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Softpedia Editor's Review for CyberLink PowerDirector Ultra [DISCOUNT: 10% OFF!]
Supercharge your video editing with this blazing fast application
Written by Elena Opris on May 2nd, 2013
CyberLink PowerDirector is a video editing tool that comes packed with complex, yet easy-to-use features.
When you first initiate the program, you are welcomed by a screen where you can select the editing mode - Full Feature Editor, Easy Editor or Slideshow Creator.
The Easy Editor consists of a wizard in which you import videos and photos (the "drag and drop" method is supported) and select a style (Broadway, Original, Fast Motion, Slow Motion, or you can download more templates).
Plus, you can adjust the video (add background music, mix audio level between music and the video's audio, specify the movie duration) and preview the video (you can enable 3D mode - auto detect, Anaglyph Red/Cyan, 3D-Ready HTDV, Micro-polarizer LCD 3D).
Finally, you can produce the video (save it on the disk or on a device, upload it online, burn it to disc, or enter advanced editing mode). The Slideshow Creator wizard is similar to the one in Easy Editor.
The Full Feature Editor allows you to capture media form any external device and easily import it in the timeline view, as well as use special effects (3D, NewBlue Art Effects, particles, special, styles, text masking, visual).
Also, you can insert objects, particles and text into the video (3D, general, paint animations, downloaded, custom, or from previous PowerDirector versions), use transitions (e.g. 2D, 3D, 3D-like, audio, slides, stripes) and audio mixing tools, record your voice over video, and add chapters and subtitles.
Downloading more style templates was not available in our case, since PowerDirector failed to recognize any of our web browsers. The program also lags a little when you import media or select 3D mode in the video preview section, and it crashed once when the Full Feature failed to recognize a format which was previously imported by Easy Editor.
The help file is well-drawn, although it could have contained tutorials and more snapshots. The program's interface is easy to navigate through, so novices shouldn't have any trouble using PowerDirector.
All in all, CyberLink PowerDirector does a great job at editing video (while using a high amount of system resources), although we had expected to see more of its revamped engine.
CyberLink PowerDirector Ultra [DISCOUNT: 10% OFF!] description
Here are some key features of "CyberLink PowerDirector Ultra [DISCOUNT: 10% OFF!]":
· PowerDirector’s Content-Aware Editing provides a revolutionary way to edit video projects. The advanced built-in technology magically analyzes major scenes, such as those with faces, motion, zoom or pan, and hones in on imperfections that can be improved using TrueTheater, such as poor lighting, and shakiness. Editing videos is now easier, faster and more efficient than ever.
Quality Beyond HD – 4K Video Support:
· PowerDirector is the first and only consumer video editing software to support end-to-end editing of 4K ultra HD video format. Supports import of 4K videos from the latest camera devices, edit more efficiently with TrueVelocity and produce breathtaking 4K movies on disc or publish online right from your desktop.
Full HD Preview:
· Undock the preview window and bring a full HD preview window in second monitor, for a better, close-up view of every detail.
· With new ripple editing, you can easily insert or remove video clips on the timeline while keeping all other items on the track aligned.
· Further speed up your video editing skills with several sets of hotkeys to instantly perform commands—even customize your own hotkeys.
· Set your creativity free with the 100-track timeline. Overlay footage, PiP objects, titles and particles to design unique visual effects.
· PowerDirector's new Design Studio tools come with four new designer tools: Title Designer, PiP Designer, Particle Designer and Menu Designer.
· Precise Keyframe
· Trim Tool
· Time-lapse & Slideshow Creator
· Chroma-Key Tool
· NewBlueFX Effects
· Integrated Hand-Paint Animation
· 3D Videos From Start to Finish
· Effects from DirectorZone
· Blazing Fast Editing Speed - Multi-GPGPU Acceleration
· High Quality Video Productions - AVCHD 2.0 and Enhanced De-interlace
· CPU Processor:
· AVI Capture/Produce: Profiles: Pentium 4 3.0 Ghz or AMD Athlon 64 X2
· DVD Quality (MPEG-2) Profiles: Pentium 4 3.0 Ghz or AMD Athlon 64 X2
· High Quality MPEG-4 and Streaming WMV, QuickTime) Profiles: Pentium 4 3.0 Ghz or AMD Athlon 64 X2
· Full-HD quality H.264 and MPEG2 Profiles: Intel Corei5/7 or AMD Phenom II X4
· AVCHD and BD burning Profiles: Pentium Core 2 Duo E6400, or AMD Phenom II X2
· 2K/4K/3D* video editing profile: Intel Corei7 or AMD Phenom II X4 with 64 bit OS 6 GB RAM
· 512 MB required
· 3GB DDR2 / 6GB DDR2 or above recommended for 32 / 64 bit OS
· Hard Disk Space:
· 5 GB required minimum (note: 400 MB is for Magic Music Library)
· 10 GB (20 GB recommended) for DVD production
· 60 GB (100 GB recommended) for Blu-ray Disc/AVCHD production
· A CD or DVD burner (CD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW or DVD-R/RW) is required to burn VCD/DVD/SVCD/AVCHD titles
· A Blu-ray disc recordable drive is required to burn Blu-ray Discs
· Graphics Card:
· 128 MB VGA VRAM or higher (1 GB or higher VRAM and OpenCL capable are recommended)
· 30-day working trial
· SmartSound Library trial version
· Reduced templates pack
· Reduced NewBlue effect pack to 10 effects
· Does not include the WaveEditor program
· Importing and production of H.264 video files is only supported on Windows 7/8 or hardware platforms offering independent H.264 encoding
· Nag screen
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
Faster, Higher Quality and More Efficient Way to Unleash Your Creativity:
· PowerDirector 11 Ultra redefines speed with TrueVelocity 3 engine, and provides an even faster and more productive editing environment for fast-paced professional video producers with a greatly revamped user interface. PowerDirector 11 Ultra also supports several new formats, such as 4K ultra HD resolution, AVCHD 2.0 and export MKV files.
Revolutionary Content –aware Editing:
· PowerDirector 11’s Content-Aware Editing provides a revolutionary way to edit video projects. The advanced built-in technology magically analyzes major scenes, such as those with faces, motion, zoom or pan, and hones in on imperfections that can be improved using TrueTheater®, such as poor lighting and shakiness. Editing videos is now easier, faster and more efficient than ever
Quality Beyond HD – 4K Video Support:
· Not satisfied with 1080p full HD? PowerDirector 11 is the first consumer video editing software to support end-to-en...
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