CyberLink Corp. today announced the release of PowerDirector 4, featuring four Magic Tools for fast editing and the creation of breathtaking movies.

“CyberLink PowerDirector’s Magic Tools not only take the hassle out of creating home videos by automating the editing process, they also ensure results that are unbelievably cool,” said Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink.

Magic Tools in PowerDirector 4 include:

— Magic Clean, featuring CyberLink Eagle Vision 2 and CyberLink Noise
Reduction, enhances video by cleaning both the audio and video tracks.
CyberLink Eagle Vision(TM) 2 (CLEV(TM)-2) technology enhances the
colors and brightness of the video, while unwanted noise is removed
with CyberLink Noise Reduction (CLNR) technology. Magic Clean also lets
users enhance the colors and brightness of their slideshow photos and
automatically remove unsightly red-eyes.

— Magic Cut automates the steps for editing long videos into one short
clip by analyzing for elements it values highly. Users can quickly turn
long uneventful clips into interesting and paced videos by simply
setting the duration.

— Magic Music offers a quick way to create soundtracks that perfectly fit
the length of a video clip or photo slideshow. Featuring a royalty-free
soundtrack library arranged by genre, Magic Music recomposes music to
perfectly match the soundtrack to any given length. More music is
available for purchase online by linking from PowerDirector 4.

— Magic Motion makes still images more enjoyable by adding panning and
zooming during playback. PowerDirector analyzes each image for its main
subject or subjects and then applies motion based on this key focus.
Magic Motion lets users quickly turn a collection of digital photos
into an impressive slideshow.

New features in PowerDirector 4 include:

— CyberLink Rich Video technology saves an enormous amount of production
time by reusing video file information created by Magic Cut or Scene
Detection functions. PowerDirector stores the information within the
files, ensuring that the next time these features are used on the same
files, the speed of production is dramatically improved.

— Timeline features

— Multi Trim offers a simple means of manually editing a long clip
by inserting multiple in and out points along a timeline. Once the
points have been set, users can delete unwanted video with one

— Inserting Chapters on the timeline provides a quick way for users
to create video chapters in their movies. Users have the option of
setting chapters evenly according to the full length of their
video, at the beginning of each clip, or according to a set
duration. The information created during Edit mode is transferred
into Produce mode, ensuring that the DVD authoring process is
faster then ever.

— Align to clip edge delivers a convenient and accurate way of
aligning effects and audio clips with the video clips instead of
manually dragging them into position. Users can select whether
they want to align to the left or right edge of a video clip.

— Locking timeline tracks protects an entire track from accidental
changes by preventing the deletion or changing of elements.

— Manual Batch Capturing offers an easy way to select, capture and merge
a series of clips. Manual batch capturing provides precise control over
the capturing process and is especially useful for dubbing VCR tapes,
which do not include a time code.

— Smart Video Rendering Technology(TM) (SVRT) Info window gives users
information for better predicting the rendering process performed by
PowerDirector’s second generation SVRT(TM)-2 technology. PowerDirector
analyzes a project’s audio and video tracks to estimate how much
rendering will be required. A color code and percentage score offers a
quick visual guide to understanding the results.

— Integrated DVD authoring ensures a fluid process from editing to menu
authoring and burning. Improved integration and updated features give
users total control over creating professional DVDs for playback on
home DVD players. Chapters inserted during editing are maintained for
authoring. Users can add stylish menus and chapter thumbnails, and burn
to a broad range of disc media.

— One-click photo fixing with PhotoNow! allows quick removal of red-eyes
and the adjustment of brightness, colors and contrast. Users can also
apply a range of photo filters such as Oil Paint and Pencil Sketch.