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Giveaway of the day — PowerDirector 13 LE

The easiest and fastest way to create and share your home videos.
$49.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 86 (39%) 133 (61%) 41 comments

PowerDirector 13 LE was available as a giveaway on June 4, 2016!

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$99.95
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1AVCenter is a complete audio video center.

CyberLink PowerDirector13 provides the easiest and fastest way to create and share your home videos. No time to create videos? Let PowerDirector’s Theme Designer help you create professional-looking videos in minutes. Simply choose from an array of the built-in stylish templates, drag-and-drop video footage and photos into the templates and instantly turn your home videos into all-time favorite home movies.

Limitation:

  • Produces a final video only as an MP4 file;
  • Output video in a resolution not higher than 640×480.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 8.1/ 10

Publisher:

CyberLink Corp.

Homepage:

https://www.cyberlink.com/stat/edms/Giveaway/Giveaway/PDR13/index.jsp

File Size:

9.1 MB

Price:

$49.99

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#27

the installation is 750 MB,
I had an output file in uncompressed AVI, 20 seconds - 75 MB.
the output option with H.264 codec is not for the LE version, you have to upgrade.

Comparing with other video editing programs,
you got very often the message "bit-rate-conflict",
the bitrate of your choosen video does not fit with the choosen project settings.

Reply   |   Comment by walter  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#26

The first import I tried from a phone video did not work. What's the point? Does not support 2k or 4k? Thumbs down!

Reply   |   Comment by clickdig  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#25

The crippling of this video editing giveaway at max 640x480 is like giving away a word processing software that is limited to a document of maximum of 300 words. If you can live with that limitation, then proceed to install.

Generally, users of video editing who wish to BUY a software, are looking for a combination of:
• reasonably low price
• easy to use, intuitive & simple interface
• variety of features
• additional elements such as transitions, video stabilisation and text imprint.

Users do not want to learn 10 different video editing software because the commands would be confusing.
They just want to be familiar with one good video editing software.
There is no point in having a very powerful software if the user interface is so bad and complicated commands turn everyone off.

The occasional home user has different needs (and budget) from the Pro user who makes a living creating & editing videos.

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)
#24

PowerDirector 13 LE also installs the following components:

1. NewBlue Video Essentials for Windows
2. proDAD (an effects package)

These 2 can be uninstalled in Programs & Features in Windows 7.

It also installs:
Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 x64 Additional Runtime
Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 x86 Additional Runtime
Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 x86 Minimum Runtime
Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 x64 Minimum Runtime

It appears Power Director needs this certain version (11.0.61030) to run correctly.

and a service named RichVideo64 in C:\Program Files\CyberLink\Shared files directory. If you have RevoUninstaller Pro, you can choose a forced uninstall, and navigate to the above directory and select richvideouninstaller.exe.

The service is located in these two spots in the registry:
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\RichVideo64
HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\RichVideo64

Be careful editing the registry if the above entries exist. Always export the key before you delete the entries.

Reply   |   Comment by forensics guy  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)
#23

Tried to install, but received "Invalid key" several times..Futile attemnpts..

Reply   |   Comment by bnk  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#22

I been looking at the comments left by others and like many have decided to give this a miss. I note that there is no (unless I missed them) feedback from the developer about any of the comments left. Could this be down to the fact it's the weekend or that the developers don't really care that much about what is being said ... Jury is out on this one. Have a great weekend all.

Reply   |   Comment by Lenny  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#21

A lot of confusion about the available output resolution and file type here. The description says 640x480 max. but several comments say they tried it and that restriction is incorrect! So, which is it - low-res 640x480 or high-res in a couple of different formats? C'mon, Cyberlink, why haven't you chimed in to clarify this?

Reply   |   Comment by starvinmarvin  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)
#20

If a software company wants us computer geeks to test one of their programs and provide them with good ideas on how to make the software better, then give us the FULL program not some crippled version.

Crippled versions just make us think the software is useless and we will certainly uninstall the software after 5 minutes.

Probably the only feedback you´ll get from us is to remove the limitations and try the offer again in the near future.

I used to use CyberLink sotware many years ago. Their applications used to be good. Something happened along the way.

I pass on this one. Thanks for trying.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)
#19

It seems every time I click on a feature, they want you to upgrade.

This stripped down version is ridiculous. I am totally disappointed. My goal was to create an MPEG Transport file with Dolby Digital 5.1, play it using PotPlayer (and listen in Dolby Digital 5.1 via my Marantz high-end 7.1 AV Surround Receiver through the S/PDIF Toslink cable. They claim only 2 limitations, but there are more like 25+ limitations.

