Cyberlink PowerDirector 16 Review

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    tarekma7 MDL Member

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    PowerDirector is the fastest and most capable consumer-level video editing software for Windows around, and it's the first to support 360-degree VR footage. PowerDirector delivers a unique combination of high-end performance and advanced editing for both standard and 360º video.It is flexible, powerful with many features and tools which render it the definite video editing solution for any user whether beginners or professional.
    It's easy to use, making video editing easy to the creators whatever the skill levels. The program has many customizable design tools, animated titles, particles and PiP objects, and many more. This offers the users many options to have unique video creations.

    Product Page:

    http://bit.ly/mydigitallife_PD R16

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    Current Version is 16. It was released on 19 september 2017.

    Download and Installation:

    The file size is 445.32 MB. You can download the free trial on the website or using the following direct download Link: http://update.cyberlink.com/Retail/PowerDirector/DL/TR170906-021/CyberLink_PowerDirector_Downloader.exe
    Double click on the installer and follow simple on screen steps till the program is ready to use on your computer. After complete installation, you will need to activate your application using the license key while connected online.

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    System Requirements:

    Operating System: Windows 10/8.1/8/7
    Screen Resolution: 1024 x 768, 16-bit color
    Memory: 2GB required, 3GB for 32 bit OS , 6GB for 64 bit OS
    Hard Disk Space: 7 GB required
    Graphics Support: 128 MB-VRAM, DirectX 11 (360 editing)
    Processor: Intel Core™ i-Series or AMD Phenom® II
    Internet Connection: Required for initial software activation, video codec activation and social media services

    Trial versus Retail versions:

    The retail version is different from the free trial. You need to uninstall the free trial before installation of the retail version. The free trial has many limitations and can't be activated as the retail version.
    You will receive an email with the license key and link to download the retail version after purchase. After complete install the retail version and activate online after complete installation. The process is very easy and simple. Finally you can register your application and get many benefits and offers

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    Trial Limitation:

    Time limited:30-day trial version,
    Limited template pack
    NewBlue effect pack limited to10 effects
    CyberLink WaveEditor not included
    Importing and producing H.264 video files is only supported on Windows 10/8.1/8/7 systems or hardware platforms offering independent H.264 encoding and decoding
    Watermark appears at the beginning of produced videos (5 seconds)
    2K/4K resolution H.264 video files are not supported
    Importing and producing H.265 video files is not available

    You can complete your purchase using the following buy now link:


    http://www.cyberlink.com/store/powerdirector-ultra/buy_en_US.html?affid=2581_-1_809

    Comparison of different versions:

    https://www.cyberlink.com/products/powerdirector-ultra/compare-versions_en_US.html

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    Supported Formats:

    Video (Import):

    Conventional Video: MVC (MTS), FLV, MKV, AVCHD (M2T/MTS), AVI, DivX, MOV (H.264/alpha PNG), MP4 (XAVC-S/ H.264/ H.265/HEVC), WMV, VOB
    360 Video: Equirectangular format MP4 (H.264/265). Supports up to 4K resolution in 2:1 aspect ratio.

    Video (Export):

    Conventional Video: AVCHD 3D/Progressive, XAVC-S, H.265/HEVC, H.264/AVC, MKV with Dolby Digital/LPCM audio, MPEG-2 (.MPG) with Dolby Digital audio, MPEG-2 TS with Dolby Digital/LPCM audio, MP4 MPEG-4 AVC (.MP4) with AAC/Dolby Digital audio, MOV, WMV with WMA audio, DV-AVI (.AVI) with PCM audio
    360 Video: Equirectangular format MP4 (H.264)

    Disc Export: Blu-ray, AVCHD, DVD

    Audio (Import): AAC, ALAC, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, WAVE, MPEG-1

    Audio (Export): Layer III, FLAC, MP3, AAC (.M4A), WMA, LPCM (.WAV)

    Photo (Import): MPO, JPS, RAW, GIF, BMP, JPG, TIF, PNG, Animated GIF

    User Interface:

    The user interface shows 4 parts; library window on the right side, rooms on the its left side, Preview Window, Editing Workspace. Three bars are available on user interface including the menu bar, Function Buttons, Preview Player Controls.

