PowerDirector is one of the most popular and easiest to use video editing software programs available. Currently in its fifteenth version PowerDirector allows both amateur and professional video enthusiasts to edit and add a host of features to their videos.
If you're somebody who likes shooting videos either with a compact digital camera, or a more advanced dedicated videocamera, then you'll probably want to edit and upload your videos to social sites such as YouTube.
Just like any good video editing program PowerDirector allows you to choose several different formats which you can produce your videos in. For example, PowerDirector, has video formats, such as AVI, MPEG-2, Windows Media, XAVC S and M2TS, MP4 and MKV in H.264 and H.265 format.
However, just what is the best format to produce your videos in if you intend uploading them to YouTube? Well, YouTube actually supports a host of different file formats, but it recommends that you upload videos in the MP4 H.264 format, which can improve processing time and the quality of your published video.
PowerDirector supports MP4 H.264 format, however, the list of default pre-set video formats via the profile name/quality tab are often unsuitable, either because the video resolution is incorrect or the bitrate is too high or low.
What a lot of people don't realise is that you can actually create a custom video format by clicking on the plus sign (+), also known as the "create a new profile icon." This allows you to choose the resolution (such as, 1920 x1080), frame rate, frame type and average bitrate, et cetera.
Now, before you enter any settings you should first find out the precise values your videos are recorded in. This will ensure that your videos retain their original quality as best as possible when you produce them in PowerDirector. To do this in Windows, all you have to do is right click on a video on your PC and select "properties" which is usually located at the bottom.
From there, a new window will open with several options at the top. Click on the "details" tab, which will reveal details about the video you have recorded with your particular camera or device. We are interested in the frame width, frame height, total bit rate and frame rate. For example, my camera records with the following settings: frame width 1920, frame height 1080, total bitrate 16393kbps and frame rate 25 frames per second. It doesn't matter about the particular video format as we will be converting it to MP4.
Okay, so now we have a good idea of the precise settings our videos are recorded in its time to create a custom profile via the H.264 AVC tab. As mentioned earlier, we want to choose MP4 from the drop-down menu and then click on the plus symbol to create our custom profile that can be saved.
The first thing we can do is give our custom profile, a name and description. For example, I just call mine YouTube. I personally don't bother with the description.
Then we click on the video tab which gives us a host of options.
1. Enter the resolution (example 1920 x 1080).
2. Enter the frame rate (example 25 frames per second).
3. Leave the frame type as progressive.
4. Leave the profile type as high profile.
5. Leave entropy encoding as CABAC.
6. Enter the average bitrate. For example, my camera records up to 16000, but I enter a bitrate of 8000 as this supports full HD quality and reduces the video size, which means it doesn't take as long to upload. The quality will be reduced slightly, but it's nothing major. Remember, if you enter a higher bitrate than your videocamera actually records the quality will not improve.
7. Choose speed or quality mode. I recommend quality mode.
8. Choose whether you want to use the deblocking or use dynamic GOP. I would personally use deblocking and GOP.
The default audio settings are usually fine, but you can change them if needed.
That's it, you can now click on okay and your profile will be saved. This can then be selected by choosing the "custom" tab under profile type, every time you select MP4 H.264. If you ever need to edit it just click on the pencil icon and change the details.
You can now produce your videos in the correct and optimise format which will help retain their original quality, but also mean your videos are processed quicker once uploaded to YouTube.