CyberLink PowerDirector

CyberLink PowerDirector 14.0

Professional video editor to transform your home-made videos into pro movies
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From the simplest video project to the most elaborate one, CyberLink PowerDirector is a professional tool that offers any video aficionado all the tools you will ever need to transform your home videos or creative movies into truly professional works of art. Its burning and video conversion capabilities allows you to share your movies either on disc or online in the format that better fits your needs.

Make no mistake here. PowerDirector is not one of those basic video conversion and authoring tools with a set of nice filters, effects, and menus that somehow seems to upgrade them to a nearly pro-like status. PowerDirector is a full-featured professional media editor capable of producing professional material, whose high level of flexibility allows not-so-skilled users to perform less professional tasks with it. Note, however, that it doesn’t matter what use you make of it – the high level of quality of the final product will never change. Thus, the program offers a Full Feature Editor, an Easy Editor, an Express Project interface, a Theme Designer, and a Slideshow Creator as different ways of using the program according to the time you have, the product you are looking for, or simply the amount of work you want to put into your project.

Leaving aside the Theme Designer and the Slideshow Creator, which are clearly focused on very specific tasks, the program offers you various ways of making use of its versatile functionality. Easy Editor is a wizard-based tool that will allow you to produce stunning video files and discs from your videos and images – complete with your favorite soundtrack – in just five simple steps. Express Project uses already-edited building blocks to build a project in no time, while the Full Feature Editor will take you to the program’s fully-fledged timeline editor where you can unleash the program’s full potential and yours.

You can add as many video, audio, and image files as you wish to the media library, including video stored on your camera or coming in through your webcam. By dragging them into the timeline, you can combine them in whichever way you like in the most intuitive way. You can lock and unlock, show and hide any of the streams at will, and play with the dozens of effects, filters, transitions, PiP objects, etc., that the program provides until you feel that your movie looks exactly as you wanted it to look. You can preview your work at any time using the program’s big-sized preview window, and throw in a 3D effect in the process or take some snapshots of your favorite frames.

The editing features provided will surely exceed whatever amount you were thinking of, and it will allow you to transform your home-made raw video into elaborate and neatly finished pro-like products in an intuitive way. Audio editing reaches also professional levels thanks to CyberLink’s WaveEditor 2, which installs together with PowerDirector. (Alternatively, the program has its own Audio Mixing Room for quick audio editing and track mixing.)

When it comes to storing and distributing your works of art, PowerDirector can build and author any type of disc that your computer can deal with – from standard video CDs to 2D and 3D DVDs, AVCHD or Blu-ray discs – and convert your final work into any video format that you require, from standard AVI, Windows Media, or QuickTime video files to the most sophisticated High Definition standards, including H.264 3D files.

It does not matter how simple or how complicated your project is, the level of quality you want to work with, or the final device that you will be using to show it to the world – CyberLink PowerDirector offers you all the possibilities, and all you need to do is learn how to use them in the most efficient way.

Francisco Martínez
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Review summary

Pros

  • Attractive and intuitive interface
  • Timeline-based editor
  • Extensive range of attractive transitions and effects
  • Supports all well-known media file formats
  • Captures media from your camera or webcam
  • Creates pro-looking video discs
  • Specific output profiles for online sharing videos

Cons

  • None
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