Price: £499 . upgrade £279
Company: Grass Valley
Pros: The best real-time capabilities on the market; wide native format support; powerful core filters.
Cons: Missing garbage mattes; some filters not keyframeable; less extensive software bundle than competition.
This camera is reviewed as part of our group test of Video-editing applications
Edius is one of desktop video editing’s unsung heroes. Right from the start, tight coding of the app and codecs has meant it was able to do in software what others needed hardware acceleration to achieve. It’s still one of the most stable real-time editing platforms on the market.
In our testing, it provided the smoothest playback of blended HD streams, even from disparate sources such as HDV and AVCHD.
Version 5.1 can now output the timeline to Blu-ray as well as DVD, although not with menus. As with previous versions, however, it’s the core real-time capabilities that make Edius unique.
The ability to tweak in real-time makes for intuitive editing. You can perform colour-correction, or mix SD and HD on the same timeline, both in real-time.
The waveform and vectorscope provides a live view during playback. Similarly, the 3D transitions harness the power of your workstation’s graphics accelerator.
Edius 5.1 supports Panasonic DVCPRO HD, Sony XDCAM and XDCAM EX, alongside Grass Valley’s JPEG2000.
However, Edius lacks some key features. In particular, not every filter can be keyframed, and it’s missing garbage mattes, even if the chroma keying tools are excellent. It’s geared towards a dual-monitor setup, and it’s hard to keep all the palettes in control on a single monitor.
The software bundled with Edius is meagre compared to the other packages we tested.
The box includes video plug-ins from NewBlue and ProDAD, VST audio plug-ins from iZotope, the Inscriber TitleMotion Pro titler, and stock video footage from Artbeats.
The disc authoring program is Corel’s DVD MovieFactory 7, which is limited compared to Adobe Encore CS4, Apple DVD Studio Pro 4 or Sony DVD Architect Pro 5. It can write DVDs and Blu-ray discs, though.
Edius doesn’t offer the comprehensive package of its rivals, but its real-time abilities and wide format support make for a fast workflow.