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    Key Features:

    Movies in Minutes with Express Projects:

    Express Projects is the fast, easy way to quickly create professional-quality videos in three simple steps:

    Step 1 -Open Storyboard Mode and import your videos.

    Step 2 -Drag and drop the clips you want into the beginning, middle and end segments of the project.

    Step 3 -Produce your video.

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    Introducing: 360º Video Stabilization:

    The world's first consumer-level 360º video stabilization. Fix shaky 360º footage instantly and enjoy smooth, flowing video from any angle.

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    Intelligent Color Correction:

    Scenes filmed with different cameras and in different lighting situations can have very different looks. Color Match lets you standardize color across different clips with the click of a button.

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    Extreme Editing at the Action Camera Center:

    PowerDirector's Action Camera Center is the perfect toolkit for every extreme video maker, including: Motion Tracking, Stop Motion Video, Zoom and Pan Effects, Video Stabilization, Fish-Eye Correction, Slow Motion, Freeze Frame Video, Color Correction and more.

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    True 360 View Deisgner:

    View Designer is a unique PowerDirector innovation that enables you to use 360-degree video footage in standard video projects. It's like you've filmed a scene with multiple cameras from multiple angles.

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    Express Color Grading with LUTs:

    Look-up tables (LUTs) are a useful and quick method that pro videographers use to match footage from one source to another, in order to achieve a particular effect throughout a video.

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    Video Collage Designer:

    Combine up to seven different video clips into a single customizable collage complete with a wide range of controls such as animated openings and playback timing.

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    Smoother Previews, Faster Exporting:

    The TrueVelocity rendering engine is a 64-bit powerhouse offering smoother previewing and significantly faster production than other consumer video editing software.

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    Introducing: 360º Video Stabilization:

    The world's first consumer-level 360º video stabilization. Fix shaky 360º footage instantly and enjoy smooth, flowing video from any angle.

    Customizable Design Tools:

    Amazing travel videos are all about a story that people want to watch. PowerDirector helps you to do just that with great customizable tools that will have them looking just right. For example; mask designer, title designer, theme designer and many more

    360º Video Editing:

    Import: Importing 360º equirectangular video footage onto your timeline to create a 360 project is as easy as drag-n-drop.
    Edit: Editing your 360º video projects is easy, using all the same editing tools you know and love.
    Produce: Export 360º video in MP4 (H.264) format that you can also upload and share directly on YouTube or Facebook for your friends, family and followers to enjoy instantly.

    Changelog:

    More True360* Video Editing Options
    More Editing Tools for Enhanced Creativity
    More Usability Improvements

    PowerDirector Editing Modes:

    Timeline Mode: This is the mode which allows you to enjoy all of the program's features.

    Storyboard Mode: this mode shows large graphical display of all your video clips and images on the first track in the timeline.

    Slideshow Creator: You can use this mode if you need to convert your photos into a dynamic slideshow.

    360° Editor: select this option to create a 360° virtual reality video. See 360° Media Files for information on importing these types of media files, or Editing 360° Video Projects for information on how to edit them.

    Auto Mode: if you are new to the editing process and not sure how or where to get started, then auto mode's Magic Movie Wizard can help you.

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    PowerDirector Projects:

    If you want to start a new project, use the options in the File menu. It will help you to save, create new, or open existing projects in CyberLink PowerDirector. If you want to create a new video production using the same media that's currently in your library, use new workspace button. Don't forget to click save button to save it as a .pds file, a project file format

    Importing Media: The first step is to import media into the program using different ways. You can capture media from external sources or import media present on your hard drive, or download it from the Internet. You can easiy get all your media into the program quickly and start working on your video production.

