CyberLink PowerDirector 11 4K Compatability
As we mentioned at the beginning of this review, PowerDirector already had the most comprehensive native support for 3D footage in version 10. CyberLink looks further into the future with version 11 by adding support for both 2K and 4K footage. The former has a horizontal resolution of 2,048 pixels, and the latter 4,096 pixels. This allows PowerDirector to handle digital cinema footage shot on Hollywood-grade cameras like the RED, although there is no native support for RED's REDCODE R3D files, so these have to be converted to MPEG-4 prior to import.
The Content Aware Editing system is an interesting new addition, although it isn't included in the Deluxe version, just Ultra and above. You choose a clip, and right click to edit in this mode, which begins analysis of the footage. When this is complete, a new window appears with a timeline showing how the clip divides into sections. Any zooms are detected and shown, as are pans. But the software will also indicate when faces are onscreen, when there is motion in the frame, and when shaky video or poor lighting is detected. With the latter two, there's a simple icon to enable automatic fixing of both problems, which works extremely quickly. However, the idea behind this system is that you can quickly find the interesting portions of your clips, then mark these as selected or deselected. For example, the assumption is that you will probably want footage with people's faces in it (such as family members) and action, rather than sections with nobody in them and nothing happening.
CyberLink PowerDirector 11 Effects
A selection of smaller editing enhancements have been included too. You can undock the preview window and move it on its own to a second monitor, then maximise it for a full-screen preview. Ripple editing lets you add or remove clips whilst maintaining the alignment of the rest of your edit. You can choose to overwrite, or move just the affected track to the right, or even move all tracks to the right. There are now hotkeys for various commands, which you can customise as desired, for example replicating the commands used by an editing application you have used before. The Design Studio now includes timeline-based Designers for Titles, Menus, Picture-in-Picture and Particle Effects. You can create four-colour gradient borders in the Picture-in-Picture, Title and Menu Designers, too.
The effects included have also been expanded, although not all versions will have this. A couple of extra NewBlueFX packages have been included. There are 10 new motion effects and 12 new paint effects from NewBlueFX, as well as a new Content Pack Premium supplied by CyberLink itself. This includes a host of new content for the title, particle, picture-in-picture and menu designers. However, PowerDirector Deluxe just gets the original 10 NewBlueFX Effects and Content Pack Essential. It's also worth noting that none of the NewBlueFX filters are GPU accelerated.