Magix Movie Edit Pro 2013 Plus lays out conventionally enough, with a video monitor top left, which can be used to run clips or project video, a gallery section to the right, for displaying files, fades, titles and effects, and a timeline or storyboard at the bottom. Read: more video editing software reviews.
Audio tracks can be displayed separately, or for this new version, as part of the associated video track. Even on a large screen, though, that can make control selection cramped. (Also see our review of Magix Movie Edit Pro 2013 Premium).
If you’re new to editing video, the range of formats and parameters can be confusing. But Movie Edit Pro 2013 Plus is good at presenting solutions, not problems.
So, while most editors will tell you if the frame rate or resolution of imported clips don’t match an existing project, Magix offers to sort it out by automatically changing the project settings.
Same if you try and run clips via USB from a camera; the program spots the potential throughput problem and offers to copy the file to your hard drive before import.
The application supports ripple editing, so locking audio and video together when you insert new clips. It can also handle 3D projects, but only if you have the source video in 3D; it doesn’t do 2D-to-3D conversion, in the way as ArcSoft Media Converter does.
Magix is well known for its audio software, and sound editing is well catered for with an eight-channel mixer, and an effects rack, that includes reverb, equaliser, delay and compressor.
The main claim for the 2013 version of the application is a dramatic increase in the import speed for AVCHD video files. The ones we tried certainly came in noticeably quicker than with Adobe Premiere Elements.
While slow video import can interrupt your workflow if you’re dealing with lots of small clips, rendering speed is important for any video. Here, too Magix has made some improvement, around 50 percent for processing an AVCHD file, based on comparison with the older Movie Editor MX.
The actual improvements you see will depend on the particular video you’re processing and on your system’s spec, of course.
The program now supports the AVCHD Progressive (50p) standard, offering 50fps at 1920 x 1080. However, you’ll need a system with at least an nVidia GeForce 8000, Radeon 5000 or Intel QuickSync GPU, and a Core i7 or AMD quad-core processor to handle the data rates.
The 2013 product can also handle multi-camera projects (more accurately, dual-camera), by using the audio track to synchronise two clips. To make edits, the video clips are displayed side by side and you click in the timeline of the required source, to switch between views in the final video. The trimmer can be used to zone in on exact switch points.
Final output can be burned to CD-R, DVD-R and Blu-ray, uploaded to Apple or Android devices and sent to YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook.