I feel I must share my experience with anyone thinking to upgrade to Power Director 12 Ultimate. I have the PD 11 Ultimate version and I was keen on the faster rendering speed of the latest version. So I downloaded a trial version of PD 12 Ultimate and compared it to the previous one. I gave them both a minute of raw footage of video at 1920x1080 at 24mbs with 2 fades and some white balance adjustment.
PD 11 took 2'36 minutes to render and PD 12 took 2'29 minutes.
My rig - W7 64bit, i7 920 on Asus P6, nVidia FX580, 16gb RAM and separate 512gb SS drive for video capture.
It seems like a lot to pay for this "increase" in speed...or have I missed something?!