays to speek to them.

Summary

If your new at video editing and need phone support stay away from
Cyberlink. Editing screen is not user friendly and you will spend countless hours on a small project with minimal results.

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1 stars

"Trial worthless - Doesn't include AVCHD MTS editing"

August 14, 2012  |  By happyfirst

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDirector 10

Pros

None - I couldn't test the software

Cons

Doesn't allow editting MTS files in trial version

Summary

I wanted to start editing the footage from our camera that can take HD video. AVCHD. It saves them in an .MTS format. I downloaded a bunch of products to evaluate to a test PC. As I feared, this company uses yet another custom downloader program to download the actual install. Finally, it was installed, and I started the program. Went to import my MTS files and it told me they were HD files and that they are not supported in the trial version. So much for that. What a waste of time. Given all the other unfavorable reviews here and the refund headaches/obstacle course, this software is just not worth purchasing to then find out if it will even work well for me.

I also downloaded Pinnacle Studio 11 Ultimate to try that one. That trial does support editing MTS files. But the program is very very slow and crashes constantly.

For the record, the program I will most likely purchase (since it's the only so far that has even worked me) is AVSVideoEditor at http://www.avs4you.com . This worked right out of the box, imported my MTS, I was editting, also a bit slow, not a single crash, and it exported the video (trial includes a watermark that you are using an unlicensed version). Now that's what I call a successful trial!

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4 stars

"Quite Happy with PD10 - Be sure to disable autosave!!!"

July 15, 2012  |  By agiledogs

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDirector 10

Pros

Fairly intuitive if you've worked with other programs

Ease of use

Stability - see tip in the summary

You can try before you buy

Cons

Would like to have a larger working screen.

There are many, many effects that can be downloaded, but it's a pain going through them searching for just the right one.

If you don't change the duration of a text element just right, it pushes or pulls any subsequent text elements out of sync with the clip they were originally meant to illuminate. This can be avoided by grouping text and video clips together, but then if you want to edit the text, you have to unlink the clips first.

Summary

I have worked with several video editors over the years, and for my purposes (short analytical/instructional videos), PD10 has been the best so far. I'm working with low-end video cameras and for sure am no pro, but I'm pleased with my productions.

A tip to avoid locking up: Disable autosave, but be sure to manually save every few minutes just in case.

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1 stars

"30-day guarantee UNTRUE, Video Preview TOO SMALL"

July 06, 2012  |  By brainout

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDirector 10

Pros

Cyberlink allows greater resizing of the Video editor window than others of their type, but the Preview Window's design is still too small. You can't size the window big enough to see TEXT in a screen-recorded video. So there is no advantage in buying Cyberlink for HD videos.

Cons

1. THEY WON'T HONOR THE 30-DAY RETURN GUARANTEE.
2. Like many other video editors, they waste too much screen space on the lines below the Video Preview Screen, which you can't properly shrink.
3. Too much space to the left of the Preview screen, is reserved for your Library or Video or audio effects they offer -- which are paltry.
4. So, you can't detach the Video Preview, or resize it to be wide enough.

BAD DESIGN, guys; especially, for instructional or HD videos.

Summary

I made the horrific mistake of buying this software, since I couldn't try it first, and now can't get my money back. If it worked, I'd have gladly paid any price, so it's not about the money. It's about BREAKING YOUR WORD.

Bad design, goes with not telling the truth. Cyberlink Power Director 10 won't size the Video Editor/Preview screen wide and big enough so I can read the video and edit it. The program design allots too much space to the icons of videos or effects, which are already too big, and it won't scrunch down the lines for audio or video effects enough so you can see the Video Editor Screen.

So about an hour after trying to make the video's TEXT VISIBLE in Preview, and instead only getting Greeked text (which happens when the display image is too small), I uninstalled the program. Then wrote the seller for Cyberlink (Hermanstreet.com) requesting a refund; then was refused a refund, because THEY claim the product isn't defective; so the 30 day money back guarantee, doesn't apply.

SO NEVER BUY THE PRODUCT, SINCE THEY LIE ABOUT YOU BEING ABLE TO GET YOUR MONEY BACK. IT DOESN'T WORK DUE TO A DESIGN FLAW IN THE SCREEN SIZE OF THE EDITOR. That's a defect. But it shouldn't have been a condition, since you cannot decide if the product works for you, UNTIL you buy it. I can return a pair of shoes I bought, if they don't fit. So why not a bad program?

It's a bad design. Unfortunately, all the major video-editing software developers ape it. They ape Windows Movie Maker, which won't allow a detached sizable Video window, and limits how far left and down you can shrink their over-sized Video Collections lists. In Movie Maker, this isn't much of a problem, since the max resolution is 640 x 480 or so. But for an HD video, you need a bigger screen to view text (i.e., for an instructional video you recorded your LARGE FLAT PANEL screen).

