CyberLink PowerDirector

Version365(as of 10/28/2020)
PlatformsWindows, Mac
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Rating:3.0  |  106 Votes

Main Features

  • Professional-grade video editor packaged with storyboard and slideshow creators
  • Action Camera Center helps filmmakers correct footage quickly
  • Easy-to-learn visual effects tools, including mask designer, keyframe controls, and graphic overlays
  • Quickly publish videos to file, disc, YouTube, or Vimeo
  • Subscription-based users gain additional assets, tools, and features

Software Overview

Screenshot of CyberLink PowerDirector
Screenshot of CyberLink PowerDirector

CyberLink PowerDirector is a professional video editing application that allows Windows- and macOS-based filmmakers to combine video, audio, images, and other elements into polished movies. The software includes advanced editing, motion tracking, and visual effects tools that moviemakers can use to correct footage and enhance their movies, as well as publishing tools that make it easy to share videos via YouTube, Vimeo, DVD, and Blu-ray discs. PowerDirector is offered as both a standalone and subscription-based application, with the subscription-based version including additional features.

PowerDirector users can import video, images, and audio saved in most common file formats into the program's video editing interface. Then, they can clip, correct, and combine those files to create basic movies, as well as slideshows and storyboards. Subscription-based PowerDirector users gain the ability to import stock video, photos, and audio from Shutterstock and add them to PowerDirector projects, alongside their own, original content.

As filmmakers finalize their movies, they can use PowerDirector's visual effects and enhancement features to push their films further. The program's mask designer, dynamic keyframe controls, and motion graphic overlays allow even amateur filmmakers to produce professional-grade films. Those with a PowerDirector 365 subscription will, again, gain access to advanced versions of these features, as well as unique effects and templates available only to subscribers.

When you're ready to publish your movie, you can:

  • Export it as an .MP4, .AVI, .WMV, or other movie file
  • Share it directly to YouTube or Vimeo
  • Save it optimized for playback on certain devices
  • Burn it to a DVD or Blu-ray disc

Those who also use CyberLink PhotoDirector will be pleased to know that PhotoDirector integrates with PowerDirector, allowing you to easily export PhotoDirector assets to PowerDirector.


CyberLink PowerDirector is a good option for those who are dipping their toes into the world of professional video editing. It provides a solid feature set that, in the subscription-based version of the program, is backed up by stock assets, templates, and effects that can make your movies look good with minimal effort. If you're an experienced filmmaker, you should likely look elsewhere, but those who are just starting to make and share high-quality movies may want to give PowerDirector a try.

Primary File Type

pds icon.PDSPowerDirector Script File

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.PDSPowerDirector Script File
.3G23GPP2 Multimedia File
.3GP3GPP Multimedia File
.ARWSony Alpha Raw Digital Camera Image
.ASFAdvanced Systems Format File
.AVIAudio Video Interleave File
.BMPBitmap Image
.CR2Canon Raw 2 Image
.DATVCD Video File
.DIVXDivX-Encoded Movie
.DNGDigital Negative Image
.DVR-MSMicrosoft Digital Video Recording
.DZMDirectorZone Menu Template
.DZPDirectorZone Particle Effect File
.DZTDirectorZone Title File
.ERFEpson RAW File
.FLVFlash Video
.GIFGraphical Interchange Format File
.JPSStereo JPEG Image
.JTSCyberlink AVCHD Video File
.KDCKodak Photo-Enhancer File
.M1VMPEG-1 Video File
.M2THDV Video File
.M2TSBlu-ray BDAV Video File
.M2VMPEG-2 Video
.M4AMPEG-4 Audio
.M4ViTunes Video File
.MKVMatroska Video
.MODCamcorder Recorded Video File
.MOVApple QuickTime Movie
.MP3MP3 Audio
.MP4MPEG-4 Video
.MPOMulti Picture Object File
.MRWMinolta Raw Image
.NEFNikon Electronic Format RAW Image
.NRWNikon Raw Image
.ORFOlympus RAW File
.PEFPentax Electronic File
.PNGPortable Network Graphic
.RAFFujifilm RAW Image
.RAWRaw Image Data
.RMRealMedia File
.RW2Panasonic RAW Image
.SR2Sony RAW Image
.SRFSony RAW Image
.TIFTagged Image File
.TODJVC Everio Video Capture File
.TPDCyberlink TOD Video File
.TRPHD Video Transport Stream
.TSVideo Transport Stream File
.VOBDVD Video Object File
.VRODVD Video Recording Format
.WMAWindows Media Audio
.WMVWindows Media Video
.WTVWindows Recorded TV Show File
.WVEWaveEditor Project File

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.3GPP23GPP2 Multimedia File
.3P23GPP Multimedia File
.CPIAVCHD Video Clip Information
.DVDigital Video File
.DV-AVIMicrosoft DV-AVI Video File
.MPEMPEG Movie File
.QTApple QuickTime Movie
.QTMApple QuickTime Movie
.SRTSubRip Subtitle File
.TIFFTagged Image File Format
Updated 10/28/2020