With short and long videos trending, the right video editor can impact your editing time.
With great options, two programs are Wondershare Filmora and CyberLink PowerDirector. What are the differences? This is the article covering Filmora vs. PowerDirector.
What are both
Filmora is a video editing app that provides users with tools and features to cut, crop, and edit to create unique and professional videos.
It is compatible with Windows and macOS platforms, and a mobile app is offered.
Developed by Cyberlink, PowerDirector is an easy-to-use tool helping users to make intuitive videos. Like Filmora, it works on macOS and Windows, while a mobile app is available to edit videos.
Ease of use
Practice is required as both have many options. However, in my experience, Filmora is easier to use because more audio/video features come in the tab when you add them.
In PowerDirector, you must go into tools and find the features you seek, which sometimes becomes confusing.
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Filmora vs. PowerDirector: Tools
Both Filmora and PowerDirector offer the following editing tools.
|Split and crop||Yes||Yes|
|Undo & Redo option||Yes||Yes|
|Pan and zoom||Yes||Yes|
Filmora has up to 950 transitions to make your videos fun and exciting. Adding transitions is simple. All the transitions are online, so an internet connection is required to download.
PowerDirector, on the contrary, offers 438 unique transitions that could give your video the spark it needs.
Filmora, with its extensive collections, has approximately 2,000 ways to add titles to your video.
You can edit the title style, alignment, and color fill to make your video pop.
PowerDirector, in comparison, has about 400 title layouts. The layouts are categorized so you can easily choose what style you want, for example, weddings, festivals, etc.
You can also edit and change the position, alignment, color, and style of the title.
PowerDirector can take this round easily. Filmora offers over 900 video effects. Those can give your videos a vibrant look, beautify it, or add patterns.
You can also add multiple effects to a single video. The app also has the option to add elements (PiP) similarly.
PowerDirector has approximately 470 Video effects and over 1,000 Pip (Picture in Picture) overlays. It also brings 39 live particle options to add to its premium versions.
Audio editing and sounds
Let’s figure out the audio options for the Filmora vs. PowerDirector battle. Filmora has over 1,000 audio sounds. The audio editor allows you to change the speed of the audio or play it in reverse.
Furthermore, the program supports adding more than two audio files simultaneously. It also has an option when to fade in/out the audio in the video.
You can also customize the pitch and equalizer of effects.
PowerDirector has some built-in audio sounds and many sound clips. You can edit the duration, shift pitch, change audio speed, and more.
It also has equalizing, noise reduction, AI wind removal, and generating audio effects. Overall, PowerDirector has more audio editing features.
Both have a screen recorder. Filmora allows the recording in three forms:
- Record the desktop screen
- Recording the webcam
With PowerDirector, you get two options. You can either install the CyberLink Screen Recorder or go to Plugins and select the screen recorder.
Filmora mobile app, known as FilmoraGo, is free to download on iOS and Android. It has an “Easy mode” to edit social media videos on the go.
PowerDirector also has an Android and iOS app. It has many great options for building horizontal and vertical videos.
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Pricing and plans
Both come in a wide range of plans. Below are the pricing details. Filmora has three pricing structures.
The Annual package is only offered on Windows and supports future updates. You will pay $49.99 per year.
If you like to edit videos on multiple platforms, the Cross-Platform plan lets you download Filmora on all supported devices and edit the project. You will be charged $59.99 per year.
The Perpetual package that charges a one-time fee costs $79.99 and provides updates until the current software version.
PowerDirector also has a one-time fee plan. It costs $139.99. You get the current software version.
The PowerDirector 365 will cost you $76.99 annually and provide more text titles, transitions, and effects. You will also get 50 GB cloud storage and future updates.
The PowerDirector Suite 365 also includes PhotoDirector, ColorDirector, and AudioDirector. It costs $129.99 per year.
Overall, looking at the pricing, PowerDirector is more expensive than Filmora.
In terms of features and layout, both are similar. PowerDirector has more options and utilizes AI features like wind, background noise, and sky removers. It also has more customizable effects.
If you want a video editor for social media, Filmora is great. If you want something more than just social media, you should try PowerDirector.
With that said, thanks for reading this piece. Please share your thoughts below about the two and help others decide.
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My name is Madhsudhan Khemchandani. I have a bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering (Honours). I have been writing articles on apps and software for over five years. I have also made over 200 videos on YouTube. Read more about me on the About page.