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CyberLink is known for its sleek and powerful apps that make content creation and management breeze for users and newest release of its video editing app, PowerDirector ultimate, carries the trend forward.  From those days when it was bundled with many hardware setups, it has evolved into a standalone app, powerful enough to give industry leading rivals a run for their money. The newest release picks up from the spot its predecessor left and takes itself to the level of prosumer class video editors.

The multilingual app is suited for PCc equipped with Windows XP Service Pack 3 and later versions. Like many other capable video editors, PowerDirector ultimate is resource hungry and you will need a fairly powerful PC to keep it running smoothly. While the minimum memory requirement is 2GB RAM, it performs better with twice the amount. With PowerDirector ultimate version, you get plenty of bundled apps like PowerDirector Mobile app, CyberLink Creative Design and Content Packs and WaveEditor 2 Express package.

The most striking feature in this version of PowerDirector is its Multicam Designer, meant for streamlining and editing multi-camera shoots.  It is offered as a separate applet which you can access using new Plugins icon. The feature supports four camera angles. You can see all angles at the same time and pick the one during playback. Clip synchronization can be done in a number of ways. Manual edit is an option as is using clip markers. Using file creation time and timecodes are also possible. Not many apps offer synchronization based on Audio track apart from PowerDirector.

One limitation of the workflow is that when you revert to Multicam Designer to make camera changes or fine tuning camera angle switches, the tweaks applied to specific clips are lost. Therefore, you should complete working in Multicam Designer and then switch to the app’s main timeline.

PowerDirector also scores some brownie points owing to inclusion of the new Theme designer. Similar to the Multicam Designer, it is also accessible through the plugin button. If you do not download the Power Packs, only Memory Field will be active. After you install the extras, many more will be visible under its hood. For each theme there is video and photo slot. It is also possible to use music of the theme with original clip audio. While Theme designer is replete with eye candy and offers plenty of scope for customization, it still falls short of Trailers in iMovie and templates in Directr, an iOS app.

In this version, you get interesting effects like Lens Flare and Tilt Shot, which are commonly seen in many photo editors nowadays. Using motion blur for text titles and PiP objects, you can create some cool clips. This is a 64 bit only effect. As it is, you will be benefited if your PC has a 64 bit OS for extracting most out of PowerDirector Ultimate. With the Ultimate version, you also get AudioDirector and ColorDirector, both apps revamped to an extent. These apps are in their 4th and 2nd incarnation, respectively. With AudioDirector, you get Surround Sound Panner and ColorDirector comes with faux HDR effect and 64-bit rendering engine.

The app comes with an Easy Editor wizard to make things simpler for new users. It will let you perform necessary steps like importing, tweaking clips, applying effects and rendering with ease. There is slider to balance background sound with video footage. With the app’s Magic Fix feature, you can stabilize and improve video and sound quality. The Magic cut features helps you find interesting parts in the clips and discard the rest. For most instances, these features work decently.

If you are a seasoned video editor who is not content with preset themes and settings, the Full Feature Editor is what you need! The editor interface is divided in 3 sections- Right side preview window, source and effects in top left and timeline or storyboard at the screen’s bottom. The preview window can be undocked if you want so.

The timeline is intuitive and up to 100 tracks can be added. By default, you are greeted with 2 pairs of audio and video tracks, music, title voice and effects track. Zooming out and in the timeline is snappy with slider or Ctrl-Mouse wheel. PowerDirector does suffer in storyboard view when compared with rival apps. You cannot add transitions or effects in it. It makes more sense to work with the Timeline where you get extensive control over every element. There are a few usability tweaks that users will like. You can choose to render a part of timeline as file, serving as full-resolution preview. When you drag one clip over another in timeline, you get options like overwriting, cross fading or trimming.

The clips placed in the app’s source library display 2 icon buttons- Edit using Content Aware Editing and Detect Scenes. The Content Aware Editing option helps identify problem areas in footages in timeline where the video may be jerky, poorly lit or with other issues. Shakiness can be fixed and problematic scenes can be deleted. PowerDirector Ultimate also offers keyframe editing for demanding users who want absolute precious in their work. All effects including and adjustments can be controlled with precision using key frames. You get a vast repository of 165 transitions and 129 special effects. Using third party plugins is not allowed but CyberLink will add that functionality soon.

For adding picture-in-picture, the app has preset grids. The new PiP Designer window makes accomplishing tasks simpler. Transitions can be added easily too. PowerDirector Ultimate races ahead of rivals in 4K video content editing capabilities and it supports video shot by leading 4K-capable cameras like JVC HMQ-10 and Canon 1DC. This app can also deal with 3D video-with support for import, edit and rendering. It displays 3D photo and videos including HD content without glitch. After deriving 3D content in the app, uses can add 3D transitions and titles. While the 3D Titles offered may not suit everyone’s taste, they can be modified. Some 3D effects like snow and rain are decent but there are others that seem less polished.

In PowerDirector Ultimate, Audio tracks are displayed as waveforms by default. You get Audio Room to adjust sound properties. It helps balance sound level of all used clips too. The bundled Voice-Over Recording Room lets you make voiceovers.

PowerDirector Ultimate does not dishearten as far as output options are concerned. It supports popular video formats like MPEG-1 to 4, AVI, MOV, MKV and WMV. Like many of the rival apps, it also offers device specific output. Supported devices include Microsoft Windows phones, Android, Blackberry and iOS powered devices. Even consoles like PSP are included. Social media buffs will rejoice over the option to upload edited videos directly to Facebook and similar online services. For disc burning, you can pick from 3D DVD, 3D AVCHD and Blu-Ray. The option to burn Blu-ray media with DTS audio is new.

CyberLink’s optimization for 64 bit architecture and incorporation of graphics hardware acceleration technology has worked for PowerDirector Ultimate, in performance arena. With compatible hardware and GPU, you can experience drastic speed boost in video rendering, especially when OpenCL mode is enabled. CyberLink also says in this version H.264 encoding as been enhanced.

Positive Points:
•    Multicam capability.
•    3D and 4k content handling and editing.
•    64 bit support and GPU acceleration technology offers speed boost.
•    Extensive effects and transitions.

Negative Points:
•    Storyboard view lacks advanced features.
•    Some features are restricted to 64 bit systems.
•    Some 3D effects look unpolished.

Conclusion:
PowerDirector Ultimate has compelling features to either buy or upgrade from earlier versions. The useful new features like multi cam designer and Content Aware Editing make creating professional looking videos easier. Inclusion of powerful apps like ColorDirector and AudioDirector will be appreciated by heavy users. Overall, you get professional-level video editing capabilities at decent price. There are a few caveats in the app like average Storyboard view and 64 bit only features but they get largely overshadowed by its useful features and near flawless performance.

Rating: 4/5







CyberLink PowerDirector 12 Publisher's Description

PowerDirector ups the ante, making even more professional-level digital movie editing techniques accessible to video enthusiasts.

Free download from Shareware Connection - PowerDirector 12 is one of the latest incarnation of CyberLink's video editing application. Once better known for being bundled with hardware peripherals and systems, PowerDirector has matured over its lengthy lifespan, and for the last few versions has become a serious contender for "prosumer" video editors. Following on from version 11, which began to set its sights on even higher levels, the new iteration adds even more high-end features.

Publisher: cyberlink.com | License: Comercial | Price: $ 59.99
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Released Date: 13-10-2014 | Rating: 5 | Title: CyberLink PowerDirector 12

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Program Info Url: http://www.cyberlink.com/products/powerdirector-ultimate/features_en_US.html
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