Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Multicam Editing in PowerDirector - A Short Intro

“Multicam” is short for “multiple camera” and is used to describe shots in which several cameras are set up to record a scene, arranged at different angles and (sometimes) heights. Multicam editing is the combining of the recorded footage from this kind of setup. This combination of clips is called a "multiclip."

This diagram shows example of a multicam setup recording a seated guitar player. 
Or maybe it’s a guy eating a huge chicken leg – graphic design is not my strong suit.

DON’T LEAVE! The highly crafted image above is just an example of a professional setup. You don’t need a lot of expensive equipment to create your own multiclip. Today, almost everyone has a mobile device – either a cellphone or a tablet computer, and you can set up this kind of shot easily with a couple of friends. Sometimes you won’t even need to set up the shot – when an amazing event happens and you were there to record it, ask around afterwards to find out what footage other people were able to get. Often you can put together a great multiclip just from yours and other people's mobile device recordings.

In most cases, video editing software uses the sound from each clip as the reference to synchronize the clip timing. When shooting an event that does not have a clear sound reference recordable by all cameras, you may need to create an audio sync point. This can be done with a clapboard, or even by having someone clap their hands at the beginning of the recording. PowerDirector supports two ways to edit the resulting multicam footage.

Sync Method 1: Just drag all of your clips to the timeline. You can either put them all on one track, or on separate tracks (they will end up on multiple tracks anyway). Select them all, and click “Sync by Audio.” PowerDirector will automatically arrange them according to the sounds detected in each clip. 

Video has been automatically synchronized
according to the audio content of each source. 
Once your clips are synchronized on the timeline, you can move & resize them, set transparencies, and insert transitions to achieve the production effect you want. For example, you can click “keyframes,” and position the four clips to create a multicam collage like this:
If you have more than four clips, lay them out in a 3 x 3 or 4 x 4 grid 
(reusing the best shots) to create a cool video wall effect. 
Sync Method 2: If you have four or less clips, you can use PowerDirector’s Multicam designer. The Multicam Designer lets you easily switch between camera shots, creating a single multicam track on the timeline. Click on the Plug-in button and then select MultiCam Designer, then click on Import Video. Import your multicam clips from the Media Room. Set the synchronization type to Audio Analysis, and click “Apply” to start the analysis. The tracks will be synced according to their audio content. If the audio quality of some of the clips is not good enough to allow for automatic sync by audio (likely to happen if you have imported smartphone footage shot outdoors) , you still have many other options for synchronization: manually, by time codes, and by inserting markers onto the clips.

The Multicam Designer will sync the source clips, and provide an easy way
to combine them in real-time to create a single track on the timeline.
Now capture the segments you want from each of the four videos, and you can do it with real-time mixing. Click the record button, and then select the camera sources you want to use in the order you want them on your final track. You can also use the keyboard keys 1 to 4 to select the camera source. Try it a couple of times to get the feel of it. You will see how you can tightly control the editing while all four sources are playing simultaneously. Click the pause button to pause recording at any time. Click the stop button when your recording is done, and then click OK to go back to the main edit window. 

The Multicam Designer has created one video and track on the timeline, 
with all four sources inserted in the desired order.
Back on the timeline, you can still use the usual tools to work on the newly created track, like transitions, effects, or titles.

That’s how easy it is! If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below. If you do not own PowerDirector, you can download the trial version here. You can also check out the CyberLink forums, which are frequented by helpful and knowledgeable PowerDirector power users. 

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Share Your Adventures with CyberLink’s I Love Travel Contest!

Summer is a perfect time for all sorts of thrilling journeys, from exploring a nearby city to discovering a new culture in a foreign country! On your adventures this year, keep a camera by your side. When you capture video footage of an amazing experience or place, why not share it with the world…and maybe win great prizes. CyberLink’s I Love Travel Contest is back!

Once again CyberLink is challenging our PowerDirector fans of all skill levels from around the globe to create the most compelling and/or fun travel video. The contest will be running from now through September 7, 2015, so you have plenty of time to travel, capture, create and win big.

With seven awesome prize packages including ‘Great Travelers’ grand prizes, ‘Audience Favorites’ and ‘Lucky Voters,’ and great gifts up for grabs like a GoPro, Apple Watch and many others, you have nothing to lose! May the best editor win, so get out there and start your journey today!

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Windows 10 is better than ever with CyberLink’s PowerDVD 15!

