CyberLink PowerDirector

CyberLink PowerDirector

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 390 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    12.0
  • Total Downloads:
    3,974,662
  • Date Added:
    September 24, 2013
  • File Size:
    1.24MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    11,218
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Editors' Review

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PowerDirector 12 now supports multicam editing and improved render times by taking advantage of Intel's latest Core processors, code named "Haswell." PowerDirector claims that version 12 encodes H.264 videos 40 percent faster than previous releases.Though CyberLink also adds that version 12 supports 4K editing, we weren't able to test this feature.

For those new to the Director production series, PowerDirector, along with ColorDirector and AudioDirector, are full production suites for editing movies, touching up scene effects, and mastering soundtracks. Though they originally appealed to casual, consumer-level productions, CyberLink has gone to great lengths to court the enthusiast crowd with some improved tools for more serious productions.

ShakyCam reduction and MultiCam editing are the latest additions to PowerDirector's tools. The Shaky Cam tool essentially works by slightly zooming in on a scene and attempts to reduce shakes by counter-rotating or panning each frame. It works, overall, but won't perform any miracles for videos taken during an earthquake. MultiCam also intelligently syncs up your videos via audio spikes and allows you to quickly cut in and out of each scene just by clicking on the respective footage. It works extremely well and automatically chops up your new cut for you, automatically, on the timeline.

The Ultimate Suite combines ColorDirector and AudioDirector to create a more seamlessly functional editing studio that lets you switch between each editor. This, in turn, makes things like color grading and audio edits much more convenient since post-production flows will now be centered around one suite. However, users are also given the option to purchase each Director program, separately.

There are a couple presets included with PowerDirector with some more cheesy names like "Magic Tools" and "Magic Music" to help casual users get comfortable with the suite. But beyond that, the overall application is tailored for pro-level applications while balancing familiar work streams from other CyberLink products like PhotoDirector.

For the casual editor, PowerDirector by itself should suffice for most home movie projects. However, if you're going for professional-grade quality, then at the $300 price range, there's a lot more to consider. Other competitors may still be pricier but they also leverage specialized support for GPUs to do the heavy lifting, in addition to a great workflow.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.3

    out of 22 votes

    • 5 star 17
    • 4 star 1
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  • All Versions

    3.2

    out of 390 votes

    • 5 star 142
    • 4 star 64
    • 3 star 30
    • 2 star 19
    • 1 star 135
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    "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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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 12.0
      Over 20 New and Enhanced Features for the Fastest Video Editing Software
      The award-winning PowerDirector just got faster and better! Enjoy the fastest 64-bit video editing - up to 40% faster in H.264 encoding. Take your video creation to a whole new level with MultiCam Designer and Theme Designer.
    • MultiCam Designer
    • Theme Designer
    • Motion Blur Effect
    • Chroma Key
    • Subtitle Room
    • New Effects
    • Content-Aware Editing
    • Auto Cross-fade
    • Import PowerPoint Files
    • 40% Faster H.264 Encoding
    • Up to 3x Faster with Intel AVX2
    • Dolby Digital Plus
    General
    Publisher CyberLink
    Publisher web site http://www.cyberlink.com
    Release Date September 05, 2013
    Date Added September 24, 2013
    Version 12.0
    Category
    Category Video Software
    Subcategory Video Editing Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows XP, Windows, Windows 7, Windows Vista
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 1.24MB
    File Name CyberLink_PowerDirector_Downloader.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 3,974,662
    Downloads Last Week 11,218
    Pricing
    License Model Free to try
    Limitations 30-day trial
    Price $99.99

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