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Of more everyday use is the Normalise tool. Head into the track mixer, and a new button lets you normalise audio levels on a per-track basis. This is nice and simple for novice editors, but there will be times when you only want to normalise a selection of clips, and there are no parameters to configure here either. But it's still a useful tool for keeping your audio levels more uniform.
Aside from the aforementioned H.264 encoding performance enhancements, most of the output improvements revolve around 3D as well. You can now upload footage to YouTube's 3D service, which inserts the necessary control tag into the upload to enable the YouTube 3D player. Online support has been further modernised to include Vimeo and Dailymotion, alongside the previous inclusion of Facebook, although Twitvid hasn't been added. There are naturally 3D options when burning to disc, and they are pretty comprehensive. Aside from offering Blu-ray and DVD, there's the ability to burn AVCHD to DVD or other removable discs. You can create a disc menu in 3D as well, with a small selection of templates available.
Over the last ten years, we have watched CyberLink add all the key editing features to PowerDirector, and with the last couple of versions the software has begun to include capabilities which the major competition doesn't have. We still find some of the effects and graphics templates a little garish, but the playback engine is very smooth, and more than capable of rendering the two Full HD streams in MVC 3D video. This is also the first video editing app we've used which feels just as home editing 3D footage as it does 2D footage. If you're not interested in 3D, there's less here to entice you. But PowerDirector is now very much a contender.
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