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Might be a stupid question, but how can I make chapter numbers appear on the video?
They should make it OFX compatible so we could use plug-ins such as FilmConvert - Neat video Etc Etc
Quote Should be easy to come up with a desktop well within your means.

Though it's impossible for us to recommend an exact model (there are way too many!) if you shop around and use these benchmarks to choose your processor, you should be all set. Look for a processor that rates at least a 10,000.
https://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html

Get at least 12 gigs of RAM and Windows 10 Pro. At least a terrabyte of RAM. Two if it's available. If you're buying a traditional hard drive, that should also be easy.

Graphics cards are a bit trickier. Fortunately PowerDirector doesn't require a lot of graphics power, but it does benefit from a good card. Just see what's your budget. And DON'T by a gaming machine! You'll spend a fortune on hardware that won't benefit you much as a video editor.

After that, it's a matter of your budget. My rule of thumb is that, once you spend over $1000 (not counting your monitor), you get less benefit the more you spend. At least as far as PowerDirector is concerned.

Besides, technology has a habit of depreciating very quickly. This year's $2000 computer is next year's $1000 computer. You can't "future proof" yourself by spending a fortune for state of the art hardware.

I'm sure others will disagree with me. (I also buy almost exclusively refurbished computers rather than brand new.) But if you want enough power to do the job and you want the best bang for the buck, those are my recommendations. Keep it simple, stay within your budget and use the benchmark reports.


THANK YOU! Appreciate your help.
DESKTOP: TOWER
4K files MP4, 8-bit H.264 & H.265

Usually clips are short and most of my videos are between 1 and 14 minutes. I shoot with an EM5 MK 3, Gopro8 usually at 4k 60p and a DJI drone at 2.7K.

Budget: I guess I'll like to keep it under $2000 USD
Looking to buy new desktop: What would you PowerDirector users suggest to edit 4K video?

Windows machines only.
Improve some of the features already included:
Optical flow slomo
Better stabilization

...and a few others
To those who have upgraded from 17 to 18
Is it worth it? Are there enough new features in PD18 to make the upgrade worthwhile?

Been using PD17 since it came out and very satisfied.
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Very cool, where? Do I search for LUT for PD or is there a certain type of LUT I need to look for? I will give this a try when I find out what kind are compatible with PD. Thanks for the response!


Any .cube or .log LUT will work with PD17.

Search for IWLTBAP free LUTS.

Check this out:

https://www.shutterstock.com/blog/129-free-cinematic-luts
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OK, so the included LUT package slows the system down but why? I guess i'm glad to know it's not just me but then it makes me wonder why PD would not fix this issue. Seems like kind of a big one when the included LUTs bog the system down to a crawl? I like PD but this may be a deal breaker. I use LUTs quite a bit. Was this an issue on previous versions of PD or just PD 17?

If anyone has found a good work around for this please let me now, hopefully PD will correct the issue soon!


You can find a bunch of free LUTs online. And they work great.
Quote Hello,

I just installed PD 17 and was trying to edit a dashcam video to get familiar with the software. The video clip is 1080p and 60 frames per sec (i think). When I apply any LUT to the clip the playback window shows signficant slow down, almost as if I have applied some type of slow motion effect. My rendering times are equally slowed down. I can apply some color correction manually (ie contrast or expsosure) without any slow down of any kind. I have tried changing the viewing resolution of the playback window but even with it set to the lowest setting it still just slowly putters along. I have shadow files turned on and off, makes no difference. My computer is an I7 (8 cores) running at 4Ghz, 32gb ram, Nvidia GTX 1070, data drive is an SSD. Here are my results using different settings on my export:

Test Video (2:28 total time, 1080P 60frames)
1 - no edits, small title added to the beginning of video. Render time 1 min 43 seconds
2 - minor exposure and color change manually, same title. Render time was the same 1:43
3 - one color lut (70's look), same title. Render time was 12 minutes 20 seconds

There must be a setting I have set somewhere that it doesn't like. If I do this same file, color grading in Davinci Resolve, the LUT changed immediatly and export times are all the same (fast)



Any help will be greatly appreciated!


This happens to me when I use the included "presets" in PD17. But NOT when I use a LUT (CLUT)
make it compatible with OpenFX plugins.
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As usual I agree with ynotfish. laughing

You need to set you camera settings to create a flat image profile. If you're using a DSLR, Mirrorless, or Cinema camera you can adjust the sharpness (0), contrast (0), and saturation (2 - 3 steps down) to create a flat image. Then you can apply color corrections in PD using the available tools to create the look you want.


Thank you for your help. I truly appreciate it. Maybe you could put together a tutorial on getting the "film look".
Just an idea thanks again.
Quote Hi JOF -

Apples & oranges... illustrated by the comparative $$$.

PDR doesn't have adjustment layers like Pr, so you certainly couldn't replicate that sort of workflow.

Given that the footage is shot well, & with the right adjustments, and perhaps LUTs, there is a lot you can do in PDR to get "the look" you want.

Aside from the obvious differences in the software, PDR facilitates using blending (shown in the Pr tutorial) which can also be used to enhance video.

Cheers - Tony



I've been trying to get that FLAT look as in film, but so far no luck.
Thanks.
Is something like this possible with PowerDirector 17?

https://vimeo.com/169517711
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You haven't told us which version of PD you have, and different packages come with different effects.

There is a standard effect called Fine Noise that's included with every package, and some PD versions will also have BorisFX Film Style, which has several FX that may accomplish your goal.


I'm using PD17. and yes I've tried the Fine Noise effect but it doesn't work. I've been using several LUTs which work pretty well, but I was curious if anyone has used the FilmConvert product here. Thank you all.
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Is it listed as being compatible? Isn't it more of a modifier for plug-ins?

Why do you need it?

For best result, tell us more.

Put as much time into your question as you expect the person replying to spend providing the answer.


FIlmConvert is a Film Emulation plug-in. It is designed to emulate the color and grain of popular film stocks from Kodak and Fuji.
Is this plug-in usable in PowerDirector 17?
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