CyberLink PowerDirector 7 Deals

By James Morris

Reviewed:

Carol

August 17, 2008, 9:57 pm

Does this new version allow for the most basic of video editing: mixing two camera shots of the same event (like a concert) to sync to a single audio track, be it the track from one of the videos or a separate audio. Of course, without a professional time tracking codes, a really fine job would be impossible. But "good enough." This would entail being able to see the multiple tracks playing at the same time or perhaps syncing to the wave form of the two audio tracks. So many of these mid level video editing programs give hundreds of transitions we really don't use. PIP isn't IT, exactly, though I imagine if I enlarged the area of the PIP to fill the entire screen. The other troublesome element of this, which I found using iMovie (and it was just alternative shot), is if you cross dissolve to the alternative track, it layers the sound as well, cross dissolving both shots visually and audiowise. One wants to keep core video going, always in sync with the audio track, and then play with two-track cross dissolves above it. Who really needs PIPs to do cartwheels and float around, when this basic video editing element is missing. Or IS it on this program? Possible?

Geoff Harper

September 8, 2008, 8:21 pm

No one else ever commented on this one? Carol has described EXACTLY what I need to do. I currently have V6 and am struggling a bit. Does no one have any suggestions?

RRP

December 24, 2008, 12:21 pm

I'm no expert but here is what I would try.





Download a copy of the free VirtualDub program. Load video 1 into VirtualDub. In the audio menu set the audio to none and save as AVI. Do the same with video 2. Pick whichever video has the better audio and save the audio separately. You end up with 2 new video files containing video and no audio and 1 file containing just the audio. Then in PowerDirector (or whatever editor you have) import video and audio tracks. Switch video tracks to your hearts content. Since the video tracks have no audio the single audio track plays by itself.





There may be easier solutions (eg. can you just mute the audio in your video tracks in the editor and use that with a separate audio track?). I have not done any video editing for a few years, but am getting back into it so I just ordered PD7 based on the reviews I've read here and elsewhere.

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