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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful.
CyberLInk PowerDirector 11 Ultimate Suite
By Kaushik Parmar
I am using CyberLInk's PowerDirector since last 6 years! I bought JVC HD7 camera and along with camera PowerDirector was provided as bundled software, it was my first ever experience with PowerDirector, I found it very easy and simple. And then I was keep upgrading PoerDirector, each time I buy whenever CyberLink launch new PowerDirector.
I never used any of software before PowerDirector, I learn everything using PowerDirector. I recently bought new PowerDirector 11 Ultimate Suite, this includes:
* PowerDirector 11
* PhotoDirector 4
PowerDirector 11 in Detail:
* New 64-bit True Velocity engine has improved. This is faster then previous version. the support of multi-GPUs, so if your computer is CPU + Integrated graphic (e.g. Intel HD4000) + independent graphic (e.g. nVidia or AMD), you can leveraging both IGP & independent graphic card to accelerate the render speed
* PDR 11 is first 4K support consumer video editor! If you do not have 4K video camera you can still make slideshow which can be 4K resolution!
* New Design Tool for creating titles, particles, PiPs and menus are good inclusion. In PDR 11 you can also overlay particle over title, and set 4 color gradient to title, or add reflection effect to title text and PiP objects. Moreover, you can have a full screen editor for these designer tools. If you are using dual screen, you can place the editing window in second screen which is pretty convenient.
* In PDR 11 the UI are totally redesigned, glad they are handy. If you are using dual screen, you can undock the preview window to 2nd screen in full HD quality, and your original screen's media room got larger space for you to choose clips, effects...etc. on top of the media room, there's a scroll bar where you can enlarge the thumbnail. The other change is the timeline, this time you can enlarge the timeline height more compare to PDR 10, so that you can have better view of your timeline object.
* Content- aware Editing is new feature, indeed very good idea. The concept of content-aware editing is to help super lengthy footage. For example, a 10 to 20 minutes one shot video for a kid or family event, where you can complete the multi-trim and TrueTheater enhancement (lighting/shaky) with one click., great!
* Seamless Workflow- Round- trip editing: Integration of PD11 with ColorDirector, AudioDirector and PhotoDirector is great idea, this works really well. I am not sure if CyberLink would be interested to sale separately ColorDirecor & AudioDirector, but PD11 user need to buy them, and one who are not using PowerDirector but still they can use ColorDirector & AudioDirector, these both would be I guess good standalone products.
* AudiDirector: There are two adjustments, Adjust Audio & Apply Effect, both have good features. Spectral frequency view is looking great! I have noticed one new feature called "Mix" it seem it should be interesting, though I have not deeply checked it. And Multi Track recording would be really good and useful in same case.
* Customizable Hotkeys: This would be helpful, good addition to PD11.
ColorDirector in deatil:
This is almost same like PhotoDirector, and this was actually needed, this would be really very good move. The presets are good, but personally I liked only two presets one is "Brown Highlights" and another is "Silent Era" both can produce good graded videos if we modify both presets. Overall ColorDirector is very much needed and it helps videos to make better.
PhotoDirector 4 in detail:
At first glance we can not make out any difference between PhotoDirector 3 and new PhotoDirector 4. It is almost same. Automatically remove unwanted object in photos with background auto fill is great feature. Body Sharper can be rally useful in certain photos. For me major new feature in PhotoDirector is HDR effects! And this works really wonder, frankly speaking and to be honest I never had my hands on this kind of feature, first time I use this feature and I am fully satisfied. All HDR presets are working great. Manual HDR is amazing. I search in Google on HDR technology and I come to know that HDR effect actually created by using there different images. To create HDR photo you need three different photos with three different exposures, one photo should be over exposed one should be under and one should be perfect exposed, then HDR creator software merge those three images and create HDR image! So I search in Google and I found Photomatix software and I download this software and installed and try to use it. I took some Bracketed photos by my Fujifilm X100 and tried to merge them and then made some HDR images. But frankly speaking I do not like HDR created by Photomatix software but I really loved HDR effect in PhotoDirector 4, and that too with single photo! HDR works very good in PhotoDirector 4, I do not know how you guys mange this with single photo because HDR required at least three photos to get HDR images. So PhotoDirector 4 is able to create great HDR effect, very good! There is ongoing debate for HDR whether it is good or bad, is it real or artificial, but one thing is sure some photos looks amazing in HDR effect. Landscape, Building and etc looks great in HDR if properly made out. And HDR Monochrome effect create sometime stunning HDR effect, well done.
