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CyberLink PowerDirector comes in three versions: Deluxe, Ultra and Ultimate. Deluxe gets you the basics of video editing, such as the timeline and storyboard workflow, along with tools such as the chroma key (green screen) and a library of hundreds of effects, transitions and templates. If your project needs more than that, you can upgrade to Ultra or Ultimate and get content-aware editing, multi-cam editing, an action cam center, 360-degree video editing and many more tools. PowerDirector is a great choice because it lets you choose the level of tools that best fits your needs.
This version of PowerDirector gives you the fundamental tools to complete your video project. This version can take you a long way, as it has enough advanced features to meet most of your needs. It offers a 100-track timeline (100 video and 100 audio tracks), which gives you great flexibility to make the project as simple or complex as you want. It also comes with more than 500 transitions, effects and templates you can use to transform your raw footage into a finely polished video that you can share with family, friends or other audience.
The next step up from the Deluxe version is Ultra. This version offers more advanced tools, like multi-cam editing, which allows you to sync up footage of the same event from different sources and edit them together with ease. The Ultra version also unlocks the 360-degree video editor and an action cam center. These are great modules if you own the latest cameras capable of taking beautiful, fast action and 360-degree footage. You can also use the Ultra version to export your finished projects in the ultra-HD 4K resolution. You can even use this version to burn Blu-ray discs of your video creations.
The highest and most expensive version of PowerDirector comes with everything the Deluxe and Ultra versions have, plus hundreds more effects, templates and special themed packs of extra content. For example, you get numerous NewBlue plugins that can enhance your footage to the point where your audience will think you created your projects with the most sophisticated professional video editing software available.
The tools and features in PowerDirector rival anything you can find in the best pro video editor software at a fraction of the price. So, if you’re considering investing hundreds of dollars in one of the big-name editors, you’d be well served to download a free trial of PowerDirector to see if it suits your needs.