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    Edit and arrange Videos Production:

    Rooms available for video edit and add of different effects:

    Media room:
    lets you add the media you want from the import media button. Imported media includes files, folders, downloaded and so on. The screen recorder plugin can be used to add media files. You can add video, images or music.

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    Effect room: allows you to add any effect you want from the available options. The selected effect can be previewed on the right side window. After making your choice you have to do drag and drop of the selected effect to a track or to the video to apply the effect to the whole video.

    PiP (picture in picture) effects room. This feature allows you to create and use many effects in your video production.You can use PiP objects, add motion, modify the properties of media clips, use chroma key effect, and much more. After you choose the effect, use the button or drag it to the track. That's all!

    Particle Effects these include snow, cloud cover, fire effects, and more. You can add any on top of video or image.

    Title Room: title effect templates can be applied to the project, add credits or comments to your production. There is an option to customize your own titles according to your needs

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    Transition Room: many transition effects are available and help you to make good video. Transitions can be used on or between image and video clips in your video production. There are also audio transitions that can be used (for example two audio clips).

    Audio Mixing Room to mix the audio levels of your production, or to add narration to your video.

    Library menu is located in the upper part and includes many options such as import or export library, arrange, select, empty unused content and content aware details.

    Plug-ins:
    Many built in plug-ins are present and help you to easily create video content for your production. It can be used in the edit module. These include the MultiCam Designer, Theme Designer, Action Camera Center, an Express Project, recording Your Desktop with the Screen Recorder, creating Blends in the Blending Effect Designer, creating Video Collages

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    Editing Your Media:

    First import all your video and audio files and images in the editing workspace, then start editing them using different functions, including splitting, trimming, applying fixes, and much more.

    Arranging Media in your production:

    After having your files present in the media library, you can begin arrangement of your video production in the order you want. This is easily done by adding media clips to the editing workspace while working in the in the edit module.

    Motion Tracker tool:

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    Power Tools:

    This is built in feature that helps you to add effects to your video. For example 3D effect, crop and zoom, video in reverse, video speed, video rotation and blending mode

    360° Video Projects:

    360° video projects let you create virtual reality videos you can output as a video file, or upload to YouTube, Vimeo, or Facebook.

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    Produce your project and create disc:

    This is the last step after you have completed all editing of your project. All you have to do is click the produce button. The separate parts of your project will be converted into a single video file. Some versions of the program support SVRT technology that helps in video productions via suggesting which video profile you should use. Finally you can use the program built in burner. This will let you burn your project to create disc.

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    Screen Camera:

    This is a helpful for creation of instructional video or making demonstrations so on. It is available either using desktop icon or from inside the program. Set the aspect ratio, resolution, region to be captured (full screen or custom or app) and start recording. You can also adjust the settings. For example, output folder, video, audio, hotkey control and so on. Finally save your output file

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    Slideshow Creator:

    This feature will make it easy to convert your photos into slideshows. Simply import your photos using import tool then add background music, style and duration and start. You will have amazing slideshow movie.

    Storyboard mode is a large graphical display, or storyboard, of all your video clips and images in your timeline. You can view the main scenes and overall production more clearly with the added transitions and effects. The "i" icon and effect function helps to edit added effects. The transition icon and modify customize the transition settings.

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    PowerDirector Preferences:

    These are the settings of the program. Many options are available and grouped under buttons on the left side. These include general, editing, file, display, hardware acceleration, project, produce, capture, confirmation, DirectorZone, cyberLink cloud, program improvement,

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    Cyberlink cloud helps you to store your projects and videos

    Conclusion:

    Cyberlink PowerDirector 16 is a comprehensive solution to edit your videos. It is easy to use, professional with many tools, features, templates that help you. There is many added features you will need such as screen recorder, cloud space, slideshow creation. You will enjoy the best video editor software
     
  2. dinosaur07

    dinosaur07 MDL Member

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    Thanks again for a very good & professional review!
     
  3. qaj1shi

    qaj1shi MDL Senior Member

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    thank you for this great review mate! :worthy: