CyberLink PowerDirector

CyberLink PowerDirector

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 394 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    12.0
  • Total Downloads:
    4,037,442
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 24, 2013
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $99.99 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    1.24MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3,675
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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 394 votes

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

"Has great potential"

January 17, 2014  |  By dgloucks

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDirector 12.0

Pros

Fast, powerful, mostly intuitive

Cons

Stopped being able to produce MP4, MPEG, MKV and H.264 files.

Summary

Bought version 11 last summer. Worked great. Produced several videos. Blazing fast produce speed (running on i7-3770, 10 GB RAM, 2T HDD and another 1T HDD on Win 8.1). Sometime around last fall noticed it would no longer produce MP4, MPEG, MKV, H.264, but would still produce WMV, MOV and AVI. Made the connection that those were the file formats that used hardware acceleration, so assumed I had done something with an update to break it. Reviewed blogs looking for issue and they recommended uninstalling, cleaning with special version of CCleaner and reinstalling. Did that. No joy. Decided to contact Cyberlink tech support. Now granted, for the price I paid for the software, I thought having any tech support was pretty good. Had multiple conversations with "tech support" (word used loosely). Honestly, they didn't pass the Turing Test for me to know if I was talking to a human or just an automated response from a computer. They were that unhelpful. After 6 emails repeating myself (and them losing my files, or my having to send and resend links to their FTP site that wouldn't work) I figured it was time to spend my time elsewhere on another product. Shame, it had some promise.

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1 stars

"Do NOT buy this product."

December 21, 2013  |  By Grazerbub

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDirector 12.0

Pros

Its slick until you try to Produce something.

Cons

I agree with, and had same experiences as other CON commenters. I lost two months worth of work, and spent hours attempting every fix that the non-communicative tech site suggested. Once I began to ask for a refund, they stopped responding.

Summary

V.8. was good and worked. V.12 is useless. Please, save yourself frustration and headache and buy something else!

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1 stars

"There is no technical support."

November 06, 2013  |  By towel-head

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDirector 12.0

Pros

I could not find any bugs in demo version.

Cons

I have ordered PowerDirector 12 Ultra (download version, from CyberLink Online Store), but I cannot use it because it rejects the Product Key. I am ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN that I have entered CORRECT Product Key, and yet the PowerDirector says that the Product Key is "incorrect."

I had other problems with PowerDirector and their CyberLink website. I described these problems in an email sent to CyberLink <service@cyberlink.com.tw>. I received automatic response which directed me to their website. I cannot use their website because the login rejects my password. I sent another email to the same address. One hour later I received reply from MAILER-DAEMON:
"Undelivered Mail Returned to Sender... <service@cyberlink.com.tw>: host exchange.cyberlink.com[219.87.66.200] said: 550 #5.1.0 Address rejected. (in reply to RCPT TO command)"

CyberLink is a Taiwanese company. Like most other Taiwanese companies it does not provide technical support because its employees do not speak English language.

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1 stars

"Crashes all the time."

October 26, 2013  |  By Albina2013

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDirector 12.0

Pros

None. When it worked for 2-3 hours everything looked good. Then I tried to export my project and it crashed. I won't describe here everything I did to fix it but it was A LOT!

Cons

The program crashes all the time. I've spent more hours trying to fix it than using it. Their tech support never replies to your tickets. Save your money and get something else if you don't want hours of frustration and disappointment when you lose your project.

Summary

Waste of money and time.

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5 stars

"PowerDirector 12 is a blast to use."

October 18, 2013  |  By vvvvicot678

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDirector 12.0

Pros

Friendly user-interface.
Very stable.
Speed.
New Blue free plug-in package.
Smartsound.
Many many output formats.
Can now import and "convert" motion GIFS!
Multi-cam module.
Incredible forum of helpful volunteers.

Cons

Still waiting for Mercalli and New Blue Stabilizer plug-ins.

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5 stars

"Be your own director with PowerDirector!!!"

October 18, 2013  |  By ahgenma

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDirector 12.0

Pros

I use PowerDirector to produce lots of funny video.
All videos can be saved as my important memoirs
It easy to use, and have lots of features.

Cons

I can't find it.

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5 stars

"Worth to Buy!"

October 04, 2013  |  By KLCHEN71A

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDirector 12.0

Pros

I use this app for my wedding last year, and the new version is also great. A lot more effects and functions are added into this version.

Cons

Not at all!

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5 stars

"Easy &#38; Powerful for new user like me!"

October 04, 2013  |  By RP0912531

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDirector 12.0

Pros

Price
Interface
Usability
Multicam
Theme Designer
Effects
Export Options

Cons

great so far!

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5 stars

"Powerful editing tool for all users"

October 04, 2013  |  By KellyMorgggg

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDirector 12.0

Pros

- Multi cam support
- Smart Sound
- Effects
- Transitions
- UI

Cons

Looking forward to release mac version!

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5 stars

"Powerdirector 12 ROCKS!!!!"

October 01, 2013  |  By JasonMizzz89

 |  Version: CyberLink PowerDirector 12.0

Pros

Easy to use
Friendly UI
Cool effects
Fantastic functions
Fast

Cons

I think it's great so far!

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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 7, Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows
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
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $99.99

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