CyberLink MediaSuite 10 Ultra Review

6/29/2012 9:32:42 AM

We look to 'enrich our digital life'... Okay, then

Is this the ultimate multimedia package? CyberLink has certainly thrown everything it can at this suite, which consists of no fewer than 11 tools to enable you to, as CyberLink puts it, 'Enrich Your Digital Life'.

Description: CYBERLINK MEDIA SUITE ULTRA v10 for windows

CyberLink has released some of my favourite media packages of late, including PowerDirector and PowerDVD, and they are both included here.

Alongside those tools, Media Suite 10 offers data burning suite Power2Go 8, media management package MediaShow 6, Blu-ray/ DVD producer PowerProducer 5.5, audio editor WaveEditor 2, simple file convertor MediaEspresso 6.5, backup tool PowerBackup 2.6, DVD copy utility PowerDVD Copy 1.5, disc label package LabelPrint 2.6 and drag-and-drop writing app InstantBurn 5.

You'd be right in asserting that some of these are essentially here to make up the numbers, but that's the nature of multimedia suites. I'll focus on the core tools here, as these will colour your decision on whether to buy.

Description: Review: CyberLink Media Suite 10 Ultra

CyberLink Media Suite 10 Ultra

If you're looking for a fully-featured, quick and stable consumer video editor, PowerDirector 10 is one of the best on the market right now. You can access a full editor or a quick editing tool, depending on how confident your skills are and how involved you want to be. Being the HE3D version, it has some limitations compared with the full version. For example, there's no full HD preview, the number of tracks is limited to just 4, TrueTheater video enhancements are missing and editing effects are missing the likes of a Particle Designer, while video output lacks QuickTime and MPEG-2 with Dolby 5.1 options.

For video playback, PowerDVD 12 BD Express is strong, supporting 3D, Blu-ray and offering built-in support for browsing YouTube, Facebook and Flickr. Audio support includes Dolby True-hID 5.1 channels and 3D playback is included, too. Finally, the tool integrates with the 7digital music store, which is a nice touch, although we'd prefer a deal with Spotify.

MediaShow 6 is a decent, intuitive media management tool that does a good job at ensuring that you don't mislay any family photos or videos and Power2Go 8 offers enough burning options, including mounting a disk image as a virtual drive, to satiate most disc jobs, although the lack of a system recovery disk option is a shame.

Holding this functionality is the job of the PowerStarter navigation tool. With clear, task-based tabs leading to the package's functionality and quick boot-up times, it's a sensible approach that pays off.

As does the entire package, on the whole. It's more expensive than the obvious competition -that would be Nero - but you're still getting a good deal, here. The interaction between all of the tools is excellent and this is a solid, intuitive set of tools which have a sense of class about them, both in terms of display and functionality.

My only words of caution would be that you'd better get used to CyberLink's near-constant peddling of its upgrade options, which becomes rather tiresome.







Required spec

Pentiums Core 2 Duo E6400 or e Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (AVCHD a nd MPEG-2 HD), Pentium 4 2.2GHz or AMD Athlon XP 2200+ (DVD quality)/512MB required (2GB DDR2 or above recommended for* editing HD videos) / 5GB HD space, 10GB for DVDs 60GB for Blu-ray discs / Windows XP or later

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