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ColorDirector5 LE Giveaway
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Giveaway of the day — ColorDirector5 LE

ColorDirector is a pro-level color grading software!
$59.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 69 (82%) 15 (18%) 20 comments

ColorDirector5 LE was available as a giveaway on March 16, 2018!

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Color grading is essential for evoking responses from your video viewers. ColorDirector is a pro-level color grading software packaged in an intuitive suite that makes it simple for anyone to master.

This version includes:

  • Importing Formats: MP4/H.264 (with Windows 7/8/10 in-box MP4 codec), AVI, WMV (Doesn't support MKV, MOV, FLV);
  • Exporting Formats: MP4/H.264 (with Windows 7/8/10 in-box MP4 codec), WMV (Doesn’t support MKV, M2TS, XAVC-S);
  • Aspect Ratio/ Resolution: 16:9, Up to 1080/30fps (Doesn’t support 9:16 & 360-degree);
  • Color Adjustment Tools: Basic tools (W/B, Tone, Curve, Sharpness, Noise Reduction, Color Replacement, Vignette, Color Shift, Color Preset).

System Requirements:

Windows 7/ 8/ 8.1/ 10 (x32/x64)

Publisher:

CyberLink Corp.

Homepage:

http://www.cyberlink.com/stat/edms/Giveaway/GOTD/CDR5LE/index.jsp

File Size:

684 KB (162.43 MB the final size)

Price:

$59.99

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#12

I downloaded the program, installed it, tried to run it, then it shut down when I tried to import a video. It asked me to fill out an incident report that was sent. I hope you can help me fix it. It's a tool I could use.

Reply   |   Comment by William  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#11

In the presets Golden Sun seems to be the only preset that improves the colour, most of the other presets go against the video.

Reply   |   Comment by Brian  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#10

For anyone wondering, this is a very trusted company, their software Cyberlink Media Player 14 came prebundled with my HP laptop.

Reply   |   Comment by Jum  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Jum, It is trusted to giveaway limted editions of their software that are normally distributed as free OEM pre-installed tasters of their commercial products like you got with your HP laptop and never the full commercial editions like a proper giveaway.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#9

Downloading, installing and registering was easy. Looks very intuitive and powerful. I then went to the website & downloaded the manual, which is high quality and looks very thorough.
Initial impression: a great program!
Thank you!

Reply   |   Comment by Trevor  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#8

I downloaded it and worked fine with me, it is like an app for photo editing, but edits videos instead.

But I felt that it could be not so easy for everyone to work with in first time, so here is how it works:

After adding the video, the movie should be added to "story board" by pressing right click on your mouse, then opening "Adjustments" and there either put some filter (called "presents") or do a Manual changes with contrast, saturation, ...etc , not all of them are working directly, some features need upgrading (or maybe I couldn't register correctly, I don't know)
There is also a "Trime" button in shape of scissors and "delete scenes" button next to it.

Later after doing these, to export the video, press on "Production" and choose WMV because it is better because there is the chance to choose between different resolutions including VGA and 4K. Or if you are choosing H.264 then choose USA to be able to do these and also add Dolby Digital (didn't try it so not sure if it make a change in sound) and then pressing Start will create the video.

Reply   |   Comment by JANE  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#7

When I add a video (a video shot on a simple fotocamera) to the stroyboard, the program immediately fails.

Reply   |   Comment by Ivan  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#6

Here are the current limitations i found so far in this Edition.

Disabled/missing in this version or requires a paid upgrade:

-> Adjustment -> Manual -> Histogram
- Apply a color look-up table

-> Adjustment -> Manual -> Regional Adjustment Tools -> Selection Mask
- Blur

-> Adjustment -> Manual -> Regional Adjustment Tools
- Motion tracking mask

-> Adjustment -> Manual -> Regional Adjustment Tools -> Gradient mask
- Blur

-> Adjustment -> Manual -> Regional Adjustment Tools
- Radial filter

-> Adjustment -> Manual -> Global Adjustment Tools
- HDR Effect
- Split Toning
- Blur
- Color Splash

-> Production -> Video File
- H.265 HEVC
- MPEG-2

Pros
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Scene Detection
- allows you to find or look for specific scenes in the video, you can remove individual scenes or merge them, it even supports CTRL+Mouse left or SHIFT+Mouse left selection

Video Trimmer
- self-explanatory

Video Cutter
- self-explanatory

Adjustments
- Various options to change how the video looks

Masks
- Allow you to apply adjustments to specific areas in the video
- Masks can be applied on top of each other (usage example https://pixnio.com/nature-landscapes/field/grass-nature-tree-sky-landscape-plant-field-summer : the first mask gives more blue tint to the sky, the second mask makes the grass greener and the third mask makes the shadow from the tree less dark)
- You can create and save new masks for later use

Preset Management
- Allows you to create new presets and folders for them, which helps you organizing them

DirectorZone integration
- Allows for Preset downloads https://directorzone.cyberlink.com/colordirector/

4K Support
- Export to 4K possible

Sharing option
- Allows to directly upload to YT and Vimeo

Cons
--------

Presets
- Only a few included and not really great looking

Workflow
- Lots of functional limitations that may break the workflow due to upgrade nag/pop-up

Reply   |   Comment by kui_  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+46)
#5

Sound codec seems to be always AAC regardless what the original codec was. Not a big problem but might be worth to know.

