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CyberLink PowerDirector 12 Review

Screen capture of the Cyberlink Director interface

CyberLink PowerDirector 12 provides powerful video editing with the latest technology, featuring multi-cam editing and up to Ultra 4k resolution. The Director Suite 2 bundle adds similarly impressive audio and editing tools, plus color grading, at around $300.

You are probably familiar with CyberLink from using its ubiquitous PowerDVD player during the golden days of DVD. CyberLink poured new technology into PowerDVD to support all those new DVD features and formats, and then expanded it over the years into a universal HD player, from disc to desktop, and Web to mobile.

But CyberLink software is not just about playback, its PowerDirector video editing tool goes back to the mists of the early 2000s, beginning as a consumerized step-by-step tool. Then as we jump forward to 2014, the PowerDirector has evolved into a full up video editing tool, still with the latest technologies, and featuring impressive new capabilities like multi-cam editing.

And there's more. CyberLink includes PowerDirector 12 as part of its full Director Suite 2 for media creation. This not only has tools for audio and video, AudioDirector 4 for audio editing and restoration and PhotoDirector 5 for photo editing, but also includes ColorDirector 2 for color grading. And these still are priced in the consumer range: PowerDirector starts at $70, ColorDirector and AudioDirector are $130 each, and the full suite is bundled for $300. These consumer prices do not mean consumer limitations, however. They can handle big jobs: ColorDirector and PhotoDirector now join PowerDirector with 64-bit support, and the video tools now support 2k and 4k video.

PowerDirector

To get you started, PowerDirector still offers simplified editing with the Slideshow Designer or the Easy Editor, which uses the Magic Move Wizard to quickly import clips, select a style template, add adjustments for background music, and then produce the result as a video file or disc, or pass it on to the timeline editor to customize.

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    Tags:  January 2014
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    Doug
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    Sun, 11/10/2013 - 9:50pm