PowerDirector

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CyberLink PowerDirector
PowerDirectorlogo.png
Developer(s)CyberLink
Stable release11
Operating systemWindows XP (SP2 or later for HDV capture)
Windows Vista
Windows 7
TypeVideo editing software
LicenseProprietary
WebsiteCyberLink PowerDirector
 
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CyberLink PowerDirector
PowerDirectorlogo.png
Developer(s)CyberLink
Stable release11
Operating systemWindows XP (SP2 or later for HDV capture)
Windows Vista
Windows 7
TypeVideo editing software
LicenseProprietary
WebsiteCyberLink PowerDirector

CyberLink PowerDirector[1] is a video editing software application for non-linear video editing, published by CyberLink Corporation. PowerDirector allows users to capture, edit and output from within the software and has semi-professional features suitable for the consumer level. Its main competitors are Adobe Premiere Pro and Elements, AVS Video Editor, Ulead VideoStudio, Pinnacle Studio,and Sony Vegas Movie Studio. The program most resembles, but does not compete with, Apple iMovie, on Mac OS X. PowerDirector software can be purchased online or in popular computer retail stores.

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Version history

PowerDirector Version 4 introduced the magic tools which fix video and photo content and add sound.
PowerDirector Version 5 added a second video track which allows picture-in-picture overlay. Version 4 also allowed for publishing videos directly to YouTube and output to playback devices such as iPod and PSP.
PowerDirector Version 6 (Release Date: Mar 14, 2007) included a menu designer for DVD authoring. MPEG-2 HD and WMV HD video format is supported with the option to write back to HDV tape. A slideshow designer and additional video effects were also included.

PowerDirector Version 7 (Release Date: May 7, 2008) is the first to be sold in two editions: Deluxe and Ultra. The Ultra version allows for Blu-ray Disc and AVCHD on DVD authoring, while both versions support Dolby 5.1 encoding. Version 7 supports up to 6 PiP tracks.
Version 7 introduces DirectorZone. DirectorZone is an effects, templates and menus download website. There is an option to subscribe to other creators which gives the opportunity to share effects and templates. Other notable new features include direct links to Flickr and Freesound, the option to apply multiple fixes at once using Magic Clean, and beat detection technology – which syncs audio with movie content.

PowerDirector Version 8 (Release Date: Aug 3, 2009) introduces a Particle Effects Designer, Power Tools, and Zoom-in Cut for microscopic frame level editing. Version 8 allows for viewing and sharing timeline settings for video project, direct Facebook uploads, new special effects and a full-screen preview.

PowerDirector Version 9 (Release Date: Nov 18, 2010) is CyberLink's first 64-bit offering and introduces the new TrueVelocity video rendering engine for much improved rendering speed. Version 9 also adds a 100-track timeline, customizable particle effects, and functionality to output videos directly to the iPad, iPhone, iPod, BlackBerry, PSP, Zune and many other mobile devices.

Current version

Version 10 (Release Date: Oct 11, 2011) is the latest PowerDirector release and features a 2nd generation TrueVelocity rendering engine including support for OpenCL as well as end-to-end 3D video editing (Ultra version only)[2]. DirectorZone, the companion online community for PowerDirector users, now boasts over 2 million members and over 200,000 free effects that can be downloaded and integrated into video projects.

Magic tools

PowerDirector has several tools to enhance and edit projects quickly. The Magic Movie Wizard creates an edited movie with effects and transitions. Magic Clean reduces ambient noise and enhances the video color. Magic Cut cuts unedited video to a shorter duration. Magic Fix fixes red-eye, blurry photos and stabilizes shaky footage. Magic Style transforms clips into a finished movie. Magic Music creates background music to match the project length.

OEM versions

When PowerDirector is bundled with hardware, such as video capture cards, the version provided is often limited in features compared to the retail versions. For version 7 of PowerDirector there are 4 separate OEM versions: LE/LX, HE, DE and SE. The HE version is the most complete, while the SE version is the least capable. The HE version is the OEM version of the Ultra retail version and even includes some features not in the Deluxe retail version, but lacks several features of the retail versions such as QuickTime, Magic Music, Multiple PiP, Customised motion, surround sound and includes fewer effects and styles. The other versions have all the limitations of the HE version but also do not include features such as precise cut, multiple trim, smart caption, advanced title control and HDV tape write back. An OEM version usually entitles the owner to a discounted upgrade to the latest full retail versions.

Awards

PowerDirector 7 Ultra edition won PC Magazine Editor's Choice award[3] on June 12, 2008.

PowerDirector 9 Ultra64 won PC Magazine's Editor's Choice Award on Dec. 7, 2010

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