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PowerDirector Tutorials from PDtoots

PDtoots has built a library of tutorials on a range of PowerDirector topics. These tutorials are made by a growing number of forum members and housed at our PDtoots channel. Many of them are not specific to any particular version of PD, so we're posting this list in each of the PD forums.

We've also incorporated a PDtoots QuickTips channel, for little tips & techniques that aren't full blown tutorials. They're listed at the bottom of this catalogue.

For your easy reference, here is the current stock of toots and quick tips. Just click & you're there.

General & Workflow
PowerDirector Basics
Project Management I
Project Management II
Hardware Acceleration & Fast Video Rendering
First Project I
First Project II
Combine 2 Separate PDS Files
Image Durations
Color Board Basics
Custom WMV Profiles
Custom WMV Profiles (variation)

Techniques
MultiCam Designer - A Different Way
MultiCam Customising Tip
Stopping the Clock
Convert Video to Motion Object
Custom Motion Templates Sampler
Image Sequences
Creating Custom Motion Backgrounds
Chroma Keyed Pointer
TV Remote Control
Chroma Key Technique
Clock Display
Overlays with Chroma Key
PowerDirector 12 - New Features

Text & Titles
Scrolling Images with Text
LONG Scrolling Text (Vertical)
Multiple Text Color Changing Effect
Multiple/Independent Lines of Text
Title Bars
Creating a Lower Third
Pause Scrolling Credits
Title & Text Tips
Manipulating Titles
Text Zoom
Text Effects
Typed Titles
Multi Titles
Text FX Plus
Modify Title Template

Video Crop
Fast Zooms
Using Video Crop
Keyframes & Speed
Cropping & Keyframes
Zoom Control
Video Crop - Basic Trim

PiP Designer

Image Inserts with Zoom
Freeform Tool
Christmas Keyframes - Rotation Control
Making & Using Frames
PIP Motion & Key Frame Basics
Keyframes & Speed
Panoramas
PD11 PiP Designer Interface
Watermarks
Rotation Control
Rotating Motion Objects
Text in PiP
Roll & Bounce
Arrow Motion

Magic Motion
Moving Pictures
Panoramas
Scrolling Background
Zoom & Rotate
Reverse Magic Motion

Slideshows
Custom Slide Show I
Custom Slide Show II
Using & Customising Slideshows
Camera View Custom
Modify 3D Templates
3D Frames & Backgrounds
Slideshow Speed (Slowdown)
Camera View, Magic Movie, and Magic Style Tips

Effects
Flash & Flare Effects
NewBlue Effects Sampler
Creating a Censor Blur
Effect & Mask
Color Saturation Fade
Highlighting - PD8
Highlighting - PD10
Effects Basics

Transitions
Freeform Transition Effect
Transitions
Making a Custom Transition
Picture & Frames Transition
Transition Repeat

Masks
Word Mask Effect
Word Mask Effect - pre-PD11
Animated Map Mask Tip
Color Popping I
Color Popping II
Color Popping III
Split Screen

3D-Like
3D Image Cube
Six 3D Image Cubes
3D Like Images

Discs & Menus

Custom Menus
Mixed Mode Discs & Power2Go
Video in Frame - Menu Template
Multi-Level Menus
Music in Menus
Menu Making
Disc Making

Graphics
Video & Animated Gif
Rotating Logo Globes
Making Frames
See Through (transparent .png images)

DirectorZone
DirectorZone Downloads

SmartSound
Magic Music - SmartSound

QuickTips

Customising Video Thumbnails

Motion & Transitions

Zooming Images

Making an Overlay

PowerDirector Masking

Clarifying Transitions

Short Sweet Scripts
Embed Forum Images
Slideshow - Foreign Captions
PDR Pack Project
Making Masks & Overlays
Masks or Overlay?
Split Screens & Overlays
Rotation Keyframes
PDR Custom Profile
Colour Board Shutters
PDR Slideshow Creator
Drawing Shapes for Overlays
Custom Resolutions & Media Players
Slideshow from Template & YouTube Upload
Menu from Scratch
Using Graphics & Effects
Creating an Image Cycle
Chapters & Menu Structure
Custom Transitions Reveal
Custom Transitions


Happy Editing - The PDtoots team


List updated 11 February, 2016

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Here's a little toot for Ian26, who posted a question here - http://forum.cyberlink.com/forum/posts/list/41450.page - about getting scrolling credits and images in sync.

Bit of a rushed job & complete with free spelling mistake. Didn't even see it till it got to YouTube.



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Thanks for all your work. It has helped me numerous times.
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Recently added to our PDtoots QuickTips channel:

Using Graphics & Effects



Creating an Image Cycle



Chapters & Menu Structure



Custom Transitions Reveal



Custom Transitions



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Lots of GREAT stuff here. Thanks for posting this. My favorite Quote:
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Members/fellow PDR users -

Here's the latest from Nina's creative archives... Graphics and Titling

The tutorial shows some inventive ways of creating titles by using graphic text in .png format, and gives us plenty to be getting on with if we're inspired.



Thank you, Nina!

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I have this page bookmarked in my favorites so that it is easy to find when I need it. ~Tom~
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Does menu making baffle you a bit? Us too!

This toot shows a way of creating a video background for a menu template, so that the video can be inserted in a frame irrespective of the project contents.

The same idea can be used to create first play videos & multi-framed video collages.



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This toot, made by BarryTheCrab, shows how to create mixed mode discs containing regular video with menu PLUS any extra data you want to include (original photos, clips, documents etc). You can use CL's Power2Go, as shown in the toot, or your preferred disc burning application.



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This QuickTips video is in response to a question asked here - http://forum.cyberlink.com/forum/posts/list/42846.page
It shows the basic steps of editing the Profile.ini when PDR's GUI doesn't allow the customisation required. There's also a little bit on adjusting settings in different media players so the player AR matches the video (i.e. without black bars)



There's a downloadable PDF file (updated for PDR 13) showing step-by-step examples of making custom profiles by editing the Profile.ini here

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The most recent (June 2015) additions to the PDtoots QuickTips library...

PDR Pack Project



Making Masks & Overlays





Masks or Overlay?



Split Screens & Overlays



Rotation Keyframes



PDR Custom Profile



Colour Board Shutters



PDR Slideshow Creator



Making Shapes - Paint.NET



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Here's a toot in response to a lengthy (partly unresolved) thread here - http://forum.cyberlink.com/forum/posts/list/50/45172.page

Even though the toot answers the specific needs of the OP, the ideas in it can be applied to different aspects of menu-making in PDR.



For anyone interested, there was an idea I had for this which failed dismally at my end... but the idea was right. I wanted to align the text on the Chapters/Titles page with the buttons in disgusted's graphic. My intention was to make the text transparent to create the illusion that parts of the image were "active". Unfortunately, I was unable to get the transparency to "stick" so that didn't make it into the toot.



Cheers - Tony (for PDtoots)
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This tutorial is a direct response to Ralph's question at <a>http://forum.cyberlink.com/forum/posts/list/46877.page</a>

Even though it's related to a specific question, it covers a lot of ground and the contant applies to may editing scenarios in PDR (particularly post-PDR11).



Even though Magic Motion migh be the most obvious choice for Ralph's question, it doesn't maintain the original aspect ratio of the inserted photo.

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