With all the video-editing kudos the Serif name entails, a raft of new features and an inexpensive price tag, we expected MoviePlus 5.0 to be a winner. Well, if you're a confident and experienced video-editor it will certainly suffice, but beginners may find the MoviePlus interface a little tricky to swallow. The basics are covered. Serif's MoviePlus series has always had a powerful and responsive editor at its heart. And this release is both well priced and feature-rich.
The headline good news is that this iteration supports HD (high-definition) video. This is a timely addition that keeps MoviePlus in line with more expensive competitors, but you'll need a powerful computer to take full advantage of it. The listed system requirements certainly seem a trifle optimistic for use with HD video.
There's a fine new DVD-authoring function, with easy-to-use chapter-marking, text and menu capabilities.
We found some of the more complex DVD-export features slightly counter-intuitive in use, but the bundled user guide is detailed and easy to follow. There's a hefty resource disc included.
MoviePlus 5.0's interface will look familiar to those who use video-editing software. Unfortunately, people who are unused to such programs may find the traditional tri-pane combination – timeline, library and preview windows – difficult to get to grips with. Some regularly used commands are hidden in separate drop-down menus.
We were very impressed with Serif's inclusion of QuickTime import and export. And we expect that video iPod users will be equally pleased. It's a sensible and timely addition that could attract a whole new breed of video-editor – editing and exporting clips from cameras and phones to iPods.