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Cyberlink PowerDirector 12 Ultra

by Cyberlink
Windows 7 / Vista / 8 / XP
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
Price: CDN$ 99.99 & FREE Shipping. Details
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  • The 5 times Winner of PCMag Editor's Choice for Best Video Editing Software and Take Video Creation to a Whole New Level: MultiCam Designer, Theme Designer
  • Intuitive Editing Environment: Easy-to-use Multiple Start-up Modes, Powerful Editing Tools, Subtitle Room, End-to-End 4K and 3D Editing
  • Stunning Effects: More Built-in High-Quality Effects, One-click Color Presets
  • World's Fastest Post-production: Native 64-bit Support, TrueVelocity 4 Engine, 40% Faster H; 264 Encoding, Optimized for Intel 4th Gen CoreTM
  • Pro-Quality Video Production: Vast Output Formats, TrueTheater Enhancement
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 7 / Vista / 8 / XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1


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CyberLink PowerDirector 12 Ultra is the fastest and most powerful video editing software. PowerDirector 12 takes video creations to a whole new level. The new MultiCam designer supports up to 4 cameras, allowing users to arrange footage that are simultaneously captured with multiple devices. Also featuring, the new Theme Designer that enables users to generate impeccable 3D animated slideshow videos with their videos and photos.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best video software. Dec 21 2013
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Easy to use and works like a charm. I finally enjoy making and editing my raw videos. Other bulky programs always freeze up and I lose hours of work because of some poor program design.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Video Editing Software !!! Feb. 7 2014
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Best video éditing software that i ever use ..The encoding is 25X faster that the competitor software , Can work in HD 4K , really impressive ... Many fonction & the software seems to know exactly what you do and help you whit many tools ... Great value !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super Good July 13 2014
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This is the best video editing software that I've ever used. It's simple, yet elegant.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Liked it until 3 days ago... April 16 2014
I was happy with it but for the last three days it haven't stop to crash and crash and crash... Now, I am totally unhappy with it!
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Feature - Stability Oct. 13 2013
By Patrick L. Boyle - Published on Amazon.com
I seem to be the first person to review this product. How can that be? I have had PowerDirector for more than a year and am now on my third version. I upgraded from PowerDirector 11. Before that I had version 10.

I keep upgrading because the program is so important to me - not because of some new feature that I must have. I had used Adobe Premiere ( the full version) for several years. But then my video needs gradually diminished and I got newer machines. I had no non-linear editor on my PC at all. Then when I launched my new video project I had to choose a new editor.

My first instinct was for Adobe Premiere but I wanted to buy the less expensive cut-down version. I downloaded the trial version and tried to use it. When I had used the full version of Premiere I had always had stability problems. I used to save my work often because it would occasionally freeze up and I would have to re-boot. The Premiere Elements version did this even more often. The Sony Vegas download trial wouldn't even load. So I turned to the product - PowerDirector - that while it got good reviews, was unknown to me. It runs like a train. It never crashes.

I make video lectures that I mount on YouTube. I make one a week. That's a very ambitious schedule. Everything has to work if I am to keep grinding out a new movie every week. I need software reliability. PowerDirector gives it to me.

I shoot in raw AVI. I only compress the movie down to WMV or YouTube at the very end. I have a lot of intermediate steps in my production process. I have to be careful to maintain the best quality as long as possible. This means I work with very large video files. I twenty minute video will run more than a hundred gigabytes. Each segment is typically five or ten gigabytes.

Fortunately my machine is a Win 7 PC with 64 bit processing and a i5 processor. I have a lot of RAM and a lot of hard disk. PowerDirector has no trouble with my giant files and it renders everything quite quickly.

But best of all - it never burps. It handles everything I throw at it with no complaints.

There are a couple areas where it could be improved. My microphone is buried behind my teleprompter. And the teleprompter has a black cloth hood. That means the high frequencies are muted which hurts intelligibility. So this week I decided to re-equalize the audio in post-production. Next week I'm going to use another mic.

Cyberlink's audio tracks can be manipulate a little. They have control buttons that let you adjust the volume but you cannot impose an equalization profile on a track within the program. I had to strip each audio track out (quite easy) and adjust it outside of the program in Sound Forge. It's also easy to reattach the new crisper audio track but all those steps take time. I would like some future version to beef up the audio processing.

ERRATUM: (10/23/13) The previous comment is all wrong. I just didn't know how to use the Audio Editor. My bad. The stock version of PowerDirector works like a dream on adding audio equalization in post production. I got the trial version of Cyberlink's AudioDirector but I don't need that much control.

