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PowerDirector 9 Ultra - 64

by Cyberlink See the Amazon Page for this brand
Windows Vista / 7 / XP
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • Video-editing software with performance-driven technologies
  • TrueVelocity native 64-bit engine speeds up video-editing process
  • Create pro-like scenes and effects with new advanced editing tools
  • Instant video enhancement with TrueTheater Technology
  • Share effects, templates, and project timeline views with thousands of other users

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows Vista / 7 / XP
  • Media: Software
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004EWJB32
  • Item model number: PDR-E900-RPU0-00
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 22, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,241 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Product Description

PowerDirector 9 Ultra 64 from Cyberlink is a comprehensive video editing application that fully supports high definition videos and features advanced authoring capabilities for AVCHD Blu-ray Discs and DVDs. PowerDirector supports 9 PiP and 4 audio tracks includes editing tools such as video cropping reverse video speed adjustment and precise Zoom-in Cut to deliver pro-like results. TrueTheater Technology provides SD-to-HD up-scaling smooth slow-motion playback and virtual surround sound.(A lite version PowerDirector 9 DELUXE is also available at a lower retail price.) Features: Capture import edit and produce HD video content including AVCHD H.264 AVI and many other formats. Editing tools such as video cropping reverse video speed adjustment and precise Zoom-in Cut deliver pro-like results. TrueTheater Technology provides SD-to-HD up-scaling smooth slow-motion playback and virtual surround sound. More timeline tracks including 9 PiP and 4 audio tracks and an adjustable workspace offer more flexibility. Optimization for Intel Core i7 NVIDIA CUDA and ATI Stream technologies enables faster video production. Auto shutdown feature shuts the PC down after rendering. New Particle effects designer lets users achieve everything from simple animations to dramatic special effects. Design tools for titles PiP effects and disc menus allow users to customize the look and feel of their videos. Over 13000 templates and effects are available for free download from DirectorZone. Users can learn from and share video project timelines on DirectorZone an easy to way to pick up editing tips and tricks. Direct uploading to Facebook and YouTube in HD. Output to playback devices such as the iPhone Zune and PSP. Edit then author HD projects onto Blu-ray discs and AVCHD DVDs. Automatically sync slideshows to music reposition photo framing and rearrange the sequence.System Requirements: Windows 7/Vista/XP (Windows XP Service Pack 2)


PowerDirector Ultra64

Create Spectacular Videos at Blazing Speed
  • Turbo-charge HD video production speed with world's first native 64-bit consumer video editor
  • New TrueVelocity Technology speeds up entire video process
  • Professional productions with 100 video tracks and powerful editing tools
  • Instant video enhancement with TrueTheater Technology
  • Download free effects & templates on DirectorZone

The latest version of CyberLink's award-winning video-editing software, PowerDirector 9, is designed with high usability for consumers and powerful, pro-like features for prosumers. Unleash your full creative potential with performance-driven technologies including CyberLink's new TrueVelocity Engine.

Video Production at Blazing Speed

  • Maximizing System Memory -- TrueVelocity 64 takes advantage of PowerDirector's 64-bit OS support utilizing the entire system memory to process multiple HD video files efficiently.
  • Optimizing CPU Utilization -- TrueVelocity Parallel makes video processing smoother and faster by splitting tasks into smaller segments and simultaneously processing them across all available CPU threads.
  • Harnessing the Power of the CPU/GPU -- TrueVelocity Accelerator taps into the power of Intel, AMD and NVIDIA video processing technology for hardware-enhanced video decoding and encoding.

Powerful Editing Tools

  • Timeline Interface -- Up to 100 video and audio timeline tracks for a flexible workspace, easier media management, and more creative projects.
  • Video Enhancement Tools -- PowerDirector's suite of advanced TrueTheater technologies improves the video quality, offering SD-to-HD quality up-scaling, video noise removal, color and light adjustment, smooth slow-motion playback, and more.
  • Advanced Audio Editing -- New WaveEditor allows users to edit their audio tracks with effects and includes VST plug-in support for third party effects.
  • Full HD Previews -- Preview your video in real-time with full HD quality like never before

Maximized Creativity

  • MagicStyle Movie Wizard -- Select existing photos and videos; choose a built-in 3D template and audio track, and MagicStyle puts it all together into an amazing 3D movie in seconds.
  • Customized Particle Effects -- Unique Particle effects that are customizable for that special touch to your video creatives.

