Step up to Magix Video Pro X5 and
turn you footage into high quality productions
As a professional product, Magix Video Pro
already includes better optimization, more sophisticated video and audio controls,
and studio quality output, but this latest version packs in even more, and
brings it in line with the best editors currently on sale. I concede that the
price would probably put it outside the range of most home users, but if you
download the trial version and try it, I think most dedicated amateurs would
find it well worth the price.
Video Pro X5 - Prosumer Video Editing Software
Although it's been around for some time,
this X5 version introduces some fairly groundbreaking new features. The most
spectacular being the increase in performance coming from the Proxy Editing
feature, which automatically creates a lower quality version of your video for
editing. This makes the editing process much more fluid, regardless of the
effects or transitions you apply. It's only at the final recording stage that
the lower resolution footage is automatically exchanged for the full HD
version. If your PC is a bit long in the tooth, you can improve the workflow
even more by deactivating the various levels of effects displayed, as well as
the playback frame rate in the video monitor.
Magix has redesigned the toolbar in the
timeline, making tasks a single click operation. Previously, for example, if
you wanted to cut a section you had to position the playback marker, select the
razor tool and then go back to the timeline to make the cut. In this version
once the marker is in position, a single click on the razor tool makes the cut.
This simplification (and logical) change applies to many of the tools available
in the timeline and is most welcome.
has redesigned the toolbar in the timeline, making tasks a single click
This version also allows you to mix
multiple video formats and edit them directly on the timeline - potentially
quite a time saver, particularly if you've used different cameras to capture an
event. You can easily synchronize two recordings, by aligning their audio
tracks from the Audio Objects Context menu. This automatically aligns the video
at the same time. Similarly you can live edit up to nine video tracks at the
same time. However, this can pull your system to it's knees if you don't have a
decent processor and a bucketful or RAM. Having said that if you're working
with nine video streams, it's a fair bet you're working with professional
Other new features include True Blue
three-way color correction and broadcast quality title animation. If you really
want to push the boat out, this release includes support for Stereo 3D
projects. This is quite a complex subject, so Magix has gone to great lengths
to document its recommendations for the original capture of the footage, the
preparation of the files and choice of 3D playback modes.
version also allows you to mix multiple video formats and edit them directly on
the timeline - potentially quite a time saver, particularly if you've used
different cameras to capture an event.
I found that editing with Video Pro X5 to
be a more enjoyable experience than it has been with any competing products. In
many ways I found it easier to use, as it provides a smoother workflow, yet
underneath the hood there are some very powerful and sophisticated controls.
The output options are comprehensive and once registered the extra downloads
you get are brilliant.
If you can afford it, I heartily recommend
Required spec: Processor: 1.3GHz Intel Core Duo/2GHzAMD dual-core, 1 GB RAM,
2GB HDD space