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5.0 out of 5 stars Great with Canon SX1 HD video, 6 Nov 2009
This review is from: CyberLink PowerDirector 8 Deluxe (PC) (CD-ROM)
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.

Highly recommended.
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