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CyberLink PowerDirector 8 Deluxe (PC)

by Cyberlink
Windows Vista / XP
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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  • Powerful Editing - The strength and functionality to create great videos
  • Faster Performance - Ultra-fast video rendering, previewing, and authoring
  • Time-Saving Tools - Automatic correction of video quality and features that save production time
  • Shared Creativity - Unlimited resources and production techniques that users can share with other creators
  • Broad Publishing Options - Extensive ways for sharing videos online, on disc, and on the go
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows Vista / XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • Item Weight: 27 g
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  • Release Date: 4 Sep 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,485 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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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 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 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.

Faster Performance with Multi-Processing Faster Performance with Multi-Processing

Faster Performance

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.

Share Your Creativity with DirectorZone Members
Share Your Creativity with DirectorZone Members

Share your creativity and learn from others

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.

Faster Performance with Multi-Processing
Upload HD Videos to Facebook and YouTube

Ways to Show and Tell

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.

Key Features

  • Create pro results with 16 tracks, particle effects designer, & more
  • 5X faster video rendering with support for CPU/GPU acceleration
  • Upscale SD video to HD-like quality. Fix video problems instantly
  • Learn editing tricks from other users on DirectorZone
  • Share videos on YouTube and Facebook, output to mobile devices, and burn to discs
  • 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
  • VCD Quality (MPEG-1) Profiles: Pentium 3 600 MHz or AMD Athlon 700 MHz
  • DVD Quality (MPEG-2) profiles: Pentium 4 2.2 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 2200+
  • High Quality MPEG-4 and WMV, QuickTime, RealVideo Profiles: Pentium 4 2.4 Ghz or AMD Athlon XP 2400+
  • Memory: 512 MB required (2 GB DDR2 above recommended for editing HD videos)
  • Hard Disk Space:5 GB required minimum (note: 400 MB is for Magic Music Library)
  • 10 GB (20 GB recommended) for DVD production

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars so easy to learn, so much fun to use 22 Oct 2009
By Rick
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.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By shaz17 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
By J. Scott TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great with Canon SX1 HD video 6 Nov 2009
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).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Falls between 2 stools
The software works fine. It does what it says on the packet and it makes perfectly acceptable films. Read more
Published on 26 Feb 2012 by John Stephenson
1.0 out of 5 stars A pitchfork to the eye.
May I first start off by saying that dodging rain in a storm would be easier than getting this piece of software to run efficiently. Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2012 by J.Hindley
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilled!
I am thrilled with this item, and the fact that it was only 15 makes it all the sweeter. Everyday I am finding new things to do with it and I cannot fault any aspect. Read more
Published on 22 Nov 2011 by CDP
3.0 out of 5 stars Does a lot but very complicated to use.
I test drove this product when it was first launched and I had just become the proud owner of a video camera. Read more
Published on 9 Nov 2011 by P. MARTIN
1.0 out of 5 stars No Audio
When I record my home videos from my camera the resulting DVD has no audio. Powerproducer puts music at the beginning of the video (a menu that I don't want), but none of the audio... Read more
Published on 3 Nov 2011 by David Sexton
4.0 out of 5 stars PowerDirector 8
Just starting with video editing, but the free Windows Moviemaker is SO limited, even for a beginner. Read more
Published on 4 Sep 2011 by Faith121
2.0 out of 5 stars Does what it sets out to do, but has far too many flaws
This software was bought on the basis of being cheaper than some of the more famous software out there, such as Vegas and Final Cut Pro. Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2011 by Cobaltmotari
3.0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware
The software is OK. It doesn't do everything as well as one would hope, but is fine for home video editing. Sometimes it is better than expected, but often it is just OK. Read more
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