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PowerDirector 17 Green Screen
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Blue Screen How To Tutorial

PowerDirector 17 Green Screen and Blue Screen How To Demo

Recently I created this video tutorial on YouTube to teach you how to use PowerDirector 17's video Green Screen capabilities. This video editor is in my opinion one of the best there is, period. In the video below I will show you not only how to use, but where the chromakey controls are buried within the program.  So far I have gone as far as 12 levels deep in both background and foregrounds while chromakeying.

It is so amazing, even a laptop computer can make this wonderful video editor fly while rendering a video.  The power to put people together in places where they have never been is mind blowing.  Once I show you where the chromakey controls are, you are going to create some of the most envied videos on YouTube, Vemo, and other video websites.

Supports 4K Video Rendering!
In the past year or two, the amateur video landscape has advanced considerably, and CyberLink's consumer video editing software is usually among the first with support for new formats. Before 4K content could be shot on most smartphones PowerDirector supported it.

Now we're starting to see 360-degree video and new high-efficiency codecs like H.265, and once again CyberLink is in the vanguard. And it's still loaded with tools that help you put together a compelling video, complete with transitions, effects, and titles. It handles the standard trimming, joining, and overlaying of clips and effects with aplomb. PowerDirector's fast, powerful video-editing tools make it the Social Media Content Creators video editing software to beat.

In the last half decade, the rise of social media, YouTube and shifting of the bar from the professional camera to the smartphone drove the debate of what constituted a “Professional’s needs.”

Thus the mandate for a complete editing solution has changed. Broadcast, is no longer the grail quest for Producers and Editors. Platform superior has become the litmus for which solutions are judged. The multitude of various platforms available today require solutions to be flexible and powerful in their offering. It is with that mandate in mind that Cyberlink’s PowerDirector excels, putting it squarely at the top of the various platform specific channels it attempts to service.

Broadcast, is no longer the grail quest for Producers and Editors. Platforms are  now superior and has become the litmus for which solutions are judged. The multitude of various platforms available today require solutions to be flexible and powerful in their offering. It is with that mandate in mind that Cyberlink’s PowerDirector excels, putting it squarely at the top of the various platform specific channels it attempts to service.

Social Pro Editing
When describing the offering of solutions such as PowerDirector (along with competitors Final Cut Pro, Vegas, Premiere Elements, VideoStudio, Magix Movie)  it is important to separate editing solutions not by the old standard of professional versus prosumer versus consumer. Today’s solutions are almost identical along that range in features, effects and horsepower.

PowerDirector easily outpaces “Professional offerings such as MediaComposer, Premiere CC and Blackmagic Resolve in its offering of effects, built-in support for VR 360 degree video and templates. Version 17 includes support for professional features such HDR support, 3D LUTs (Look up tables), a new 9:16 (vertical smartphone) aspect ratio, automatic clip color matching, and platform specific features such as Video Collage Designer and 360 degree stabilization and titling.

PowerDirector provides best in class performance for today’s professional Social Media Producer/Editor. What separates it from solutions geared toward the Cinematic/Broadcast/Documentary market is its limited support for professional acquisition formats such as RMD, ProRes, CinemaDNG and high performance Float editing (4:4:4 colorspace, 32bit linear end to end workspaces). But in the field of social pro editing, PowerDirector provides an enormous array of export options, including to all major social media platforms, mobile hardware friendly formats (Samsung, iPhone, iPad, etc.) and the legacy DVD/Bluray market.

TrueVelocity 7 rendering engine
New to version 17 is the TrueVelocity 7 rendering engine, which offloads a great deal of the workload for processing clips and effects to your computers graphics card. While GPU rendering is certainly not new, Cyberlink’s new algorithm provides a marked increase in performance (provided you have at least a mid-range graphics card, a GTX 1050ti or above). The only true disappointment is how clip trimming is handled. Unlike Broadcast, Cinema solutions like Avid, Premiere Pro, seasoned editors don’t have the ability to utilize preliminary trimming of a clip in the Source Monitor before dropping it into the sequence (Timeline).

The occasional editor can leverage PowerDirector’s Express Tool which similar to Apple’s and Adobe’s Story Tool, allows the user to choose templates, responding to the requirements (Photos, Video, Music) to replace and fill out the template. It also assist with structure (Wide Shot, Med or close up are suggested by Template and software. This defines the creative quotient down to media selection. There are additional Wizards for movie construction and the new Video Collage allows power user levels for doing social media video walls.

