Movie Edit Pro MX is the latest version of the powerful MAGIX video editor.

The core functionality is essentially the same. So the program has wide support for importing footage, including the ability to handle HD movies from most HDV and AVCHD cameras; you get a full range of editing tools, from novice-friendly automatic options to low-level manual controls; professional menu authoring tools make it easy to create quality DVD and Blu-ray disc menus; and once you've finished your masterpiece can be burned to disc, exported as a regular or mobile-friendly video, or uploaded directly to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, and MAGIX own Online Album site for easy sharing with others.

This new version has been optimised for performance across the board, though. It starts rapidly, loads projects more quickly, and generates thumbnails faster than ever before. Support for NVIDIA CUDA and AMD OpenCL means AVCHD export is now up to 3 times faster than previously. And Movie Edit Pro MX now makes better use of all your CPU cores, with spectacular results: image stabilisation, for instance, may be up to 10 times faster on Intel Core i7 systems than with the previous version.

And there's a lengthy list of other tweaks and additions, everywhere you look: interface improvements (individually adjustable track heights for easier editing); productivity improvements (new presets make it easier to export the videos you need); new effects (a quality blur effect, dynamic and smooth slow motion effects); and more content, with new backgrounds, transitions, fonts, title templates and disc menus.

Verdict

A powerful editor, packed with features and good value for money. There's still something of a learning curve, but take the time to learn how everything works and you'll soon be producing high quality, professional movies.