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Powerful Video Editing with Unlimited Possibilities. CyberLink PowerDirector 8 Deluxe is an easy-to-use yet powerful video editing software application. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out, PowerDirector makes video editing an enjoyable experience. It features many new video enhancement and editing tools to let you create great videos. Upscaling technology will help improve your video quality with just a click of a button. Designer tools and more timeline tracks offer even more power, and you can simply spice up your projects by downloading any of 13,000+ free effects and templates already uploaded to DirectorZone.com, PowerDirector's online community. With broad format support and the options to upload videos to YouTube & Facebook, or output to on-the-go media players, you can share your creations with anyone and everyone.
Upscaling Video Quality with TrueTheatre Technology
Quick and Easy Video Enhancing
A host of new tools and technologies are designed to save editing time and improve your video quality. Leveraging PowerDVD's video enhancing TrueTheater technology, PowerDirector delivers HD-like results from standard definition content by upscaling video resolution, smoothing out playback in slow motion and enabling virtual surround sound. With easy-to-use settings, PowerDirector's TrueTheater technologies fix common video shooting errors such as extreme backlighting,poor white balance, and inadequate lighting.
Achieve Professional Results with New Design Tools
Achieve Pro Results
PowerDirector 8's suite of design tools—for creating titles, animated objects, and disc menus now offers a Particle Effects Designer, letting you experiment with movie-like special effects. As with PowerDirector's other design tools, particle effects can be uploaded and shared with other users on DirectorZone, PowerDirector's community website. Enjoy working with more editing tools such as Reverse, Crop, Speed and Rotate video tools. For precise trimming, retain frame-level control with the patented Zoom-In Cut™. While the expanded 16-track timeline offers more creative possibilities including the ability to cut & paste sequences to other parts of your production.
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The first consumer video editing software to be optimized for Intel Core i7, NVIDIA CUDA, and ATI Stream technology, PowerDirector delivers up to 5X faster performance for rendering effects and transcoding videos, with vastly improved editing and previewing speeds.
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Ever wonder how home movies achieve memorable effects? Now you can by viewing other users' timelines and even sharing your own on DirectorZone.com. This unique glimpse into others' creative approaches is a remarkable learning tool, offering incredible insight for your own projects. PowerDirector's unique "open editing" experience also lets you share special effects, video editing secrets, and a chance to learn from other users. Download, upload, and share an unlimited amount of effects, DVD menus, particle effects, and PiP objects via DirectorZone.
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Video editing software, PowerDirector, provides direct HD video uploading to Facebook and YouTube, enabling easy sharing on today’s most popular social networks and video blogging sites. Or enjoy your finished movie in HD at home by producing DVD Discs in high-definition resolution. If it's mobility you are after, you can produce playback files for your iPhone, iPod, or PSP.
Create pro results with 16 tracks, particle effects designer, & more
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PowerDirector 8 has been tested to meet all of the technical requirements to be Compatible with Windows® 7
Minimum System Requirements
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7, Vista or XP (Windows XP Service Pack 2 is required for HDV capture)
Screen Resolution: 1024 x 768, 16-bit color or above
PowerDirector 8 is optimized for CPU with MMX/SSE/SSE2/3DNow!/3DNow! Extension/HyperThreading technology.
AVI Capture/Production: Pentium 2 450 MHz or AMD Athlon 500 MHz
Before I used PowerDirector 8 Deluxe, I was a novice to video editting. Tried Windows movie maker before but found it too basic devoid of effects. The most fascinating thing of PowerDirector is how easy it is to create slideshows! The layout is user friendly too, saving time.
Another unique feature is the 20,000 worth of free download effects accessed within the software itself or online. Countless motion objects, title effects, frames and dvd menus are at your fingertips. It's quite fun with such a large selection. When it came to producing the video with my new HP notebook, it was surprisingly easy.
All in all, I am quite satisfied with the features and performance. I highly recommend to all editing beginners.
Took quite a while for the installation maybe around 20 minutes. It was easy to register, no problems at all with either installation or running it on my XP machine.
I must admit as soon as I read about it lighting up dark scenes, I knew I had to have this software. I had a few little films that I had made on my camcorder of my grand children and their first birthdays and they were very dark. In the Producer part of this software you can edit your movie to compensate for this and I was totally thrilled with the results. That was all I wanted really, but I got the bug.... And that was it, I was off trying all sorts. I put in a Title, music, cut bits that I didn't want and added frames and sliders.
