CyberLink PowerDirector 11 Ultimate Suite takes the powerful video editor and combines it with ColorDirector, AudioDirector and three bonus design packs.
As with previous releases, PowerDirector 11 provides everything you need to create professional videos, complete with soundtrack, transitions, special effects and more, before exporting your project to a file, sharing it online, or burning it to disc, complete with your own custom menus.
And this is no minor update. Rather, PowerDirector 11 includes some very significant additions which will make a real difference to the editing experience, and this will be obvious from the moment you launch the program.
There's no longer any need to waste an age manually browsing lengthy movies, for instance, identifying the key sections you'd like to import, because PowerDirector 11's new content-aware editing can now do this for you. In just a click you have the program analyze any clip, quickly picking out the important scenes - the shots with zoom, pan, motion, faces and more. All you have to do is select these with the mouse, and import them for further work: much quicker and easier than ever before.
And your subsequent edits should also be much faster with PowerDirector 11, as the program now properly optimizes itself for your graphic technology (AMD VISION, nVidia GeForce or Intel 3rd Generation Core). While new multi GPGPU support means the program can, say, use the GPU processor in an integrated and additional graphics card to deliver even more performance (CyberLink quote a 38% speed increase as typical).
If you like to live on the leading edge then one of the ways you might use this extra power is via the program's new end-to-end support for 4K Ultra HD resolution; 4,096 x 3,072 (60p/60i) or 4,096 x 2,304 (60p/ 60i). Whether you want to import 4K footage directly from the latest cameras, edit it more effectively or publish to that resolution yourself, PowerDirector 11 has you covered.
But if you're more interested in simple, down-to-earth improvements which everyone can use, don't worry - the program has plenty of those, too.
A new flexibility in the interface, for instance, means it's now easy to adjust the media room thumbnail size and timeline track height, so giving you a much clearer look at exactly what you're doing.
A new "Customize Keyboard Hotkeys" dialog displays all the program's hotkeys, and allows you to tweak them to suit your precise needs.
The Titles, Menus, Picture-in-Picture and Particle Effects designers now all run full-screen to help you produce more accurate results.
And in the fourth quarter of 2012, CyberLink will also release PowerDirector Metro, their first Windows 8 tablet editor, allowing you to do quick work outdoors before importing and continuing your project in PowerDirector proper.
Please note, PowerDirector 11 is available in multiple editions, and this one, Ultimate Suite, has all the key editing features and also includes a couple of professional add-ons. ColorDirector is a professional colour correction tool which uses advanced motion tracking to help tweak regional colours, and so giving your videos the film look; and AudioDirector is a capable sound designer which can apply special effects to your soundtrack, remove unwanted noises, record custom audio, mix tracks and more.
Build 2707 build "GM5" brings these changes:
Added support for 19 languages
Adds support for RAW images, please check product page for supported camera models.
Adds 2.7K (2704 x 1524) resolution profile for 2D video production in AVC H.264, MPEG-4 and MKV formats.
Improves program stability when editing 4K clips using shadow files.
Improves program stability when CPU has more than 16 threads.
Improves the seeking performance and response speed for VOB and VRO video clips.
Improves the alignment accuracy when selecting multiple templates in Title Designer.
Improves program stability when burning Blu-ray Discs with DTS audio.
Improves program stability when importing MPEG-2 clips in Windows XP systems.
Improves program stability when applying video-in-reverse with AVCHD footage from Panasonic camcorders.
Resolves audio duration miscalculation issue with variable bit-rate MPEG audio.
Faster, smarter and more powerful than ever, CyberLink PowerDirector 11 Ultimate Suite is a significant upgrade with an excellent mix of new features. Just about all of these are available in PowerDirector 11 Ultimate for only a little more than half the price, though, so unless you need ColorDirector or AudioDirector you may be able to save yourself some cash.