Softpedia Editor's Review for CyberLink PowerProducer
Create Discs That Showcase Your High-Definition Videos
Written by Elena Opris on January 22nd, 2013
CyberLink PowerProducer is a reliable software solution that enables you to process VCD, DVD, Blu-ray, AVCREC and AVCHD media before burning it to disc.
The user interface of the program is attractive and intuitive. In the main window, you can select to produce a movie disc, Right-to-Disc (transfer video directly to DVD or BD), edit a disc, open an existing project, or access additional utilities.
When you want to produce a movie disc, you basically have to capture, import and edit content. You are required to select the video format type you want to produce (CD, DVD, Blu-ray, AVCHD, AVCREC), the specific video recording format (e.g. VCD, SVCD, BDAV, BDMV), disc capacity and playback aspect ratio.
In the next step, you can import video files, photos or scenes on disc, capture video from an external device (i.e. webcam), edit video clips, make a commercial cut, create an image slideshow, customize the menu, set chapters, preview video and edit text on video (e.g. title, play, scenes).
Once you have finished your masterpiece, you can either save the project to further work on it, or you can burn video to disc.
The program froze every time we entered the menu customization stage. It also takes several seconds to load each main function of CyberLink PowerProducer and it uses a high amount of system memory.
Otherwise, the application comes in a nice package regarding video processing and burning options (although the editing options are kind of light). It has a very well-drawn help file, a visually appealing user interface, and it is very simple to work with.
CyberLink PowerProducer description
Here are some key features of "CyberLink PowerProducer":
· Import AVCHD files
· Render videos faster with support for hardware acceleration technologies from Intel, NVIDIA, AMD
· Create discs with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio
· Add subtitles to your discs
· Burn discs with full motion menus
Capturing & Importing High-Definition Video Formats:
· Import AVCHD video files
· Import MPEG-4 AVC (H.264)
· Supported video disc formats: VCD, SVCD, DVD
· Custom menu design (blend your video with built-in designs)
· Download DVD menu templates from DirectorZone
· Magic Movie Wizard: auto-create a movie with theme and music
· Subtitle tool
· Write back to HDV tape
· Auto-Fix (blurry photos, bad light)
· CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-RAM (8cm/12cm), Double Layer (DVD-9)
· DVD-Video, DVD+VR, DVD-VR
Output Audio Formats:
· Dolby Digital 5.1
· A burning device is required for burning CDs, VCDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray Discs
· DVD authoring: Intel Pentium II 450 MHz or AMD Athlon 500 MHz
· HD authoring and direct DV/HDV recording: Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 3000+ and above
· 512 MB for DVD authoring
· 2 GB or above recommended for high-definition authoring
· 1 GB for making VCDs
· 5 GB for making DVDs
· 25 GB for making Blu-ray Discs
· Analog video capture: USB or PCI capture devices compliant to WDM standards
· HDV/DV Camcorder video capture: IEEE 1394 I/O devices compliant with OHCI standards
· DSC photo import: USB interface
· A CyberLink promotional slide is included on the final page of created DVDs/Blu-ray Discs
· 30-day trial limitation
· Maximum of 30 minutes video production
· Nag screen
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Import AVCHD files.
· Import MPEG-4 AVC (H.264).
· Full motion menus.
· Custom menu design (blend your video with built-in designs).
· Subtitle tool.
· Write back to HDV tape.
· Dolby Digital 5.1.
· Auto-correction of shaky videos.
· Clean video and audio.
· Auto-Fix (blurry photos, bad light).
Users are advised to pay attention while installing this ad-supported application:
· Offers to change the homepage for web browsers installed in the system
· Offers to change the default search engine for web browsers installed in the system
· Offers to download or install software or components (such as browser toolbars) that the program does not require to fully function