There's a staggering amount of extras available in Movie Edit Pro 14.0 Plus - a one-stop solution to home video production that makes you wonder how Hollywood ever managed before the digital revolution.

Movie Edit Pro 14.0 Plus really is a total package, especially considering that it's aimed somewhere between the amateur and semi-pro markets. Without even going any further than placing cuts in order, you've already got access to swifter technology than was available to Thelma Shoonmaker when she was editing Raging Bull.

Movie Edit Pro 14.0 Plus accepts HD input too, so you'll also be able to work at a higher resolution with up to 99 video tracks, but it's not its role as an electronic editing room that really makes the package stand out.

There are plenty of products that offer similarly efficient cutting and identical and often cheesy transitions that, if used without artful skill, can make home movies look like industrial training videos.

The true power is in sexier post-production techniques. Shaky camera footage can be effortlessly stabilised, individual pixels can be tracked so you can map a travelling graphic to, for example, mask a characters face as they move around the screen and you can even add Chroma Key effects so footage taken in front of a blue screen can be merged with another video track.

You could use Movie Edit Pro 14.0 Plus to make your own weather broadcasts and you can even use the included Reallusion iClone 2 SE to add set digital characters to your movies that follow prescribed movements and actions. There's no arguing with the price. Movie Edit Pro 14.0 Plus is fantastic value.

You can even ask Movie Edit Pro 14.0 Plus to access your MP3 collection. By clicking on one song you'll be told what others sound similar. Basic stereo sound can be rendered into decent 5.1 surround with little confusion.

Simplicity of use is also key to Movie Edit Pro 14.0 Plus' success and it won't take long before even a total novice is up, running and dabbling with a collection of toys that only a few years ago would cost hundreds of thousands of pounds. You won't get more for your money anywhere else.

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There's a staggering amount of extras available in Movie Edit Pro 14.0 Plus - a one-stop solution to home video production that makes you wonder how Hollywood ever managed before the digital revolution.

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Movie Edit Pro 14.0 Plus: Specs

  • Intel Pentium IV or AMD Athlon 1Ghz or higher
  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista
  • 512MB RAM
  • 1024x768+ Graphics Card
  • 1GB hard disk space
  • Intel Pentium IV or AMD Athlon 1Ghz or higher
  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista
  • 512MB RAM
  • 1024x768+ Graphics Card
  • 1GB hard disk space

OUR VERDICT

Just £59 for access to this much power and performance is a price well worth paying. If ever you've wanted to get into home video editing then expect to be welcomed with open arms. Movie Edit Pro 14.0 Plus is exactly what you need, and often more so. It's a truly fantastic package.

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