Magix Movie Studio by the European Magix software company is a feature rich video editing software program aimed at the consumer through to semi-pro video editing market.
It was previously named Movie Edit Pro however Magix purchased the Sony range of video editing software a few years back so along with that came Sony Movie Edit Pro.
They originally were going to develop the two programs side but eventually that began to make no sense.
Two years ago they combined the two so here we are at Movie Studio 2024.
Any Magix Movie Studio review has to begin with a little background so we can gain a clear picture of how we got here and where we are going!
In its early years Movie Studio always offered a superior feature set in comparison to others on offer at this level.
The emphasis was always very heavy on the “latest and greatest” whilst reliability and stability came a distant second.
This resulted in a product which although packed with awesome features, quickly gained a reputation for being unstable.
Sometime back around 2011 Magix realized this constant drive towards more and more features without underlying stability was hurting them badly.
It was at that point that they stopped mindlessly adding new “half-baked” features and embarked on a strategy of making the software usable and stable for the average person.
It was also around this time that I began adding a Magix Movie studio review to my list of personal recommendations for a consumer level video editing software solution.
Since then Magix haven’t really skipped a beat with the ongoing development of Movie Studio and although they have continued to add new features they have maintained a solid record for keeping the program stable and easy to use.
For the last two or three years they have also invested a good deal of time and effort into improving and developing their help systems, tutorial knowledge base and user forums.
The result of all of this is a complete end-to-end video editing software package that is easy to use, stable, feature rich and backed up with a solid online presence.
Although Magix Movie Studio can certainly hold its own against its competitors in this class with regards to general editing features, their focus has been on the rapidly expanding action video genre.
The software is packed with features aimed at making GoPro or Action Cam style footage easier to handle.
Check out the video below to get a feel for this latest version.
Magix Movie Studio
So What’s New?
Probably the first new feature that needs to be dealt with in any Magix Movie Studio review is how Magix will be developing the software into the future.
They have completely dropped the concept of re-releasing the software annually under a new version number or as they have in the past, by using the year.
In light of that, Movie Edit Pro is now and into the future just simply referred to as Movie Studio without any version number but then they started adding the years to it all so clearly that’s gone out the window!
Onboard Image Stabilization
Movie Studio has always had a “pretty good” video stabilization module included within the software but like most of these “in-house” stabilizers there was a limit to just how much you could do with them.
For a while they included certain Third Party stabilizers but just recently have decided to take control back “in-house” of the video stabilization feature.
This is most likely due to the rise of the “action cam” footage their users are dealing with and the subsequent increase in demand for better stabilization.
What I suspect has happened here is that the “pro” stabilization feature from their professional editor, Video Pro X has been integrated into Movie Studio.
Open FX Support
This is another new feature applied to all versions of the software and allows for the user to add and use open source third party plugins.
What this really means is that an enormous range of free and paid plugins designed for all aspects of editing and effects can be simply imported into the program and used seamlessly.
Only available for the Platinum and Suite versions this one has finally been taken through to a finished product.
Last year they introduced it as a feature but really it only offered the ability to import 360° footage, choose a section of it from one angle then incorporate it into a regular project which of course could only be rendered to a regular file.
This year they have completed that feature so that you can import 360° footage, edit it and then output to a 360° degree file ready for upload to YouTube or some other service that will display 360° footage correctly.
Perfect Shot Match
Magix always had some pretty good color correction and grading tools on offer and this was largely due to these features trickling down from their pro editor, Video Pro X.
This year in the Movie Studio Platinum and Suite versions they have added a very cool feature that is highly applicable to today’s video shooting environment.
It is likely these days that anyone shooting a particular event will be using auto settings on the device they have.
Similarly it is also likely that anyone editing footage will have access to other footage from other devices that were present at the time.
The key difficulty in using all this footage is that the difference in devices and the auto settings will usually result in wildly mismatched footage.
Different footage will have different white balances, color saturations, hues, and temperature which can be very distracting to the viewer.
Trying to match all this footage manually using the color tools so that it looks like it was at least shot at the same time is like sticking a chop stick into your eye.
You can do it, but once you have started it quickly becomes apparent that you really don’t want to do it!
