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HP and Compaq Desktop PCs - Using CyberLink PowerDirector 6 to Create a Movie and Burn it to Disc

This document pertains to HP and Compaq Desktop computers with CyberLink PowerDirector 6.
CyberLink PowerDirector 6 is a digital video editing program for creating professional-looking video movies and photo slide shows that can be emailed to friends, burned to disc, or uploaded to the Internet.
  note:
This document provides basic instructions for using CyberLink PowerDirector. For more detailed information, use the CyberLink PowerDirector application help. To access CyberLink PowerDirector Help, click Help and then click PowerDirector Help.
Opening CyberLink PowerDirector
  1. Click Start .
  2. Click All Programs.
    The Program list displays.
  3. Click CyberLink DVD Suite Deluxe.
    The CyberLink program opens.
  4. Click the CyberLink Products icon .
    The CyberLink Products window displays.
  5. Click PowerDirector.
  6. PowerDirector opens to the Edit window.
      Figure : PowerDirector Edit window
      Image of PowerDirector
    1. Library window
    2. Workspace
Importing video and photos
Import existing videos and photos for the movie from the hard disk drive or an external source.
Follow these steps to import videos and photos:
  1. In PowerDirector, click File, and then click New Project.
    PowerDirector opens to the Edit window.
  2. Click the Import button .
  3. Click Import Media Files. Browse to the file and highlight it.
      note:
    You can also import a media folder rather than importing each file separately.
  4. Click Open to add videos or photos to the library.
    Figure : Open window
    Image of the Open window
    PowerDirector imports the file and places it in the library.
Capturing media
You can capture audio and video to use in your project from a variety of devices in MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, AVI, and DIVX formats.
Capture devices can be either analog or digital.
  • Analog devices are devices such as TV tuner cards, older VCRs, and older video cameras. The TV tuner is installed in the computer. VCRs and older analog video cameras connect to the S-video port or the Composite (RCA) port on the computer.
  • Digital devices such as digital video cameras and web cams connect to the Firewire port or the USB port on the computer.
In Capture mode, you can choose the device, preview the media, view the captured clips, and see information about the clips.
    Figure : Capture mode using the web cam as the capture device
    Image of Capture mode
  1. Device selection area
  2. Captured clips area
  3. Information display area
  4. Capture preview window
Use the instructions in the following sections to capture your media.
Capturing from DV camcorder and HDV camcorder
Use the following steps to capture clips from a DV or HDV camcorder:
  note:
Make sure your camcorder is in VCR mode before capturing.
  1. Connect the camcorder to the Firewire or USB port on the computer.
      note:
    If your digital camcorder connects to your computer via USB, you must import video files as if your camcorder was another hard drive. For help, see the previous section, Importing Video and Photos.
  2. Click the Capture button to open the Capture mode.
  3. To capture from DV camcorder, click the DV camcorder button .
    To capture from HDV camcorder, click the HDV camcorder button .
    The digital capture function opens. You might have to wait a few minutes as PowerDirector switches capture modes.
  4. Use one of the following methods to locate the position where you want to begin capturing:
    • Use the playback buttons
    • Type a timecode, and then press the Enter key on your keyboard seek to that timecode.
    • Drag the time slider.
      Figure : Capturing from DV camcorder
      Capturing from DV camcorder
    1. Playback buttons
    2. Time code
    3. Time slider
  5. Set your capture options (if necessary).
  6. To capture, click the Capture button.
    To stop, click the Stop button.
  7. The Capture File Name window displays. Type a name for the file and click OK.
    The clip you capture displays in the Captured Clips area.
Capturing live TV from the TV tuner card
Complete the following steps to capture live TV from the computer.
  note:
You must have a TV tuner installed on the computer to capture live TV images.
  1. Click the Capture button and wait while PowerDirector detects the devices that are currently available.
  2. Click the TV button to open the TV capture function. (You might have to wait a few minutes as PowerDirector switches capture modes.)
    Figure : Capturing from the TV
    TV capture function
  3. Set your capture options (if necessary). Click the signal source button to choose CATV or Antenna.
  4. Use one of the following methods to find the channel you want to capture:
    • Click the arrows to go up a channel or to go down a channel.
    • Click Back to return to the previous channel.
    • Type a channel number in the channel box.
