Price: 455 . 140
Company: Thomson Grass Valley
Pros: Great real-time performance; GPU- driven transitions; wide format support.
Cons: Horrible effects system; more fiddly to use than rivals with fewer features too.
As you’d expect, Edius includes support for a huge range of formats. Previously you had to upgrade to the Broadcast version of Edius to get your hands on formats such as XDCAM and Thomson’s own Infinity JPEG 2000 for its Infinity digital cinema camcorder. Now you get them all out of the box. New in version 5, you also get support for Ikergami’s GFCAM and export of Infinity JPEG 2000, AVC-Intra and AVC-HD. If you deal with a lot of different footage types, Edius could be a godsend, as it happily mixes them all on the same timeline.
Exporting used to be handled through a cut-down version of Thomson’s ProCoder too, but with Edius 5, you get the built-in Encoder. This supports many more formats, adds more options and can batch process your output – but doesn’t run in the background.
Other new features include Windows Vista support, support for clip markers, a freeze-frame function, and better drawing and kerning tools.
Edius is an efficient real-time editor that offers outstanding performance and few top-notch innovations, but overall features-wise it’s behind the pack, adding tools in this version that other applications gained years ago. The effects system is a mess and you’d probably have to be using one of the more esoteric formats to see a benefit from using Edius over Final Cut, Premiere or Media Composer.