CyberLink's PowerDirector Ultimate Suit is great package and I would say, actually it is must have package. The best part of CyberLink's PowerDirector is, it is very easy to use not much complected and there lots features in it. New PhotoDirector 4 is fun to use.
This package is consumer product but it can compete with any of slimier Pro package! Full marks to CyberLink's team they have worked very hard on it and they should be very proud and happy about their innovation, well done CyberLink and keep it up!
I highly recommend this new PowerDirector Ultimate Suit from CyberLInk, just download free version and you will really like it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
Power Director 11 Ultimate vs. Ultimate Suite
By Thomas M. Sipos
Before I disuses Power Director, I'll discuss the DIFFERENCES between its two higher-end versions. There are only two differences:
ONE: Ultimate Suite includes Color Director, a program that does more advanced color correction than does Power Director. Color Director can change/replace a specific color in a video, or apply color changes to just a moving object in the video frame, among other things, as well as the usual adjustments to hue, saturation, brightness.
Included is a 73 page manual. But it's small, with a scant 3-page index. It's helpful, but as with most paper manuals that come included in computer programs, its contents are slight and incomplete.
TWO: Ultimate Suite also includes Audio Director, a program that does more advanced audio editing than does Power Director. Again, there's a slight 84-page paper manual.
Audio Director is not that big a deal, because the plain vanilla Suite, in lieu of Audio Director, offers Wave Editor 2.0. This program's interface is nearly identical to that of Audio Director. The latter is a bit more advanced under the hood, but the differences should be unimportant for the casual user.
But Wave Editor has no paper manual, just a notice to "Please consult the help file within the program directly for detailed information on editing audio."
You can also download Wave Editor for FREE from the internet, so you can get it even if you don't buy Power Director.
So really, the ONLY SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE between Suite and Ultimate Suite is the addition of Color Director.
Speaking of Audio Director, I have an MP3 of an old 1970s radio drama that sounds muffled, lacking clarity. Audio Director's Equalization feature was helpful in cleaning up the track by raising the Treble and lowering the Bass. It still didn't sound great, but now it was easier to understand the dialogue.
However, Audacity is a FREE shareware program that also has an Equalization feature, which was about as helpful as Audio Director in clarifying my MP3 file. I'm sure Wave Editor would also be as good as Audio Director. So it's not like you need to pay extra for Ultimate Suite's Audio Director.
Naturally, Audio Director/Wave Editor have the usual features. You can change the Pitch or Boost the volume. Special effects include "AM radio," "old time radio," "on the phone," "on the speaker phone," "reverse" sound" and "vocal removal." Especially neat is a one-click "wind reduction" effect if you recorded on a windy day.
But while neat (because they're easy to use) I wasn't overly impressed with the quality of these sound effects and features. They're helpful for the casual user, but not high-end studio quality, at least not to my ear.
Audacity comes with many more sound effects options. But you can download additional sound effects for Audio Director/Wave Editor.
Naturally, you can record audio with these programs, if you want to engage in an audio only production for, say, a podcast.
But the meat of these programs is Power Director -- the editor with video and audio tracks.
Power Director claims to offer "true 64 bit velocity" but its speed wasn't noticeably faster over Corel or Pinnacle. I actually found Corel a bit faster to run, Pinnacle a bit slower. But then, I'm a casual user, and don't edit on many tracks simultaneously. A serious power user, mixing many video and audio tracks, may notice Power Director's superior speed
(I'm running Windows 7 Pro 64 bit, with an i5Core CPU and 8 gig RAM, so I have 64 bit capabilities.)
