Cyberlink Power Director Ultra v7

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Online video has become extremely popular, everyone on from children to grandparents are getting in on the action, but let’s be honest, it’s not all the greatest stuff out there. Video editing can do wonders for a video, and adding titles, music, and special effect can really make your videos stand out from the rest, and that’s what we want right? We want our content to get noticed and seen by as many people as possible.

Cyberlink is a popular company when it comes to most anything video related, they’ve got several products to allow one to play, burn create and edit videos, and today I’m taking a look at the latest version of their Power Director, it’s version 7, Ultra edition. The Ultra edition on it means that it can do things the regular version can’t like supporting more file types. For the most part though it’s the same as the other non-ultra versions with a few minor changes and additions.

If you’ve been reading our reviews then you’ve seen our unboxing videos, I’ve used Power Director v7 for most of them, to edit them, create the titles, effects and other thing included with the videos. It’s a great program, that can be easy to use for the beginner and does offer advanced features for the more experienced video producing crowd.

There are several main features to Power Director 7, once you start up the program you are greeted with the main window where you can add files to the program to be edited. On this screen you’ll see several picture icons down along the left side, and a few choices across the top as well.

Down the side we’ve got icons for Files, Effects, PiP Objects, Text, Transitions, Audio, Recording, Chapter Creation and further editing.

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At the bottom of the main interface we’ve got a familiar timeline style interface as well that you can drag and drop items to if you wish from the main window, or you can right click on them for an option to appear for sending them to a specific part of the timeline.

Across the top are options for:

Capture for capturing video and audio from outside sources

Edit for editing obviously

Produce for actually creating or producing your finished movie

Create Disc to create a disc.

Specifications:

Cyberlink Power Director Ultra v7

Create Your Own Movie Masterpieces

* From Capture to Produce – in High-Definition – Create high-definition videos with support for HD content including AVCHD, MPEG-2 HD, and WMV-HD formats.

* 6-track Picture-in-Picture Effects – Design sophisticated image overlays, chroma-key effects, and masks, with up to 6 independently animated objects. Learn about using multiple PiPs.

* Disc Menu Designer – Work with new designs featuring “select scenes” navigation and animated chapter thumbnails. Create stylish menus with subtitle on/off controls too! Output to Blu-ray Discs and DVDs.

* Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator – Burn discs featuring surround sound audio that you can enjoy on your home-theater system.

* Resizable Workspace – Adjust your workspace to make editing even easier. Drag to enlarge the timeline, preview window and effects libraries.

Enhance Videos and Photos with Magic Tools

* Powerful Video Enhancements – Transform some of your worst mistakes into your best video content. PowerDirector’s video and photo enhancement tools let you adjust the degree of each fix then automatically create the results your are looking for.

* Automated Video Editing – Select a movie theme and let PowerDirector complete your video for you. No need to set a single edit point or add an effect. It’s totally automatic!

* Professional Slideshows – Choose from 7 unique templates, including the new “3D” style and slideshows featuring beat-detection technology to automatically sync your photos to music. The “cell” style gives you complete control, letting you arrange each photo.

Acquire Online Resources Easily

* Direct Access to Photos on Flickr – Retrieve photos you have already uploaded to Flickr. Search for photos created by your contacts or available under common license agreements. Import directly to your PowerDirector projects.

* Unlimited Audio on Freesound – Never get stuck for a sound effect again. Search by tags and import to your media library.

Connect with other PowerDirector Users on DirectorZone

* DirectorZone, the new online sharing community for PowerDirector usersYour PowerDirector Community – Enjoy free access to DirectorZone, PowerDirector’s dedicated online community.

* Download Effects – Access new effects created by other PowerDirector users for your projects.

* Upload Effects – Share your effects and DVD templates with other users on DirectorZone. Learn about uploading your creations to DirectorZone.

* Subscribe to Other Creators – Make sure you always get the latest designs of your favorite creators.

Price:  Cyberlink Power Director Ultra v7 US$119.95

Here’s a basic pictorial step-by-step of creating a movie, adding the file, adding text, title and final creation. Here you’ll see adding effects and text and producing the movie by selecting the file format and final conversion or creation.

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To create your movie, it’s fairly simple and the longest part is actually creating the movie or encoding it to your selected file format.

One thing I did notice though is that Power Director seems to create final file sizes that are larger than other programs do, I’m guessing it has to do with their file compression system. You can of course change the settings, file format, audio quality and video size to help bring the size of the completed movie down.