Effects and Titling
PowerDirector include as strong a bundle of effects (Ultimate, Director Editions) as any editing solution available. Keying, Masking and Powerful offerings from BorisFx, ProDad and NewBlue come bundled, with Pixelan and Muserk packages available at affordable prices (average $50 per package). Titling is a strong point, BorisFX and NewBlue provide a superior effects engine. Constructing lower third and end credit templates is a strong point and rendering the resulting clips is handled easily by the TrueVelocity Engine. However, constructing engaging Motion Graphics and opens are going to be shown in another of my video clips on YouTube.

Finishing (Color Correction, Audio Mixing)
PowerDirector’s new Color features are substantial, tonemapping, automatic clip matching and color LUT support. These provide the user with finishing abilities in uniformity and consistence in final presentation thru the Fix/Enhance Tool. A LUT can be used on a weekly video podcast for example, giving the finished video a consistent look subscribers will appreciate.

On the downside, PowerDirector is primarily geared to work with low to medium bitrate H-264 and Quicktime Mov camera formats, meaning the footage will must often consist of 4:2:0 bit depth (Full bit (4) Red, Half (2) Green, and zero (0) bits of Green) This provide the amazing compression to quality ratios achieved by H-264, but makes it difficult to work with when applying template color matching solutions.

As always, the quality of the footage captured matters. Color matching on various flavors of smartphone footage 1080/24p image front camera for example yielded barely acceptable results. While footage from my Panasonic Gh5 was impressive. NOTE: Consistency in production lighting, ISO and lens quality impact color correction results from any solution.

On the audio side, the new background leveling tool (termed Automatic Ducking) for Dialog/Voice-overs is a great add-on for the podcasters, event videos and mini-documentary Producers. It works as advertised on traditional music, but elements that contain the characteristics of normal dialog speech (Live event, wedding background, trade shows) can cause it to struggle. In keeping with the modes motif, there are dedicated panels for Voice-Over Recording, Audio Room, which includes the track mixer and track normalization.

The effects for Band equalization, template Noise reduction and volume adjustment are normal better than average, including the support for VST (although not VST3) third party plugins. Beat detection for syncing music but if serious audio restoration (Band/Threshold/Frequency noise, hum and click removal), mastering is a goal, adding the AudioDirector (included in Director Suite) should strongly be considered.
PowerDirector 17 Video Editor Tutorial
Recently I created this video tutorial on YouTube to teach you how to use PowerDirector 17's video Green Screen capabilities. This video editor is in my opinion one of the best there is, period. In the video below I will show you not only how to use, but where the chromakey controls are buried within the program.  So far I have gone as far as 12 levels deep in both background and foregrounds while chromakeying.

It is so amazing, even a laptop computer can make this wonderful video editor fly while rendering a video.  The power to put people together in places where they have never been is mind blowing.  Once I show you where the chromakey controls are, you are going to create some of the most envied videos on YouTube, Vemo, and other video websites.

Supports 4K Video Rendering!
In the past year or two, the amateur video landscape has advanced considerably, and CyberLink's consumer video editing software is usually among the first with support for new formats. Before 4K content could be shot on most smartphones PowerDirector supported it.

Now we're starting to see 360-degree video and new high-efficiency codecs like H.265, and once again CyberLink is in the vanguard. And it's still loaded with tools that help you put together a compelling video, complete with transitions, effects, and titles. It handles the standard trimming, joining, and overlaying of clips and effects with aplomb. PowerDirector's fast, powerful video-editing tools make it the Social Media Content Creators video editing software to beat.

In the last half decade, the rise of social media, YouTube and shifting of the bar from the professional camera to the smartphone drove the debate of what constituted a “Professional’s needs.”

Thus the mandate for a complete editing solution has changed. Broadcast, is no longer the grail quest for Producers and Editors. Platform superior has become the litmus for which solutions are judged. The multitude of various platforms available today require solutions to be flexible and powerful in their offering. It is with that mandate in mind that Cyberlink’s PowerDirector excels, putting it squarely at the top of the various platform specific channels it attempts to service.

Broadcast, is no longer the grail quest for Producers and Editors. Platforms are  now superior and has become the litmus for which solutions are judged. The multitude of various platforms available today require solutions to be flexible and powerful in their offering. It is with that mandate in mind that Cyberlink’s PowerDirector excels, putting it squarely at the top of the various platform specific channels it attempts to service.

