Display/Preview Options

CyberLink PowerDirector includes some display and preview options that help make your editing experience easier. Click on PowerDirector morefunc Display/Preview Options to enable the TV safe zone, display grid lines, use a dual preview, and select a preview mode.

TV Safe Zone/Grid Lines

When you place media on the PiP track of the timeline, use the TV safe zone and grid lines to help with the precise placement on your video’s image.

  • Click the PowerDirector morefu10 Display/Preview Options button and then select TV Safe Zone to enable a box that indicates the on-screen area of most TV displays.
  • Click the PowerDirector morefu27 Display/Preview Options button, select Grid Lines and then select the number of lines you want to display in a grid over the video image. Use this grid to more precisely place the PiP media where you want on the video image.

Once enabled, select Snap to Reference to have the selected objects snap to the grid lines, TV safe zone and the boundary of the preview window.

Dual Preview

If you have a secondary display device, such as a monitor, TV, or DV camcorder connected to your computer, click the PowerDirector morefun6 Display/Preview Options button and select Dual Preview to extend your workspace and preview your project on a secondary display.

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Note: to use a connected monitor or TV as a secondary preview window, you must first enable extend desktop to a secondary display within the Windows Display Properties Settings.

Once enabled, when you select play on the preview window, you can preview your production on both your primary and secondary display (TV or monitor), or on a connected DV camcorder, depending on your selected preference.

Preview Mode

CyberLink PowerDirector provides two modes you can use to preview your video production:

  • Real-time: synchronizes and renders clips and effects in real-time, displaying a preview of your video at the standard 25 (PAL)/30 (NTSC) frames per second.
  • Non Real-time: mutes the audio and displays a preview at a reduced speed to help make editing much more fluid. Useful when editing high-definition video, using multiple PiP tracks on a less powerful computer, or when you receive dropped frames when previewing. By muting the audio and slowing down the video, CyberLink PowerDirector lets you view more frames per second when your computer has trouble providing a smooth preview during editing.

Display/Preview Options