  5. To capture, click the Capture button.
    To stop, click the Stop button.
  6. The Capture File Name window displays. Type a name for the file and click OK.
    The clip you capture displays in the Captured Clips area.
Capturing from an older VCR or video camera
  note:
You must have a TV tuner card installed on the computer to capture analog video from a VCR or video camera.
To capture video from an older VCR, use the following steps:
  1. Connect the video camera to the S-video port or the Composite (RCA) port on the computer
      note:
    If your video camera has only a Composite (RCA) output port and your computer has only an S-Video input port, you will need a Composite (RCA) to S-Video adapter to connect the camera to the computer.
  2. Connect the audio cable from the video camera to the computer Audio In port.
      note:
    Some computers, such as HP TouchSmart products, are shipped with an adapter you must use to connect the audio cable to the computer.
  3. Turn on the VCR or video camera.
  4. Set the device using one of the following methods:
    • VCR - Insert the tape from which you want to capture video, and press Play on the VCR.
    • Video camera - If you are capturing segments from a previously recorded video, insert the tape, and set the video camera to VCR or Play mode.
    • Video camera - If you are capturing live video, set the video camera to Camera mode.
  5. Click the Capture button and wait while PowerDirector detects the devices that are currently available.
  6. Click the TV button to open the analog capture function. (You might have to wait a few minutes as PowerDirector switches capture modes.)
  7. Click Capture on the menu bar, and then click Device Setup.
    The Analog Video Settings box opens.
  8. On the Video Setup tab in the Capture source box, set the type of connection you are using, Composite or S-Video.
    If the video-out port on the camera or VCR is Composite, click Composite. If the video-out port on the camera or VCR is S-Video, click S-Video in the Capture source box.
    Figure : Analog Video Settings window set to Composite video
    Analog Video Settings window
      note:
    Setting the Capture source incorrectly can result in black and white video instead of color video.
  9. To capture, click the Capture button.
    To stop, click the Stop button.
  10. The Capture File Name window displays. Type a name for the file and click OK.
    The clip you capture displays in the Captured Clips area.
Capturing from the webcam
To capture images from the web cam, complete the following steps.
  1. If your web cam is not already built in to the monitor, position and connect it to the USB or Firewire port on the computer.
  2. Click the Capture button and wait while PowerDirector detects the devices that are currently available.
  3. Click the Web cam icon to open the PC camera capture function. (You might have to wait a few minutes as PowerDirector switches capture modes.)
    Figure : Capturing with the web cam
    Capturing with the web cam
  4. Set your capture options (if necessary).
  5. To capture, click the Capture button.
    To stop, click the Stop button.
  6. The Capture File Name window displays. Type a name for the file and click OK.
    The clip you capture displays in the Captured Clips area.
  7. To capture a snapshot, click the Snapshot button . Type a file name in the Capture File Name box and click OK.
Capturing from the microphone
Use the following steps to capture from the microphone:
  1. If the microphone is not already built-in to the monitor, connect it to the Microphone port on the computer.
  2. Click the Capture button and wait while PowerDirector detects the devices that are currently available.
  3. Click Microphone to open the microphone capture function. (You might have to wait a few minutes as PowerDirector switches capture modes.)
    Figure : Capturing with the microphone
    Capturing from  the microphone
  4. Set your capture options (if necessary).
  5. To capture, click the Capture button.
    To stop, click the Stop button.
  6. The Capture File Name window displays. Type a name for the file and click OK.
    The clip you capture displays in the Captured Clips area.
Capturing from CD
Use the following steps to capture audio tracks from a CD.
  1. Insert a CD in the CD/DVD drive.
  2. Click the Capture button and wait while PowerDirector detects the devices that are currently available.
  3. Click the CD icon to open the CD capture function. You might have to wait a few moments as PowerDirector switches capture modes.
    Figure : Capturing from CD
    Capturing from CD
  4. In the Disc selection box, click the disc drive where the CD is inserted.
  5. Select the track you want to record from the drop-down list. You can preview the track by using the player controls.
  6. To capture, click the Capture button.
    The entire track will be recorded automatically.
    To capture an excerpt of the song, click Stop to stop capture.
    The audio clip you capture displays in the Captured Clips area.
Capturing from DVD
Use the following steps to capture audio tracks from a CD.
