CyberLink PowerDirector

CyberLink PowerDirector

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 393 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    12.0
  • Total Downloads:
    4,012,545
  • Date Added:
    September 24, 2013
  • File Size:
    1.24MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    11,869
  • 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
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 3
  • All Versions

    3.1

    out of 393 votes

    • 5 star 143
    • 4 star 64
    • 3 star 30
    • 2 star 19
    • 1 star 137
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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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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, Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.24MB
File Name CyberLink_PowerDirector_Downloader.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 4,012,545
Downloads Last Week 11,869
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $99.99

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