PotPlayer can play 5.1 channel surround if you have tweaked the Audio section.

I'd never pay money for this software without knowing whether the above works correctly. Total thumbs down

I'm uninstalling via RevoUninstaller Pro and Regseeker.

Reply   |   Comment by Jim  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)
#18

I'll stick with the semicrippled https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/powerdirector-12-le-2/ previous giveaway, we thought it was quite crippled but it could at least render to 1920x1080p 25fps WMV even that was not a legit giveaway as LE versions are not sold but bundled for free with OEM hardware! This editions 640x480 limitation takes us back to 1980s it is ludicrous.

But I still use the always free and fully supported VSDC video editor.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#17

I appreciate the offer, but with those limitations, I'll have to pass on this one.

I used PowerDirector years ago, and found it useful. But over those years I have moved from using this app and a few of the Magix and Pinnacle editing programs to Sony's consumer-level products like their Imagination Studio and now their Sony Movie Studio Platinum suite. This is the consumer version of Sony's Vegas Video Professional editing suite which has become an industry standard along with Avid Media Composer, Apple's Final Cut Pro, and
Adobe's Premiere Pro Creative Suite.
In my opinion, Sony's tools blow the other consumer-grade editing tools away in terms of capabilities, value,ease-of-use and price. Sony's Platinum version includes integrated Music creation, Audio editing, and DVD & Blu-Ray disk authoring capabilities. And even more importantly, they have never failed me.
The info header at the top of this page states that Cyberpower sells this app for $49.99. I'm not sure if this is available at a lower price "on sale", but I regularly see Sony Movie Studio Platinum 13 available for anywhere from $50 -$80 for the entire suite of apps.

Thanks GAOTD and Cyberpower, but given the limitations of this "LE" version program, I'll have to respectfully pass on the offer. To answer the question of how I would improve the product, it's a no-brainer: remove the silly (IMO) 640x480 resolution restriction (what is this, 1995?) and offer the app for a price that allows it to compete with other, more full-featured editing programs.

Reply   |   Comment by Luckystiff  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+59)

Luckystiff, maybe not sony anymore?

I got an email 27th may that says . . .

Subject: Sale of Customer Database and Other Assets

Text:
Sony Creative Software Inc. ("SCS") is pleased to announce that MAGIX Software GmbH (“MAGIX”) has purchased substantially all of the software products and other assets of SCS (“SCS Assets”). As part of this sale, and in accordance with our Privacy Policy, MAGIX will acquire our customer database, including your personally identifiable information, previously collected through our website or otherwise (“Customer Database”). This information was included in the sale to assist MAGIX in providing you with products and services, including those that are no longer offered by SCS.

MAGIX has agreed that it will treat the personal information in the Customer Database in compliance with the law and in accordance with the terms of the existing SCS Privacy Policy. If you have any questions regarding MAGIX’s privacy practices or its treatment of personal information, please contact MAGIX at: privacy@magix.net.

(snip the rest of the email and headers for brevity)

I already had cyberlink Director among other NLE's, what can I say when you edit video, you want to have every trick you can. Nothing is standing out at me about Director, other than it's another NLE in the toolbox. I used it hmm maybe a few years after I first started out, it was an EARLY--ish software, I came into the world more serious with a public access show, around the time of Vegas 8.. I have to admit I spend most my time in vegas pro/AE. But you never know what the future brings. All NLE's have been improving in the past few years really they're all getting much much better, I remember fighting with getting cinelerra to compile when I first started out probably my WORST experience. These days, nearly all third party plugins like newblue work with most nle's, and cyberlink director is no exception.

Improvements?

Hmm in light of the Sony/Magix maybe join with them too and bring your tricks in? I wouldn't mind seeing a "Magix Cyber Vegas Pro"

peace all

Reply   |   Comment by Fredward  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Luckystiff,

FWIW I agree on the Sony apps -- I've used them since they were created by Sonic Foundry, who sold them to Sony years ago. But now Sony has sold off the line to Magix.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Fredward,
Thanks for the heads-up on the SCS sale to Magix. I had heard bits and pieces of rumors, but nothing definite. I have to say that if Sony wasn't going to continue developing the product, I'm glad it is going to MAGIX, since I generally like their products.
The SONY NLE line has enjoyed a pretty impressive development effort over the years. I actually started out using Acid and Sound Forge when they were still owned by Sonic Foundry, and followed them to Sony. I've been using Movie Studio in its various incarnations for about 12 years.
Here's hoping that MAGIX maintains the reputation that Sonic Foundry and Sony built for the software line.
- Best of Luck!

