Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Edit 360 Videos with new Cyberlink PowerDirector 15


​Cyberlink PowerDirector is one of the leading desktop video editors.  PowerDirector 15 will be released tomorrow, and among other features, it will include 360 video editing capabilities, similar to those that are in the ActionDirector Gear 360 included with the Samsung Gear 360 (reviewed here).


Here are PowerDirector 15's features for 360 videos:
- Import equirectangular 360 videos (up to 4k resolution), trim them and rearrange them in the timeline
- Add titles, transitions and effects
- Export the edited video in 360 format
- Option to convert the 360 video to a regular 16:9 video for use with other non-360 videos, with the ability to pan the camera.


Note that the title effects are relatively simple and will not warp the title based on where you position the title.   Note also that I believe this software is for 360 videos that have already been stitched.  I don't think it can stitch footage from a multi-cam 360 rig.


Here is a video explaining the new 360 support (and the limits and uses of the effects)



PowerDirector will be available on Amazon starting tomorrow for $99 (Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10).