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I recall discussing a similar situation. I've found it here: http://forum.cyberlink.com/forum/posts/list/47401.page#246958
Well, some files are created in a folder at C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Roaming\CyberLink\PowerDirector\15.0\Cache\ but their sizes are virtually negligible for your considerations. The largest files created by PowerDirector while editing are probly the shadow files, which you can disable, and those are saved under the folder you specify as your export one (as indicated by Fayfen).

The project files are relatively small as well while you can save them where you decide, perhaps comparing if there's any difference in performance for you, which I wouldn't expect though.

I am also using a solid state drive for the operating system and applications whereas a hard disk drive for data files. I have recently purchased and installed an M.2 solid state drive with double the capacity of my old SATA one, about three times faster, and with relatively high lifespan specification. I will sooner or later try to use it for video files while editing them as well but no experience at the moment. It's all about money, right? Hard disks are most likely to disappear quite soon, just like floppy disk drives have, but the SSD/HDD combination still makes the best economic sense to me…
Could you provide links to your YouTube and/or Director Zone videos and/or a screenshot of your timeline in PowerDirector? That should help unless it's some sort of a hardware configuration issue…
I would rather discourage you from installing Resolve 14. On the other hand, if you encounter issues therein, uninstalling it and installing 12.5 again should be no problem.

CyberLink offers ColorDirector for basic color correction and grading. Depending on what you want to achieve, PowerDirector may meet your requirements, more for color correction than color grading. Resolve is much more sophisticated in that respect but, unlike PowerDirector, Resolve doesn't target the consumer market. That's why it doesn't support many of the video file formats that most consumer video cameras use. In fact, you might find Resolve too complicated without spending enough time to learn how to use it.

If you produce all your clips as a single file using PowerDirector, you could cut this one big clip manually in the Edit window in Resolve as necessary…
Hi Big Steel,

Try XAVC. The new DaVinci Resolve 14 public beta may not reallly work properly yet.

Good luck!
Hi there,

I edited videos in PowerDirector 15 last night; no problems. I want to open PowerDirector this morning and it won't work. It freezes on loading the user interface. It doesn't finish loading the sample media files after reinstallation. I am a fairly advanced comuter user but I don't want to mention all the (useless) details of my attempts to resurrect the application. Only one more thing: The older versions of PowerDirector that I have still installed show very similar behaviour except the two oldest, 9 and 10.

CyberLink Support hasn't been helpful and I am rather sceptical about this possibility.

Anyway, what I mainly want to ask:

Is there Cyberlink Cleaner for PowerDirector 15? I have CLCleaner2-PowerDirector_10.0.exe on my computer that I recall once helping me solve some issues, probably of a similar nature.

Is someone aware of any alternative ways of cleaning PowerDirector residues in Windows registry, perhaps even manually (using regedit)? (I've used CCleaner's Registry Cleaner.)

Perhaps one subquestion: do you know how to add a new message to an open support ticket with CyberLink without opening a new ticket?

Any provided inspiration appreciated…
There are so many variations of video file formats it is almost inevitable some of them cause problems in post processing. I should wonder if Nikon provides any utility software but, one way or another, the solution is probably in converting your footage to something that PowerDirector will be able to handle correctly. Why don't you try renderring your input files just in PowerDirector in the Produce window to something with the same or similar frame rate and bit rate to preserve the video quality? You could perhaps use Format Factory or suchlike if you need batch conversion to save time…
The ColorPic window must be active. Since the window is always on top, it's easy to fail to make sure it is active.

When the window is active, its heading is in black font, otherwise it's grey/gray. You make it active by clicking anywhere within the window. It's further a good idea to select one of the squares, called Chips, just below the main menu at the top of the window if you want to worj with multiple colors. These store detected colors (at current cursor position) on presssing CTRL-G allowing to save custom palettes. It's a toggle action key shortcut releasing a color stored in a selected chip as well…
I am also VAT registered and VAT has indeed always been deducted for me in purchases from CyberLink. Obviously, I don't know how Cyberlink checks the VAT numbers but the number should pass validation here: http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/vies/
Hi Dinarius,

What is your VAT number? I mean, are you sure you are VAT registered?

Jirka
Well, you never know but I agree Windows 10 is an unlikely culprit. I purchased and installed ColorDirector separately. Its reinstallation didn't help. I don't remember exactly but I think I tried to uninstall and then install both PowerDirector and ColorDirector again. Anyway, this issue is no big deal to me…
Carl, you made me realize, I should perhaps mention my computer runs Windows 10…

Jirka
Hi there,

Yes, I have the same problem on my computer. My exchange of messages with the CyberLink support people about this was completely useless. I decided that the potential benefit of being able to open ColorDirector from within PowerDirector was not worth the trouble to try to fix it. Perhaps some Windows registry manipulation would solve the issue but I don't care…

Jirka
I think the lighting setup causes some reflection of the backdrop color on the foreground objects' edges. Relatively low image resolution probably amplifies the jaggies. It might be useful to see the image before applying chroma key.

NewBlue Chroma Key is one of NewBlue effects in the Essential Effect 2 package accessible in the Effect Room (F4). I believe I have mine from some previous versions of PowerDirector but don't know how exactly CyberLink provides those within each version's installation…
Why don't you provide a sample or screenshot? Generelly speaking, your footage is likely to be the cause, as Longedge suggests. You can find plenty of tips how to shoot green screen footage properly on the web. In PowerDirector, I would recommend using NewBlue Chroma Key effect if you have it rather than PowerDirector's native Chroma Key in PiP Designer. One way or another, it may take patient tweaking before you get enough experience and satisfactory results…
Are you sure the font and background colors are not same?
Can you provide more input? Screenshots to show the Title Designer when the problem gets obvious or a sample of the resulting video and/or a short piece of the original unprocessed footage (or specify its properties perhaps versus your project's settings)? Formal logic dictates your problem's cause is at your end since the thing works for other users. You could be doing something wrong, your footage format could be sort of incompatible with PowerDirector, your computer setup could be sort of incompatible with PowerDirector or a combination of these and other factors. You don't give enough clues to be helped…
Perhaps even your footage may be to blame. There are far too many different factors in video editing that may affect success. I attach an example clip with this feature to show it's working for me…
Hi Sean,

Your description of the problem is rather unspecific. It might help if you could provide some screenshot or describe the problem more specifically. The effects in Title Designer appear to be working fine on my computer. It is my observation that numerous posts on this forum are about problems that could be classifed as compatibility issues. Things that can't be easily reproduced on different computers although some problems seem to be shared by many.

Regards…

Jirka
Hey:

You do need to select the multiple clips concerned. You should be able to do so by clicking on each of them while holding down the CTRL key. This is a fairly standard feature in different applications and different operating systems. You can also deselect clips one at a time this way without deselecting the others (toggle selection of one clip while not affecting selection of the others).

It should also be possible to select a row of clips all at a time by clicking on the clip at one end of the row, holding down the SHIFT key, clicking on the clip at the other end of the row, and releasing the SHIFT key. It might even work across multiple tracks. Standard feature again!

If you want to group such selected clips more permanently, use the Group/Ungroup Objects item in the contextual menu (that pops up on right clicking on the selected clips). There doesn't appear to be any indication of clips having been grouped but when you click on any of the grouped clips at any later time, all of them get selected rather than just the one clicked on.



Jeff was faster than me but let me give one additional comment: you can group/ungroup clips that don's sit next to each other on the timeline; you obviously need to use the CTRL key approach to select them if there are other clips between them…

Jirka
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