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Some stability issues but pretty good,
This review is from: CyberLink PowerDirector 8 Ultra (PC) (CD-ROM)
As a complete newbie to video editing I picked this product as Windows Movie Maker wasn't able to support the file formats I was interested in (MP4) and the converters I'd tried had given very poor results. I looked at some of the freeware options but went for Powerdirector as it was a reasonable price and seemed to do the job.
Overall I'm really pleased I spent the money. Powerdirector is fairly easy to learn to use, has enough scope to make a fairly polished looking result (from a beginner's expectations) and has a bucket load of effects if that's your thing. Editing short video segments together and cropping them was easy. Titles in all manner of forms could be added and multiple music/soundtracks. It's also a complete solution from importing clips to mastering the DVD with menus and allsorts althought this final stage was much more limited.
On the negative side I had a few stability issues which seems quite common. Luckily there's plenty of online forums on this subject and a few simple tweaks seemed to solve quite a lot. DVD burning was also very twitchy and harder to resolve - it simply wouldn;t burn to disk. I resorted to burning to an image file and using separate software for creating the DVD. Finally the majority of effects and sounds available seem much more for novelty than anything you'd actually want in your video - maybe that's just a taste thing.
Overall very pleased with the results. Would be worthwhile looking at the differences between the different versions before you buy as in retrospect I didn't need the blu-ray facilites of the ultra edition and could have saved some cash.