So Cyberlink isn't the only developer with deaf ears. But at least the others let you try before you buy. So DO NOT BUY this product.

Updated on Jul 8, 2012

I just made a video showing the problems cited in my written review, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ak5Ado4Csk8

Updated on Jul 8, 2012

I just made a video showing the problems cited in my written review, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ak5Ado4Csk8

Updated on Jul 12, 2012

UPDATE: Herman Street, vendor for Cyberlink, refused refund unless I went to Cyberlink's tech support; so I did, sending the video link; ergo demanding refund; as Cyberlink forces 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio; so no 1280 x 1024 video could ever process correctly.

But of course, you can't know that until you buy the software, which you're willing to DO, if you can get your money back.

So now Cyberlink refuses to refund, since THEY didn't sell the software, but Herman Street did. So oh how clever: that creates a circle of NO REFUND; customer is forced to write to seller with a predictable outcome; wasting yet more time; customer remains out of pocket for the nominal cost of the software.

They count on you just giving up, since you've already wasted time. Figure your time is worth $100 an hour. I lost maybe 6-7 hours on Cyberlink's dysfunctional customer service webforms; on making the video, writing emails.

But busy people read reviews and thus AVOID vendors like these...

Updated on Jul 13, 2012

UPDATE: I'm to get the refund. Apparently Herman Street demands you furnish a Support Ticket number from Cyberlink, before they will issue a refund. So that's the deal. If I had known that upfront, all this complaining could have been saved.

The software will expand the Preview window, but its fatal flaw is that when you START the program, you must select either 16:9 or 4:3 resolution. There is no option for 'original' resolution, no option to view in 'original', either. So the system cannot display in 'original' resolution, even though Cyberlink CAN display your in-progress video in fullscreen. The upfront forcing of those two aspect ratios, ruins the facility of clear display.

So if Cyberlink would just consider upgrading or offering another version which allows fullscreen 'original' resolution of a video, they would capture more customers. For fullscreen instructional videomaking is a major market, whether the maker is a corporation or just a plain ol' Youtuber like me.

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1 stars

"Very Disappointed"

June 27, 2012  |  By ddtman33135

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDirector 10

Pros

Easy to use, versatile, fast

Cons

Terrible Tech Support
PR is a lot better than the actual product.
Does not do AVCHD as advertised, takes perfectly good files and destroys their quality when put into Power Director.
Lousy documentation available.

Summary

I was the proud owner of Power 8 until I purchased a High Def Video Camera and realized both the program and my computer were much too slow to edit any video clips. Constantly stopped and hesitated then jumped many frames ahead, etc. Tech service explained that the program was never intende for AVCHD files which I fully understood. I decided to purchase a newq computer with the computing power to do almost anything that is available today. Bought Power Director 10 and went to work, able to import AVCHD files, edit them quickly and accurately and make exceptional videos except for one little matter, the really fine AVCHD files when put into PD 10 Ultra are terrible when viewed. Perfect videos are now full of video noise, fluttering and just unacceptable quality. After almost two weeks of going around and around with tech support, sending them the orioginal AVCHD files as well as small test PD10 program I am still waiting for any kind of answer as to why. The final straw was yesterday they implicated that perhaps I had illegal software, which I purchased through Dell Computers and was certainly legal and in fact registered with Cyberlink after installation. I had to provide proof of purchase and serial number and finally today I get a E-mail saying their R&D department is now working on a solution. Like others have said their tech support is absolutely the worst around and will most likely cause me to look elsewhere for video editing software. If you plan to do HiDef videos this is not the software to buy.

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1 stars

"Beware - feature rich but power hungry and poor quality"

June 18, 2012  |  By ppup99

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDirector 10

Pros

Rich in features and easy to use

Cons

Compared produced output to other video editing software -- power director 10 produces poor quality output as compared to Adobe premier. As other writers noted, program hangs after just 10 minutes of editing. Force restarts are needed to complete editing.

Summary

Don't touch this program unless you have a 64 bit OS with 6 G RAM. Also, expect those nice JPEG images to be a little fuzzy in the produced/rendered file.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 10
  • Revamped TrueVelocity 2 rendering engine
  • Create 3D movies with end-to-end 3D video editing features
  • Unleash your creativity with tons of pro-quality tools
  • Create, share & learn with DirectorZone's 2,000,000+ members
  • Find the perfect effect from over 200,000 free downloads
General
Publisher CyberLink
Publisher web site http://www.cyberlink.com
Release Date April 02, 2012
Date Added March 29, 2012
Version 10
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Editing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.24MB
File Name CyberLink_PowerDirector_Downloader.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 4,037,442
Downloads Last Week 3,675
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License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial, limited features
Price $99.95

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