Today's Best Tech Deals
Picked by PCWorld's Editors
Top Deals On Great Products
Picked by Techconnect's Editors
With the new interface introduced with Cyberlink's version 6 generation of products, the company won me as a fan. With version 7 things just got better. I discovered the joy of using PowerDirector (various prices; see below) for editing and converting video, as well as for burning movie discs. I guess that tells you all you'd want to know about what I think of the program.
Interfaces don't much get better-looking, nor do they get easier to use. Though arranged into the standard media, preview, and timeline three-pane window, PowerDirector's icons are easier than most to understand. Editing is done by splits rather than setting start and end points--a method which grows on you after a few uses--and you can import virtually any kind of media. The program walks you through most operations, it's fast and I've yet to view a transcoding that wasn't up to snuff. It also imports any video supported by a DirectShow codec though it only outputs using its own codecs (and FX), including MPEG-2 for DVDs, MP4 for iPods and the like, as well as older AVI and MPEG-1.
PowerDirector comes in three basic flavors: the HE version packaged with the DVD Suite, which offers Blu-ray support; the Ultra version ($120), which offers Blu-ray support, more video tracks, and more templates; and the Deluxe version ($70), which forgoes support for AVCHD MP4 and Blu-ray. The trial/demo version of Deluxe works for 30 days and limits iPod format encodings to a total of 50.
There are a number of nice video editors on the market, but few if any surpass Power Director on any level. It's an especially good bargain as part of the DVD Suite.
Dell coupons for February 2020
Dell coupon: Extra 5% off PCs and electronics
Hotwire Promo Codes and Coupons
Hotwire promo code: $30 off on $200 hotels for new customers
HP coupon codes for February 2020
HP coupon: Extra 30% off workstations
Expedia coupons for February 2020
Exclusive Expedia promo code: $100 off $1,200 vacation packages
Hotels.com coupons & offers for February 2020
40% off sitewide hotel bookings + an extra 7% off with Hotels.com promo code
Samsung promo codes
Get $600 in trade-in value when you preorder the Galaxy S20