Reply   |   Comment by aris95  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

Hadrianus,

What do you mean, "even if DTS is used?" AAC and DTS are mutually exclusive--you either use one, or the other.

Reply   |   Comment by RDIonysus  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#4

Downloaded and installed. Easy. I already use CyberLink's PowerDirector, so this is a very valuable addition. Just had time to play with a few settings. Exciting. All shades of colour, sepia, black-and-white; exposure compensation. Thanks GOTD. This one is really useful.

Reply   |   Comment by Brian Astbury  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#3

Comment #1 says this version does not support MOV as an importing format, yet comment #2 says that he did import a MOV clip. So which is it?

Reply   |   Comment by Dave  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Dave, It can import MOV with no problem for me

but before starting any video you have to be sure that Aspect ratio is the same as video from edit>Aspect Ratio
And also be sure that the video has a similar Frame rate edit>preferences>
Otherwise the video will force a change to the video. Don't worry it will warn you before doing any change.

Reply   |   Comment by JANE  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#2

Downloaded and installed on Windows 10 without difficulties, although the setup.exe is just a frontend that connects to the internet to download the *real* software installer which then has to install after downloading.

I use Adobe Lightroom for editing photos. ColorDirector5 seems to use a similar approach for videos and I was surprised at how much it feels like Lightroom's approach. For me, that was a good thing. I did not read any instructions or watch the available tutorial videos. I just opened a short .MOV clip I took this summer with my DSLR. It was slightly confusing that I had to drag the opened clip to a Storyboard, but, it is a movie editor so it does make sense that there is a Storyboard I guess--I was thinking this would just be a single clip editor, but it appears you can string clips together which seems like a nice feature (though I have not actually tried that yet).

I was quickly able to adjust the vibrance and saturation to my liking--very easy and intuitive controls. I played around with the other controls for adjusting individual colors' saturation, brightness, and hue--again, intuitive controls. I liked that the software also offered an option to click on a color in the video itself and then you could drag up and down to adjust that color's saturation, brightness, or hue.

I then exported the clip to MP4 format, although M2TS was also an option for higher quality. Some of the output options do require "upgrading" (presumably for a fee--I didn't check that out), but the options included were good enough for my needs. The time it took to export the clip seemed reasonable to me--not particularly speedy, but not unbearably slow either. The resulting clip appeared of good quality--no noticeable degradation to my eye; and, the adjustments made were accurately reproduced in the exported clip.

I was surprised but pleased with what a very nice piece of software this is. If you've been looking for something to enhance or modify the color features of a video, this strikes me as a very nice option for free. Thanks, GAOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by ReasonablyImpressed  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)

ReasonablyImpressed,

" It was slightly confusing that I had to drag the opened clip to a Storyboard..."

If/when you look at NLEs [Non Linear (video) Editors], I think you'll find that the more usual approach is to have your clips on several tracks with a timeline. Where I have seen story boarding used, I think the intent was to make it less confusing. Using a timeline OTOH makes it quicker/easier to edit the individual clips, plus you can do stuff like overlays, pip etc., but it can seem like overkill for less complicated projects.

"I then exported the clip to MP4 format, although M2TS was also an option for higher quality."

Those are just container formats, having nothing really to do with the quality of the video inside. Your original .mov file [which according to the ad copy you shouldn't be able to import], .mp4, & .m2ts can all hold identical H.264 video.

"If you've been looking for something to enhance or modify the color features of a video, this strikes me as a very nice option for free."

FWIW, I think one of the most common uses for something like Color Director, which is often part of the NLE software itself, is to make clips shot at different times with different lighting look the same. Another reason that's a bit less important today, now that TV broadcasts are digital, was to make sure the video was "legal" -- that the equipment could actually broadcast those colors. It is often used to give video a mood or feel. It is cool that CyberLink is being so generous with today's GOTD offer. If you want or need more however, & don't mind the learning curve, Davinci Resolve started out in life strictly for pro color correction, evolving into a capable NLE, & it's always free.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)
#1

Assuming the "LE" stands for "limited edition" - what are the limitations compared to the regular version?

Reply   |   Comment by M. H.  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Hadrianus, Thanks. Here it is: This version includes:

Importing Formats: MP4/H.264 (with Windows 7/8/10 in-box MP4 codec), AVI, WMV (Doesn't support MKV, MOV, FLV);
Exporting Formats: MP4/H.264 (with Windows 7/8/10 in-box MP4 codec), WMV (Doesn’t support MKV, M2TS, XAVC-S);
Aspect Ratio/ Resolution: 16:9, Up to 1080/30fps (Doesn’t support 9:16 & 360-degree);
Color Adjustment Tools: Basic tools (W/B, Tone, Curve, Sharpness, Noise Reduction, Color Replacement, Vignette, Color Shift, Color Preset).

Reply   |   Comment by Jeff Wilson  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

M. H.,

The comparison chart is here: cyberlink[.]com/products/colordirector/compare-versions_en_US.html

It'll give you an idea what was included in the full version, along with what you get in version 6.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

mike, I need a comparison between v5 and v5 LE!

Reply   |   Comment by M. H.  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

mike, that page is ok to compare the full versions 4, 5 and 6 but makes no references to the LE and full versions which is what M. H. was querying.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
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