I even went and signed in to DirectorZone (there's a link on the interface to do so, which allows you to open an account on DirectorZone) to download more frames, pips, scenes etc and looked at what others had made with film or photos. Inspiration everywhere. The choice is staggering for your home movies. And can be made to look really professional as you can download the first bit to Paramount Pictures etc...
I love the interface and it is easy to work around and get used too. I like to learn as I go along and if I get stuck there is plenty of help on the disc or the website. The interface and layout has been thought out really well, that even amateurs like me will get into the swing of it pretty quickly.
My first attempt didn't turn out that brilliant, but hey Im learning and enjoying it while I do. I had to clear up a bit of space to work as one movie can take up a lot of space so don't forget to check you have loads before starting. But it does tell you how much it will need when you click produce. You can turn it into quite a few different formats, but I chose .mov for high quality dvd. It counts down and tells you how much space it has used and how long it is going to be before it is finished.
You can upload to DirectorZone website or you tube or even facebook, plus a few others. But me, I just wanted to burn them to DVD for a special Christmas present for my girls.
It does things like you do with a photo and cleans it up lovely, sharpens, brightens etc. HD DVD's are easy to achieve, learn as you go. This is not just for amateurs, professionals will definitely love this very versatile software that will make them look like Hollywood Producers. I hope to get better each time I use Deluxe PowerDirector 8, I have loads of old home movie's to try in it.
And yes here it comes, the bit about the price. Is this worth the money? Yes, I would say every penny, marvellous piece of software that I wouldn't be with out now.Read more ›
Good software ruined by highly intrusive built-in advertising.
About a year ago I reviewed the previous version of this software, and described it as 'Entry-level software with some annoying flaws.' So I was curious to see how the latest version would compare.
Here we go, in no particular order:
1. Still no manual. ---------------------------
The sturdy, paperback-sized box might lead you to expect a printed manual inside. But no, there's nothing except the disk.
While it's true that the program has a help file, it really doesn't substitute for a proper printed manual - even a small 'quickstart' leaflet would have been helpful. The program is mostly intuitive, but it's not THAT intuitive.
As a result, I still think that a new user may not be aware of some of the program's cool features - unless they've used a prevous version, or have ploughed through the help files.
2. The 'adware' is still there - and it's even worse this time! ------------------------------------------------------------------
When you edit your first little movie, then try to add a musical soundtrack, you may be surprised and delighted to find such an *incredible* range of titles and styles of music available in the software.
THEN you'll discover that most of these are only short, unusable 'samplers', and that if you actually want to use the music, you're expected to BUY the tunes on-line. This will cost you around $20 per shot (though there's also the option to buy a lesser-quality version for a mere $7. Or you can pay $100 per CD of music in that particular style. Thanks, but no thanks.
I don't know if this sort of thing bugs anyone else, but personally I HATE having dozens and dozens of titles pre-programmed into my software when their only real function is to persuade me to hand over a lot more cash. When I reviewed the previous version, I said that I would have deducted a star for this alone.
But it gets worse.
This version adds the even more disgusting feature of making you view a commercial as you render out your completed movie, and AGAIN while you burn a DVD. Built-in ads may be a feature of some zero-cost software, but there's really no excuse for putting it a purchased product.
3. DVD burning is still highly unreliable. ----------------------------------------------
The DVD burner in Power Director used to be excellent at creating shiny coffee-cup coasters, but not-so-hot at producing playable DVDs. I'd hoped this would have been fixed by now, but apparently not. I've tried the software on two different computers, and it's proved to be VERY unreliable on both of them. Once again, it's better at making coasters than movies. A visit to the company's help pages showed that a great many people appear to have this problem - personally, I found that the advice given there didn't help at all. I'm still able to make DVDs, but only by 'saving to file', then using other DVD burning software to complete the process.
4. General Stability appears to be much better. -------------------------------------------------------
Unlike the previous version, so far this software has been trouble-free, and I've no longer come to expect at least one crash per session.
Also, unlike some other reviewers, I found that my previous installation caused no problems. Power Director detected it, asked my permission, and then deleted it flawlessly.
