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CyberLink PowerDirector, Magic Video Editing for Creating Dynamic Movies, Edit videos and slideshows automatically with stunning titles, effects, and transitions, Quickly fix and improve videos with magic enhancement tools, Achieve the results you want with advanced editing features including key frame PiPs and menu editor, Import from high-def camcorders to create high-def movies, Publish directly to the web on Streamload or YouTube. CUDA acceleration support.

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Version 13
Cloud Tools, Fully Customizable Design Tools, Over 60 New Features, Effects and Templates and Much More

Complete Video & Photo Editing Suite
PowerDirector Trial Download
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!
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.
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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

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.

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PowerDirector, Power Director

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This is the only editing software I've found that supports smart-rendering for AVCHD files. It's been phenomenal for my needs. I was able to take a small test file (720p/60 w/5.1 AC3), cut/trim, add a fade-in, and produce a 4-minute output file in less than one minute.

Everything else I tried forced me to re-render the entire file, take anywhere from 10-45 minutes, depending on the software, and none could match quality and size of the original source.

I cannot recommend this highly enough. Give it a shot.



Posted July 13, 2013 by . Tool version 11.0.0.3026 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


Crap. Does not burn DVDs on new i7 quad core with 8 GB ram and 1 GB GPU. Support gave me various scenarios to try, nothing worked. Stay away!


Posted May 16, 2011 by . Tool version 9.0.0.2XXX using OS Vista 64-bit
Ease of use 1 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10


powerdirector 9 ultra64 edition is underrated great noise reduction and less power than TMPGEnc Authoring Works 4 can save u upgrading


Posted April 16, 2011 by . Tool version 9 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


A decent software program when it works, has some bugs and can be unstable at times. It WILL not auto download and install templates. It hangs and will screw up the application when you have to end task it and start over. If you need a new template, download and install it manually! Also, don't expect any help from these guys, you are on your own...


Posted October 08, 2010 by . Tool version 8.00.2074 using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 5 of 10 Value for money 5 of 10 Overall score 6 of 10


I do have a gripe ... the working resolution ... I use a Sony HDTV and my resolution is ... 1280 x 720 ... I have to change my resolution to 1024 x 768 ... to use it ... what was round is not round in that resolution.

I keep ... QuickResNT ... running in the background ... not hard to change resolutions but I really wish I could use PowerDirector 8 with the resolution ... 1280 x 720.



Posted September 12, 2009 by . Tool version 8 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 7 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10


I tried it--Nice gpu acceleration and good quality--My only beef, and Ive read the manual and still cant figure out..It wont save avc/264 in mp4 format. It will only save in m2ts and it encodes everything interlaced even though the source files are progressive...


Posted September 11, 2009 by . Tool version 8 using OS Vista
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 4 of 10 Overall score 6 of 10


Works just fine for me ... I like the video capture section ... feature for scan for OTA digital channels and record them ... I tried it out ... I like it. Using the ATI HDTV 650 PCI tuner card and the ATI HDTV Wonder PCI card. Works just fine ... it does not crash on my system ... at all.


Posted September 10, 2009 by . Tool version 8.0 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 6 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10


This software is NON-FUNCTIONAL, since it is unable to produce any output without crashing. I was never able to produce a blu-ray disk or produce any finished project file, because it crashed. The only thing it can do is crash. It runs for 5 minutes and then crashes. There is no free phone tech support, so I tried using the web-based support. Nothing got fixed. AVOID THIS SOFTWARE LIKE THE PLAGUE IT IS.


Posted September 01, 2009 by . Tool version 8 ultra using OS Vista 64-bit
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10


absolutely awesome, i just converted a 2 hour 53 minute 720p to 720x480 widescreen avc in about 1 hour 30 minutes, just unbelievable (i should mention i enabled cuda acceleration and my rig consists of a E7400 with a 9600 GSO).


