CyberLink PowerDirector is one of the best video editing software that gives you that extra feel of control over the media you are working on without that steep learning curve like what other tools will take you through. Although the full version of this program is paid, you are given a free trial download that you can take advantage of and evaluate the features offered before you can make up your mind. The moment you decide to get started with this video editor, what exactly are you in for? This introduction seeks to answer that and then have a comprehensive tutorial in the subsequent section to make the learning curve even less steep.
CyberLink PowerDirector offers very powerful features that cut across the use of custom shape objects like text bubbles, getting to exploit motion graphics, title animations with reveal mask, ability to create content targeted to specific social media platforms by squaring video, just to mention a few. In just a few clicks, you will be able to cut, trim, apply transitions, and effects to fit your requirements. On top of that, you can take advantage of the built-in templates that have effects, transitions and titles already set and all that you need to do is add your media clips and get produced immediately. CyberLink PowerDirector also boasts of an improved multi-threading hardware-accelerated feature that helps give you a boosted performance both in the editing and rendering process.
Regarding format support, it keeps tabs with the latest advancements in the industry by supporting resolutions of up to 4K. It does not end there as you are empowered with fish-eye correction, color distortion correction, stabilizing shaky footages and an amazing 4K preview option. In the following section, we look to guide you on how to accomplish a successful video editing task with CyberLink PowerDirector.
How to Use PowerDirector
Featuring premium effects and plugins, CyberLink PowerDirector is geared to delivering that professional look in the final video. One thing though is that you cannot come about this kind of success unless you are able to get around the program and play with the features as needed. But worry no more since you are in the right place to learn all that. All you need to do is have ready the media files you hope to make a final video with before we jump to the tutorial. Actually, this guide has been delivered in a way that anyone can get started without much hassle. Let us dig in.
Step 1: Setup CyberLink PowerDirector on your PC
This software presents with an online installer the moment you download and consequently, you need to have a good internet connection in order to complete the installation process. How fast you complete this task will depend on the speed of your internet connection though it shouldn’t take ages either to complete. When you launch CyberLink PowerDirector, you will be presented with the interface below.
Step 2: Pick a Video Aspect Ratio and Editing Mode
I bet you were expecting to dive right into the main video editing interface but CyberLink PowerDirector gets you there in a different and unique way. Looking at the interface above, you are provided with aspect ratio options and various modes to choose from also; full mode, storyboard mode, slideshow creator and auto mode. As shown below by labels 1 and 2 respectively, pick your preferred aspect ratio and an accompanying mode of choice. The Full Mode is advisable when you want that comprehensive editing experience.
We will pick the 16:9 aspect ratio accompanied by the Full Mode to maximize the editing features. The instance you click on the Full Mode icon, you will be taken to the user interface below having been directed to the “Edit” tab automatically. As indicated, Label 1 shows where you access media and effects among other options. Label 2 is the live preview area where you can monitor the process to confirm and check that the changes you make come out as you want. On the other hand, Label 3 is the timeline area where you arrange your media files be it images, videos, and audio to form one clip.
Step 3: Add Media Files or Folders
Now that you are familiar with the layout of the main interface, it is time to bring in the media files that we want to edit. To do that, click on the icon labeled 1 to expand the extra options shown under Label 2 and pick the one that suits you. Alternatively, you can take advantage of the included hotkeys Ctrl+Q and Ctrl+W to add files or folders respectively and avoid interacting with menus and options. Doing that will open up the native file explorer method of adding files that should be easy to navigate.
For the menu enthusiasts, there is an alternative method too that involves you heading over to the File menu > Import after which you are provided with the same options as above. The sequence of steps is as shown below. It is all up to you to pick the one that feels the most convenient for you.
Depending on the files you want to work with, they will appear in the library as shown by Label 1 and on clicking on any one of them, you will be able to preview it in the window labeled 2.
Step 4: Add Media Files to the Timeline
Looking at the timeline, you will be able to observe that the tracks are categorized on the basis of the type of media so video and audio should be added in the matching track type. Therefore, add your audio and video as indicated below. Successful addition will display the added media file on the timeline. As pointed out earlier you can always use the preview feature to check that changes are reflected. CyberLink PowerDirector is powerful enough to give you this feature.
Step 5: Trim and Cut Video
When working with raw footage, there are parts that are unwanted and it is always prudent to get rid of them completely. To achieve this, select the area where you want to start cutting or trimming as shown by Label 1. Hint: Drag the scrubber to position the marker at the specific point you want. After that, use the cut icon under Label 2 and the trim icon shown by Label 3 to make the necessary adjustments.
Step 6: Spice up the Video with Transitions
CyberLink PowerDirector has more in store for you in this process to edit video files. In this step, you will be able to add a transition effect in the area between two clips like for instance where you trim part of the footage. To do this, head over to the transition library by clicking on the icon labeled 1 to open up the various transitions in the area labeled 2. Once you are there, pick one transition that interests you and drag it to the intersection of the two clips like shown below under Label 3. Once it is added, you can drag it sideways to where you want the transition to start.
Step 7: Title the Video
In order for the viewer to have a better understanding of what the video is about, it is very important to include necessary titles in the video. CyberLink PowerDirector will let you do this by clicking on the “T” icon labeled 1 so that you can pick one that augurs best with you in the resulting windows labeled 2. When you sport a favorite one, click and drag it onto the timeline as shown below under Label 3 depending on the exact point you want the title to appear during playback.
Step 8: Produce the Final Video
You can explore more features based on how you want to refine the video so you can always explore more features as you get acquainted with CyberLink PowerDirector. Now that we have applied various forms of editing, you need to export or render the video to a shareable form. Next to the “Edit” tab is the “Produce” tab that you should click on in order to open the export options shown below. In the first section labeled 1, choose from 2D, 3D, Device or Online mode for the export, then the file format, profile type, profile name or quality. At the same time, you have a chance to apply hardware acceleration to the rendering, use surround sound and even x.v.color when the need arises. It goes without saying that the window labeled 2 is crucial to preview the output. Do not forget to pick your preferred output folder under Label 3 if you don’t want to rock the default one. Once you have done all that, hit the “Start” button labeled 4 to kickstart the rendering process.
Immediately you do that, the process will start and depending on how long the clip is, you will be taken to the interface below informing you that the production process has been completed successfully. To obtain the rendered file, CyberLink PowerDirector has the “Open file location” button that will open the directory for you in file explorer.
If you have managed to locate the edited video file, it means that you have just completed your first video editing task using CyberLink PowerDirector. As you may have come to realize, the process is not complex at all when you have this instructive guide to follow. With constant usage, you will be able to explore more features that this tutorial does not cover and in the end produce videos that are just on another level. Actually, with CyberLink PowerDirector, you are opened up to a world of endless creativity when it comes to the video editing process.
The bottom line, if you are looking to streamline the workflow and make routine video production feel like just a walk in the park, CyberLink PowerDirector is the perfect candidate for you. It has actually made a name for itself and hence very popular among so many users and terming it as the best video editing program for Windows will not be misguided at all. At the same time, arming yourself with this guide will see to it that the learning curve is greatly reduced especially for first-time users. Give the guide a test run again and this time explore even more features now that you are familiar with how it works.