  1. Insert a DVD in the DVD drive.
  2. Click the Capture button and wait while PowerDirector detects the devices that are currently available.
  3. Click the DVD icon to open the DVD capture function. You might have to wait a few moments as PowerDirector switches capture modes.
    Figure : Capturing from DVD
    Capturing from DVD
  4. Select the disc drive where the DVD was inserted by clicking the DVD Drive button.
  5. Use the DVD disc navigation tree on the left to select the chapters, or titles you want to capture. You can preview the DVD by using the player controls.
      note:
    Some DVDs are protected by technology that does not allow you to capture the content they contain.
  6. Set your capture options (if necessary).
  7. To capture, click the Capture button.
    The entire selected chapter or content will be captured automatically and then displayed in the Captured Clips area.
Creating the movie
Use the Magic Movie Wizard to turn the media into a movie. Then edit and refine the movie in the workspace.
  1. In the Media Library, click the file or files for the movie.
      note:
    To select more than one file, hold down the Shift key while clicking the file.
  2. Click the Magic Movie Wizard button.
  3. The Select Your Media window displays. Click Selected items, and then click the Next button .
    Figure : Select Your Media window
    Image of the Select Your Media window
  4. The Add Music window displays. Click the Add music button and browse to the music for the movie.
    Figure : Add Music window
    Image of the Add Music window
    Select the music and click the Next button .
  5. The Select Style windows displays. Select a style and click the Next button.
    Figure : Select Style window
    Image of Select Style window
  6. The Specify Duration and Split Ratio window displays. In the New duration box, set a duration for the movie or click Fit duration to background music.
    Move the slider to set the ratio between photos and videos. Then click the Next button .
    Figure : Specify Duration and Split Ratio window
    Image of the Specify Duration and Split Ratio window
  7. Click the Play button to preview the style.
    Then click the Next button .
  8. Figure : Preview style window
    Image of the Preview style window
  9. The Finished window displays. Click the Return to Edit Mode button .
    Figure : Finished window
    Image of the Finished window
    On the message that displays, click OK to apply the movie made by the Wizard to the timeline and place it in the workspace.
    Figure : Apply the Wizard to the timeline message
    Image of the Apply the Wizard to the timeline message
    The movie appears in the workspace.
    Figure : New movie in the workspace area
    Image of the new movie in the workspace area
Editing video and audio clips
Edit video and audio clips to shorten, to merge two or more clips, or to split a clip into two. Follow these steps to edit video and audio clips.
  1. Double-click a movie or audio clip in the timeline.
  2. The Trim window opens with the clip displayed.
  3. Use the controls in the Trim window to edit the clip.
    • Click the Play button to view the video.
    • Click the Stop button to stop viewing the video.
    • Click the Seek by button to change the seek element. PowerDirector automatically seeks by frame.
    • Click the Previous and Next buttons to navigate through the video.
    • Click the Volume button to adjust the volume level of the video.
    • To change where the video starts or stops, set the Mark In and Mark Out points for trimming.
      Move the slider arrow to the frame where you want to start the video and click the Mark In button. Then move the slider arrow to the frame where you want to end the video and click the Mark Out button
      Figure : Video clip in the Trim window
      Image of a video clip in the Trim window
    When finished, click the OK button .
  4. To split an audio or media clip into two clips, select the clip and move the timeline slider to the position for the split. Click the Split button .
      note:
    Splitting a clip does not delete any part of the clip.
  5. To preview the movie after the changes, click the Preview produced movie button and select Instant Preview with Media Viewer.
    The Media Viewer displays. Click the Play button .
Producing the finished movie
When the edits are complete, use the Production Wizard to complete the movie.
  1. Click the Produce button.
    The Production Wizard displays.
  2. Select Create a File and click the Next button .
    Figure : Production Wizard
    Image of the Production Wizard
      note:
    The movie can also be output to a streaming file, recorded on DV tape, or uploaded to YouTube.
  3. Adjust the output settings for the production. The following settings are available.
    • Filename - change the file name by clicking the Output to button.
    • File type - create a file to record on a DVD by selecting MPEG2.
    • Country/video format of disc - selects the country from the list.
    • Profile type - selects the Profile.
    • Profile name/Quality - selects the quality for the final movie.
    When finished making changes to the settings, click the Next button .
