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CyberLink PowerDirector
Developer(s) CyberLink
Stable release 12 (October 19, 2013; 10 months ago (2013-10-19)) [±]
Preview release None [±]
Operating system Windows XP (SP2 or later for HDV capture)
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Windows 8
Type Video editing software
License Proprietary
Website CyberLink PowerDirector

CyberLink PowerDirector[1] is a video editing software application for non-linear video editing, published by CyberLink Corporation. PowerDirector allows users to capture, edit and output from within the software and has semi-professional features suitable for the consumer level. Its main competitors are Adobe Premiere Pro and Elements, AVS Video Editor, Corel VideoStudio, Pinnacle Studio,and Sony Vegas Movie Studio. PowerDirector software can be purchased online or in popular computer retail stores, subscription is also available including extra cloud storage.

Version history[edit]

PowerDirector Version 4 introduced the magic tools which fix video and photo content and add sound.
PowerDirector Version 5 added a second video track which allows picture-in-picture overlay. Version 4 also allowed for publishing videos directly to YouTube and output to playback devices such as iPod and PSP.
PowerDirector Version 6 (Release Date: Mar 14, 2007) included a menu designer for DVD authoring. MPEG-2 HD and WMV HD video format is supported with the option to write back to HDV tape. A slideshow designer and additional video effects were also included.

PowerDirector Version 7 (Release Date: May 7, 2008) is the first to be sold in two editions: Deluxe and Ultra. The Ultra version allows for Blu-ray Disc and AVCHD on DVD authoring, while both versions support Dolby 5.1 encoding. Version 7 supports up to 6 PiP tracks.
Version 7 introduces DirectorZone. DirectorZone is an effects, templates and menus download website. There is an option to subscribe to other creators which gives the opportunity to share effects and templates. Other notable new features include direct links to Flickr and Freesound, the option to apply multiple fixes at once using Magic Clean, and beat detection technology – which syncs audio with movie content.

PowerDirector Version 8 (Release Date: Aug 3, 2009) introduces a Particle Effects Designer, Power Tools, and Zoom-in Cut for microscopic frame level editing. Version 8 allows for viewing and sharing timeline settings for video project, direct Facebook uploads, new special effects and a full-screen preview.

PowerDirector Version 9 (Release Date: Nov 18, 2010) is CyberLink's first 64-bit offering and introduces the new TrueVelocity video rendering engine for much improved rendering speed. Version 9 also adds a 100-track timeline, customizable particle effects, and functionality to output videos directly to the iPad, iPhone, iPod, BlackBerry, PSP, Zune and many other mobile devices.

PowerDirector Version 10 (Release Date: Oct 11, 2011) features a 2nd generation TrueVelocity rendering engine including support for OpenCL as well as end-to-end 3D video editing (Ultra version only)[2]. DirectorZone, the companion online community for PowerDirector users, now boasts over 2 million members and over 200,000 free effects that can be downloaded and integrated into video projects.

PowerDirector Version 11 (Release Date: Sep 19, 2012) features a 3rd generation TrueVelocity rendering engine with multi-GPGPU acceleration and OpenCL. PowerDirector 11 is also the first consumer video editing software supporting 4K resolution format and AVCHD 2.0 3D/Progressive certificated. In version 11, PowerDirector further integrates 2 new software - ColorDirector and AudioDirector in the highest-end version PowerDirector Ultimate Suite.

Current version[edit]

PowerDirector Version 12 (Release Date: Sep 6, 2013) is the latest PowerDirector release and features a 4th generation TrueVelocity rendering engine with 40% faster(compared with version 11) H.264 encoder and Intel 4th gen. Core i CPU (Haswell) optimization including AVX2 instructions supports and Quick Sync Video hardware encoder in 4K resolution. PowerDirector 12 is also the first consumer video editing software supporting multiple angle editing up to 4 cameras, a new Theme Designer allows user to customize pre-designed 3D templates with user content, and other useful tools like copy/paste keyframe attributes, enhanced ripple editing including hotkeys, enhanced transition effects and supports more plug-in like Pixelan SpiceMaster.

Magic tools[edit]

PowerDirector has several tools to enhance and edit projects quickly. The Magic Movie Wizard creates an edited movie with effects and transitions. Magic Clean reduces ambient noise and enhances the video color. Magic Cut cuts unedited video to a shorter duration. Magic Fix fixes red-eye, blurry photos and stabilizes shaky footage. Magic Style transforms clips into a finished movie. Magic Music creates background music to match the project length.

SmartSound Magic Music Standard Packages:
Power Director 8: Bach Guitar, Blues To Go, Boulevard Funk, Cold Metal, Hot & Spicy, Innocence, Island Party, It's cool, Kickin' Back, Motor City Jam, Movie Logos, Mozart Night, New Vistas, No Borders, Olympic, Orleans Romp, Piano Sonata, Power Drive, Queen Of Sheba, Rodeo Roundup, Subterfuge
Power Director 9 & 10: Clear Vision, Feature Presentation, Future Progress, Global Vibes, Introspective, Julie's Place, Pavane, Run Down, Super Logo, Wild Chase.

OEM versions[edit]

When PowerDirector is bundled with hardware, such as video capture cards, the version provided is often limited in features compared to the retail versions. For version 7 of PowerDirector there are 4 separate OEM versions: LE/LX, HE, HE3D, DE and SE. The HE version is the most complete, while the SE version is the least capable. The HE and HE3D version is the OEM version of the Ultra retail version and even includes some features not in the Deluxe retail version, but lacks contents like PiP, Title, Particle and Menu templates and several features of the retail versions such as QuickTime, Magic Music, Multiple PiP, Customised motion, surround sound and includes fewer effects and styles. The other versions have all the limitations of the HE version but also do not include features such as precise cut, multiple trim, smart caption, advanced title control and HDV tape write back. An OEM version usually entitles the owner to a discounted upgrade to the latest full retail versions.


PowerDirector 7 Ultra edition won PC Magazine Editor's Choice award[2] on June 12, 2008.

PowerDirector 9 Ultra64 won PC Magazine's Editor's Choice Award on Dec. 7, 2010

PowerDirector 10 Ultra won PC Magazine's Editor's Choice Award on Nov. 30, 2011

PowerDirector 11 Ultra won PC Magazine's Editor's Choice Award on Jan. 23, 2013

PowerDirector 12 Ultra won PC Magazine's Editor's Choice Award on Sep. 12, 2013


  1. ^ Ozer, Jan (June 12, 2008). "CyberLink PowerDirector 7 Ultra - Full Review - Reviews by PC Magazine". PC Mag. Retrieved August 7, 2009. 

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