Posted August 03, 2009 by . Tool version 8.0 using OS Vista 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


Looking for Advanced Author Package..Have Linux & Win NT
Looked at

Power Director 5... 4/10 (Windows only)
Can not build use (custom) menus
Only 11 Precanned Menus Linear *1* Menu Templates
Very weak editing of templates...
Can not change or Add buttons to templates.
Templates very restrictive
can not import menus/templates

Corel/Ulead Movie Factory 5..6..7 (6/10) (Windows only)
Can not build use (custom) menus
Has 40 Precanned Menus Linear *1* Menu Templates
Can change button Styles/Frames/Layout
Can not add custom buttons to Menu.
can not import menus/Templates

PGCEdit( Linux and Win NT Versions)
Fantastic IFO editor ....But does not edit vobs
Can add buttons but these do not show on DVD visually .
Since program can not edit Sub pictures in vobs

Still looking for a good (Advanced) DVD Author




Posted February 07, 2009 by . Tool version 5 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 2 of 10 Value for money 2 of 10 Overall score 3 of 10


I read about all the crashes users experience, and customer support not responding, here is my experience:
I received Power Director with my JVC HDcamcorder, ithin a few days I figured out it wasn't a full working version, burning DVDs was impossible. I decided to upgrade via download. The program kept crashing every few minutes, my auto-saved project simpkly disappeared and the BAK file was unusable.
I contacted customer support (you have to register and be a member, which is free) and although it was weekend, I received a response.
Here is what makes the software work:
1. You have to have the latest Version of DirectX, which should be 10, they suggest 9.0C.
2. Display should be set to 1024 x 768 and color 32 bit (mine is higher and it is ok).
3. Increase virtual memory: right klick on MyComputer, then properties, advanced, under virtual memory select custom, enter initial value as 512 and max value 1024. If your settings are higher, leave it that way.
4. Disable Antivirus software!!!!!! That seems to be the most important part.

I followed their advice, the program did not crash again.
Regarding the unsuable BAK file:
Rename BAK file in MPG file, open Power Director and import the file, if it doesn't work, you have to redo your project.



Posted June 22, 2008 by . Tool version 7.1 using OS Vista
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 5 of 10 Value for money 5 of 10 Overall score 5 of 10


I have used it some, and it is better than I was expecting. I've used plenty other software that I just wanted to use to trim films. This does trimming and a lot more, and ealily. The only problem I've had is that it sometimes imports VOBs and chops them up into 30sec chunks AND puts them in reverse order!


Posted January 03, 2007 by . Tool version 3.20 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10


While PowerDirector 5.0 is extremely easy to use for simple video creation, you have to squeeze your work in between crashes. In 20 years of installing and using all sorts of software, I have never run across such a temperamental program.

The program crashes when loading, crashes when adding files, crashes when cutting or splitting video, in short, you are always on the edge of your seat while using it. I took to saving my work after each change I made.

Lest you think this is a problem with my computer, I tried the program on 2 other computers with similiar results. Cyberlink sent me the CD just in case both of my 2 downloads were bad. (Of course, same results.)

In short, you take your chances with this product. Save your money and keep shopping.



Posted December 20, 2006 by . Tool version 5.0 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10


Pinnacle - unstable. Vegas & Ulead - lack of functionality. But I love this particular program, but obviously, Cyberlink are NOT listening.

It crashes when you open your save file. When you try to burn the DVD, it has errors or either it wouldn't allow you to burn your dvd. Duh! That is why I bought the program in the first place - it is to burn the video onto the DVD, not keep it on the computer. Anyway, with the patches they recommended, it did not resolved any of the issues. I am guessing they saying the files are patches but it is not.!



Posted September 12, 2006 by . Tool version V5 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10


Somebody in Cyberlink should be shot for using old DLLs. I saw 2 old DLLs in the program directory, comctl32.dll and msvcp60.dll. Try copying these 2 dlls from your Windows directory and paste them into the PowerDirector directory. After I pasted these 2 DLLs, the program could at least load nicely. Don't know about crashes at other places.

I am giving all scores 5 because I haven't played much with it yet. Just writing this reply in case anyone can't get it to run during startup.



Posted August 07, 2006 by . Tool version 5.00.1018b using OS WinXP
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 5 of 10 Value for money 5 of 10 Overall score 5 of 10


I too have a problem. I purchased directly from them ver 5. Program starts ok, but as soon as I click on capture, it starts initializing then crashes. It gives me the same error message. I emailed tech support several times. I never even got an answer. I tried it on two different computers. Same result. There tech support section on there website is a joke. The FAQ is mostly about serial number installation and general installation. Very little, if none concerning crashes, bugs, etc. BTW, I did upgrade using the patch. Still no luck. I did search of other forums concerning this product and it seems many people have a problem with this program. I would stay away from it. There are many other programs that do the same thing and more. Wish I was aware before I bought it.


