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CyberLink PowerDirector Help

CyberLink PowerDirector includes some preview and display options that help make your editing experience easier. Click on to set the preview quality, show the TV safe zone, display grid lines, or enable dual preview.

Note: you can also set these options in Display Preferences.

Preview Quality

Click , select Preview Quality, and then a preview quality from the list (Ultra HD*, Full HD, HD, High, Normal, or Low Preview Resolution) to set the resolution/quality of the video used when previewing your video in the project preview window. The higher the quality you select, the more resources that are required to preview your video project.

Note: * optional feature in CyberLink PowerDirector. Check the version table on our web site for detailed versioning information.

Preview Mode

CyberLink PowerDirector provides two modes you can use to preview your video production:

Real-time Preview: synchronizes and renders clips and effects in real-time, displaying a preview of your video at the specified frames per second. See the timeline frame rate option in General Preferences for information on setting the correct frame rate for your production.

Non Real-time Preview: mutes the audio and displays a preview at a reduced speed to help make editing go more smoothly. Useful when editing high-definition video, using multiple PiP tracks on a less powerful computer, or when you receive dropped frames when previewing. By muting the audio and slowing down the video, CyberLink PowerDirector lets you view more frames per second when your computer has trouble providing a smooth preview during editing.

Note: you can also preview a portion of your video using the Render Preview and Produce Range options. See Range Selection for more information on these functions.

2D/3D Display

In the preview window you can enable 3D* mode to view the media in your production in 3D, while you work.

Note: for detailed information on adding and setting the source format of 3D media, see 3D Media. * Optional feature in CyberLink PowerDirector. Check the version table on our web site for detailed versioning information.

Enabling 3D Mode

To enable 3D mode, do this:

1.Click the button and then select 2D/3D Display.

2.Select one of the following options:

select your 3D display type from the list, i.e. 3D-Ready HDTV (Checkerboard), Micro-polarizer LCD 3D (Row-Interleaved), 120Hz Time-sequential 3D LCD, HDMI 1.4 Enabled 3D TV, etc.

if you are not sure which type of 3D display you have, select the Auto Detect 3D Mode option to have CyberLink PowerDirector detect it for you.

if you do not have a 3D display, select Anaglyph Red/Cyan mode and then use anaglyphic (red/cyan) 3D glasses to view 3D content.

Note: any 2D media in your production will not display in 3D. However, you can convert all of the 2D media to 3D using TrueTheater 3D. See Converting 2D to 3D for more information.

To disable 3D mode, click , select 2D/3D Display, and then Standard 2D Preview.

Preview Volume Meter

Click the button and then select the Show Preview Volume Meter* option to view the audio levels in your video project in the project preview window.

TV Safe Zone/Grid Lines

When you place media on the timeline, use the TV safe zone and grid lines to help with the precise placement on your video project's image. These display options are only available when in the Clip preview mode.

Click the button and then select TV Safe Zone > On to enable a box that indicates the on-screen area of most TV displays.

Click the button, select Grid Lines, and then select the number of lines you want to display in a grid over the video image. Use this grid to more precisely place the PiP media and title text on the video image.

Once enabled, select Snap to Reference Lines* to have the selected objects snap to the grid lines, TV safe zone, and the boundary of the preview window. Clips will also snap to other clips and the editing canvas' horizontal/vertical middle.

Note: * optional feature in CyberLink PowerDirector. Check the version table on our web site for detailed versioning information.

Dual Preview

If you have a secondary display device, such as a monitor, TV, or DV camcorder connected to your computer, click the button and then select Dual Preview* to extend your workspace and preview media/video production on secondary displays.

Note: to use a connected monitor or TV as a secondary preview window, you must first enable extend desktop to a secondary display in the Windows Display Properties Settings. * optional feature in CyberLink PowerDirector. Check the version table on our web site for detailed versioning information.

Once enabled, when you click play in the preview window, you can preview your media/production on both your primary and secondary display when Primary 2D and Secondary 2D Display is selected. Select DV Camcorder to extend your production preview to a connected DV camcorder device.

3D Dual Preview

When your desktop is extended to a secondary display, you can enable 3D on one of the two devices. If you want one of your previews to be in 3D, select either Primary 2D and Secondary 3D Display or Primary 3D and Secondary 2D Display to enable it. Your selection depends on which device you want to enable, and which one supports 3D.

Note: if both of your displays are 3D devices, you can only enable 3D on one of the two devices in dual preview mode.