Sharing on all Media

  • 100,000+ FREE Effects -- provided to you by the PowerDirector community on DirectorZone.com. Including customized effects, templates, tips, tutorials and DVD menus that grow in amount every day.
  • Publish to Social Networks -- Users can choose to upload to Facebook or YouTube in Full HD quality directly from PowerDirector.
  • On-the-Go Media -- Output videos directly to the iPad, iPhone, iPod, BlackBerry, PSP, Zune and many other mobile devices. Simply select your device type and PowerDirector does the rest.
Speeds up video processing time
Speeds up video-processing time in every possible way.
Enhance videos and create sophisticated visual effects
Powerful yet easy-to-use tools let you enhance videos and create sophisticated visual effects.
Flexible workspace
More effects and templates for your growing video-editing needs.

Customer Reviews

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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best consumer video editor I've found January 8, 2011
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I've used a lot of consumer (20 to 120 dollar) video editors. Many of them have been buggy and difficult to use. I used to like the Ulead editor. It was decent and no frills, but very low end without many features. I tried upgrading to Corel VideoStudio (which seems to be what the Ulead product evolved into), but had trouble even installing it. Apple's video editor is great, but only if you use a Mac. Adobe's video editing software is good, but the interface is pretty complex and they seem to be lagging on some features. I ended up using CyberLink's video editor because a trial version came pre-installed on an HP computer I bought recently. I really liked the limited version. It has a good feature set, a clean interface, and automatically uploads videos to sites like YouTube. I liked the trial version enough to look into the full-blown product (PowerDirector) and found that the software got very strong reviews (e.g., see the cNet review). So, I coughed up a hundred bucks for the full new version (PowerDirector 9 Ultra). Installation was a breeze, and it seems to take advantage of the processing power of higher end systems (with 64-bit O/S and separate graphics card). It's very fast (rendering times are much shorter than what I'm used to), but still with a fairly simple interface. You can do reasonably advanced editing, or pop a simple video onto YouTube. At this time (early 2011), this is my favorite video editor -- it hits the sweet spot in terms of features, performance, stability, ease of use, and price.

Update 1/16/2011: As another reviewer noted, the legitimacy of some of the reviews for this product may be suspect. I'd encourage you to check out the reviewers as well as the reviews to help you make an informed decision.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trial version works, with a few wrinkles January 23, 2011
I looked at PowerDirector because I'd been using Adobe Premiere Elements (APE), versions 7 and 8, and have too many crashes and other issues; despite even buying and using a highly spec'd new machine.

I used APE since 2009, mostly on AVCHD source.

The machine I'm using is a Sony VAIO VPCF1, Intel i7, with Windows 7, 8G RAM, 500G 7200RPM hard drive, external Western Digital eSata drive. I purchased this machine in November 2010, with APE version 8 preloaded. I loaded previous projects created on APE 7, but couldn't get past a fatal crash that would occur outputting to .m2ts.

I downloaded the PowerDirector version 9 trial version, keeping in mind the controversial reviews I've read here.

Actually, I didn't search for PowerDirector based on Amazon reviews, but on other forum comments around the net recommending this software.

On to the details of my PowerDirector experience:

Pros: It loads quickly, ready for editing within less than 15 seconds. There are several preview resolutions available, so I could choose a level that works almost seamlessly in real time as I move back and forth along the timeline. Outputting AVCHD output ("Production") of my 6 minute video took about 15 minutes. No crashes or hangs whatsoever.
Applying video "fix" effects can be done over all clips quickly; not available with APE. With PowerDirector, a title can be editted several times after being created. With APE, it's turned into an uneditable video clip after creation.

