Cyberlink has just launched PowerDirector 16 and it has a slew of mouth-watering features for 360 video editing, including image stabilization and object tracking!
Previous versions of PowerDirector had 360 video editing but lacked some features such as 360 titles. Now Cyberlink’s PowerDirector 16 has several powerful new features for 360 video editing that put it ahead of its competitors for 360 video editing.
360 Image Stabilization. Image stabilization for 360 means that the horizon of your 360 will remain level, as if it were on a gimbal. This is a critical feature that until now has only been available in professional 360 video editing software such as Mettle. It was also quite complicated to use. PowerDirector makes this very useful feature available for the first time in an affordable 360 video editor for consumers, and it seems very easy to use:
360 Object Tracking. With object tracking, you can place text or graphics on an object and the text will follow the movement of the object around the 360 video. I don’t know yet if this feature can also be used to keep the video centered on the tracked object.
360 titles: You can now place titles anywhere in your 360 video, even on the nadir or zenith, and it won’t appear distorted.
Other features include:
– Little planet mode: PowerDirector 16 can convert your video into a tiny planet.
– View designer: create a non-360 video out of your 360 video, with full control over the perspective.
– Color grading for 360 videos: besides changing color, you can also apply noise reduction (luminance and chroma noise) or sharpening.
Cyberlink Powerdirector 16 is available by itself for $99 MSRP or as a bundle with Photodirector 9 which has built-in 360 editing functions such as a tiny planet mode and removing tripods from the nadir. Thanks to Ed Lewis for posting about this on the Facebook 360 Cameras Group (which is a de facto forum for 360 Rumors as well).