    Figure : Production Wizard, Step 2
    Image of the Production Wizard, Step 2
  4. The Step 3 window displays with information about the final movie file. Click the Start Rendering button to create the movie file.
    To stop the production process before the movie is compete, click the Stop button .
    Figure : Production Wizard, Step 3
    Image of the Production Wizard, Step 3
  5. When the rendering process is complete, a Congratulations message displays. Click the Return to Edit mode button .
    PowerDirector saves the file and places the completed movie in the Library window.
Creating the disc menu
Follow the steps in this section to transfer the completed movie to a DVD disc.
  1. Make sure the completed movie is selected in the Library window and is displayed in the Preview window.
      Figure : Completed movie in the Library window
      Image of the completed movie in the Library window
    1. Completed movie
    2. Preview window
  2. Click Create Disc. Create Disc mode opens.
      Figure : Create Disc mode
      Image of Create disc mode
    1. Customize menu options
    2. Author/Preview window
    3. Create Disc Mode buttons
      note:
    Select Create a disc without a menu to skip the menu and start the movie automatically.
  3. On the Style tab, select a Template for the disc menu. Click the drop-down arrow for more templates.
  4. If there are chapters in the movie, click the Menu Buttons tab and select the number of buttons for the menu page.
    If there are no chapters in the movie, skip this step.
      note:
    (Menu buttons are clickable chapter thumbnails.)
  5. To customize the disc menu, click the Menu Designer button .
    In the Menu Designer, edit the menu text, change the font style and color, select special characters, or add shadows.
    Figure : Menu Designer
    Image of the Menu Designer
    Make any changes and click the OK button .
  6. To add music to the menu, click the Add background music button and browse to the music file.
    The following options are available for the menu background music.
    • Fade in/fade out.
    • Repeat the audio file.
    • Apply the music to all pages.
    • Move the slider arrows to trim the audio.
    • Adjust the volume.
    Figure : Choose Menu Background Music
    Image of the Choose Menu Background Music window
    Make adjustments and click the OK button .
  7. To set a clip to play before the menu page appears, click the Add first play video button .
    Click the Remove button to remove a file set to play first.
  8. To view a summary of the disc, click the Production summary button .
    Click OK to close the Production Summary
    Figure : Production Summary
    Image of the Production Summary window
  9. To modify the disc preferences, click the Preferences button .
    The following settings are available.
    • Disc format - Select the disc format for the movie.
    • Disc capacity (DVD only) - Select the disc capacity.
    • Video quality (DVD only) - Select a video quality for the disc.
    • Audio type - LPCM is an uncompressed audio format (default).
        note:
      The video quality and audio type options depend on the disc format.
    • Menu tab - Enable video thumbnail - Check to display chapter thumbnails on the disc menu. To limit the length of video that displays, type a number in the User-defined motion menu box.
    • Auto-menu timeout - Select this if you will not move on until a menu button is pressed.
    Make changes or click OK to accept the default values.
  10. To preview the menu, click the Preview tab.
    The menu plays automatically. Click the Author tab to return to Author mode.
  11. When the menu is complete, continue to the next section to burn the movie to disc.
Burning the movie to disc
Follow these steps to burn the movie to disc.
  1. To set the burning configuration, click the Burn icon .
      Figure : Create Disc mode
      Image of the Create Disc mode window
    1. Burn icon
    The Burn window displays.
    Figure : Burn window
    Image of the Burn window
  2. In the Burn window, click the Configuration button
    .
    The following settings are available.
    • Recording drive - selects the recording drive.
    • Recording speed - selects the recording speed.
    • Buffer under-run protection - select to prevent errors when the hard drive is busy or system resources are low.
    • Folder directory - select a directory to save the DVD folder.
      note:
    After the configuration is set, PowerDirector uses the same configuration until the settings are changed.
  3. Click OK to set the configuration and return to the Burn window.
  4. Under Output type, click Burn to disc.
  5. In the Number of copies box, type the number of copies.
  6. To change the volume label, type a new name in the Disc volume label box.
  7. To save all the movie files so that another copy can be burned in the future, click Create a DVD folder.
    Click the Browse button to change the folder directory.
  8. Insert a blank, recordable DVD disc in the CD/DVD drive.
  9. Click OK.
    PowerDirector records the disc.
  10. When the disc is complete, a congratulations message displays. Click OK.

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