Cons: I had to fiddle a bit to get used to splitting and trimming clips, but in all fairness that's a learning curve problem; not the software's fault. Here APE is a bit more intuitive. Fades out or in took a bit of time to learn how to apply (APE has menu pulldowns).
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Strickly follow system requirements! February 18, 2011
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I'm running a Core i3 w/4 GB RAM and Windows 7. PD9 Ultra requires a minimum 512 MB memory, but recommends 6gb for full HD quality H.264 and MPEG-2 HD with a Corei5/7, but just a Pentium Core 2 Duo E6400 or above for AVCHD (and Blu-ray) profiles, which is what I have with my new Sony HDR-CX550v (incredible camera, btw). However, even though my task manager says it is only using 2.25-2.75 GB max of memory, all video produced (rendered) was very shaky and stuttering. I tried rendering as MPEG-4, .mov, etc, output with better luck, but it was still not acceptable for the fine HD video the Sony takes. The burned product was un-watchable.
Customer support hasn't returned my help request for two days now. Probably nothing they can do any way. Maybe they want me to spend the $30 for telephone support to tell me I messed up!
I did notice the program crashes regularly, even when at idle, so I did reset the 'save work' from 4 minutes to 2 just in case. As noted by others, the program does reload to where it was on the time line, but that just shouldn't happen so often.
Can't give it a bad review, just wish they were more insistent that their recommendations are really requirements. Beware. As always Amazon was super and allowed the return because it SHOULD have worked with AVCHD and my system.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True 64-bit + multi-core = fast May 11, 2011
I have been playing with the free trial download version for a week now and just bought the commercial key today. All I can say is... wow. This program is the only sub-$100 video editing program I have used that can meet my needs. It is true 64-bit (do be sure your OS is the 64-bit version and not the 32-bit version before buying), it actually will utilize all available cores (in the office my system has 8 cores, at home 4), and renders faster than any other consumer editing software I have tried.

Consider this: My i5-750 4-core system at home has 8gb of ram. It runs Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. I have been editing h264 mts (AVCHD) files, which are the highest quality HD video I think anyone deals with. I combined three clips, trimmed them, inserted a video overlay that runs over the entire video, and then output the resulting final movie (74 minutes long) in 640x480 mp4 (we use that format for research analysis of the videos). It took me about 15 minutes to insert, trim, combine, and overlay everything in the software (I find it very easy and intuitive). It then took PowerDirector Ultra 64 only 23 minutes to produce and save the entire video. That's a mere 23 minutes to complete the entire overlay, combination, and conversion rendering of a 74 minute 1080 HD video into 640 mp4 and save the file to my hard drive. Honestly, I was laughing the first few times it did this, as it was light years faster than the previous software packages I had tried.

So, in short:
-Wicked fast on a true 64-bit OS with a multi-core CPU. Actually uses all available cores.
-Easy and quick to use for basic video editing and production (I don't tend to do anything fancy)
-Pretty intuitive interface.
-Allows direct import and editing of h264 AVCHD videos in 1080hd.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Copy This, great!
Works great as intended, really helped me get that tape onto DVDs.
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Published 6 months ago by Bob B
3.0 out of 5 stars its pretty good, and easy to use if you have ...
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Published 6 months ago by B. olson
1.0 out of 5 stars difficult to use on my hp p6813 with windows 7/64
I keep getting the message "incomplete activation". Not able to burn to DVD. I had Power Director 8 and it worked fine. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Daniel J. Nascembeni
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice, but may need to roll nvidia graphics card driver back to...
I am now a happy power director 9 user. Many of the issues and features have been well covered in other reviews, so I will focus on the issue of very slow rendering, which made... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Harold
2.0 out of 5 stars Overkill (for me anyway)
Was looking for a pure simple movie making software and while this will do about anything and everything, it is too complicated for me.
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This is a great program and the user guide helps a lot. It wasn't too difficult to get up and running and feeling competent. Read more
Published 14 months ago by ozarkjcw
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners
I began using this product when i first started learning to direct videos. It works great and gets the job done. Til this day i still use it when i need to edit minor videos. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Greg
2.0 out of 5 stars Save your money and do it right.
I bought this because I didn't know what I was doing yet. Once my soundman and cinematographer saw it they told me there was no way this item would handle the kind of post... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you!
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