Magix Video Pro X5 is the top of the line video editing software from the European based Magix company and is a specialist video editing program for DV, HDV, and AVCHD recordings.
It offers professional special effects and audio dubbing, has a flexible user interface for a customized workflow and is optimized to produce video, image and audio at studio quality.
Magix Video Pro X slots itself in right in the middle ground between the top consumer video editing programs and the fully professional editing market.
What is notable about it is that they have set that position by price point rather than the features or capability on offer.
Make no mistake, Magix Video Pro X may be priced at the lower end of the prosumer or even professional video software market but it’s feature set sits up there with the best of them.
Before I get into the review part of this it is important to note that this is not an average home user type of software. It is semi to fully professional and comes with a price tag around U.S. $400.
If something like this is out of your range or beyond what you have a need for then save some time and take a look HERE for more suitable consumer level editing software choices.
Who is it for?
While I can’t answer that for you specifically, just going over the full features of Video Pro X would lead me to believe that it would be a great choice for you if:
- You are wanting to get into video editing seriously and have yet to make a decision as to what video editing program you will use BUT don’t want to spend $800 – $2000 plus to find out if it is really what you want to do.
- You are already using a consumer level video editing program, have exhausted the possibilities there and want to step up to a prosumer or professional program.
- You are dealing with footage from a number of separate sources and different video file formats and need a video editor that can easily handle mixed assets on the timeline.
- You need a video editing program with more professional audio control thrown in.
- You have jumped on the HDV or AVCHD bandwagon and need a program that can handle these demanding video compression formats more efficiently.
- You are dealing with multi-cam video editing projects and you require fast and easy control over synchronizing the separate footage from separate sources.
- You just want to buy a REALLY good video editing program!
So before I get into full “review mode” take a look at this video to get a better feel for the software and what it can achieve.
MAGIX Video Pro X5 is the perfect software solution for intuitive and powerful video production.
Video Pro X offers a flexible user interface which allows it’s windows to be adjusted for your particular working situation.
Both preview monitors can be re-sized to fit your screen or enlarged to fullscreen and moved to support the use of multiple monitors. Project folders, the time-line and the various media folders can be re-sized and moved as separate windows.
Keyboard shortcuts for all menu functions can be customized as you like allowing you to adapt your existing shortcuts from whatever program you are using to remain the same in this program. This really is a time saver as you don’t have “re-learn” a whole new set of keyboard shortcuts for basic or repetitive functions.
Users who have switched from Magix Movie Edit Pro can select whether they would like to work with the same workflow or with the Video Pro X workflow.
Supported Import Formats
Video: AVI, DV-AVI, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, MXV, MVC, MXF, ProRes, DNxHD, DVCPRO, AVC-Intra, MKV, MJPEG, QuickTime™, WMV(HD)
Audio: WAV, MP3, OGG, WMA, Dolby®Digital Stereo, Dolby®Digital 5.1
Images: JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIF, PNG, PSD, TGA
File Import Screen
You can import and edit different video formats in SD or HD resolution such as DV, HDV, or AVCHD without having to change the project settings or convert the files into an intermediate format beforehand.
It supports AVCHD from camcorders and digital photo cameras allowing those video files to be imported easily into Video Pro X for further editing. The resulting projects can be burned onto AVCHD disc or Blu-ray™ and played back on Blu-ray players.
Video Pro X also supports importing and editing of the professional XDCAM format as is without any requirement for upgrades or add-ons.
Magix Video Pro X imports from a wide range of recording sources such as camcorders (DV, HDV, AVCHD, DVD), hard drive, memory card), webcams, TV cards, screen capturing software and USB video converters.
Project files created with Magix Movie Edit Pro can be imported directly into the software for further editing.
Supported Export Formats
Video: AVI, DV-AVI, MJPEG, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, QuickTime™, WMV(HD)
Audio: WAV, MP3, Dolby®Digital Stereo, Dolby®Digital 5.1
Images: JPEG, BMP
AVCHD videos can be burned onto standard blank DVDs and viewed with any conventional DVD player without having to go to the more expensive Blu-ray™system although it is supported.
Export Directly to YouTube, Mobile Devices or Numerous Different Video Formats.
You can make your finished productions available for viewing on cell phones, iPods or an entire range of other portable devices. In addition to Windows Media, RealMedia or QuickTime, export can also be done in MPEG-4/H.264/3GP with AMR and AAC audio.
You can upload videos directly to Vimeo from within the program as well as YouTube and in the case of YouTube it can be automatically in H.264 HD resolution format to maintain the very best quality possible.
Click here for part two of the Magix Video Edit Pro X Review