Being first with 4K capability is a real feather in CyberLink's cap, but much of the competition, such as Corel VideoStudio, also supports 4K. In PowerDirector 17 you can now use key frames to have the opacity vary throughout the length of a clip. So whether you are a complete newbie, an existing owner or someone who is now so confused they are just staring blankly at a computer screen in a daze, hopefully you can find what you are looking for here. None of the big players have, until now, offered anything much beyond cutting, some simple volume controls and perhaps an inefective noise reduction feature. I imported a sample of the latter from an iPhone 6, and when I dragged it into my timeline, I got a warning box telling me the frame rate differed from that of my project, but Settings only offered a maximum of 60fps for a project. This new tool helps you select the video profile that best suits your video output based on its source clips. These can give those weekend George Lucases blockbuster opening credits.
The designer lets you obsess over small details. I'll discuss and evaluate each in the appropriate sections below. PowerDirector allows up to 100 multicam tracks, but what this really means is that you can sync that many tracks by audio in the main timeline. So, I turn it on. This means that you do not need to quit the application and use other software.
This opens a new window that shows templates with your clips on the side. It's loaded with tools that help you put together a compelling digital movie, complete with transitions, effects, and titles. The Audio Room, a simple track-volume mixer, features Normalize buttons for each track to even out clip sound levels. Choice for editing, Vegas and Pinnacle. That quickness mirrors the app's responsiveness to commands throughout the interface and its overall smooth and stable operation.
But CyberLink goes beyond the capabilities of Corel's 360-degree software implementation. Ultimate and Ultra These are the standalone versions of PowerDirector 17 that come with different levels of features and extras depending on which one suits your needs. You drag and drop different sections and can break up video, photo and audio files. Adjust the playback timing, sequence and timing between plays; freeze the video; or display a color board, or loop. PowerDirector's powerful 360-rendering engine means titles you apply will look natural.
On this welcome screen, you can also choose your video project's aspect ratio—16:9, 4:3, and a 9:16 tall mode, since some people never seem to learn to hold their phones sideways for videos. It provides a powerful set of features specifically designed to satisfy the requirements of action sports enthusiasts and those who film them. Note that those prices are often discounted. You can even add 360-degree titles that match your footage perfectly, rather than trying to warp a regular title to fit. Thankfully, you can also reopen a multicam sequence in the designer after you've sent it to the timeline. The test movie whose duration is just under 5 minutes took 1:29 minutes:seconds for PowerDirector to render. You drag and drop files into the editing timeline.
For attaching text to motion-tracked objects in PowerDirector, you can easily attach a mosaic, spotlight, or blur effect, and you get a good choice of many fonts, colors, and sizes. The sheer breadth of tools and its usability would make PowerDirector a great option for Mac users. The result is a seamless single video that has the look and feel of a professionally produced piece. The tool creates sub-clips labeled 1 to 4 for the camera angles, with adjustable split points. They can even have motion tracking applied.
Basic Video Editing As with most nonlinear video editing software, PowerDirector lets you join and trim clips on the timeline. When I tested 360 stabilization in the last version, I could not get good stabilization results in footage from my , but when I tried sample shaky footage from CyberLink's Steven Lien, the feature worked well. The next-best competitor this year was Pinnacle Studio 22, with a time of 1:54. A CyberLink contact informed me that the limit only applied to the timeline view, and assured me that 240fps content is preserved at output time. This is a video-editing package that lets you import video and audio clips and edit them on multiple tracks arranged on a horizontal timeline.
PowerDirector has a similar tool, Express Project, which you can enter directly from the program startup panel. Keyframe Opacity Editing Use keyframes to edit video opacity directly on the timeline. Creative Video Blending Video Blending lets you merge clips on different timeline tracks to create a huge array of eye-catching effects that will bring unique impact to your videos. Adobe recently added a similar tool, Premiere Elements' Video Story feature. Capture Scenes from More Angles MultiCam Designer allows you to combine and switch between up to four camera shots in one synced video on-the-fly.