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PDS File Extension

PowerDirector Script Format
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What is PDS file?

File with .PDS extension contains a script, that is a list of commands and parameters for Power Director software tool. PDS file stores information in XML-based text format and video project data. PDS file can contain:

  • References to video files,
  • References to audio files,
  • References to graphics files,
  • Menu settings,
  • Information about effects and transitions

PDS file does not contain any video and audio data, or graphics, only references to such resources. PDS files are commonly generated based on templates for multimedia slideshow projects. PDS files are used as the basis for video projects and authored CDs. PDS is the native format for projects created with Cyberlink Power Director tool. If such projects is to be exported to a video file, Power Director offers an option to create such video file – user just needs to supply parameters such as resolution, codec, or audio settings after choosing export option form the program’s menu. Finally, user need to point the folder where the output file should be saved.

Power director offers many advanced video editing features and support various video technologies, including 360˚ or 4K Ultra HD. The software is available for Windows operating systems. The tool can be used effectively by both professionals and amateurs. The tool is available in many versions aimed at different audiences, including a free version (Power Director Essential).

Programs which support PDS file extension

Below is a table that list programs that support PDS files. Files with PDS suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

Programs that support PDS file

Updated: 08/05/2022

How to open file with PDS extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening PDS files on given system. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to PowerDirector Script Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Get the PowerDirector

Install software to open PDS file Problems with opening and working with PDS files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with PDS files being present on your machine. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing PowerDirector or different compatible program, such as PowerProducer. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit PowerDirector website and download the installer.

Step 2. Update PowerDirector to the latest version

Update software that support file extension PDSIf you already have PowerDirector installed on your systems and PDS files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. This can be one of the causes why PDS files are not compatible with PowerDirector. The latest version of PowerDirector should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Associate PowerDirector Script Format files with PowerDirector

After installing PowerDirector (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open PDS files. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Associate software with PDS file on Windows

Change the default application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the PDS file
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where PowerDirector is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open PDS files and clicking OK.
Associate software with PDS file on Mac

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with PDS extension, select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • Select PowerDirector and click Change for all...
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with PDS extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Verify that the PDS is not faulty

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the PDS file in question. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

Check PDS file for viruses
1. Check the PDS file for viruses or malware

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the PDS file hinders attempts to open it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. If the scanner detected that the PDS file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

2. Verify that the PDS file’s structure is intact

Did you receive the PDS file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. It could happen the the download process of file with PDS extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the PowerDirector Script Format file again.

4. Check whether your system can handle PowerDirector

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support PDS files. Close all running programs and try opening the PDS file.

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with PowerDirector Script Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It may be the case that the PDS files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

Conversion of a PDS file

File Conversions from PDS extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to PDS file
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