CyberLink PowerDirector 12 LE Software Giveaway
CyberLink PowerDirector 12 LE provides the most comprehensive tools for creating high quality productions. Enhance imperfect footage with TrueTheater technology with a simple click, including stabilizing shaky footage, enhance poor lighting footage and remove noise from grainy scenes.
Control your effects, enhancements, and PiP objects with the key frame tool, and use the trim tool to select the best parts of your footage. Get inspired to turn your unique creative vision into reality at DirectorZone.com, where you can browse 480,000+ of free effects, templates, particles, menus and more.
When you fire up PowerDirector 12 for the first time, you’ll see its Welcome window, which features three big buttons—Full Feature Editor, Easy Editor, and Slideshow. Above this, a smaller option control lets you set your video project for 16:9 HD or 4:3 standard-def aspect ratio. You can disable this prequel to the actual editor and launch the full editor if you prefer; a checkbox at the bottom lets you bypass it. The software can import pretty much every video file format you throw at it, and version 11 adds support for MKV, a flexible open source format popular with the BitTorrent crowd, and AVCHD 2.0, which adds 1080p and 3D video capabilities for Sony and Panasonic camcorders.
The Easy Editor uses a wizard interface to take you through the workflow of importing, theming, adjusting, previewing, and finally outputting a canned digital movie project. My default setup only had two themes included, Ink Splatter and Reflection, but I could choose from hundreds more to download from DirectorZone, CyberLink’s online community of media enthusiasts. After choosing a style, you can add background music from your computer, and change the video length to match. The resulting movie isn’t exactly “instant”: The wizard then analyzed the content and created the movie, a process that took 6 minutes for my 3:26 movie.
Other apps include more in the way of canned music to add to their instant projects. A nice capability is a slider that lets you adjust the balance between the video and background sound. After this, you get a preview, with transitions and effects added. The results were a bit hokey for me, but some will find them fun. After you’ve previewed the Magic Movie, the final step is to produce it by outputting to a file or burning to disc. Alternatively, you can open it in the advanced editor for fine-tuning.
A couple more Magic tools may be of interest: Magic Fix and Magic Cut. The first stabilizes and enhances audio and image quality, while the latter finds the most interesting parts of a clip and cuts out the rest. This last lets you match a clip to a music track’s length, and even lets you set criteria like favoring sections with zooming and panning or with people speaking or moving objects. It worked as advertised in my testing, and offers a handy way to ditch boring stretches in your video clips.
The Real Video Editing Interface
The actual editor interface, gotten to by choosing “Full Feature Editor” from the Welcome screen, uses three panels, with the top divided in half between the source (called the “library”) and effects panel, a preview window on the right, and the bottom taking up the timeline or storyboard. You can resize each panel relative to the other, and you can now undock the preview window into a separate window as you can with Corel VideoStudio.
The timeline is easy to customize and navigate, with a button for adding tracks (you’re allowed up to 100!). By default, you get two pairs of video and audio tracks, and effects track, and title voice, and music tracks. You can lock, disable/enable view, or rename tracks from the left track info area, and you can even use drag and drop to move them up and down on the timeline. Zooming the timeline in and out is also a snap, either with Ctrl-Mouse wheel ora slider control. The storyboard view in PowerDirector 12 is one of the program’s few weak points: It’s just thumbnails, with no ability to add transitions or other effects. It does let you insert clips, but if you try to add a transition, the view will be switched to timeline. I’d almost recommend CyberLink to ditch the storyboard until it’s more useful. Some other video editors, such as Sony Vegas Movie Studio, dispense with it.
Vendor : Cyberlink
Giveaway By : Giveaway of the day
Original Price: $34.99