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Cyberlink Power Director and EAX/GX


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I used to like this program, it renders faster than even Windows Movie Maker: While also giving the creative freedom of many more expensive programs and having the options Movie Maker doesn't.

 

However: If you use EAX or GX (Positional Audio in gaming): Avoid this program. As soon as I install it: My FPS in any given game drops to 10% what it played at before installing the program. I assume it's a codec issue. I tried several times to redo my install, each time the same issue prevailed.

I keep the program closed when i'm not using it or when I'm gaming: The issue is consistent from the time I install it to the time I remove it. Issue was never present in the past, when I didn't have EAX/GX sound cards.

 

Also, the "Smart sound" feature is garbage. When given the option: Don't install it. Makes the audio of every video I produce into something that makes the old Gameboy speakers sound good. From a theatric experience to a pure "wtf."

 

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If you experience issues in games after installing this program: I've found no way to fix them other than removing the program:

 

Go to control panel> uninstall a program. Remove the following programs in this order:

 

Smart Sound.

QuickTime (can reinstall if you want, but remove if it was installed via Power Director setup.exe)

Wave Editor

Art Effect for PD

power Director

 

If you uninstall them in this order and restart your PC: All issues should be gone.

 

Btw, my particular sound card is the ASUS Xonar DG. I never had conflicts with the 3 other sound cards I've used that did not have full EAX (Creative's positional audio wrapper) or GX (ASUS's positional audio wrapper) support.

One such card was the Creative Audio SB0750, which emulates EAX, but does not actually natively support it: This card did NOT have conflicts.

 

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Summary of what cards to expect conflicts with:

Creative's X-Fi series.

--Any previous versions such as the "Audigy" serieswhich claim "EAX" are emulated. These cards have not shown conflicts in my use.

 

ASUS Xonar cards which support GX. I'm uncertain if any of these are emulated: As I'm relatively new as an ASUS sound card customer.

Edited by dragonsdontfly

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I have Cyberlink PowerDirector (went from 8 to 10), on all my systems, and two of them have Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD's. Maybe it's the sound card and not the software? My sound quality doesn't suffer when producing videos, but I don't use SmartSound, either.

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I have Cyberlink PowerDirector (went from 8 to 10), on all my systems, and two of them have Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD's. Maybe it's the sound card and not the software? My sound quality doesn't suffer when producing videos, but I don't use SmartSound, either.

 

The audio that I use is 8 channel GX audio- Recorded from games as they produce it in all 8 channels.

 

But that's not the big issue for me: The issue is that something about the install causes my games to be completely unplayable due to low frames per second unless I disable positional audio: Which is as much the reason I buy sound cards as the sound quality itself: I like to hear sounds where they're intended to be.

 

I don't know exactly why it causes this issue, but I'm assuming it is some sort of codec issue with my sound cards: Because it's only present when I have EAX or GX enabled, and not the emulated type of EAX on the Audigy cards: The true positional audio. But I'd rather uninstall the program than disable positional audio.

 

As for sound card and not software causing the issue: Only files produced in Power Director come out with bad audio on my system. Adobe Premiere, Windows Movie Maker, Sony Vegas, and a few free programs: I use them all with no audio quality loss (Although some don't allow 8 channel audio rendering, they still sound good when rendered to stereo.)

 

I'm not looking to fix the issue persay. I have a bunch of these programs I've accumulated over the years, so I can just another one. I'm just trying to tell others about the issue in case it happens to them, and one way to fix it (removing it.)

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What version of PowerDirector are you using?

 

PD10 Ultra. 64-bit.

 

Reinstalling now, just disabled all unused audio devices (recording and playback.) Will see if it helps.

 

-Might be a few hours before I reply. Going to try editing and rendering a video to see if it worked, naturally.

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Uninstall any onboard sound drivers if they exist. Go to your Windows Sounds playback and disable ones that you're not using. Just have to narrow things down.

 

The only thing I changed was disabling a few excess devices before I installed the program: And now it works. Doesn't make any sense to me how disconnected devices could mess the entire program up.. But that seems to have been the issue.

I never had onboard sound drivers in the first place, btw. I use a PCI sound card: So I uninstalled even the default windows drivers when I first installed that.

 

Thanks El_Capitan! +1 to you. -1 to Cyberlink for creating such a retarded issue.

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The only thing I changed was disabling a few excess devices before I installed the program: And now it works. Doesn't make any sense to me how disconnected devices could mess the entire program up.. But that seems to have been the issue.

I never had onboard sound drivers in the first place, btw. I use a PCI sound card: So I uninstalled even the default windows drivers when I first installed that.

 

Thanks El_Capitan! +1 to you. -1 to Cyberlink for creating such a retarded issue.

Glad it's working correctly now. :thumbsup:

 

Yeah, Cyberlink should just bypass all the other audio devices and use just the default devices specified, but I guess it's too difficult for them. :D

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Glad it's working correctly now. :thumbsup:

 

Yeah, Cyberlink should just bypass all the other audio devices and use just the default devices specified, but I guess it's too difficult for them. :D

 

Oddly enough I enabled them again after installing the program to see if it went to crap again.. It's fine.

 

Just have to be disabled during installation. Cyberstink really crapped on the installation process. But heck, small inconvenience for such a good program honestly.

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