CyberLink PowerDirector

CyberLink PowerDirector

Brings life to video projects with powerful editing capabilities
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Creates professional-looking 360-degree, 4K, 3D, HD, or regular videos and provides automatic fixes and enhancements. It's equipped to handle GoPro footage directly through its Action Camera Center feature.

Years after its initial release, PowerDirector continues to rank high among the best video editors around, thanks to its extensive set of editing tools and its unmatched performance. PowerDirector enables amateur and experienced editors to make their video projects come to life, providing a simple workflow while delivering high-quality productions. Whether you need to merge some photos and music into a slideshow presentation, prepare an engaging video tutorial, or give your footage a cinematic appearance, PowerDirector will give you the tools to make it possible.

To keep up to date with the latest video standards, this version of PowerDirector extends its format support. In addition to the conventional HD, 3D, and 4K formats, it supports 360º video, letting you create a 360 virtual reality videos in Equirectangular format MP4 (H.264/265) that can be uploaded to YouTube or Facebook. This version also includes a new component, Action Camera Center, with a dedicated toolkit to handle footage from action cameras like the GoPro.

While the are several editing modes to fit different skill levels, it is the Full Feature Editor that shows the real potential of PowerDirector. At the core of the editor is the timeline, an intuitive workspace where you can add photos, audio, and video clips using drag and drop and start editing, viewing the results in the preview window. You can add up to 100 tracks to the timeline and organize them in the order you like, giving you plenty of room for creativity.

Aside from the usual options to trim and split video, the editor comes with tools for auto and custom fixes and enhancements. With these, you can easily correct lightning, stability, and color, applying changes to a whole clip or using keyframes for more accurate adjustments. Power Tools include features like 2D to 3D Conversion, Crop & Zoom, and Video Rotation. Features like Motion Tracker, Blending Effect, PiP Masks, Content Aware Editing, and Multi-Cam Designer allow for more advanced, complex edits without requiring much effort.

Effects, Transitions, and Particles are well organized into Rooms; there are over 500 effects that you can apply easily and customize as you like. The editor includes 10 NewBlue effects, and it's possible to download third-party plug-ins to enhance the quality of your productions. You can also add voice-overs, titles, chapters, and subtitles. Audio editing and is also possible using the built-in WaveEditor.

Once you're done editing your video, PowerDirection offers numerous options to export it. You can either save it in 2D and 3D formats, or you can choose an output profile for mobile devices. Additionally, video can be uploaded to Facebook, YouTube, or Vimeo right from within the program, or saved to VCD, SVCD, DVD, AVCHD, or Blu-ray discs.

Additional features of this version are Smart Video Rendering Technology (SVRT) and TrueVelocity 5 & Multi-GPGPU, which improve performance and rendering speeds, making it the fastest video editor on the market and an excellent choice for the video enthusiast that wants to explore the endless possibilities of modern, cutting-edge video editing.

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Review summary

Pros

  • Simple workflow and high-quality results.
  • Supports SD, HD, 3D, 4K and 360º video.
  • Supports up to 100 media tracks.
  • Loads of effects, PiP, transitions, and the possibility of expanding the library with plugins.
  • Fastest rendering engine.
  • Elegant, customizable workspace

Cons

  • Full Feature Editor's interface is intuitive but can be a bit overwhelming for starters
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