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CyberLink PowerEncoder MPEG-4 AVC Edition

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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Apr 12, 2010

CyberLink PowerEncoder MPEG-4 AVC Edition is a long name for a "video capturing and file conversion application for converting video into high-quality compressed files using the MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) standard," with a long description, but what it boils down to is a tool for encoding video as MPEG-4 files. This is necessary step for posting video online in streaming media applications, especially at low bit rates. It supports playback via a plug-in for PowerDVD 6 and also is compatible with Windows Media Player on PCs that have the developer's MPEG-4 codec.

The program's sleek interface features an embedded media player display; a clean, efficient layout; and intuitive controls and navigation. Most of the program's configuration options are on menus instead of the interface, which reduces clutter. The Capture Files window displays your file selections, and there are fields for entering information for both video and audio files. We tried several compatible file types, and PowerEncoder quickly converted each into MPEG-4s that appeared to retain the quality of the originals. One feature we especially appreciate is Dolby Digital audio support for converted DVD files, which preserves the audio quality of your films.

PowerEncoder downloads as a zip file and installs desktop icons without asking but uninstalls cleanly. Dolby support for VOB files is disabled in the free trial download. PowerEncoder only works in Windows versions up to XP, though; we tried to install it in Windows 7 but didn't succeed. Some users, especially commercial and studio-based users, are still running XP. If you're one of them, it's worth a look.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.0.12


Release November 25, 2008
Date Added December 15, 2008
Version 1.0.12

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None


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Developer's Description

CyberLink PowerEncoder MPEG-4 AVC Edition is a video capturing and file conversion application for converting video into high-quality compressed files using the MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) standard. Playback is supported via a plug-in for PowerDVD 6 or Windows Media Player (on machines installed with PowerEncoder MPEG-4 AVC). Video quality and advanced compression: with MPEG-4 AVC achieving substantial superiority of video quality over that of previous compression standards, PowerEncoder delivers higher quality video even at low bit rates.

Broad support for existing video formats: PowerEncoder allows video conversion to MPEG-4 AVC from the most popular video formats, including: MPEG-1, MPEG-2, DivX, VOB, and DV-AVI. It also supports DVD video files with Dolby Digital audio, letting users convert movie discs into MPEG-4 AVC format including audio. Previewing and quick conversion of video files: built-in DV QuickScan improves the speed of digital video capturing.