This new module while not perfect, can get you very close to a perfectly matched set of shots with one click.
Travel Route Animation
In the Platinum and Suite version of Movie Studio they have introduced a simple but effective tool to map out a travel route for those “holiday” or “where we went on a trip” kind of videos.
In the Premium and Suite version you get the full deal with the Magix Travel Maps animation software that includes a GPS database with approximately 80,000 animated cities, towns and villages.
It has about 300 templates in the 3D object library that you can use to present your travel route in detail and in up to 4K resolution.
The Software Itself
Each time you open the Magix application a dialogue box appears first offering beginning choices for what you wish to do.
You can start a new project and set the preferences for that project at the same time, open an existing project or select a movie template for using the “easy mode” wizard system.
If you like you can select to skip this dialogue box the next time you open the software up and just have it open into the mode your always use.
The layout as shown below is pretty straightforward with Tabs at the top of the screen covering each stage of the production process from Import though to Share.
If you can’t understand how to use a particular feature or function, you can go to the very serviceable help menu to troubleshoot or get quick answers.
The Magix website has been undergoing constant updates for the past few years with the addition of a number of great “How to” videos providing you with answers to a wide range of questions covering basic through to advanced use of their software.
On top of that they have an excellent user-to-user forum with plenty of people there willing to offer tips, advice and help for anyone needing it.
As far as the user interface goes it is no better or worse than anything else in its class.
Like most fully featured video editors there is a lot of functionality here to accommodate, so you will have to spend a little time to find your feet if this is your first time using the software.
The software can handle just about any type of video you are likely to throw at it including all the latest highly compressed high definition video file types such as AVCHD up to 4K Ultra HD.
More importantly it borrows functionality from its big brother Video Pro X and can work natively with many of the more exotic formats in their original format.
This eliminates the need for the software to convert them to a more “editing friendly” form first. This applies to both 2D and 3D footage.
You can import footage from all common (and not so common) storage devices and systems.
Some of the popular recording devices that you can import from are Blu-rays, DVDs, all kinds of camcorders, a range of handheld devices as well as cameras that can capture HD video footage.
The program can output to a wide variety of video types ensuring compatibility with most devices such as the many Smartphone brands, the iPod Touch and most other mobile devices.
You can create CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays and from within the software, directly upload your finished video to YouTube and various other video sharing sites.
It has an excellent range of preset parameter choices depending on your playback requirements and you can also manually set the parameters of any file you create.
Modern video files achieve high quality within a relatively small size by using very sophisticated compression technology.
The word “compression” is used because it sounds a whole lot better than what is actually happening!
What the software in your recording device (firmware) is really doing is throwing stuff away!
It can do this because it makes a record of what was thrown away so your computer can recreate it when you are editing or playing it back.
This in turn throws enormous stress on to your computer resources and is the usual cause of freezing, crashing and other undesirable behavior whilst editing.
To avoid this scenario, in Movie Studio you can have the program automatically or manually, create a set of small low resolution copies of your original files.
Using these “proxy” files you can happily work away on your project without worrying about freezes and crashes on your computer.
When you have reached your final decision regarding your project and it is time to create the final product, the program uses the original high resolution assets to do so.
XAVCS Video File Support
In addition to 4K Ultra HD video compatibility Movie Edit Pro can also handle XAVCS files at that resolution.
For a full rundown on input and output compatibility click here:
Transitions, the GPU and RAM
Movie Studio has been re-engineered for 64 bit systems and with that has come significant improvements in performance.
The program runs just fine on 32 bit systems but because of the limitations of that file system it does miss out on the full power available.
With 64 bit architecture the program can easily pull in processing power from the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) as well as make use of any extra RAM loaded on to the computer.
This is especially important for anyone wanting to try their hand at 3D projects or editing with 4K video.
This all combines together to make real time previewing a very smooth experience especially when using transitions in clips where the software needs to process “on the fly” to show the results of your editing choices.
All 3D and HD transitions are now fully calculated using your graphics processor to run smoothly during previews.
In the same way the GPU has been roped in to do some of the dirty work for the transitions it has also been called to duty for video effects resulting in faster performance all round and better previewing.
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