5. The bottom line - is it worth buying this thing? --------------------------------------------------------------------
Imagine a line - at one end is Microsoft Movie Maker, a free program with a very limited feature-set. At the other end of the scale is Adobe Premiere Pro, costing...well, a small fortune.
You would really expect that given the price of Power Director, it would lie at a point much, much closer to Movie Maker than to Premiere Pro. Now obviously budget software like Power Director isn't going to be directly comparable to something like Premiere Pro. But I've used (and continue to use) all three pieces of software, and in my opinion, Power Director is much further along the line to Premiere Pro than its budget price might lead you to suspect.
Version 8 now has an even wider range of special effects, text tools, transitions, and other cool tools that will take you all the way from downloading your video to creating a professional-looking DVD, complete with menus, etc.
Unfortunately, in my experience it's hugely buggy when it comes to burning DVDs, and there's really no excuse for all those ads.
Three stars, though if it hadn't been for the annoying built-in advertising, I might even have given it 4 this time.Read more ›
Just thought I'd add a comment here regarding usage of PD8 with the Canon SX1 (and similar digicams which handle 30fps HD video). When I first purchased my SX1 several months ago I found little PC video editing software which did a really good job with the SX1 video. In the end I found myself using the free tool WinFF to convert the .mov files into .avi, and then editing them using Windows Movie Maker. That worked, but it was cumbersome, and WMM tends to crash when working on projects > 10 mins long in HD.... so to make longer videos I needed to work on 10 min segments at a time, then join them all up afterwards....
...well, I've finally found a new package which seems to do a really good job with Canon SX1 video. It is Cyberlink Power Director 8. It can import the Canon's .mov files directly, does so very quickly, and is easy to edit video with. Everything worked smoothly and slickly and it is packed with options. But the best bit is that it creates 30fps output video properly, in various formats including MPEG2, WMV, and AVCHD. It also created 30fps DVD for me. It didn't crash (!) and so far has done all I'd want from a video editor to edit my SX1 video.
Don't be put off by negative early reports about PD8...(some of the poorer reports on here are probably based on an earlier release of v8) as it initially had some bugs, but CyberLink appeared to have fixed most of these, and the .2013 version I have tried seems very stable. So... if you're an SX1 user, or are considering the SX1, SX20, 5DII, 7D, or one of the Panasonic digicams like the TZ7, but want to know how to edit their video.... I think you'll find PD8 does a good job (only real ommission at present being to output 1080p in the .mov format which the Canon itself creates them in).
UPDATE on 24 November 09
Just thought I'd add a little postscript to my review here. I see several others have now posted reviews, and they seem (like my own) to be very positive. This confirms to me that the current release of PD8 has fixed the majority of bugs found in the initial release (which prompted some negative responses). So, hopefully the rating of this product will become more representative of how it currently performs - which in my judgment is very, very good. And I say that have toiled with a number of other packages which have really just been a headache! Video editing on PCs (especially of HD video) is a memory and processor intensive task.... and many packages seem to crash or exhibit bugs if they are not run on a suitably powerful machine. But quite frankly that shouldn't be the case, and is not an excuse which users should accept. Well written software (and I'm speaking as one who works in the industry) should cope with any situation in a stable manner. If the software needs a certain amount of memory to perform a task, and doesn't have it, then it should simply show the right error message - not crash. Given that PCs, by design, use virtual memory on their HDs when real RAM is unavailable, most PCs 'should' have enough memory to cope in some fashion. Likewise, when it comes to speed.... you shouldn't NEED the fastest PC to edit video - it should simply be the case that the fast PC copes well, the slow PC copes - but slowly! I simply don't buy all these excuses being made for all these packages 'falling over'.... so it is something of a relief to finally find something which (in my experience) just works. ABOUT TIME! (I was on the brink of writing my own software....)
But... just wanted to add that I recently made a 30+ minute video using PD8 which had over 80 video clips in it, taken as 1080p .MOV files from the SX1, which I quickly threw together, added lots of different transitions between clips, titles, and so on - then generated as several different output video files (WMV, MPEG2) and also a 30fps (NTSC) DVD (which plays perfectly well on most UK, PAL, TVs and DVD players). All worked fine - no crashes, very quick, very good results.