How To Setup And Use Cyberlink PowerDirector
Cyberlink Powerdirector can be a powerful editing tool if used properly, and is almost always on sale for roughly $60 USD and for what it offers it might be useful picking it up if you have the budget for it.
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To begin simple go the the PowerDirector website which can be found by clicking here and choose your product for purchase and then we can begin.
- After you have your product purchased it should begin to download for you, be mindful as you can only install this on one device per licence.
- After the download simply click on the installer and it will being to go through the auto setup steps, once it finishes and you accept any terms and services you can launch your product, during this first time launch it might ask you for an “activation key” which can be found in your account on the powerdirector website, and also in your email.
- Launch the product if it does not auto launch after you enter your key
Great! You now are able to begin using PowerDirector to starting editing, it may seem like a lot of information to take in at once, but it really is quite simple, in the image below is what your PowerDirector should look like. Do not worry if you find images in the first box, as those come as a default setting
- To start you have these three windows, each of which have a special purpose, the first window on the top left is your “Library” which holds all images, sounds, and video clips that you add to it, either by manually adding them or by simply dragging and dropping the files into the area
- The area to the right is the “Viewing/Theatre” area, this is where you can see your edits and video in progress, keep in mind PowerDirector will reduce frames during the start of playback, so moving back a few seconds before the edit is advised.
- The area that spans the bottom of the screen is the “Track” area where you can add images, video clips, and sounds to edit all at once on different tracks so you can always keep them separated for ease of editing, you can also zoom in and out by clicking on the timeline and dragging with the mouse left or right for precise editing.
Powerdirector also has a feature where it can be used as recording software which you can find in the “Capture” tab, although not as great as other free softwares this will allow you to jump right in with a basic capture program as it records voice, web camera and screen, some tweaking might be necessary as it does have issues with framerate from time to time and “skipping”The third tab is the one you will be seeing at the end of the day, and it's the “Produce” tab, this tab is where you can add your finishing touches to the rendering of your video, below is another image of the production screen for easy to follow guiding
In the Window to the right you will find your finished video able to be previewed, it is before rendering so quality may have dropped slightly, but will return upon rendering. The window to the left houses many options for video rendering presets, incase you wish to render your video as an AVI, MPEG and so on, you can also adjust default settings by simply clicking on one of the boxes and adjusting the settings via the drop down menu that appears slightly below the area, the final boxes are for added control over the rendering if you have any special cards or setups on your computer for faster rendering
The box on the lower right displays how long the render will take, your current space on your computer (shown as the pie chart) and the folder where it will be output to, you can click on this window to manually adjust where the video goes after it's finished rendering
PowerDirector is a fair tool to have in terms of editing videos, while not as expensive as others it can still feel lacking, it does have features such as very basic special effects and transition effects, and can make speeding up and slowing down clips simple, it also comes with menus for special editing of keyframes, the capture software is not the best and is advised to find something a bit more useful however but to start it's not the worst. Thank you for taking the time to read this guide and hopefully it has set you on your way to using PowerDirector like a true pro!