CyberLink Unveils PowerDirector 10 Software
By Greg Tarr On Oct 17 2011 - 3:01am
SANTA CLARA, CALIF. –
CyberLink launched last
week version 10 of its popular PowerDirector video-editing
software, which adds greater speed and comprehensive
3D editing tools to a host of enhancements for
consumer and “prosumer” level video makers.
PowerDirector 10, which will be offered in Ultra ($100
suggested retail) and Deluxe ($70) configurations, is
said to be “the fastest consumer video
editing software on the market,” according
to Richard Carriere, CyberLink gobal
marketing senior VP.
Upgrades from previous PowerDirector
versions will also be available at prices
starting at $50.
Notable new features include a choice
of three different editing modes, enhancements
to a flexible 100-track timeline,
automated beat detection, integration of
pro-quality plug-ins from third-party partners,
animated painting tools, time-lapse
controls, more than 300 editing tools,
special effects and free-form picture-inpicture
video cropping tools.
The program also offers the ability to
upload to the most popular online videosharing
sites, including the just-added Vimeo.
For the video industry’s newest technology, PowerDirector
10 also includes a set of 3D-video-editing tools
that enable consumers to import, edit and produce 3D
material for display on 3D PC monitors and 3DTVs.
Customers can transform their 2D videos into 3D, CyberLink
Users of earlier PowerDirector editions are likely to be
impressed with PowerDirector 10’s new video-rendering
engine, which has been made significantly faster and
more efficient in video creation, regardless of format and
This is made possible, CyberLink said, through a new
TrueVelocity 2 system that is said to improve the quality
of the editing process by “harnessing system GPU
power, via OpenCL, to deliver a six-fold speed increase
in the rendering of effects.”
PowerDirector 10 also includes a new H.264 media
encoder designed to rapidly process HD video, eliminating
lag time seen in competitive editing software.
“Serious video hobbyists want more capabilities than
simple tools or cameras can supply but don’t want to
spend an arm and a leg for a professional solution nor do
they want to spend weeks learning it,” said Rob Enderle,
principal analyst for the Enderle Group. “PowerDirector
10 from CyberLink addresses this need with a comparatively
easy to use set of tools that still provides professional
level features. In short, with PowerDirector 10,
they get the result of a professional tool
without the cost in cash or time.”
Other features in the new version include
pro-quality editing of video and
audio tracks using a wide variety of tools,
transitions and effects; perfectly timed
editing using Beat Marker to analyze a
soundtrack and place markers at major
beat points for the placement of transition
effects; and professional effect plug-ins
supporting professional third-party plugins
from NewBlue FX.
The software also includes paint tools
to record free-hand drawings and integrate
them into a video project; a timelapse
video tool to speed up or stretch
out video and slideshow images; a multimode
program launcher; and movies in
minutes video editing.
Other tools include an audio normalizer to normalize all
audio files on a timeline track; support for native 3D videos
and photos; conversion of 2D content into 3D using
a new TrueTheater 3D feature; expansive editing support
of 3D titles, particles, effects and menus, and broad 3D
format output and disc burning allowing burning standard
3D Blu-ray, 3D AVCHD or 3D DVD discs to view content
on a 3DTV, or output to side-by-side video or MVC files
and then transfer to 3D smart phones and other devices.
The software also permits access to CyberLink’s popular
DirectorZone online user community with more than
2 million members. Customers have free access to more
than 200,000 effects, titles, menus and tutorials, which
can easily be imported into their PowerDirector projects,
and users can share tips and tricks, best practices and
original effects and templates.
CyberLink is selling PowerDirector 10 now from the
CyberLink online store or on disc via retail outlets including
Office Depot, TigerDirect and Fry’s.