Monday 5 December 2016

The PowerDirector Android App Resource Page

Update 11 Dec 17 - As the new lead slide shows, it's been ONE YEAR since I started using PowerDirector on Android.

In that time I've made around 200 videos using this App and all for a Grand Total of £10.74, see the breakdown:
  • 5 Dec 16 - PowerDirector AndroidApp £5.00
  • 27 Feb 17 - Fly Pack Vol 1 at £0.99
  • 27 Feb 17 - Slide Pack Vol 1 at £0.89
  • 8 Apr 17 - Slide Pack Vol 2 at £0.99
  • 18 Apr 17 - Popup Pack Vol 1 at £0.99
  • 1 Sep 17 - Transition: 3D-Like Pack 1 at £0.89
  • 26 Sep 17 - Transition: 3D-Like Pack 2 at £0.99
timeline dec 16 to dec 17

Total Spend = £10.74 in one year
  • There are now 43 videos on the playlist, see below
  • After one year I am STILL using PowerDirector and would be lost without it
  • PowerDirector is easy and fast to use
  • The Voice Over feature is brilliant, clear and effective
  • I use text, slides, recording video, recorded android screens to make a decent message get out to people
  • However, I also use Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 13.0 on windows 10 too as some edits are better suited on desktop
  • Which also means I can easily make a short video by using Google Photos, Create a Movie thereby making PowerDirector a perfect middle ground between one click fast and in depth desktop video editing. 

Lead image for video 25 12 May 17
12 May 17, update - There are now 25 help video that I've made, all on the playlist.

Image on the left, with the reflected tree in cinematic widescreen shows how far we have come.

As I wrote today in the video 25 youtube description, 'This cements PowerDirector as a really powerful video editor. Just perfect. If I were you - make a 100 videos using PowerDirector on Android and see where it takes you.

It's all about creating the right recipe of the tools, the features and  the careful combinations of fine tuning that will help you, quite easily, make videos and films you are more than proud of.'.

Update 20 April 17, All videos on playlist now titled PowerDirector Android App 01 to 21. This is in line with official Cyber Link YouTube Help Channel also using the 'PowerDirector Android App' wording (see their 11 video playlist).

lead image for video 23 - 11 May 17

PowerDirector, yes spelt as one word, is a mobile app from Cyberlink. I believe it was released for tablets and then for phones (maybe late 2015).

Get the App from the Google Play Store.

On my test using a Moto E 2nd Gen, I used 22 short clips and expected very little. I say that as I've never found an app so far that has match 'me with it'.

edit screen from Moto E this morning 5 Dec 12
What I have seen has been so badly designed, gimmicky or expensive that it was like putting on an ill fitting jacket upside down. You just wanted it off your back and never to be seen again.

That said, I was astounded at the features, the speed and the ease that I created a short video. Almost identical to the way I work using Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 13 on win10.

typical vegas timeline windows 10
The Moto E 2nd Gen has a 4.5 screen so editing should feel pretty claustrophobic but it did not.

The beautiful thing - adding the voice over. I chose a poem, plugged in my JVC HA-EBR80s (which have a headset mic) and recorded in one take. Update, 20 April 17, just bought some JVC HA-EBR25, newer model I think.

It was quite surreal and comfortable. If I record a voice over on win10 with Vegas (with my Zoom H1 mic), I have this anxiety that I am in some 'race' with the timeline.

And how impossible it is to match what I say with the clips and slides. I usually take the cowards way out and just avoid doing it. Which often means there is no video.

Instead, I use OBS and record my screen and voice together - that's usually what you see these days on my uploads, where I have used OBS in one take.

The effort comes with getting organised and having a mental teaching point running order, triggered by the chrome tabs I have arranged in a set order.

For some reason, this did not happen on mobile. In fact, I felt quite comfortable.

Which leads to to think this post is NOT about video editing at all, but rather the biggest technology of 'our mind' and how we use it to achieve a messaging, or  a story being told.

Even on telling a few people I know about PowerDirector, was not about creativity and freedom, it was segmented by an unnecessary watershed, 'Android versus iOS'.

That has to stop, in that the viewer, or a group audience will not give two monkeys if the video was shot on Nikon or Canon, or mics were Zoom or Tascam.

They will care and stay watching because of the story, the interest and the feeling.

Funny thing, I have the weirdest desire to get out in the cold winter air again tomorrow and record some short ten second clips. And then when I have that quiet moment, record a little spoken story over the top.

One technique I think I may use, taking my Zoom H1 with me. Record some decent ambient sound, knowing PowerDirector will allow multi audio tracks on the timeline.

Yes of course each HD video clip from Moto E will have audio, but not brilliant quality. As an aside have a play around with Smart recorded for Android, and set the Mic as manual - then you will see the gain skip up and down quite hard. That's why a better Mic is better, if you have one.

There are two playlists below, one I have created based on a few videos I've found and the other from official Cyberlink.

Will report back.

Link to Cyberlink Customer Support 

Playlist with my test demo Frosty Morning video and four other help videos.

Playlist from Cyberlink ..

A few tweets about the topic earlier today ..

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