Posted June 12, 2006 by . Tool version 5.0 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10


This is a very easy to use video editor, video converter and dvd authoring suite. It's ideal for put home digital video (DV etc) into DVDs for watching. You can do it all from this one app.

It's super easy to use compared to the other apps with only Ulead coming close. It comes with timeline editing, menus, dissolves, titles, audio etc etc and you can put together perfectly decent disks.

The DVD authoring part (EZ Producer) does a good but basic job of authoring DVDs and will convert most common formats for you. I not use this as my standard method of coverting TV series AVIs to DVD. I can just select say 4 AVI episodes, design a basic menu and click burn - it will do all the conversion and authoring for me and it's quick too. The results are just as good as using WinAVI + TMPG DVD Author and LOT quicker. It comes with DivX.

If you are a serious video nut then this won't be of interest but for most people just looking to do basic editing, format conversion and disk authoring.

An idiot can use it with no manual



Posted February 04, 2006 by . Tool version 3 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 7 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10


I have had this program from V4.0 and each update gets buggier and crashes more frequntly than the last, after the latest update I have finally consigned it to the bin to say it is useless is an understatement, there is virtually nothing that this program will complete it crashes more frequntly than any other software I have tried, it manages about 3 to 4 mins into anything and away it goes.
The tech support whilst pleasant enough are a joke they can't resolve anything, if you like a challenge go ahead but like me if you expect the software to work as it should then do yourself a favour and stay away from this!!



Posted January 08, 2006 by . Tool version 5.0.1227 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 2 of 10 Functionality 2 of 10 Value for money 2 of 10 Overall score 2 of 10


I owned the 2.5 version from bundled software and upgraded to 5.0 for the DVD burning functinality. For 50 bucks (upgrade) you can't beat this software. Easy to use and full of functionality. Accepts many file formats for editing, streaming video and audio from camera,or burns DVD media for set-top playing with ease.


Posted December 28, 2005 by . Tool version 5.0 Full using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


the best program i ever used


Posted July 14, 2005 by . Tool version 3 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


very easy to use with all essential tools for video editing


Posted May 03, 2005 by . Tool version 3 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 6 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10


i enjoyed the product but i have problems with the preview screen as when in timeline the preview windows show the pictures like x-rays when i click on ''color'' button the picture corrects itself for about one second then back to x-ray image. if i can correct this problem it would be worth it as i like everything else about this program.


Posted February 08, 2005 by . Tool version 3.00 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 5 of 10 Overall score 5 of 10


I down loaded the powerdirector 3.0, and I found out this tool is very easy to use. I can also edit the MPEG/VOB file from the DVD decriptor ... I can detect the scene and allow me to cut and paste scene in the timeline ... I was told that only very expensive editor can edit the MPEG files. Inexpensive tools only trim the front/back of the MPEG files. I have not try the PIP in the my video yet.

It is true that it has some conflict w/ the window messager.




Posted February 02, 2005 by . Tool version powerdirector 3.0 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


Cyberlink products conflict with windows messenger and for all I know all messengers ervices.
Also turn off all anti-virus and "protection" softwares whilst using cyberlink.



Posted January 30, 2005 by . Tool version 3.00 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10


Poor audio - as soon as a video clip is put into the timeline, there is a serious decrease in audio quality. If you play the clip directly, you get original quality, play it from the timeline as a preview, the quality is lower. Same problem once you render it, EVEN IF rendered as high quality DV-AVI! The audio sounds like it is being compressed, and gives a high frequency "tinny" sound, especially to human voices. No matter what I tried, I could not render to any format that resulted in good audio.

Another audio issue - can't export a wav file for editing. If you plan to use tmpgenc for rendering DVD files, it is recommended you use a wav file for full compatibility with NTSC DVD. PowerProducer won't do it.

On the plus side, it is very easy to use, cheap, and is stable. As long as audio is not important to you, it may be a reasonable choice.



Posted July 19, 2004 by . Tool version 3 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 5 of 10 Value for money 7 of 10 Overall score 5 of 10

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