Since Windows recently announced their latest version 10, which is set to be released on July 29th, many Windows enthusiasts have been shown concern over the multitude of features that have been eliminated. Some of these missing functions include basic tools used for day-to-day tasks, such as Windows Media Center for media playback and watching DVDs, as well as simple gadgets like games or weather among others. When considering whether or not to upgrade to the latest version, it’s important to keep in mind that upgrading doesn’t mean saying goodbye to all your favorite features. In fact, upgrading to the new version can mean getting your hands on even better versions of your beloved tools!

PC Mag has come to the rescue, helping users claim back their favorite features with some snazzy replacement application suggestions. Not only do they have solutions for your solitaire and weather tracking needs, but they’ve also suggested CyberLink’s PowerDVD 15 as the must-have media and DVD playback software for Windows 10 users.

PowerDVD 15 provides a fully loaded upgrade from Windows Media Center, which means that users who upgrade to Windows 10 and get PowerDVD are opening the doors to a whole new world of media magic. The most recent version of CyberLink’s popular PowerDVD software is the perfect tool for an optimal viewing experience whether you consume media at home or on the road. PowerDVD 15 is the best version of the world’s leading Blu-ray, 3D, and HD media player that allows users to recreate a cinema quality experience for videos, music, and photos. You can also connect to YouTube and save your favorite viral clips to enjoy even when you are offline.
CyberLink completely agrees with PC Mag - Windows 10 is a leap forward that enhances your interconnected life when accompanied by great new tools to replace what’s missing. Click here to view PC Mag’s list ofWindows 10 supplemental app suggestions, and click here to get the latestversion of CyberLink’s PowerDVD!

Saturday, 30 May 2015

5 Must-have Summer Styles From YouCam Makeup!

From hot days, to sizzling summer nights, a girl must always look her best. As you prepare for a stylish season filled with beach days and nights out on the town, flawless makeup is an absolute must-have. That’s why YouCam Makeup is thrilled to release our first signature collection of summer makeup styles! Our five one-of-a-kind looks are influenced by upcoming trends from the biggest names in beauty and cosmetics.

Perfect Corp. drew inspiration from Vogue’s summer preview as well as from makeup styles included in collections from Chanel, M.A.C., and CoverGirl among others. Each look conveys a strong attitude intended to empower the wearer to feel stunning, elegant, radiant, edgy, or straight up heroic. We’ve got the virtual makeup style to match your mood and personality! If our breathtaking new looks aren’t enough to sweeten your summer, we’ve got yet another treat just for you…

Parade your best summer style for a chance to win a luxury makeup collection! Click here to join our “Stay in Style for SummerLooks 2015” contest, and read on to take a closer look at our chic new collection to make your summer absolutely perfect.
Need a daytime look? It’s time to Sparkle, radiate confidence, and shine brighter than the sunrise all summer long.
Night Out
When the dance floor is calling, you’re clearly going to need a Night Out. Exude confidence with the ultimate smoky eye to look sleek and stunning.
Feeling courageous? Be Daring and bold with double-winged liner and edgy makeup style that shows off your adventurous spirit.
Club Chic
All eyes will be on you with your Club Chic fashion. Make the night your own with rich red lipstick and ethereal eyes.
Take a walk on the wild side, be Heroic, and save some damsels in distress from boredom by bringing the party with you. Turn heads with striking purple liner to match your fierce attitude.

Now that you’re equipped with a virtual makeup collection to ensure you steal the show every summer day and night, get out there and start enjoying the season. Take glamorous selfies and look great with your favorite app YouCam Makeup!

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

The 4 Accessories Every Woman Must Own This Summer

Love accessories? So do we. The right piece can take your outfit from boring and basic to completely on trend in an instant. Once you have these 4 accessories in your closet this season, you can transform your outfits and be ready for summer. With YouCam Makeup's latest release including accessories, you now have a virtual makeup AND fashion stylist right in the palm of your hand. Get the latest app version to try on eye wear, jewelry and other accessories today to find the perfect look for your summer outfits. 

Summer 2015's Must-have Accessories:

1. Sassy Sunglasses

It wouldn't be summer without them. Forget a smile, its really a great pair of sunglasses that can make you look like a million bucks. When the sun is shining bright, grab something from your closet that is both functional and fabulous. Bigger is usually better, but be sure not to overwhelm your face. And a helpful hint: blondes and redheads look hot in tortoise shell while brunettes look better in black. Try on styles to find the one that suits you in the latest version of YouCam Makeup.

2. A Modern Headband

Summertime is the time to rock a great a headband. When the weather is hot and humid, a headband can keep you looking cool and chic. You may think that a headband is jsut a hair cover up or for school kids only, but headbands can actually be beautiful. Embrace the look by trying on a few in YouCam Makeup. Try a sparkly one for a night out when your hair is a bit too greasy and there's no time for a shower or a floral piece for a picnic in the park. There are many ways to get a fresh new look with a headband.