Reply   |   Comment by Luckystiff  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hey, Mike... I'm an old-timer Sonic Foundry guy myself, but I only used their Audio software 9 Sound Forge and Acid) before Sony Bought them. They were excellent products then, and SONY has improved them to take advantage of the increased capabilities of newer hardware and Operating systems.

Hopefully, Magix will keep that progress going, and not just kill off the product-line to eliminate competition with their own consumer NLE.

- Best of Luck!

Reply   |   Comment by Luckystiff  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#16

If it helps at all...

If you're looking for a video editing app, you might see some close-out &/or intro pricing in the future as Sony sold their software line including Vegas to Magix. Vegas is great, but they stopped trying to compete with Adobe several years ago & it's sort of stagnated a bit. Nero Ultimate may not be selling well, as I've seen some drastic price cuts [I bought a copy from Amazon for $12], & it includes their editor, which isn't bad. Unfortunately Corel's run of sale pricing on their VideoStudio X9 Ultimate may be over -- usually see that end of year & 1st part of new year, when I usually upgrade for ~$25. Summer is usually a good time to find sales on Adobe Premiere Elements -- Adobe's also been running sales on their CC subscriptions [which include everything] for $30/mo.

That said, the free software that's been gaining a lot of converts is Davinci Resolve from Blackmagic.
blackmagicdesign[.]com/products/davinciresolve

RE: Cyberlink software, I've used PowerDVD for years -- *to me* it's the best & always has done the job -- but I've always stayed far away from their other apps. Some people like their stuff, but IMHO they just must not have ever tried one of the many alternatives out there. Then again I could be wrong about that -- I'd have to slightly disagree with MikeR's statement that: "... computer users aren't stupid"... back in the Vista days I ran Roxio software to convert DVR-MS files from Windows Media Center, & their forum was full of folks insisting the VBR [Variable Bit Rate] mpg2, as on every DVD sold, was totally unneeded.

That said, Cyberlink was on the bleeding edge so-to-speak of GPU assisted video encoding &/or rendering years ago, & that emphasis shows up in their ad copy for Power Director 14. It never gained the popularity you might expect because Cyberlink sacrifices quality for speed. If that's not something you mind, you might like some of Cyberlink's video apps. Do be careful though when it comes to buying their products, as it's really quite common for retailers to offer sales on old versions, but Not at the prices you'd want to pay for old version software.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#15

Cyberlink has a weekend promotion for customers for their previous versions of its Media Suite to Media Suite 13 Ultra for $49.95. I will likely grab it because among several competitors, Cyberlink edges over all others that I have tried.

However, their marketing is the most arrogant I have seen from this industry. This stripped down offer is proof of their arrogance. If they want prospective customers to realize the full power and functionality of Power Director 13, especially for people like me who earns some or all of their income through video production/marketing, they should offer the full version on this platform. This offering a slice, believing it will convince a certain amount of people to buy the whole cake (full functionality) is a joke.

I guess the slew of prestigious high marks reviews Cyberlink has captured over the years has gone to its head and they now believe doling out crippled versions of their products as samples is good enough to get more customers. Not on a platform with a sophisticated audience its not. Horribly arrogant offer. Cyberlink do better.

Reply   |   Comment by spyglass  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)
#14

I was going to download it until I found about the resolution restriction. Thanks, I'll pass.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+45)

Peter, tested it. Export is in AVI or WMV, no MP4 export. There is no resolution restriction in these formats. However, don´t expect too much; this program is only an introduction to the full version product, it is very limited, like others stated.

Reply   |   Comment by Hopsa  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#13

They sold me ultra suite for $299. Then to get all of it to register I had to edit the registry multiple times, with many emails back and forth with "tech support". Then the Menu Designer templates only could do three menus, I needed nine that add on cost another $150. Then after a hard drive crash I had to redo all of the edits to registry again. I would not use this company again, even for free.

Reply   |   Comment by Norm  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+30)

Norm, You paid 300 bucks for a low end video editor ?
Lets ask the forum to see if there's a free program out there that will do the same , if not better .
Is that what they actually charge ?

Reply   |   Comment by Charlie  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Charlie, Yes this was around August 2007 my ex-wife had just died, and the family wanted me to put all of the pictures and videos on DVD so I didn't have time to shop for price. I had Roxie and Nero but they did not do menus for the title page. I be leave what I ordered was Power DVD Ultra they page show you could do menus but not that it was limited to 3 titles. This had to be burnt to a 8.5 Gig DVD. That was the last thing I bought anything from them, never referred anyone to their software.

Reply   |   Comment by Norm  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Norm, But thank Charlie.

