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CyberLink ColorDirector Editor's Review

Editing videos is a prerequisite in post production and studio setups. However, editing is not necessarily limited to adding special effects or performing actions like trimming and cropping footages. There are top notch color grading solutions that can be used to give video clips a stunning makeover. These are useful to enhance look, brightness and sharpness of footages to a large extent. One such example is CyberLink ColorDirector. The company, known for making some superb video editing and playback tools, has produced a winner with this specialized editing app.

CyberLink ColorDirector runs on PCs equipped with Windows XP SP3 and later versions. It is a resource hungry app and you need to have a really powerful computer to extract best performance. The specs include multi core and fast CPUs, discrete GPU and oodles of RAM. The app supports dual monitor setups.

The software has a sleek and dark UI and you can change the darkness level. On top, there are three tabs- Library, Adjustments and production. When you select a tab, relevant controls are displayed in left pane. The preview window takes up most of the app UI.

The Library mode lets you import various video files and they are displayed in list. The selected item is previewed at right side of UI and information is displayed at left. You get minute details on video and audio part of each file. CyberLink ColorDirector supports working with 4K Ultra HD files too. Other supported formats include MP4, AVI and WMV.

In Adjustment mode, all major editing and quality handing work takes place. The app offers you storyboard to place clips but there is no timeline. Trimming clips is however possible. ColorDirector offers a good range of tools to enhance quality of video clips. You can tweak with setting like white balance, exposure, etc. You can pick from a number of preset themes for applying on clips such as Sunny Day, Grainy film and Color Pop. The comparison view is excellent but lack of transitions is a downer.

The app lets you apply HDR to video clips. This ensures the highlights and details in those clips come to forefront. It works best with dimly lit landscape videos. ColorDirector's ace feature is intelligent motion tracking. It is useful for isolating objects and tracking movements with accuracy.

To enhance quality of videos shot in low light situations, CyberLink ColorDirector comes with two features. The grainy and under saturated clips can get a fresh lease of life with its video Noise Reduction. It eradicates noise artifacts and grains. To enhance details, the app’s edge sharpening feature comes in handy.

After you are done with enhancing video quality, it is time to export to a format of your choice. For faster and better video decoding, you can let the app make use of hardware acceleration. It can also utilize Intel SSE4 technology to reduce instances of blocky artifacts. ColorDirector offers nice interoperability with PowerDirector, the flagship video editor app of the company. Export formats include MPEG-4, WMV and M2TS. You can share exported video to online sharing services like Vimeo with the app.

CyberLink offers adequate online resources and technical support for ColorDirector. You get online user guide, Product FAQ as well as Phone support. However, the latter option has region and timing limitations.

Positive Points:
•    Extensive color grading options.
•    Sleek UI, dual monitor support.
•    4K Ultra HD import.
•    Direct online sharing of edited files.

Negative Points:
•    Extremely resource hungry.
•    Phone support has limitations.
•    No dedicated timeline view.

Conclusion:
CyberLink ColorDirector offers a new approach to video editing but the inherent limitations mar its appeal. The app is not like most mainstream video editing tools. It is targeted at users looking for top notch color grading solutions. Rather than adding effects and text overlays, you will use this app to brighten dark scenes or deal with saturation issues. The HDR video support is an ace in its sleeves and dramatically enhances picture quality in some instances. Features like video Noise Reduction and edge sharpening work well when it comes to enhancing quality of dimly lit and grainy footages. However, there are some big glitches in the app as well. There is no dedicated timeline view which can be irksome for veteran editors. It is also very resource hungry and people with older PCs will not be able to use it. CyberLink offers enough resources and help documentation for the app users in its site but Phone based support is rather limited in nature.

Rating: 2.5/5







CyberLink ColorDirector Publisher's Description

Color grading is an essential tool for making impressions, telling stories, and evoking responses from your video viewers. In ColorDirector this pro-level editing technique is available in an intuitive suite that makes it simple for anyone to master.

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Publisher: Cyberlink.com | License: Comercial | Price: $79.99
Version: 2 | Platform:
Released Date: 02-10-2014 | Rating: 4 | Title: CyberLink ColorDirector

Author Url: http://www.cyberlink.com/
Program Info Url: http://www.cyberlink.com/products/colordirector/features_en_US.html
Download Url: http://www.cyberlink.com/downloads/trials/colordirector/download.html

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