I film in green screen and PowerDirector has an easy to use Chroma key facility. I use it on all my videos for the layer where I add the 'corner bug'. For these type of uses, it couldn't be better. But it is not really up to snuff on developing a chroma key for a live human. It just doesn't have enough controls to give a realistic matte. The state of the art in chroma keying software for the prosumer is probably Adobe After Effects. But at $700 a copy it's too much money for me. I use a copy of Serious Magic's Ultra II. This is the product and technology for which Adobe bought the company about five years ago. It is so good and now so cheap that I will endure the inconveniences of using an out of production and unsupported product.

CyberLink should add some more controls to its chroma key utility so as to make it really useful for real world chroma keying. With these two added features I could do my whole process inside just PowerDirector.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but has some 3D and other codec problems Oct. 29 2013
By John Clement - Published on Amazon.com
This product is aimed at making video editing simple. But as a result it creates some problems. For example it won't accept any video input. If you wish to make a lossless video file for editing and then do the final editing on Power Director, that is not possible. It only recognizes a limited set of codecs and you can not use installed codecs such as Huffy which is a good compressed format which is lossless. In addition I have had difficulty with it recognizing mjpeg format on one of my computers. In the end my big concern is with 3D editing.

PD only recognizes a limited set of possible input or output formats. It recognizes 2X compressed frame 3D formats, but not full frame over/under or side by side. It also can not handle 3D as 2 separate files. As such it has severe limitations. Sometimes you need to create a lossless format file for editing by external programs such as VirtualDub, and then use a full featured video editor to create the final product. But the limited set of codecs make this impossible with PD. Since 3D was implemented in V10 one would think that they could add the extra formats by this time.

PD does have one feature that a practically all other editors lack, namely the ability to close caption a video. While it is only available as a single stream, that is adequate for a lot of uses. So far there is no good consumer level editor which handles all 3D formats well, and none of the others have closed captioning. PD has been touted as being the fastest and most stable editor, but if it does not have the needed features, speed will not be helpful.

OK, my concern is with what many would consider advanced features, so PD may be excellent for the more casual user.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best video software at this price range Oct. 17 2013
By J. Sheppard - Published on Amazon.com
I have been using PowerDirector 12 Ultra for a current project and at the same time using Sony Vegas Studio Platinum 12 for the same project. I have found that PD 12 is much easier to use and understand and has more of the features that I normally use (e.g., menu, title, transitions). It also creates DVDs/production files much faster than Sony. Thus far, PD12 has not crashed or locked up but sometimes there is a delay until the computer catches up. In the past I have also owned/used Adobe Premier Elements(good) and Pinnacle Studio (horrible). Most of what I do is videos of grandkids (football, soccer, baseball, etc), Four stars instead of 5 because PD12 doesn't appear to have music files unless you purchase them separately through Smartsound.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast and intuitive program, but tough to edit raw video Dec 16 2013
By Peter V. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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This program has a lot going for it, and one major drawback. First, the good: It is quick to render and burn full HD video (1960 x 1080 x 59.95i), taking about one minute per minute of original video. Of course standard DVDs go much faster. It uses a modern burn algorithm so it can burn 6x BluRay at whatever the disk will take (in my case it was 10x). It gives you a lot of control as to how to burn your file, including resolution and bit rate. It is stable and runs well on my machine, a quad core I-7 (overclocked to 4.7GHz) with solid state hard drives, and Pioneer Blu-Ray burner. It has intuitive and extensive menus for audio and video effects such as color correction.

It also has many features I have not yet tried, such as 3D conversion and burning, titles and chapters, and scene transitions.

However, the program has one major drawback. When editing video on the timeline, you select what you want by sliding the mouse to go through the clip. You can increase or decrease the time scale (full left to full right screen), but you still must select the edit point by sliding the mouse. My previous program (Pinnacle 15) had the feature that you could use the scroll wheel on the mouse to rock back and forth over the edit point, thus being able to select the exact frame for an edit. This program for some reason doesn't have that feature, which makes editing much harder. For that, I have deducted one star.

I now use both programs: Pinnacle 15 to do editing into blocks, which I then combine with PowerDirector into the final movie.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Will not capture video from DV source Aug. 24 2014
By John88 - Published on Amazon.com
WOW! I decided to download a trial version after horrific experiences with Pinnacle and Corel VideoStudio. The reports of crashes are true. The first thing I did was connect my DV source and click the "Capture" tab and a popup box came up that says "Initializing DV device...please wait" It stopped at 70% and then froze for over 10 minutes, and finally said "Not Responding". I googled this and others have had the same problem with the crash at 70%. I could not even close PowerDirector with Task Manager, as others have also noted. I had to reboot my PC. This happens every time I click the "Capture" tab. I am using a Canopus ADVC-55 DV capture device, which worked fine with both Pinnacle and Corel. I also verified that the program is not blocked by the Windows firewall. PowerDirector should not have to "initialize" the Canopus device. It is a simple DV converter. Anyway, I literally cannot use the program.

I noticed that there are a number of patches on Cyberlink's website. But with the trial version I cannot install these, and I am not going to buy a full version to find out if the patches will work.
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