Project Management (Part 1) – tutorial PowerDirector

A tutorial on how to manage the project assets and records

to Ensure an error free creation PowerDirector project.

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36 Comments to “Project Management (Part 1) – tutorial PowerDirector”

  1. PDtoots says:

    Lakes57 – Glad you got a chuckle. The subject matter of Project Management is pretty boring, so I tried to interject some humor.
    If you want a copy of the Blackboard / Chalkboard Text Template, It’s available for anyone to download (subscriber or not).
    Just go to the Cyberlink DirectorZone home page > Type… Blackboard …in the Effects Search bar > And you will find the Blackboard text template available for downloading.
    Thanks for the comment!

  2. Lakes57 says:

    Love the animations, made me laugh! 🙂

    The Chalkboard with your logo on the Box of chalks is very good too!

  3. PDtoots says:

    Thanks for the comment!

  4. PDtoots says:

    Thanks 56alanm. Your comment is much appreciated!

  5. NHLroyrocks says:

    thanks, this was a really simple to understand best practices

  6. 56alanm says:

    I’m a newbie to PD10 and this video is amazingly helpful information on how to organize a project and more importantly what NOT to do.

    Kudos once again to the PDtoots team for sharing their expertise with the rest of us!!

  7. 60johnin says:

    Stunning toot CP!!

  8. PDtoots says:

    It’s a bit of extra work (just a small bit). But since adopting this work flow, I haven’t lost a thing in a project in years. And I’m in PD pretty much everyday.
    Hope it works out well for you too.

  9. PDtoots says:

    Yep, there’s nothing worse than losing days worth of work, or “browsing” for and trying to remeber where one “might” have moved a file after “re-naming” it. But if one takes a few mintues to put and direct everything into a temporary working folder, and you leave it all alone, the “whoops” and “#!$&” factor goes down by 99.9%, hahaha.

  10. xKmotx says:

    What an awesome Toot! I have learned quite a lot from this, as to why I have had issues in the past. I would never have dreamed of doing it this way, but I will do it this way from now on!

  11. PrioryLane1 says:

    Also – I did not realise my clicking on Save OFTEN was NOT the answer. Watching your tutorial I now realise why SAVE AS is the answer.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to do this most helpful tutorial.
    Part 2 was most helpful to me also – many thanks again.
    Heather

  12. PrioryLane1 says:

    Thank you for this! Although I learned of this ‘regime’ through the DZ Forum a couple of years ago I must admit I have not always stuck by it. As a result – yes, I have lost many hours of work more than once which of course has been soul-destroying. Viewing this latest PD Toots tutorial has just brought it home to me that for the sake of a few extra MINUTES each time when starting a new project and throughout the project- adhering to these rules will in the long run, save HOURS. Heather

  13. PDtoots says:

    Steph – In my humble opinion, if you are working with anything but Standard Def 4:3 media, then yes your computer is under spec’d. Go to Cyberlink’s PD10 page, click on “Spec”, carefully read Minimum requirements.
    Should you use shadow files? That depends on the type/resolution of your source files.
    If they are 1080 files, probably yes. But remember, you have to wait to let them fully generate. You just need to experiment to find a workflow that works for you within the limits of your rig.

  14. CubbyHouseFilms says:

    Great advice. Great effects. Great toot. Well done 🙂

  15. TheEggBanjoCafe says:

    okay, thanks but what is classed as a ‘lower spec’ pc these days ? I have windows xp with SP3, 2.8 Ghz Intel Pentium dual core processor, 4 Gigs Ram (only utilising 3Gigs on XP) NVIDIA GE force 7600 GT graphics and a terrabyte drive with 576 Gigs free. Do I need to enable shadow files on PD9 (9) in your humbled opinion because I have no idea whatsoever. My pc is prolly way out of date now, please advise and many thanks, Stef.

  16. PDtoots says:

    Yes, you “should” save often. Just not to the same .pds file every time. A series of numbered .pds saves, will ensure you have a fallback, in case a .pds becomes corrupted.
    Shadow Files are used/generated to take the load off of lower spec’d computers. Instead dealing with the large Full HD files, PD can generate small mpeg “proxy” files for you work with while editing. And then when you Produce or Burn your project, PD uses the actual large files and renders them into your final product.

  17. TheEggBanjoCafe says:

    thanks for the tutorial but was wondering about the mention of ‘Not’ saving often. I have a tempremental PD9 ‘sometimes’ and if I don’t save ‘often’ (overriding) I sometimes find PD9 crashing purely by clicking a PD9 button anywhere in the software (sometimes) and also I have shadow files enabled and this seems to really slow down PD9 and sometimes it freezes the app and I then also lose everything I’ve done up to that point. Soo, are shadow files necessary and what are they for ? Regards, Stef.