Sample Movies:

Instead of embedding movies into the review, here are a couple links to a few movies I created using Power Director 7:

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Conclusion:

Cyberlink Power Director 7 is a very powerful and useful tool for video editing and creation that most anyone from beginners to pros can appreciate.

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Pros:

Easy to use

Loaded with features

Good for beginners or advanced video editors

Cons:

Compression seems larger than other programs

Grades:

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  • DJmoqua

    Nice program to use, but I do have another con: when saving your project, for some reason it doesn’t save the speedchanges in your project. Which means that when re-opening the project another time, the speed of the changed clips have been set back to 1x, while the duration of the clip hasn’t changed. That’s quite annoying!!
    Can it be that I don’t know how to fix this, or is this an issue of the software? Who can tell me?

  • Gary R

    I wish I had someone to help me decide on what editing program I should buy. I’m new to editing and don’t want to throw away $100.00. Is this power director the best bang for the buck? Or should I consider Nero, Roxio or Adobe the $100.00 version?
    HELP Thanks

  • AR

    PowerDirector crashes when trying to save project.

  • José Pereira

    When I import mp3 files into the program, occurred a error and don’t import this files.

  • Fidhar

    Hello,

    I have a new video camera sony HDD, i tried to upload the videos I made on my laptop and it work but I could not edit it on Power Director 3.

    What do you you think?
    I think I should buy Cyber Link Power Director Ultra V7.
    Do you think it will accept AVCHD format?

    I look forward to your response.
    Thanks,
    Fihdar

  • Vannarith Toch

    I have Power Director Ultra 7.02429a and it crash before it complete in the Producing step. Can any one help on this.

  • Jan J

    I have exactly the same problem on two(!) systems using an AMD CPU and running Vista Ultimate 64 bit. The problem does not occur on my laptop with Vista Ultimate 32 bit using an Intel CPU.
    Anyone more with these experiences?

  • mel

    before producing… be sure to close RichVideo.exe

    – at the taskbar (ctrl+alt+del) then processes
    – find RichVideo.exe and click it
    – end process
    – yes
    then continue to producing..

    this is to avoid crashing when you are about to produce video… sorry for my grammar…

  • Frank

    When I import mp3 files into the program, occurred a error and don’t import this files.
    I have vista 32 bits
    Is this een software problem??
    Can anybody help
    My computer with XP version works!! (its slow)
    I have powerdirector V7 + update

  • mchile

    same problem. ! It won’t import my avi files. it says an error occured wwhile opening the media library.!

  • Ac

    I also have the same .avi import problem on my laptop, but only with large files. Like over 1gb. Anything under that, and it works ok. My laptop can easily play Call Of Duty4, so I know it can handle video files. I also have no problem on my desktop computer with files over 3gb. Kinda wierd…

  • rach

    i CANT produce what iv edited ! help me !

    its really annoying cause i spent alota time and its telling me something about insufficient memory space. But that cant be right because theres TONS of memory space ! ! about 100G more then it needs of only 400MB !

    thanks

  • elwoode

    hi all, well my advice is to get sony vegas or sony movie studio (slightly less features) Why these? because they are very reliable and rock solid. I have tried the lot including adobe premiere and sony is the best because of how reliable it is. To learn how to use it just go to youtube and watch some videos. I like Dillons vidoes. Power director is ok but doesnt have the realiability of sony. Any adobe premiere sometimes freezes and is sluggish.

  • Direktorey

    As soon as i click CREATE DISC, it gices me an error message saying:(PDR.exe) Components initialization failed. There might have been problems during the installation. Please install again. Then right after i close that window it says:(Power Director) Create Disc Page initializing error! Components initialization failed. There might have been problems during installation. Please install again.—->well we all see the obvious solution, but we’ve tried that and it didn’t work. PlEASE HELP. THANK YOU

  • Hugh McRae

    All you need to do is click on directors zone, login/register and download a dvd menu. double click, it will install and you can now burn

  • Hugh McRae

    Click directors zone, login/register download a dvd menu double click and try again!

