Sharing is overrated – unless it’s your photos and home videos

If you take a picture of your dog smiling and you don’t post it on Facebook, does the picture really exist? Of course it does! But if you don’t share your photos, really, what’s the point in taking them? Which is why I’m glad Cyberlink PhotoDirector makes it so easy to export pictures to my favorite social media sites.

Like its video-centric sibling, PowerDirector, PhotoDirector is more than an editor. It also makes sharing your stuff lightning fast and super easy. You can show your photos to 500 million of your closest friends on Facebook or upload your pictures to Flickr, the popular online photo sharing site. You can export big groups of pictures in formats that make viewing them online and elsewhere easy. You can create slideshows and put them on YouTube. And you can do it all without leaving PhotoDirector.

Here’s how. To put your work on Facebook or Flickr, first select the pictures you want to share. Then choose which site you want to upload the shots to using a pull-down menu, and click the Share button. From there, PhotoDirector prompts you to sign into the site and asks you to choose an album to put the shots in, add descriptions, and determine who can look at your stuff. One more push of a button starts the upload process. Have I mentioned how fast, easy, and convenient all this is?

PhotoDirector lets you directly upload pictures to Facebook, decide which album to put them in, add various descriptions, and even assign privacy settings.

For prepping pictures for places other than Facebook and Flickr, PhotoDirector offers several file management tools under Export Photo. For example, you can save batches of pictures as either JPEG (great for online sharing) or TIFF (handy for high-resolution prints). Cooler still, PhotoDirector gives you a ton of options for renaming lots of photos all at once. For example, you can use a common name and have the program automatically add a sequential number. This kind of batch renaming is really useful for turning those incomprehensible file names that cameras slap on your pictures into names you can actually read. I mean, what’s not to like about being able to turn DCS48903271 through DCS48904188 into Budapest0001.jpg through Budapest0917.jpg?

Moving groups of shots to different locations on your computer, converting JPEG to TIFF, and renaming photos are just a few of the things you can do using the Photo Export tool.

For YouTube, tossing a bunch of photos together, setting them to music, and uploading a slideshow can be done with drag-and-drop ease in PhotoDirector’s slideshow feature. You can even add text and transitions to your shows. (Transitions, you’ll recall, are what happens when one photo switches to the next. In PhotoDirector, a transition can be a wipe, a fade, or a motion effect that produces a look made famous by Ken Burns in his PBS documentary on the Civil War.)

Creating HD video slideshows complete with background music and text and uploading them to YouTube is a great way to showcase your creativity.

Saving my high-definition, five-minute-long slideshow, including background music and transition effects, literally took seconds. How is this possible? Once again, PhotoDirector can zip through almost any operation because it uses the hardware-accelerated media processing power built into second-gen Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. You can preview your slideshows without having to wait for the computer to process them, and saves are over almost as soon as you start them. That’s fast, easy, and cool!

Finally, PhotoDirector lets you save your slideshows in several different formats and resolutions. This means they can be played on other devices, such as smartphones, tablets, or game consoles. You can even burn them onto a Blu-ray Disc or DVD using a program such as CyberLink PowerProducer. We’ll talk about this fun project next time.

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