PowerDirector Tutorial

by Jennifer Claerr

CyberLink PowerDirector is a powerful video-editing software program that allows you to create high-quality movies. PowerDirector has tools that can help you to improve the appearance of your video and audio, and add titles and music tracks to your movie. It comes with many of its own video effects and transitions.

Capture Video

Connect your analog video camera or VCR to the video capture device on your computer. If your camera or VCR is digital, connect it to the USB or FireWire port on your computer. Select the "Capture" tab in the PowerDirector interface. Select the icon on top that corresponds to your video device. "Capture from DV device" is for a digital video camera or VCR. "Capture from HDV device" is for capturing high-definition video. "Capture video" is for analog devices. Use "Capture from DVD/AVCHD camcorder" if you're capturing straight from your DVD drive or Advanced Video Codec High Definition device. Put the tape in the VCR or camcorder and press "Play." Click "Settings" and then "Advanced Settings." Watch the preview window as you move the sliders. Click "OK." Adjust the slider under "Input Volume." Listen to the audio in your video as you capture it. Rewind your tape to the point where you want to start capturing video and press "Play." In PowerDirector, press the "Record" button with the red dot. When you are finished capturing video, press PowerDirector's "Stop" button, which has a black square at the center.


Select the "Edit" tab." Click and drag your video clips from the upper left of the screen to the "Master Video Track" below. Click and drag the ends of the video clips to make them longer or shorter. Click the "Effects Room" tab on the left of the screen. Click and drag the effects you want to the "Effect Track." Select the "PiP Objects Room" tab to add image overlays to your video. Click and drag these to the "PiP Track 1." Click the "Title Room" tab to add a text overlay to your video. Click and drag the text to the "Title Track"; then double-click it to edit the text. Click the "Transition Room" tab. Click and drag transitions to the breaks between two clips in your "Master Video Track." Click the "Audio Mixing Room" track to adjust the volume of the separate tracks in your video. Press the "Record" button; then press the "Stop" button when you're finished. The voice-over audio track will be automatically added to your video. Click the "Media Room" tab and select "Audio" from the drop-down list. Click the folder icon to import audio tracks from your hard drive. Click and drag the desired file to the "Music Track."


Click the "Produce" tab. Select whether you want to "Create a File," "Create a Streaming File," "Write Back to DV Tape," "Write Back to HDV Tape" or "Upload to YouTube." Click "Next." Then, select the format you prefer. Choose any additional format parameters from the drop-down menus. Click "Next." Change the name of the file to one you can remember easily and click "Start Rendering."

About the Author

Jennifer Claerr is a web writer who has written for online sites such as Demand Studios, NBC5i.com, Texas.com and PC.com. She has a degree in art from the University of Texas at Arlington. She writes on a variety of topics, including holidays, health and fitness, travel, computers and art.