  • proto57

    Crash, crash, crash. I have 4 gigs of RAM, Athlon X2 video card, can run anything but this. I burned one disk, now it just crashes when I click “create DVD”. So what? Reinstall? Again? This should not happen. And I am not the only one… the web is full of the exact same complaint, which Cyberlink apparently will not address. Very poor software…

  • Andre

    I’ve been using PowerDirector 6, for 2 years…it crashes regularly, especially when there are moving titles. Last week, it crashed 30 times when making an 8 minute video. Unless Cyberlink has cleaned up their act and debugged their software, I wouldn’t recommend it. I’m moving on to Sony Vegas studio.

  • joe

    So glad im not going crazy, thinking that my comp was
    no good. i just purchase cyberlink ultra suite 7 and it crashes once
    i start to working on it……i have 4GB
    of free ram and was thinking of buying more but it seem that
    the software is the issue.
    im looking into sony vega but not until i make
    more research.
    Just incase any one finds a solution for this issue
    please let us now….

  • George

    for mel: I’ve tried what you said. Closed RichVideo but no changes. I still get error at 92% “Burning Failed! Error code: c0040004″

  • Dinesh kumar

    I Have a Great Interest in Multimedia Field .That’s Why I accepted This but the problem is that I have trial version Software .I don’t know how to purchase this software.Could you help me.

  • 1BriannaOffical

    Hey! I need help! I try to transfer itunes music to power director but it dosent let me! How do i transfer it to the power director?

  • joe

    Hey every body! I just discover why my cyberlink crashes. I notice that
    if i upload a corrupted vid to cyberlink will freeze and uses all my CPU because it’s trying to
    recognize it. Once i removed the vid from my computuer cyberlink started to work better than ever…jejejejeje….Now, I just have to be very carefull that i dont use any personal/youtube vid or any that is corrupted or it willmake my computer/cyberlink go crazy….
    Well good luck to every body! hope you guys find a solution to your problems….XD

  • joe

    D Hi this is Joe,,,

    Ok I have the same issue with error 8007000e.

    Ok this was my first option so I won’t get error 8007000e. Please read both option before you do anything…..option 1 and option 2 can either go either way…

    – I am assuming that some videos that I use or back ground on my project are some how corrupted and cyber link software can’t recognize it.

    :shock: Please read both option before you do anything….

    Create a File for your project.

    1) Ok go to produce-Select create a file(Next) -Select .Avi & Avi High Quality Profile(Next)-Save it to you’re computer or any where you can find it and finally -Start rendering. Ok once it’s done you need to close Cyberlink then open it again and

    (Import media) import you’re file and then start creating you’re CD.

    This has helped the most but in case it doesn’t work try the second option.

    2) I deleted my project and started fresh….. :shock: :!: :evil: Yes I know it’s so frustrating. Deleted some stuff and replace them

    with something else …some times when you download vid from YouTube or use background images from the internet can really make cyberlink go crazy. Make sure you trust the website before you download. :!:

    I hope this help’s you….If you find solution to you’re problems don’t forget to tell us about it…it will help us much….

    Thank you guys….

    http://directorzone.cyberlink.com/posts/list/308.page#3364

  • bert

    cannot import my own music tracks in cyberlink powerdirector 8.
    is it anyway possible?

  • Scott

    I have seen 2 posts with my exact problem. PD will not import *.avi files. It gives some bogus generic error message about the library. Does anyone have an idea of why it will not import *.avi files?

  • Andy

    Im having a problem with Power Director, My version is about a year old and now ive made a decent video when its burning it only gets to 42% then says error code a0000005.
    Can some body help me as im getting frustrated. ta

  • David

    I was also having a problem with the 800700e burn failure error. But I found that when I savedthe program , exited and reloaded PowerDirector and then updated the menu options it worked. I am wondering if it occurs somehow as a result of using the preview function, as when I was getting the error previously it was after I had previewed the DVD.

  • Blur

    Hey…i wan 2 use powerdirector 7..but i seem cnt find how to insert audio files..example : mp3 file..can any 1 help me?reli appreciate it

  • Tom Smith

    Would be a GREAT piece of software, except for the menu problems. I get the C0040004 error as soon as I’ve made my own menu’s and customised their horrid default template …which is why I’m snooping around the forums like this for a fix.

    Should be far more robust than that.

    On the positives, the capture is excellent, and the basic dvd creation steps give you everything you need to create a really nice dvd. The best beginner software out there, and I’ve tried a lot.

  • Delrine

    Why is the file so big after being processed? After working with 5 files of approx. 20 mb, it produced them at almost 12 gb…crazy!!!

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