Before I get into this latest release of CyberLink PowerDirector 11, allow me to set the scene a little here.
In some of the other posts on this site about how to go about choosing video editing software I make the point that you really should shy away from overly enthusiastic reviews and overly critical reviews.
The overly enthusiastic reviews are often lacking in credibility and the overly critical are often critical for the sake of being critical offering no real value.
The reason I am mentioning this is that if you strictly followed my advice you would now have to leave my site and look elsewhere because this is most likely going to be a very enthusiastic review.
Various versions of PowerDirector have been my top choice for editing software for years now and despite the big guns like Sony and Adobe releasing new versions themselves nothing has topped it so far. In fact nothing really has come close.
I am beginning to think CyberLink have opened up such a lead at this point that they will remain at the head of the pack for some time to come.
PowerDirector 11 is not a major reworking of the earlier version but on the other hand, it is in no way just a cosmetic repackaging to boost sales.
In PowerDirector 11 Cyberlink have taken the points that set them apart from the crowd in the first place and strengthened them significantly as well as adding new, and more useful features.
Normally I don’t bother mentioning the installation of video editing software in my reviews. It is an action that you usually do once so if it takes time or is a little glitchy then my view is, “what’s the big deal?” The important questions are those related to functionality and performance, not installation.
I am making an exception here because when I installed PowerDirector 11 it gave a very clear indication of what was to come when actually using the software for editing.
When I clicked on the installation file I have to say I was pretty surprised! It took about 11 seconds to unpack all the files ready to install. From that point until the point of the software being installed, registered, opened and ready for editing took another two minutes flat.
The days of setting an install in motion and going off to make a coffee are well and truly over with this software!
As I said before this was a clear indication of what was to come when actually using the software, it is fast and in some cases it is scary fast.
The various windows, workspaces and modules snap open and shut instantly and it is just a pleasure to work with.
So, speaking of actually working with it lets get into what else you can expect from this latest version.
First up lets’s get the whole performance / speed thing out of the way because it has in the past been one of the major selling points used by the company to promote the product.
At the heart of it all is what they call the TrueVelocity Rendering Engine. In simple terms this is the core piece of software that runs the overall product that you see on the screen. It does the work.
The original TrueVelocity Engine developed for PowerDirector 9 was what made that version so much faster than the competition. It was as though all the competition were running around in little compact four cyclinder cars and PowerDirector was the V8 muscle car on the block.
Over the past year Cyberlink have completely rewritten that core software for the third time and have come up with TrueVelocity 3 boasting rendering and processing speeds up to 38% faster than PowerDirector 9
This speed applies to all aspects of editing whether you are scrubbing through the time line looking for something, applying effects and wanting to instantly check the results or rendering your project to a final video file or output.
Current testing against the competition show PowerDirector 11 as still being faster than the competition and in certain tasks clearly faster but their earlier dominance has been eroded.
Both the Sony products and the Adobe products are now beginning to match the speed of PowerDirector but CyberLink still have the edge.
They have added another feature called Content Aware Editing which automatically analyzes scenes and isolates sections that could be improved using the associated tools.
It can single out scenes that may benefit from anti-shake filters, motion smoothing and lighting corrections.
In addition to this they have added support for MKV video files, AVCHD 3D Progressive files and WAV 7.1 files in addition to support for 4K Video resolution.
Finally, they have combined a number of their most used features that were spread throughout the software into one workspace called Design Studio.
Within this module you have access to the Title Designer, Particle Designer, PiP Designer and Menu Designer.
Check the videos below to see what they can do.
Design Studio Overview
Of course all this would be rather pointless if it was attached to a bunch of useless editing features so next up, a look at CyberLink PowerDirector 11′s editing tools.
Next Page: CyberLink PowerDirector 11 Review Part 2