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Powerful video editing - but user-interface isn't as intuitive as other packages
on 25 January 2013
PC spec used: Win 7, i5 650 3.20GHZ processor, 6GB RAM
Video editing experience: keen amateur editing videos almost daily and familiar with most current home-user packages
As always with Magix products, I found Movie Edit Pro MX to be very stable with no crashes. It is one of the more powerful packages offering high-end features, a broad range of transitions and effects capable of producing sophisticated videos.
The effects (especially the new for 2013 'digeffects' particles - rain, fog), transitions and chroma key are excellent, reliable and usable. Magix, with its established leading position in audio editing and music production via its 'Music Maker' software, unsurprisingly offers first-rate audio editing offering a greater sophistication than other video-editing software and this is another of Move Edit Pro's greatest strengths along with the new movie trailer templates, intros and outros which add an impressive and professional touch to any home-video with a definite wow-factor.
Another very useful feature is the multi-camera editing whereby footage from two or more cameras can be synchronised to produce quick and easy cuts between the two to give different angles of the same scene. I use this a lot following filming concerts to make saleable DVDs. With other packages, the original tracks have to be manually synchronised then cut with one then deactivated. Magix makes this so much easier by showing the output from multiple cameras together and then the user simply switches to the camera track you wish to use and and a preview of the movie is shown in another screen. It's so easy and if this is a feature you require often, as I do, then it's worth buying Movie Edit Pro for this feature alone.
Movie Edit Pro 2013 Premium is undoubtedly a powerful package and the bonus 'premium extras' are excellent and, in my view, essential to get the best from the software. But, after using so many other current video editing packages such as Cyberlink PowerDirector 11 Ultra (PC), MoviePlus X6 (PC), Corel VideoStudio Pro X5 Ultimate (PC) I find the user interface hard to adjust to and many commonly used and otherwise quick-to-use commands are tucked away within menus. This won't be an issue for a first time video editing user but for someone who's used to other packages, it can make adapting to a new approach a little frustrating and takes some of the fun out of editing and movie production.
I also find Magix software involves a learning curve and, because it's far less intuitive than other packages such as Cyberlink Power Director reference needs to be made to the online user manual. Disappointingly, unlike Cyberlink, Magix have chosen not to include a printed manual with Movie Edit Pro 2013. I think this is a mistake because first-time users will almost certainly require some help in getting to grips with the software and experienced users of other editing software will be wondering where functions are hidden.
That said, once time has been invested in reading the manual, the learning curve mastered then this is probably a more sophisticated and powerful package than Cyberlink's Power Director. But if you're looking for easy to use software to use straight out of the box without consulting any manual then my personal preference is for Cyberlink because it's so much more intuitive.