  18. PDtoots says:

    Lakes57 – Glad you got a chuckle. The subject matter of Project Management is pretty boring, so I tried to interject some humor.
    If you want a copy of the Blackboard / Chalkboard Text Template, It’s available for anyone to download (subscriber or not).
    Just go to the Cyberlink DirectorZone home page > Type… Blackboard …in the Effects Search bar > And you will find the Blackboard text template available for downloading.
    Thanks for the comment!

  19. Lakes57 says:

    Love the animations, made me laugh! 🙂

    The Chalkboard with your logo on the Box of chalks is very good too!

  20. PDtoots says:

    Thanks for the comment!

  21. PDtoots says:

    Thanks 56alanm. Your comment is much appreciated!

  22. NHLroyrocks says:

    thanks, this was a really simple to understand best practices

  23. 56alanm says:

    I’m a newbie to PD10 and this video is amazingly helpful information on how to organize a project and more importantly what NOT to do.

    Kudos once again to the PDtoots team for sharing their expertise with the rest of us!!

  24. 60johnin says:

    Stunning toot CP!!

  25. PDtoots says:

    It’s a bit of extra work (just a small bit). But since adopting this work flow, I haven’t lost a thing in a project in years. And I’m in PD pretty much everyday.
    Hope it works out well for you too.

  26. PDtoots says:

    Yep, there’s nothing worse than losing days worth of work, or “browsing” for and trying to remeber where one “might” have moved a file after “re-naming” it. But if one takes a few mintues to put and direct everything into a temporary working folder, and you leave it all alone, the “whoops” and “#!$&” factor goes down by 99.9%, hahaha.

  27. xKmotx says:

    What an awesome Toot! I have learned quite a lot from this, as to why I have had issues in the past. I would never have dreamed of doing it this way, but I will do it this way from now on!

  28. PrioryLane1 says:

    Also – I did not realise my clicking on Save OFTEN was NOT the answer. Watching your tutorial I now realise why SAVE AS is the answer.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to do this most helpful tutorial.
    Part 2 was most helpful to me also – many thanks again.
    Heather

  29. PrioryLane1 says:

    Thank you for this! Although I learned of this ‘regime’ through the DZ Forum a couple of years ago I must admit I have not always stuck by it. As a result – yes, I have lost many hours of work more than once which of course has been soul-destroying. Viewing this latest PD Toots tutorial has just brought it home to me that for the sake of a few extra MINUTES each time when starting a new project and throughout the project- adhering to these rules will in the long run, save HOURS. Heather

  30. PDtoots says:

    Steph – In my humble opinion, if you are working with anything but Standard Def 4:3 media, then yes your computer is under spec’d. Go to Cyberlink’s PD10 page, click on “Spec”, carefully read Minimum requirements.
    Should you use shadow files? That depends on the type/resolution of your source files.
    If they are 1080 files, probably yes. But remember, you have to wait to let them fully generate. You just need to experiment to find a workflow that works for you within the limits of your rig.

  31. CubbyHouseFilms says:

    Great advice. Great effects. Great toot. Well done 🙂

  32. TheEggBanjoCafe says:

    okay, thanks but what is classed as a ‘lower spec’ pc these days ? I have windows xp with SP3, 2.8 Ghz Intel Pentium dual core processor, 4 Gigs Ram (only utilising 3Gigs on XP) NVIDIA GE force 7600 GT graphics and a terrabyte drive with 576 Gigs free. Do I need to enable shadow files on PD9 (9) in your humbled opinion because I have no idea whatsoever. My pc is prolly way out of date now, please advise and many thanks, Stef.

  33. PDtoots says:

    Yes, you “should” save often. Just not to the same .pds file every time. A series of numbered .pds saves, will ensure you have a fallback, in case a .pds becomes corrupted.
    Shadow Files are used/generated to take the load off of lower spec’d computers. Instead dealing with the large Full HD files, PD can generate small mpeg “proxy” files for you work with while editing. And then when you Produce or Burn your project, PD uses the actual large files and renders them into your final product.

  34. TheEggBanjoCafe says:

    thanks for the tutorial but was wondering about the mention of ‘Not’ saving often. I have a tempremental PD9 ‘sometimes’ and if I don’t save ‘often’ (overriding) I sometimes find PD9 crashing purely by clicking a PD9 button anywhere in the software (sometimes) and also I have shadow files enabled and this seems to really slow down PD9 and sometimes it freezes the app and I then also lose everything I’ve done up to that point. Soo, are shadow files necessary and what are they for ? Regards, Stef.

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