CyberLink PowerDirector

CyberLink PowerDirector



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  • Preferences
  • Magic Movie Wizard
  • Audio Editor
  • Production - 360 Video
  • Chroma Key Sample
  • Sample Project - Full Feature Editor
  • Welcome Screen
  • Create Disc
  • Producer Room
  • Capture Media

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Mariel Rearte Senior editor

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.


  • 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.


  • Full Feature Editor's interface is intuitive but can be a bit overwhelming for starters.
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What's new in version 14.0

Action Camera Center
- Lens Correction
- Color Presets
- Slow Motion
- Repeat and Replay
- Freeze Frame with Ken Burns effect
- 120/240 fps video import and production (with SVRT support)

Powerful Tools
- Add PiP/Titles/Effects to objects with Motion Tracker
- Express Project creates projects from easily viewed and edited building blocks
- Screen Recorder at 30 fps with audio

Better Easy Editor
- Add transformations, effects, and background music in Storyboard mode
- Quick access to Theme Designer and Express Projects

More Efffects
- Natural, non-linear motion path for titles and PiP objects
- Bezier motion path for titles
- Particle-based fade in and out for titles
- Geometric alpha transitions

Improved Performance
- Intel Skylake hardware encoding and decoding
- Enhanced WMV format capability
- Enhanced SVRT, with support for H.265, 120/240 fps MP4, H.264 open-loop GOP, and H.264 pull down

Format/Plug-in Support
- FLAC audio editing support
- proDAD VitaScene plug-in

What's new in version 13.0

Unleash your creativity with PowerDirector 13's customizable design tools - create your personalized transition, titles and disc menu, and edit up to 100 multicam clips with the most powerful video editing software! Need more effects and templates? PowerDirector includes over 50 new effects and templates to polish your video creations. When your creation is done, you can backup your projects using CyberLink Cloud service, or create movie discs with our new Menu Designer!
New Features:
- 100 Track MultiCam Editing:
The new MultiCam Audio Sync feature allows you to synchronize up to 100 timeline tracks by audio. Which means you can easily create MultiCam collages by freely transform video tracks as a PiP (picture in picture) object.
- Customized Transition Effects
The new Transition Designer provides an easy way to customize transition effects from an image. Simple import a image, PowerDirector will create the transition effect basing on the image you choose.
- Video Effects on Animated Titles
You can apply over 120 built-in video effects to your titles, such as water reflection, tilt-shift or particle effects, to make your animated title creations look more unique.
- Enhanced Menu Designer
PowerDirector 13's menu designer greatly enhanced the usability - automatically align disc menu items when designing customized disc menu, you can also choose to display video thumbnails, or use a cleaner text menu without thumbnails.
- Enhanced Video Stabilizer
The enhanced stabilization engine smartly detects multi-axis and rotational shakiness, and remove the shakiness in sports videos.
- CyberLink Cloud Service
CyberLink Cloud is designed to work perfectly with PowerDirector to safely store your media creations and other files via the latest in cloud technology.
- Enhanced Media Library
PowerDirector's easy-to-use media library interface smartly put your source media, effects and tools in place. You can freely adjust the workspace to optimize productivity or search media library with keywords.
- H.265/HEVC
Designed to utilize substantially less bandwidth. H.265 provides same compression quality with 32% size of H.264 videos.
XAVC-S is the new standard of 4K and HD videos, widely used in latest Sony camera and camcorders.
- Over 50 New Effects & Templates
PowerDirector 13 comes with over 500 effects and templates, including over 50 brand new animated PiP objects, animated themes, titles and much more!
- Create On-the-Go
Edit video anywhere with PowerDirector Mobile your Android and Windows 8 tablets with intuitive timeline interface. Drag-and-drop videos and photos, overlay transition and title effects, just like editing on your PC!
- Export ISO Image File
When producing DVD or Blu-ray Discs, you choose to save the disc creation to ISO image format, which is easier to archive and retrieve your disc creations.

What's new in version 12.0

- Theme Designer: experience an easy and powerful tool for converting your videos and photos into stylish 3D-animated slideshow videos.
- Chroma Key (enhanced): take videos in front of a green sheet or blue sheet and merge with other videos to create special effects like they do in weather broadcasts or Hollywood movies.
- Subtitle Room: customize your subtitle design by setting font, color and position.
- Auto Crossfade: applying smooth transitions between clips is easier with this feature that automatically inserts crossfade transition as you overlay 2 clips on timeline tracks.
- Import PowerPoint Files: import PowerPoint files (*.ppt, *.pptx) files.
- Dolby Digital Plus: PowerDirector now supports importing and editing 5.1 channel Dolby Digital Plus surround sound.

What's new in version 11.0

-Title Designer
-Particle Designer
-PiP Designer
-Menu Designer

Publisher's description

PowerDirector 14 introduces extreme video editing: a transformative experience designed to make creating high-quality video projects faster and much simpler, redefining consumer video creation and setting a new benchmark for the industry.

Extreme editing pushes beyond traditional video making boundaries to offer something truly new - a unique combination of the high-end performance and features found in pro-level software, wrapped in the easy-to-use, intuitive design of consumer products making it accessible to everyone from complete beginners to video editing experts.

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    saeed Last month

    I need this.

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    Guest Last year

    Well, I hope I can post a positive review after I try out this app)

  • 1
    Guest 2 years ago

    But how do I get my old HI8 video's imported to my Windows 8.1 computer. I can't find an answer anywhere: I have a dazzle, that worked with my XP computer but not with my 8.1 computer....So what can I do? I am living in the Netherlands, so when I find something and I have to order it from the USA apparently I am facing very high extra costs , as I am considered to be importing high tech stuff....pretty desperate, because i really would like to save all these old tapes from when my daughter was young...

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      Guest 2 years ago

      The simplest thing to do would be to find a Windows XP laptop and use it to convert your HI8 videos. You can find a more modern camcorder.

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      Guest Last year

      Maybe you could use Windows XP Mode (google it if necessary) on a newer Windows version and run your XP compatible software on it. Good luck!

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