Transform ordinary home videos into polished, professional movies with this powerful, easy-to-use editor
CyberLink PowerDirector 12 is the latest edition of this popular, feature-packed video editor.
The program includes everything you need to create professional videos. There's a 100 track timeline to organise your movie; more than 400 effects, transitions and objects to apply; smart tools to stabilise shaky camera work, remove noise and fix lighting issues; powerful audio tools, excellent 3D support, a huge selection of export options (DVDs, Blu-rays, a host of video formats, direct uploading to Facebook, YouTube, DailyMotion and more).
This is no minor update, either. PowerDirector 12 comes with a lengthy list of new and enhanced features, and gives you even more creative options and opportunities.
The MultiCam Designer helps you to combine, organise and edit footage of the same event from up to four cameras, for instance. Your footage can be automatically synchronised via audio or timecode, and you can switch between shots with hotkeys to quickly deliver the best possible results.
The Theme Designer is a capable tool for customising PowerDirector's Magic Movie Wizard templates. And so, as before, you can create a polished video slideshow automatically by combining your clips with an existing template. But if this doesn't quite suit your needs then you can tweak it with new effects, transitions, animations and more.
There are some very useful new effects. You can apply a customisable motion blur to picture-in-picture and text objects. The core program has excellent Lens Flare, Water Reflection, Tilt-shift and Magnifier tools, and two new professional NewBlueFX effects packs expand your options even more.
The Subtitle Room now allows you to set your subtitle font, colour and positioning. Which is great, although harder to get excited about as we should really have had that ability before.
The Surround Sound Panner is a smart addition, though. Whether you've a 7.1, 5.1 or just a stereo soundtrack, you now get to control where your video sound comes from.
Everyone will appreciate the major leap in performance, with CyberLink claiming a 40% speed increase in H.264 encoding, and a 300% increase when using Intel's AVX2.
And there are plenty of smaller but still welcome tweaks elsewhere: PowerPoint import, 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus import and editing, enhanced chroma key, smarter content-aware editing, and more.
PowerDirector is available in multiple versions. This one, PowerDirector Ultimate, includes the core PowerDirector 12, PowerDirector Mobile app and WaveEditor 2 Express package, as well as offering the full set of NewBlueFX video, and CyberLink Creative Design and Content Packs (Travel Pack 2, Holiday Pack 4, Romance Pack 3, Content Pack Essential).
The more basic PowerDirector Ultra drops NewBlueFX Video Essentials 2 & 3 (that's 20 effects), and doesn't include the Travel, Holiday or Romance packs.
But PowerDirector Ultimate Suite has everything in PowerDirector Ultimate, and adds the applications AudioDirector 4, ColorDirector 2 and PhotoDirector 5.
The download on this page is the trial version. You will receive the full build, with PowerDirector 11 Ultimate content packs, Content Pack Essential and Content Pack Premium, plus the bonus content, after purchase.
Review by Mike Williams.