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Filmora vs. PowerDirector

Filmora vs. PowerDirector

With both short and long videos trending, having 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

Filmora
Filmora Interface

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.

PowerDirector

CyberLink PowerDirector
CyberLink PowerDirector

Developed by Cyberlink, PowerDirector is an easy-to-use tool helping users to make intuitive videos. Like Filmora, it works on both macOS and Windows, while a mobile app is available to edit videos on mobile.

Filmora vs. PowerDirector: Tools

Editing tools

Both Filmora and PowerDirector offer the following editing tools.

ToolsFilmoraPowerDirector
Chroma key YesYes
Split and cropYesYes
Motion trackingYesNo
Keyframing YesYes
Audio MixerYesNo
Tag markerYesYes
Undo & Redo optionYesYes
Pan and zoom YesYes
Tools comparison table

Transition effects

Adding Transitions in Filmora

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.

Text titles

Adding Text Titles in PowerDirector

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 which will 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.

Video effects

Video Effects in Filmora

PowerDirector can take this round easily. Filmora offers over 900 video effects. Those can be used to give your videos a vibrant look, beautify it, or add beautiful patterns.

You can also add multiple effects to a single video. The app also has the option to add elements (PiP) in the same way.

PowerDirector has the power of approximately 470 Video effects and over 1,000 Pip (Picture in Picture) overlays. It also brings 39 live particle options to add in its premium versions.

Related: Filmora vs. Premiere Pro

Audio editing and sounds

Adding Background Music in PowerDirector

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 audios 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. The app has a speech-to-text and text-to-speech function in the premium version.

PowerDirector has 10 built-in audio sounds and up to 50 sound clips. You can edit the duration, shift pitch, change audio speed, and more.

It also has equalizer, noise reduction, and generator audio effects features.

Screen recording

Screen Recording in Filmora
Screen Recording in Filmora

Most video editors today have screen recording features. Filmora allows the recording in three forms.

Record from the desktop screen allows recording anything present on your desktop screen.

The second is Recording from the webcam, in which you can record your camera, and the third is the Record voiceover, which allows recording your voice.

With PowerDirector, you get two options. You can either install the CyberLink Screen Recorder or go to Plugins and select the screen recorder.

Related: KineMaster vs. PowerDirector

Ease of use

Since both editors have multiple advanced functions, practice and patience are required to master both.

However, in my experience, I found Filmora comparatively easier to manage and use because more audio/video features come in the tab when you add them.

While in Powerdirector, you have to go into tools and find the features you are looking for, which sometimes becomes confusing.

Mobile apps

Filmora mobile app, known as FilmoraGo, is free to download for both iOS and Android devices. It has an “Easy mode” to edit social media videos on the go.

To edit mobile videos, Powerdirector also has an app compatible with Android and iOS devices. You can download it from Google Play and App Store and edit videos for your social media platforms.

Pricing and plans

Filmora vs PowerDirector
Filmora vs. PowerDirector Pricing

Both come in a wide range of plans. Below are the pricing details.

Filmora

Filmora has three pricing plans: Monthly, Annual, and Perpetual.

The monthly plan costs $19.99, giving you access to all the features. The yearly plan costs $49.99 per year, and the perpetual plan costs a one-time fee of $79.99.

You can subscribe to the plugins and effects plan, which costs an additional $20.99 monthly regardless of the selected plan. The package has options that include Filmstock and AI Portrait.

PowerDirector

PowerDirector has five software versions, allowing you to choose the best option. The first two, called PowerDirector 20 Ultra and Unlimited, cost a one-time fee of $99.99 and $139.99, respectively.

Those have basic video editing options. The real power of PowerDirector lies in subscription-based packages.

Along with the basic options in the lifetime packages, you get:

  • Unlimited access to plugins and effects
  • Free upgrade to the latest versions
  • Unlimited access to music and sound clips
  • Access to 3.9 million Shutterstock videos
  • Access to 5,800 Shutterstock images
  • Over 800,000 Getty video clips
  • Access to over 3 million Getty Images
  • 50GB cloud storage

Depending on the package, you get other special features. The PowerDirector 365 annual plan costs $69.99 per year.

The Suite plan that has a couple of additional options costs $129.99, and the final plan, called PowerDirector 365 Business, costs $149.99.

The prices here are without any deals and discounts. The last time I checked, all subscription-based plans were on discount.

Overall, looking at the pricing, PowerDirector is more expensive than Filmora.

Filmora vs. PowerDirector: Links

Summary

No matter which video editor you choose, their smooth working depends on your practice. In terms of features and layout, Filmora and PowerDirector are similar.

However, we find Filmora more user-friendly and easy to operate, whereas PowerDirector needs more time, but it has a few more advanced for more serious content creators.

WM

Friday 16th of September 2022

I am concerned that this review may mislead readers, and I wonder if you closely used Powerdirector. Powerdirector and Filmora are quite comparable, but Powerdirector definitely have more advanced and superior features. I have used both Powerdirector and Filmora for more than two years (5 years with Powerdirector and 2 years with Filmora).

I use Filmora only for the purpose of chroma keying and a wide rage of templates. For me, that's the only two advantages of Filmora over Powerdirector (Still, I agree that Filmora has easier interface than Powerdirector, but I think Powerdirector is still as easy to learn as Filmora). Filmora enables me to create much better quality chroma keying results than Powerdirector does, and those various templates save my editing time. As you mentioned, Filmora provides much wider range of templates in title designs, video effects, transitions, etc.

However, those templates in Filmora are not customizable, and you can mimic them with Powerdirector very easily. Powerdirector has much less templates, but it has much better basic keyframe and video effect features than Filmora, so it can create more advanced effects than Filmora. You also wrote that Powerdirector does NOT have tag marker, but Powerdirector does have better tag marker features than Filmora. You wrote that Powerdirector's keyframing features are only for effects. Not true at all. Powerdirector has much better keyframing features than Filmora. Motion tracking features are also available in Powerdirector. In addition, a wider range of audio editing is available in Powerdirector, but the software does not name it as an audio mixer. And even though Filmora has an audio mixer, the features are very limited (mostly useless).

Madhsudhan

Friday 16th of September 2022

@WM, thank you for the time to write those words. Yes, that is correct. Filmora is easier, but PowerDirector has more options.

If referring to the text, transition, and other templates, yes, Filmora has more. Each category has hundreds of effects, but most are basic and are for fun videos.

Thank you for pointing out the tag marker features. I will update that shortly.

Lastly, keyframe options depend on the version. But you are right; all versions support media keyframes.