It is about time I wrote my first review. This is an honest and unbiased review of a video [and photo editing software – PhotoDirector] perfect for beginners or serious hobbyists – Cyberlink PowerDirector. If you are here then are you probably looking for an easy to use video editing software for mothers and total beginners – I was too!
My favorite easy to use video editing software for mothers and total beginners because:
A favorite because it was my first (semi) professional video editing software willingly purchased. It had a non-linear timeline that allows you to have creative control over the editing process! It was exactly what I needed in that season of life.
Who would benefit from a video editing software program?
Someone looking to edit their favorite smartphone videos and photos into a family keepsake film that everyone will love AND enjoy. [Let’s be honest – not all photo slideshows are created equal.]
Parents of young ones capturing day to day activities
Parents of teenagers capturing the multitude of events and sports
Grandparents doing the same thing
People starting a new adventure like retirement in an RV
Missionaries sharing their story
Small startups creating engaging video content
MLM/Direct salespeople making video content
Teachers creating lessons, promos and a year in review
And whoever else wants to create something but doesn’t want a steep learning curve
If you are considering this an easy to use a video editing software for mothers and total beginners, just like I was in 2016, then you are probably asking yourself several questions like:
#1: Why do I NEED this easy to use video editing software?
After falling in love with video storytelling in 2008 through a very simple and free software [insert post about windows movie maker] I knew that I WANTED to create a more detailed and engaging film.
Fast forward eight years, I was a wife and mother of three adorable children and my smartphone and computer were quickly filling up with images of our life together. Again, it really was the best option for an easy to use video editing software for mothers and total beginners.
One day, while scrolling through social media I noticed a beautiful film – and I mean film – that someone created by piecing together home footage from a smartphone!
GASP! I was in awe!
I just knew I needed this in my life! But my budget was in no place to pay someone else around $500 to create a family film.
SOOOOOO, I started to research video editing software. Days on days and weeks of research that ultimately led to purchasing CyberLink PowerDirector 13. It fit the bill in all the right places for this Stay-At-Home-Mom in the market for making family keepsake films with smartphone footage.
#2: Does it have everything I DESIRE?
Easy to use – CHECK
Non-linear timeline – CHECK
Cool transitions – CHECK
Multiple timelines for music and voice over – CHECK
Add graphics ON TOP of my images and films – CHECK
Save in high quality – CHECK
ONE TIME PURCHASE!!!!! – CHECK
If you have children or family members or pets that you have captured in a media format then you have the stuff to manipulate just like I did (and still do).
I had different types of footage and images that once pieced together into a Non linear time frame would produce a family keepsake film for, at the time, my grandmother.
The program needed to be able to slow down, speed up, scroll and pan through images AND control the focus points so she knew where to look and when.
HOWEVER, if time is short or you have a limited knowledge base, artificial intelligence can do basic movements across the image and create stunning effects as well. The creative control is in your hands, OR NOT, it is your choice.
#3: How user-friendly is this software?
Right out of the box, the video editing software PowerDirector gives you choices on how to startup your project.
You have the option to let the software guide you through a simple photo/video slideshow that will ease you into the editing process or you can start from scratch with the FULL timeline option. Without a doubt, PowerDirector is easy to learn if you have a basic knowledge of video editing. If not, I am here to teach you some tips and tricks on how to use it or where to find other people who can also help.
Check out this guy to get you started: How to Make A Video That Doesn’t Suck | CyberLink PowerDirector 18
#4: Does the price justify the purchase?
PowerDirector is a robust user-friendly prosumer video editing software. You have the choice to buy it one time and keep it forever. It is yours. No strings attached. However, currently they are offering a subscription-based package that is similar to Adobe’s plan.
For me as a stay-at-home mother who wanted to start knitting together all the video footage, photos and memories I was creating with my growing family – it was a lifesaver. I had tried free programs but I found their limitations to be stifling once my knowledge base started expanding.
So if you too have hit a creative wall with the “free” software programs then I highly recommend this as your first “big” investment for video editing software.
It does exactly what YOU need in a beginner software and more.
One caveat, it is only available on Windows, Android smartphones, and now, Chromebooks. Again, for transparency reasons, I am only reviewing products I have used and can share an honest review to SERVE you in finding the best product.
I enjoy photography and videography. I knew I wanted to create family films that we would enjoy and want to sit down and watch together. I wanted something much more than just slideshow photos that faded slowly and lacked the sounds of our children.
I wanted a new and innovative “family keepsake film” that included music with fancy transitions. I wanted to control the focus points and guide the viewer’s attention to our children and our love and joy and laughter together.
A legacy for my family that was more than just smiles and portraits of one another but a story that needed to be shared. A testimony of our love to pass down to my grandchildren and great-grandchildren because let’s face it, today’s digital age means we have a digital footprint that stays longer than we ever expected it to.
Between our Facebook photo albums and YouTube videos, the memories can’t deteriorate like a book or photo sitting on a shelf that will slowly degrade. It is something that will last through the ages. Therefore, we should carefully consider what is being posted of our children and family.
So in my honest opinion, Cyberlink PowerDirecotor is a tool to create an intentional legacy.
What story do you want to share with people?
Please leave a comment below about the stories you would like to create and/or questions you have about this program.