The all new PowerDirector 12 was released last month by Cyberlink. With some significant enhancements in this version, we explore the new features and breakdown the facts surrounding this release.
What’s new in PowerDirector 12 Ultra?
If you’re new to PowerDirector or considering switching from another video editing program like Adobe Premiere Pro, then you’ll find this is the most compelling release yet of PowerDirector. You’ll find that version 12 has over 20 key new features and improvements making it now one of the fastest video editing software programs in the market. Let’s take a look at some of our favorites:
- All new 64-bit video editing – Regardless if you’re an armature video editor making home movies or a professional doing it for a living, you’ll love the new 64-bit processing capabilities. You can now edit your clips in a lot faster rendering speed than ever before (40% faster in H.264 encoding vs. version 11) helping you significantly cut down on your wait times for the program to calculate your edits. Only a handful of high-end editing programs offer 64-bit capabilities (something you won’t find in Adobe Premiere Elements). Plus, PowerDirector 12 Ultra is optimized for AVX2 technology found in Intel’s Haswell processors so if you have the latest PC with this technology, you’ll get even greater performance, up to 3x faster, as compared to version 11.
- New MultiCam Designer – Let’s say you’re filming an event using a few different angles. Well, with MultiCam Designer, you have the power to upload up to four feeds and edit the views in real-time, selecting and editing the best sequences to use in your clip (just like the pros use on television). Best of all, the software will automatically synchronize all your feeds by either the audio tracks or time code of the clips, helping you cut down on the setup time.
- New Motion Blur Effects – Sometimes when you record fast sequences or animations on video, the effects get lost once you play it back at home. The new Motion Blur Effects in PowerDirector 12 Ultra solves this problem by letting you customize and control the blur length and density in the moving objects in your clips. By adding a better sense of speed and direction, the sense of motion becomes a lot more realistic,
- Enhanced Content-Aware Editing – What used to take days to manually edit frame-by-frame now take a mere few minutes to automatically process. PowerDirector’s algorithm scans all of your major scenes and sequences to correct imperfections such as low-light, camera shake, and blurriness.
- Other new features – You’ll find a number of other new enhancements and improvements such as Chroma Key, Auto Cross-fade, Subtitle Room and the ability to upload PowerPoint Files.
Which version should I choose and how much will it cost me?
PowerDirector 12 comes in three flavors: Deluxe (retails for $ 62.99), Ultra (retails for $89.99) and Ultimate (retails for $114.99). The version best to choose really depends on your video editing needs. Below you’ll see a chart with some of the major differences between the three versions. Once you decide with version might fit you best, you can head on over to Cyberlink’s download center to try out the latest version free for 30 days.
What’s the difference between some of the older versions?
If you’re currently running PowerDirector 10 or 11 on your PC, then you’ll find some major differences between version 12 and some of the older editions. See below for some of the most significant changes.
Also keep in mind that if you’re running versions 10 or 11 of PowerDirector then you’ll be able to qualify for the upgrade discount from Cyberlink.com which can help you save up to 40% off the regular list price.
Do you still have questions and are not sure on which version to choose? Let us know what’s on your mind in the comments section below and we’ll try to help you get your questions answered!