CyberLink PowerDirector 13 Ultra is a pro-level video production and editing suite that is well within the grasp of talented amateurs. PowerDirector specializes in speed, especially in 64-bit Windows systems. It creates themes, subtitles, slideshows, and 3D animated titles; supports end-to-end 4K and 3D; and bundles more than 100 video-editing tools and many extras, including unlimited free templates and other resources, in the DirectorZone. Version 13's improved MultiCam Editing auto-syncs more than 100 cameras. Other PowerDirector bundles are available, too.
Speed features: PowerDirector's blistering, 64-bit TrueVelocity four-video engine supports OpenGL and multiple graphics cards. Enabling shadow files of HD video downloads during the setup process speeds up editing but degrades previews, though the final video quality is unaffected.
User experience: PowerDirector's quick-launch screen let us choose the Full Feature Editor, Easy Editor, or Slideshow Creator. The Full Feature Editor packs a lot in an efficient, customizable layout topped by its four main tools: Capture, Edit, Produce, and Burn Disc. Rooms display content: Media Room, Particle Room, and so on.
Extras: The Ultra suite bundles many tools and extras, including SmartSound for audio tracks, Apple's QuickTime, and a menu of Magic Tools for quick fixes.
Download: PowerDirector 13's 6GB RAR file took a while to download and required third-party software to extract. Installation (and reinstallation) may be easier with the boxed CD edition.
Extra Startup entries: Choosing QuickTime's automatic Apple software update option adds an entry to your Startup Menu that can delay booting.
CyberLink PowerDirector 13 Ultra is sophisticated and fun to use, and most similar tools can't compete with its great speed and features.
Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of CyberLink PowerDirector 13. The trial version has limited functionality.
PowerDirector16 offers a unique combination of high-end performance and advanced editing features. It's remarkably easy to use, making video editing accessible to creators of all skill levels, and a huge selection of customizable design tools, including unique alpha transitions, animated titles, particles and PiP objects, provide the freedom to explore creativity and reflect it in unique video creations.
February 10, 2018
Version: CyberLink PowerDirector 16.0
User friendly. Hypothetically it has many functions for creative video design.
Glitchy, incompatible, pricy, undependable and a total waste of time and money.
I have used many types of video editing software over 20 years of video and audio editing. Never have I experienced a more incompatible software. It is the most frustrating software I've ever had the misfortune to purchase. On the surface, it seems like a very exciting, user friendly editing and authoring platform. But it crashes often, doesn't work well with other softwares, and basically requires that you keep your laptop or pc completely devoid of any other softwares from gaming, anti-virus, audio to practically anything other than Powerdirector. Even then, it crashes regularly. I am very disappointed in this software and even more disappointed with Download.com for giving it an outstanding review. Their review is extremely misleading and makes me wonder how much they were paid by Cyberlink to do so. Shame on them and shame on Cyberlink for trying to pawn such atrocious software on the consumer. Horrible!