CyberLink PowerProducer Ultra is an excellent authoring tool which allows you to quickly convert your photos and videos into polished, professional Blu-ray and DVD video discs.

The program's wide file format support (now including MKV and FLV videos, as well as RAW photos) means it's easy to import your media. If it's not on file yet, you're able to import it directly from a camcorder. And wherever the footage came from, you can split, merge and trim the clips to make sure they're exactly as you'd like.

You get a good range of disc menu templates, too, which has been further extended in this version with some very impressive, full HD quality 3D-like animated menus. Any of these can be customised a little (you can change the background music, say, or the position of various elements), and you can apply them to your project in a click or two.

When you're finished then the program can burn your project to CD, DVD or Blu-ray disc. This version adds support for creating AVCREC discs, too, as well as burning side-by-side 3D discs (BDMV, DVD or AVCHD), although without any menus.

And if you really want to create a professional presentation, you might appreciate the inclusion of CyberLink's LabelPrint tool, which helps you design and print disc labels, covers and inlays. (It's simple and with limited templates, but should still prove useful.)

There aren't a great deal of improvements in PowerProducer 6.0, then, but the enhancements CyberLink have provided are well targeted, and overall the program is an impressive video authoring tool.

CyberLink PowerProducer 6.0 is also available in a more limited, Deluxe version. This doesn't support Blu-ray or HD discs, can't burn side-by-side 3D discs, and only includes 5 of the new animated 3D-like menus (PowerProducer Ultra has 14). It is considerably cheaper, though - $44.99 vs $75.99 - and if you're sure you can live with the restrictions then it's a good buy.

Please note, this trial build adds 10 seconds of a watermark page at the end of every video, and doesn't include the H.264 codec.


CyberLink PowerProducer 6.0 Ultra is easy to learn and use, and its various menu templates will help you produce quality video discs with the minimum of hassle