CyberLink PowerDirector 15 Ultra Review

Tamara By: Tamara | Last updated June 5, 2017

CyberLink PowerDirector 15 Ultra video editing software box

9.4 / 10

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PROS:

  • Suitable for both novice and professional users
  • Three operating modes
  • DirectZone community support

CONS:

  • No Mac version
  • Phone support is bought separately
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SUMMARY:

CyberLink PowerDirector 15 Ultra comes first in our lineup of the best video editing software because it’s accessible even to the most novice users, while maintaining enough advanced tools and features for those who are more experienced. It has more than enough tools that allow you to create professional-level videos you can be proud of.

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CyberLink PowerDirector 15 Ultra is the frontrunner of our top ten video editing software review. We decided this software should take the lead since it’s very easy to use and suitable for novice users, while it also offers many advanced features and tools professional users look for in a product like this.

During the course of our review of the best video editing software, we evaluated each product meticulously and under the same conditions in order to ensure objective results. We examined just how easy it is to perform certain kinds of tasks within the application, but we also tried out more advanced functions as well as the export of the final product. Once we concluded our tests, we came to the conclusion that CyberLink PowerDirector 15 Ultra was the most user-friendly application in our review.

One of the first tests we conducted was to create an identical video with all the movie making software in our review. CyberLink PowerDirector 15 Ultra constructed the 45-second video in just over 30 minutes which is the fastest time in our top ten line up. When we performed the same test on the other software in our review, we noted that the average time for this process was 46 minutes.

The second part of the test was to measure the time the app would take to export a finished video. CyberLink PowerDirector 15 Ultra was the fastest among its peers by finishing in just over 30 seconds. Considering most other software took over 60 seconds to export the same video, CyberLink PowerDirector is a very expedient app.

The final stage of the test was to see how well each program can compress higher resolution videos into smaller ones. For the purpose of our trial, we uploaded the same 4K video file and let each video editing app compress it to a smaller resolution. We examined the finished low-res video and looked for any kind of pixelation, distortion or any kind of imperfection that wasn’t there before the compression. CyberLink PowerDirector 15 Ultra did exceptionally well since we couldn’t find any major flaws with the new, lower resolution video even when we played it on a larger screen HDTV.

Features:

  • Vertical Video
  • Express Projects
  • Total 360º Video Editing
  • TrueVelocity 6
  • High Frame Rate Video Editor
  • Orientation SVRT
  • Accelerated Video Production
  • Mask Designer
  • Motion Tracking
  • MultiCam Designer
  • Menu Designer
  • Video Blending
  • TrueTheater Color
Pricing

Price:  $59,99

Performance

During the course of our review of the best video editing software, we evaluated each product meticulously and under the same conditions in order to ensure objective results. We examined just how easy it is to perform certain kinds of tasks within the application, but we also tried out more advanced functions as well as the export of the final product. Once we concluded our tests, we came to the conclusion that CyberLink PowerDirector 15 Ultra was the most user-friendly application in our review.

One of the first tests we conducted was to create an identical video with all the movie making software in our review. CyberLink PowerDirector 15 Ultra constructed the 45-second video in just over 30 minutes which is the fastest time in our top ten line up. When we performed the same test on the other software in our review, we noted that the average time for this process was 46 minutes.

The second part of the test was to measure the time the app would take to export a finished video. CyberLink PowerDirector 15 Ultra was the fastest among its peers by finishing in just over 30 seconds. Considering most other software took over 60 seconds to export the same video, CyberLink PowerDirector is a very expedient app.

The final stage of the test was to see how well each program can compress higher resolution videos into smaller ones. For the purpose of our trial, we uploaded the same 4K video file and let each video editing app compress it to a smaller resolution. We examined the finished low-res video and looked for any kind of pixelation, distortion or any kind of imperfection that wasn’t there before the compression. CyberLink PowerDirector 15 Ultra did exceptionally well since we couldn’t find any major flaws with the new, lower resolution video even when we played it on a larger screen HDTV.

Help/Support

Email: www.cyberlink.com/support/contact-support.jsp

Website: www.cyberlink.com/products/powerdirector-ultra

Support: www.cyberlink.com/support/index.html

Although CyberLink PowerDirector 15 Ultra is very easy to use, there might be times you’ll want to seek help online. For that purpose, CyberLink created the online community DirectorZone where you can connect with other PowerDirector users, and exchange experiences or even set up future collaborations. If you want a narrower area to look, you can browse one of the forum, tutorials or check out their YouTube channel. To contact a live agent, you’ll have to submit an online ticket with your details, and they’ll contact you with a response. 

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