Reply   |   Comment by Norm  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#12

From my point of view of a law-rank professional in movie editing, Cyberlinik used to be a really good sofwate developer many, many years ago and I had used it extensively, bot no longer is it worth consideraton with its heavy, resource-consuming products whose capabilities are no longer comptitive on todays’ market, installation procedures having unpredictable "side effects" on system settings and a lot of traces left behind the softweare after its having been uninstalled.

This offer of Cyberlink (with its crippled "limitations") either shows that they are unaware of todays’ market, or there is something behing their offer that a user with several-year experience can hardly understand.

After all, does this GAOTD sofware offer anything superior or new that other, whether free or much less expensive sofware does not provide?

Thanks to GAOTD, anyway.

Reply   |   Comment by Marek  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)
#11

Limitation: Output video in a resolution not higher than 640×480.

On that note, pass, thanks anyway.

Reply   |   Comment by Yeremyah  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+60)
#10

I've been through a lot of editions of PowerDirector, which is the best available video editor for Windows, and has improved over years. I have never liked their marketing. I could understand this LE type of program if it were a standard way for prospective users to try out their features and interface before a purchase, but it has absolutely no place on GAOD. Boo Cyberlink

Reply   |   Comment by ddoc  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+42)
#9

I first thought this would be a great value for those making videos for youtube until I read the resolution restriction.

Corel at least didn't strip out all the goodies giving away VideoStudio X9 for free this week.

I guess if companies are going to compete for customers. I'm going with Corel Video Making Software since they didn't restrict the software's capabilities during the giveaway. If we are supposed to try out this crap offer. What is the point of evaluating software if it's limited to windows 98 graphics on my UHD?

Reply   |   Comment by ozzman  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+32)

ghudak,

"Where was Corel VideoStudio X9 given away this week?"

I've been a long time Corel customer, & have Never seen them give away a current app, in limited form or otherwise. So I'd expect ANY Corel giveaway to be big news, so I took to Google... I found their standard limited time trials, & key gens -- lots & lots of key gens.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#8

Only imports avi, wmv, gif and asf videofiles.
Description here does not match test on my computer: no mp4 export, but exporting to avi and wmv (just like previous LE versions) is possible. No 640x480 limit:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/11463671/gotd/pdr13le/pd13le03.jpg
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/11463671/gotd/pdr13le/pd13le04.jpg
No problems exporting to 1280x720 wmv, adding subtitles, changing video-speed, adding multiple tracks with transparancy. However, like previous LE versions, this program is just an introduction to the full & paid versions, there are other limitations than mentioned here & import- and exportfunction is too limited.

Reply   |   Comment by Calimero  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

By the way, you can add subtitles manually, but this version does not allow you to load subtitles from a file. https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/11463671/gotd/pdr13le/pd13le07.jpg

Reply   |   Comment by Calimero  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#7

I've used an old version of Power Director. Decent enough video editor. Not worth trying this useless edition. If you want to try it, I'd suggest downloading the full version and testing it out. At least in the past, CL offered a 30-day money back guarantee.

Reply   |   Comment by John LeBlanc  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)
#6

Considered giving it a trial even though the output size restrictions made it pretty useless, that was until I saw I had to do a 750 MB download.

For those willing to give it a try the following link gives some information on the basic editing capabilities.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVfMsbMN9Z8

On looking on their product page there was no mention of this LE version that I could find.
It looks like we are being given the opportunity to download a special version of their program, I'll pass

Reply   |   Comment by Tata  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#5

be careful if you uninstall as this application leaves many traces of software behind. to uninstall this application correctly you need to use some software like advance uninstaller (free) and to follow the instructions and then reboot
the software itself is ok in use but remember this is not full spec so it is only suitable for doing the basics

Reply   |   Comment by nick  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+52)

nick ,

You're right, please read my uninstall instructions I have posted

Reply   |   Comment by forensics guy  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#4

output quality DV-AVI 720x576/50i (25 MBit/s) or DV-AVI 720x480/60i (25 MBit/s) ---- everything else --- upgrade to full version

Reply   |   Comment by walter  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#3

Well you're not getting a £50 version for free, but a version that cost how much when the highest resolution available was 640 x 480? A lot of people would have found 720 acceptable, and some might have gone on to purchase the product, which Is a good product. However most won't bother to even download this, so the company lose out on any sales... Which I'd have rather thought the point in them participating at all...

Reply   |   Comment by Rae Perez  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+65)
#2

There are just too many free programs that do this but also convert to other formats to really have any need for this at all. Thanks but nah.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike OD  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+49)
#1

Absurd. The video resolution seems like the year 2000 or earlier.

Reply   |   Comment by Muscles 2lick  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+125)
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