3. Bold Earrings

Take a classic drop earring a step further and amp up the drama something a little different. A bold, colorful pair is the only accent you need for that little black dress. The runway set the trend this summer going bigger, better, sparklier. We saw Loewe’s shoulder-dusting pieces take the statement hoop up a notch with a dynamic new shape, and Nina Ricci’s mismatched earrings offering a quirky but playful touch. Try on a few news styles of earrings in seconds with your virtual makeup and fashion assistant YouCam Makeup.

4. Statement Necklace

Transform even the most basic white T-shirt into a sophisticated, date ready outfit with a slightly over-the-top statement necklace. Look for a bib style in a favorite color (we chose a teal bib style below) or an eye-catching necklace with mixed metals (we like the classy but fun selection below). You can never go wrong with a pop of color at the neckline paired with a basic T!

Try on dozens of accessories with
YouCam Makeup (for iOS and Android)!

Saturday, 23 May 2015

5 Things You Need To Know About Eurovision

Europe’s biggest song contest’s Grand Finals are this weekend, and things are heating up for the singers participating in the event, as well as for Eurovision enthusiasts across the globe. Whether you are cheering for The Makemakes, the contenders from the host country Austria, striking Ann Sophie from Germany, or stylish Electro Velvet representing the UK it’s time to step up your country pride, your song needs your support! If you aren’t from Europe, Eurovision may be an abstract concept to you, or you may not be familiar with the popular yearly competition at all. To help shed some light on this exciting, competitive, and sometimes hilarious song contest we’ve pulled together a list of the top 5 things you need to know about Eurovision. Read on to learn all about the epic event, and join YouCam Makeup, YouCam Perfect, and Beauty Circle in our ‘European Song & StyleShowdown’ to show your Eurovision support and be entered for a chance to win Beats Headphones and other great prizes!

1. Eurovision is where stars are born…
Many of the singers to participate in the Eurovision competition in previous years have gone on to become global superstars. The list includes Celine Dion, ABBA, and many others!
2. The competition is fierce with many memorable moments…
Not only is the singing contest quite competitive, there also seems to be a secondary competition going on to see which contestant can be the most memorable or shocking each year. Some of our favourite moments include…
- Austria's Conchita Wurst and her iconic style (2014)
- Finland's Lordi and their monster music group (2006)
3. Iconic attire always wins...
Eurovision’s hilarious variety of outfits have made history upstaging the music. Sequins, perms, feathers, ridiculous headgear, and superhero costumes – we’ve seen it all. Some of the best styles include…
- Scooch’s  PanAm-inspired attire (2014)
- Jedward performed 'Lipstick' wearing matching red crystal-embellished jackets (2011)
- InCulto whipping off their trousers mid-show to reveal these silver glittery hot pants (2010)
- Bucks Fizz's rainbow-inspired outfits (1981)
- ABBA’s knickerbockers with knee-high silver moon boots (1974)
4. You must appreciate Conchita Wurst’s unique style...
In 2014 Conchita Wurst of Austria walked away the Eurivision winner and a global celebrity on account of her unique style which includes stunning makeup and a beard. While growing a beard can be trickier, you can easily recreate her makeup style by watching YouTube Videos or in your YouCam Makeup App!

5. Happy 60th Birthday Eurovision!
The competition is celebrating its’ 60th year in 2015, and is expected to draw more than 180 million viewers worldwide! This glitzy event is growing rapidly each year.

Now that you have the scoop on Eurovision, love it or loathe it, the time has come for you to cheer on your favorite contestant and support your song! Tune into the Grand Finals this weekend, and experience excitement first hand by stepping into the spotlight in our glamorous contest!

Thursday, 21 May 2015

YouCam Makeup WINS Best App at the Appy Awards!

We are thrilled to announce that YouCam Makeup has been selected as an "Appy Award" winner, announced in New York City on Tuesday night. The annual Appy Awards acknowledge creativity and excellence in app design for mobile, social, or web-based apps. With hundreds of submissions and many great finalists this year including Polyvore and The Knot, we are honored that YouCam Makeup walked away with the award for best app in the Fashion & Apparels category.

Winners were selected by a jury consisting of impartial editors, industry visionaries, and senior-level creative strategy leaders from prominent agencies & brands. The judging process was organized and monitored by MediaPost’s Awards & Editorial Team, and is independent of account or sales biases.

YouCam Makeup is available for free download on the App Store and Google Play.