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CyberLink PowerDirector 11 “GM5” adds RAW image support, promises better stability

10 April 2013, Nick Peers

Taiwanese software developer CyberLink has released PowerDirector 11 Ultra GM5 (build 2707), a notable update to its powerful consumer video-editing tool for high-end Windows PCs. The update adds support for RAW images across a wide range of camera models, plus extends support to four additional languages: Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and  Finnish.

The update, which is also available for the Ultimate and Ultimate Suite builds of PowerDirector 11, also promises improved stability and accuracy through a number of tweaks and bug fixes.

Support for RAW images is extended to all supported camera models – an extensive list, which includes Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Sony and Fujifilm, can be found here. The update also adds a new 2.7K resolution profile (2,704×1,524) for 2D video production to AVC H.264, MPEG-4 and MKV video formats. This builds on the support for 2K and 4K profiles added to the recent GM4 build.

CyberLink PowerDirector 11

Support for RAW images has been implemeneted in this new PowerDirector 11 RM5 release.

Program stability improvements cover 16-threaded CPUs, the editing of 4K clips using shadow files and burning Blu-ray discs using DTS audio in supported builds. Also improved is the importing of MPEG-2 clips on Windows XP systems.

An issue with the audio duration being miscalculated with variable bit-rate MPEG audio has been resolved, and the program promises improved seeking performance and response speed when using VOB and VRO video clips. Alignment accuracy when selecting multiple templates in Title Designer has also been implemented.

CyberLink PowerDirector 11 Ultra and CyberLink PowerDirector 11 Ultimate are both available as free trial downloads now. The Ultimate Edition includes professional add-ons ColorDirector and AudioDirector.

Users can pick up the full version of CyberLink PowerDirector 11 Ultra for just $69.99 through the Downloadcrew Software Store, a saving of 30 per cent on the MSRP. Purchasing through Downloadcrew also entitles you to an exclusive free bundle of extras worth $69.94, comprising CyberLink LabelPrint 2.5, Holiday Pack Vol 4 seasonal templates, official 294-page tutorial book in PDF format and post-sales technical support from CyberLink.

There’s also a 28 per cent saving for those looking at CyberLink PowerDirector 11 Ultimate Suite, which comes with an expanded free bundle of goodies, including three Creative Packs and an additional 22 NewBlueFX effects to add to the extras offered with the Ultra edition.

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