PROS / A wide-range of video formats and frame rates are supported.
CONS / A heavy reliance on third party software and plug-ins to make up for a lack of edit tools.
VERDICT / Edius 5.5 is a mixed bag non-linear edit system.
The Edius 5.5 in-house effects collection is extremely limited, so a collection of third party applications attempt to fill the gap. The collection consists of ProDAD VitaScene video filters and transitions, ProDAD Mercalli video stabilization filter, NewBlueFX Motion Effects, Art Effects and Filter Effects which offers – you guessed it – video motion and color effects, iZotope VST Audio Plug-ins, Corel DVD MovieFactory SE for authoring (including Blu-ray authoring), and ArtBeats Video Collection, which is a collection of stock footage.
This video production collection represents a wide variety of different interfaces, duplicated effects and filters, and an overall headache due to the poorly constructed interface offered by VitaScene.
The interfaces for Premier Pro and Final Cut Pro have evolved beautifully by incorporating panels and custom workspaces. Edius 5.5, on the other hand, still uses pop-ups for transitions and effects that quickly create a cluttered and confusing workspace. The look and feel of this release is much better than past versions, but it still seems old-fashioned compared to the competition. For an in-depth look at each of the nonlinear edit systems at the site, check out our side-by-side comparison.
New features in Edius 5.5 include native AVCHD support (with up to three real-time streams when using the Intel Core i7 Processor), Canon DSLR EOS video and color space support, freeze frame effect, support for clip markers, mouse-based track adjustments, and improved drawing and kerning tools. Also, Windows 7 is now supported (32-/64-bit).
Edius was originally created by Canopus, who actually develops codecs, not post-production software. So don’t be surprised to see an impressive list of natively-supported formats, including the following:
* AVCHD with up to three real-time streams using Intel’s Core i7 processor
* Canon EOS DSLR video and color space support
* Grass Valley™ Infinity JPEG 2000
* Panasonic DVCPRO 50 and DVCPRO HD
* Panasonic P2 (drives and media)
* Panasonic VariCam
* Panasonic AVC-Intra
* Sony XDCAM and XDCAM HD (including 4:2:2 50Mbit)
* Sony XDCAM EX
* JVC ProHD
* Ikegami GFCAM
You no longer have to upgrade to the Edius Broadcast edition to edit with all of these formats. They are all included in version 5.5 and the best part is that you can work with them in the same timeline.
3rd Party Applications and Plug-Ins
As mentioned above, Edius is very dependent on 3rd party apps and plug-ins to bring a complete editing package to users. Included with Edius 5.5:
- ProDAD VitaScene
- ProDAD Mercalli
- NewBlueFX Motion Effects, Art Effects and Film Effects
- iZotope VST Audio Plug-ins
- Corel DVD MovieFactory SE
- ArtBeats Video Collection
Audio editing is all done through iZotope VST Audion Plug-ins, which is simply a collection of 14 audio plug-ins. There is no support for 5.1 surround sound, voice over, or automatic volume adjustment. It is a basic audio package with very few bells and whistles, but for minor tweaking, it should work.
Following product registration and creating your GV Desktop User Account, you have access to tech support documents – which is basically a FAQ – and email support by completing and submitting a form. Edius' website states this is a 90-day limited warranty.
A free 30-day Edius NLE trial is available from the Grass Valley website. You will need to create a GV Desktop User Account before downloading the trial. The user account is also required to gain access to tech support.
Despite supporting an impressive number of native video formats, Edius 5.5 is a mixed bag non-linear edit system. The tricky user interface makes it more difficult to master for those new to Edius. In addition, the NLE uses a large number of third party apps and plug-ins to compensate for a lack of additional editing tools. All these issues put together land this app in last place in our roundup of Video Production Software.
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