Social Pro Editing
When describing the offering of solutions such as PowerDirector (along with competitors Final Cut Pro, Vegas, Premiere Elements, VideoStudio, Magix Movie)  it is important to separate editing solutions not by the old standard of professional versus prosumer versus consumer. Today’s solutions are almost identical along that range in features, effects and horsepower.

PowerDirector easily outpaces “Professional offerings such as MediaComposer, Premiere CC and Blackmagic Resolve in its offering of effects, built-in support for VR 360 degree video and templates. Version 17 includes support for professional features such HDR support, 3D LUTs (Look up tables), a new 9:16 (vertical smartphone) aspect ratio, automatic clip color matching, and platform specific features such as Video Collage Designer and 360 degree stabilization and titling.

PowerDirector provides best in class performance for today’s professional Social Media Producer/Editor. What separates it from solutions geared toward the Cinematic/Broadcast/Documentary market is its limited support for professional acquisition formats such as RMD, ProRes, CinemaDNG and high performance Float editing (4:4:4 colorspace, 32bit linear end to end workspaces). But in the field of social pro editing, PowerDirector provides an enormous array of export options, including to all major social media platforms, mobile hardware friendly formats (Samsung, iPhone, iPad, etc.) and the legacy DVD/Bluray market.

TrueVelocity 7 rendering engine
New to version 17 is the TrueVelocity 7 rendering engine, which offloads a great deal of the workload for processing clips and effects to your computers graphics card. While GPU rendering is certainly not new, Cyberlink’s new algorithm provides a marked increase in performance (provided you have at least a mid-range graphics card, a GTX 1050ti or above). The only true disappointment is how clip trimming is handled. Unlike Broadcast, Cinema solutions like Avid, Premiere Pro, seasoned editors don’t have the ability to utilize preliminary trimming of a clip in the Source Monitor before dropping it into the sequence (Timeline).

The occasional editor can leverage PowerDirector’s Express Tool which similar to Apple’s and Adobe’s Story Tool, allows the user to choose templates, responding to the requirements (Photos, Video, Music) to replace and fill out the template. It also assist with structure (Wide Shot, Med or close up are suggested by Template and software. This defines the creative quotient down to media selection. There are additional Wizards for movie construction and the new Video Collage allows power user levels for doing social media video walls.

Effects and Titling
PowerDirector include as strong a bundle of effects (Ultimate, Director Editions) as any editing solution available. Keying, Masking and Powerful offerings from BorisFx, ProDad and NewBlue come bundled, with Pixelan and Muserk packages available at affordable prices (average $50 per package). Titling is a strong point, BorisFX and NewBlue provide a superior effects engine. Constructing lower third and end credit templates is a strong point and rendering the resulting clips is handled easily by the TrueVelocity Engine. However, constructing engaging Motion Graphics and opens are going to be shown in another of my video clips on YouTube.

Finishing (Color Correction, Audio Mixing)
PowerDirector’s new Color features are substantial, tonemapping, automatic clip matching and color LUT support. These provide the user with finishing abilities in uniformity and consistence in final presentation thru the Fix/Enhance Tool. A LUT can be used on a weekly video podcast for example, giving the finished video a consistent look subscribers will appreciate.

On the downside, PowerDirector is primarily geared to work with low to medium bitrate H-264 and Quicktime Mov camera formats, meaning the footage will must often consist of 4:2:0 bit depth (Full bit (4) Red, Half (2) Green, and zero (0) bits of Green) This provide the amazing compression to quality ratios achieved by H-264, but makes it difficult to work with when applying template color matching solutions.

As always, the quality of the footage captured matters. Color matching on various flavors of smartphone footage 1080/24p image front camera for example yielded barely acceptable results. While footage from my Panasonic Gh5 was impressive. NOTE: Consistency in production lighting, ISO and lens quality impact color correction results from any solution.

On the audio side, the new background leveling tool (termed Automatic Ducking) for Dialog/Voice-overs is a great add-on for the podcasters, event videos and mini-documentary Producers. It works as advertised on traditional music, but elements that contain the characteristics of normal dialog speech (Live event, wedding background, trade shows) can cause it to struggle. In keeping with the modes motif, there are dedicated panels for Voice-Over Recording, Audio Room, which includes the track mixer and track normalization.

The effects for Band equalization, template Noise reduction and volume adjustment are normal better than average, including the support for VST (although not VST3) third party plugins. Beat detection for syncing music but if serious audio restoration (Band/Threshold/Frequency noise, hum and click removal), mastering is a goal, adding the AudioDirector (included in Director Suite) should strongly be considered.