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CyberLink PowerDirector Premium 5.0

£48 inc VAT

Manufacturer: CyberLink

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Digital video editing is one of those ideas that sounds great in principle. In practice, the process is generally quite complicated. Step forward, CyberLink PowerDirector.

Digital video editing is one of those ideas that sounds great in principle. In practice, unfortunately, the process is generally quite complicated, and the end results often fall short of polished perfection. As a result, all your priceless films continue to gather dust on unwatched tapes.

Step forward, CyberLink PowerDirector Premium 5.0. This program contains a batch of Magic video-editing tools designed to speed up and simplify the process of creating a watchable film from your footage. It comes with DVD templates – with the range of subjects varying from football to holidays – to help theme your movies with matching menus and designs.

This version allows you to take films from your PC and transfer them on to portable devices by converting them to Mpeg4 format. Other features include improved HD (high-definition) format support – HD-Mpeg, HDV and DVB-T – plus the ability to upload movies to Youtube.com and convert standard footage to widescreen.

Having reviewed a fair few video editing packages that claim to be easy to use, we were sceptical as to how simple PowerDirector would be. The clear, relatively uncluttered interface was a pleasant surprise. Tools are clearly labelled and it’s easy to navigate to what you need. Buttons running along the top take you directly to the capture, edit, produce and create disc tools.

Equally, once you start using the software, everything is either wizard-based or simple to use. The Magic video-editing tools allow you to add soundtracks, clean up video or add a style at the click of a button. They may be a little cheesy, but they make things much easier for a novice user.

CyberLink PowerDirector Premium 5.0 Expert Verdict »

Pentium 4 3GHz processor
Microsoft Windows XP/2000
15MB hard disk space
CD or DVD writer
video capture device
microphone for voice overs
  • Ease of Use: We give this item 8 of 10 for ease of use
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

PowerDirector 5.0 will not appeal to experts, as the features on offer are too limited – such users should opt for Adobe or Ulead. But for novice users, the program delivers on the promise of a simple way to turn footage into a watchable movie.

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