CyberLink Media Suite 12 Ultimate is a supercharged multimedia suite which bundles together just about everything in CyberLink's extensive product range. (And unlike previous versions, there's no need to worry about whether you're getting the "Deluxe" or "Ultra" edition of something, or what that means: the suite just includes the full version of them all.)

PowerDVD 14 is included to take care of your media playback needs: music, video, DVD, Blu-ray, 3D and more. MediaShow 6 helps to organise and share your photos and videos, while MediaEspresso 7 Deluxe is a fast and easy-to-use media conversion tool.

PowerDirector 12 is a particular star here, being a very capable video editor. PhotoDirector 5 is on hand whenever you need to edit or enhance photos, and WaveEditor 2 can assist in recording audio, applying effects, or cutting and trimming it to suit your requirements.

If it's time to share your photos or videos on disc, then PowerProducer 6 is a solid authoring tool which will help you create professional DVD and Blu-ray movie discs.

Power2Go 9 handles more general disc-related tasks: ripping CDs, mounting disc images, creating data discs and running basic backups. And InstantBurn 5 is a packet burning tool which allows you to use your optical discs (including the latest Blu-ray formats) just like a hard drive.

Bonus tools include PowerBackup 2.6, PowerDVD Copy 1.5 and LabelPrint 2.5 (the names will give you a very good idea what they do).

Everything we've listed so far is also available in the slightly cheaper CyberLink Media Suite 12 Ultra, but Ultimate takes this to another level with three Content Packs (Holiday, Travel, Romance), and a trio of mobile apps. PowerDirector Mobile and a new PhotoDirector Mobile bring video and photo editing to Android and Windows 8 devices, while the new Power Media Player is a powerful player for Android, iOS and Windows 8.

Verdict

An excellent collection of powerful multimedia tools. Value-for-money.