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Output Options and Verdict

By James Morris



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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.

CyberLink PowerDirector 10 Ultra

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.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Design 8
  • Features 9
  • Performance 10
  • Usability 9
  • Value 9


October 26, 2011, 3:29 pm

>> maintain Full HD resolution in 3D, unlike the side-by-side alternative

Isn't it only Half SBS with this limitation, were as Full SBS is 3840x1080, so you get Full HD.


October 26, 2011, 5:52 pm

> Keithe6e:

I could well be wrong - but I think the review infers that JVC don't use the side-by-side system - and instead capture two separate, but Full HD frames (in a non-SBS format).


October 26, 2011, 6:45 pm

Yes I understand that part, but his sentence infers that SBS cannot handle Full HD.

I maybe didn't quote enough to make that obvious.
>>which is a shame as they maintain Full HD resolution in 3D, unlike the side-by-side alternative.

It's only Half SBS that can't handle Full HD resolution.

James Morris

October 27, 2011, 4:25 pm

The JVC GS-TD1 will record either MVC or Half SBS. None of the current consumer-grade camcorders I've tested will do Full SBS, so it's a bit irrelevant to this discussion. They squeeze Half SBS into a single frame of Full HD AVCHD instead.


May 27, 2012, 5:35 am

What Blessing PowerDirector 10 Ultra is. It is relatively simple (one can go from the now-excellent free Windows Live MovieMaker to PD 10 Ultra with few hiccups. Its edit/timeline function is well-integrated with its Disk Authoring (6 weeks ago I bought Corel Videostudio X4 Pro which wiped out hours of work every time ONe chapter point was removed shifted.
The only quibble is that in the Menu/Disk authoring stage objects are often seen as overlapping when it is not apparent where this is occurring - no more than 4 thumbnails per page (6 is possible but a lot of farting about). The Cyberling community templates are great but I wish Cyberlink had supplied more generic, customisable templates (e.g. 6 thumbs per page). Otherwise a blessed dream - and STABLE - after Videostudio X4 - Congratulations Corel


March 25, 2013, 6:20 pm

PowerDirector 10 Ultra is disappointing me a lot!With this "rendering" i cannot work anymore!Everything takes twice more time, even for a simpl Title preview!VERY BAD!

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