Cyberlink PowerDirector 14 – Taking a Look at How to Add Effects and Keyframes

Hello people, welcome to this video! Let’s see together how to use CyberLink PowerDirector 14 to apply Effects and Adjustments. If you have problems with the accent, enable our closed captions clicking on the CC icon in the bottom right corner of the YouTube player. In the previous videos in this guide, we have seen how to manage the basic properties of your clips imported. However, PowerDirector is also able to apply and render professional effects on your project. When you select a clip, different buttons appear right above the timeline, depending on the kind of clip you have selected. Four of these buttons are present in most of clips: Modify, Fix/Enhance, Tools and Keyframe. Modify opens the windows used to edit the basic properties of the clip, such as the Title Designer for text clips and the PiP Designer for video and image clips.

To learn more about how to edit clips properties, check out our related video in this guide. Fix/Enhance collects all adjustments used to enhance the quality of your clips. For audio clips, you can use Audio Denoise to reduce the background noise; for image clips use Fix and Enhance to correct the picture, checking the preview. For each property, you can drag the markers through the bars, type the precise value, or use the arrows next to it. To make comparisons with the original picture, you can check and uncheck each effect on the left to enable or disable it. You can also use Compare video qualities to see both the original picture (on the left) and the edited one (on the right).

If you open Fix/Enhance on a video clip, you will find both adjustments found for image and audio clips, plus others for videos, for example Video Denoise and Video Enhancement. Then, there is the Tools button, new in PowerDirector 14. This includes the Power Tools, the Motion Tracker and the Action Camera Center. We will see just the Power Tools in this tutorial. Power Tools is a collection of effects you can apply on the selected clip. For example, for audio clips you can play in reverse or change the playing speed, without changing the sound pitch; for image clips you can add 3D depth and apply rotation; for video clips you can apply both audio and image power tools, such as 3D conversion, playing in reverse or changing the video speed.

Quite useful is also Crop & Zoom, used to crop and show just parts of the video clip. When you click on Crop/Zoom, you open a new window, showing the whole video clip in preview, and, on the right, a small preview of the cropped video clip, that corresponds to the area of the video clip in preview that stays within the contour. This contour can be edited fully: click and drag the white nodes to scale; use the green one to rotate; click and drag from the blue node to move. Whenever you apply adjustments or effects on a clip, an orange i letter icon appears in one of its corners. If you hover it, you will check exactly which of these effects are applied. You can also apply effects that do change in time, fixing points on the timeline called keyframes. For example, inside the Crop/Zoom window, you can use the keyframes to make a dynamic crop and zoom on the clip. Each keyframe is a rhombus inside the timeline that fixes, for the instant of time it is placed, the properties that the effect must have at that moment.

In this way, if you play the clip from the first keyframe to the second one, the overall effect changes in time, passing from the properties fixed by the first keyframe to the properties of the second one. Inside Crop/Zoom, you have already two keyframes by default: the first one, that saves the original position, size and rotation of the clip, and the second one that saves the same position and rotation, but uses a smaller contour on the preview. In this case, when you go from the first keyframe to the second one, you get a zoom in towards your clip.

You can make more complex dynamic movements by adding other keyframes. Just place the playhead marker on the right instant of time and then click on Add keyframe below. Then, with the marker on the current keyframe (colored in red), change the clip properties that such keyframe must save. Check the preview, to see how the effect is going on! Plus, the more the two keyframes are close, the faster the effect will change in time. When you change the position of the contour in time inside the Crop/Zoom window, a green arrow helps you to check the motion path that the contour follows.

This is different than the Motion Path seen inside the PiP designer, since this one changes the position of the whole clip and not just a point of view on it. To move the keyframe, just place the playhead marker on it and click and drag. To remove it, click on it to select it, and go to Remove selected keyframe below. Keyframes can be applied also on clip properties and on adjustments inside Fix/Enhance.

When you open the PiP Designer or the Title Designer, you can add or remove keyframes in the local timeline inside, in order to change position, scaling, opacity and rotation in time. You can add keyframes clicking on the rhombus symbol on the left. The keyframe will be added and will be effective just on the property row it is places. The way the keyframes work inside the PiP or the Title Designer is completely identical to the keyframes seen inside the Crop/Zoom window.

Whereas, when you work with the Fix/Enhance tools, you can apply keyframes clicking on Keyframe in the bottom right corner or on the Keyframe button at the bottom. In this new panel, you have all the adjustments options on the left, such as all the Fix/Enhance ones but also the basic clip properties seen inside the PiP Designer. On the right, there is the timeline and all keyframes applied shown.

This works just like the keyframes seen for the PiP designer before. The watch icon resets all keyframes applied to the interested property. There is also the volume property. You can change it in time in two ways: you can either use the Keyframe window just seen, or the envelope line on the clip itself, inside the timeline. This is simply a line that regulates the volume: the higher it is, the higher is the volume. Click on such line to add a point. This point corresponds to a keyframe that fixes the value of the volume at that moment. Plus, if you applied any keyframe for the Opacity property for an image or a video clip, you can adjust its envelope line and its points as seen in case of the volume. Thanks for watching this video! Watch out our full guide to learn everything you need for CyberLink PowerDirector 14!! .

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