CyberLink Media Suite 12 Ultra is a comprehensive multimedia suite which bundles together just about everything in CyberLink's extensive product range.

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).

And while it might seem as though navigating all these tools might be a problem, the bundled PowerStarter front end menu makes it all very straightforward. If you want to upload a video to Facebook, for instance, there's no need to try and remember which application does that: just click Video > Upload to Social Networks and it'll launch the correct program for you (that's MediaShow, if you're wondering).

Note that CyberLink Media Suite 12 Ultra has a big brother, the Ultimate edition, which extends the package 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.


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