Power Director takes a LONG time to load. Over an hour to load it, and its supplemental programs, and to register them, and get updates. It's a fat program with fat updates (nearly 2 gigs total).
During the download, Power Director wanted to also download Apple Quick Time, but I declined. I don't care for Apple, but Power Director apparently likes Quick Time. It may be that, if you prefer working in Quick Time, Power Director is especially friendly in that environment.
And you MUST have Quick Time if you want to use some of Power Director's features, such as Smart Sound (which helps you download and add music to your video). But you can import music, taken from other sources, to Power Director, so you don't need its Smart Sound feature.
You MUST register all three programs (Power Director, Audio Director, Color Director) separately, with serial number and email address, if you want them updated, access to user forums (if you need to ask questions), and free audio and visual effects downloads.
Registration also requires that you provide your birthdate, but you can lie about that.
They have hundreds of templates -- I downloaded a few horror and Halloween specific title card templates for my Halloween home movies. They're generic, but they're cute for the casual user. Pros will want to create their own title cards.
One nice thing about Power Director for the casual user is that when you open the program, you can decide whether you want the Easy Editor or Full Feature mode.
There's not much you can do in the Easy Editor mode. You can pick a Style for the opening title card, add background music, and adjust the video's length. Easy Editor might be enough for a YouTube home video, but even casual users will usually use the Full Feature mode.
The Full Feature mode comes with many effects. One of my favorites as a casual user is the Magic Fix feature which stabilizes shaky cameras.
As a casual user, I still prefer Corel Pro Video Studio X5. But I appreciate Audio Director's Equalization abilities, and I'll likely dabble in Power Director's Full Feature offerings over time, as I gain more experience.
One advantage of Corel Video Studio is that it can Capture videos playing on your computer screen. Power Director can't, but it has many other Capture modes: DV camcorder, HDV camcorder, TV signal, digital TV signal, webcam, audio microphone, CD, "external or optical device."
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
A Solid and Sophisticated Video Editor
This version has all the features of PowerDirector 11 Ultra, but adds two powerful modules, ColorDirector and SoundDirector to take your videos even further. If you like Ultra, but want to be able to have more control over color and audiomixing this version gives you that added functionality. I have used a lot of different video editing packages, but this one has it all from special effects to titles and onboard DVD authoring and web sharing. It is light on system resources even when editing high definition and very stable. I experienced no crashes while using this software, which is more than I can say for some of it's competiors. If you wish to add more professional flair to your productions, especially if you do music vidoes then the added modules definitely are something you'd be interested in. If having that many options and that much control doesn't interest you, you might want to start with one of the other version--but this is a software you can grow into as your skills grown. I highly reccomend it. I also wanted to add if you have PhotoDirector you can send photos for your production over to it for more extensive editing and effects as it integrates nicely with the program and doesn't require you go out of PowerDirector and then into the other program completely and back again.
CyberLink PowerDirector 11 Ultimate Suite gives you the most comprehensive tools for creating high quality productions yet without sacrificing ease-of-use. Packed with innovative video technologies to automate and speed up video processing time, support for the 47 resolution formats, PowerDirector also comes with new tools to add the finishing touch to produce cinematic productions.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #368 in Software
- Brand: Cyberlink
- Model: PUS-EB00-RPI0-00
- Released on: 2012-09-19
- Platforms: Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
- Format: DVD-ROM
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 5.43" h x 1.22" w x 7.48" l, .53 pounds
- Revolutionary Content Aware Editing: Automatically analyze and quickly retrieve & fix video footage.
- High Quality Production: Import, Edit & Export videos beyond HD quality, up to next generation 4K standard.
- Including ColorDirector for digital color grading and AudioDirector for advanced audio restoration and editing
- Plus 22 professional effects from NewBlueFX and 3 BONUS CyberLink Creative Design Packs
- Fast Video Editing: Edit & Render videos at blazing speed with NEW TrueVelocity? 3 engine, multi-GPGPU acceleration and native 64-bit support.