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.