Could this video editing app have enough versatility to meet your needs?
A solid video editing app for beginners, with enough features to grow with you once you feel you’ve mastered the basics.
Based on its current purchase price of just under $70 (£60) Magix’s Windows-only Movie Edit Pro is a video editing solution aimed at the lower end of the market. The software comes in two additional flavours, Plus ($100/£90) and Premium ($130/£110), which offer some more advanced features.
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We found Movie Edit Pro Premium to be remarkably full-featured, with a sleek interface which can grow with you as you improve your editing skills, but it’s not without its frustrations.
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In our opinion, importing media is still the worst aspect of this software package (Image credit: Magix)
Adding clips is a perfect example of this: most other competing programmes have the ability to organise your clips prior to using them in a project. This allows you to import footage into your project, organise them in bins (aka folders), label them, or do whatever you need to do to have all the clips at your fingertips when building a project. Movie Edit Pro Premium doesn’t work like that. Instead, if you choose a clip, it’s immediately added to your timeline. Choose multiple clips and they’re all added in chronological order.
Worse still, any clip is presented in list view with no thumbnail. You can preview clips one at a time prior to importing them (either from a camcorder or from a drive), but that interface is far from seamless and really slows you down if you’re looking for a specific moment.
This software is powerful enough to edit complex videos (Image credit: Magix)
Once your clips are in your project, they appear by default as big square thumbnails. This is Movie Edit Pro Premium’s basic interface, designed to keep the editing nice and simple. Top right of the Timeline section are other options represented by a series of icons. The third one from the left offers you a more traditional view, with clips represented by rectangles whose lengths depend on their duration. This migration in complexity is welcome, especially if you’re initially unfamiliar with the editing process.
As far as editing is concerned, if you’re at all used to making videos in other apps, you’ll feel right at home here. Everything pretty much works as expected. It’s easy to trim clips and move them around, you can navigate via the keyboard and even the traditional JKL keys which are often used to rewind, pause and forward through the timeline, are implemented here. You also have a series of tools available to you via a row of icons top left of the Timeline section.
The one thing that is frustrating to a veteran editor though, and which could confuse you should you wish to eventually migrate to another package, is the fact the tracks are placed in reverse order. In more professional applications, tracks work like layers, and anything on top of one obscures what’s beneath it. Not so here: if you want to place one clip over another, you have to place it underneath it. It’s a different way of thinking which is counter intuitive if you’re used to the more traditional way of working, or just used to the way things word in the real world.
There’s a good number of cool-looking transitions (Image credit: MAGIX)
Transitions and titles
Top right of the interface is known as the Media Pool. This is where you import your footage as described above, but also where all the…
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