I have from a secret source some information on the release of Pro X, the new professional edit suite from Magix™! The English and American version will be released November 17th, 2008! Initially it will be a download only product as Magix™ begins to enter the professional market and compete with the likes of Adobe, Avid & Sony.
As you know the German version has been out for several weeks. Pro X has been a long time coming. Many Magix™ users have long known the product is very capable of competeing with larger and more expensive software video editors. From the early versions of Video Deluxe to the most recent Movie Edit Pro 14 Plus this software has always pushed the envelope of video editing and far surpassed other consumer products.
In addition to being a fantastic editor, Magix™ video editors have a long running record of reliability and durability. There are far less technical issues with it compared to other video software in its class. Plus its easy interface makes it a smoother switch from other editors to the streamlined look and feel of Magix™. Pro X should be no different.
• XDCAM file import
• Exchange with other post production programs
• Multicam editing
• Native AVCHD editing
• 3-way color correction
• Flexible user interface
• Precise keyframe functions with Bézier curves
• Batch conversion
• Image stabilization
• 3D title effects
• GPU hardware acceleration
• Real-time audio mixer
• Dolby® Digital 5.1 Surround sound
• DVD authoring module with up to 8 audio tracks
• Output on Blu-ray Disc™
(with 6-channel Surround sound)
Here are some specs:
Minimum system requirements
For Microsoft® Windows® 2000 | XP | Vista™
• Intel Pentium IV or AMD Athlon 1 GHz, or higher (DV-to-MPEG-2 transcoding/screencapturing
at least 2 GHz processor)
• 512 MB RAM
• 1 GB hard disk memory and a DVD drive for program installation
• Graphics card with a screen resolution of at least 1024x768
• Sound card (multi-channel sound card recommended for Surround sound editing)
Minimum requirements for HD editing
• Intel Pentium IV 3 GHz with hyperthreading, or dual core with at least 1.3 GHz
• 1 GB RAM (2 GB or more recommended)
• DirectX® 9.0c-compatible graphics card, mind. 128 MB graphics card memory, and
Pixelshader 2.0, ATI X300 and better, NVIDIA GeForce 6600 and better
Recommended minimum configuration for AVCHD editing
• Intel® Core™ 2 quad processor with 2.66 GHz
• 3 GB RAM
• ATI Radeon HD 3000 series or higher with 512 MB VRAM
• IEEE1394/FireWire/DV/i.Link interface for use with DV/HDV camcorders, USB camcorders
(DVD/hard drive/memory card), and webcams
• VfW or DirectShow®-compatible video, TV or graphics cards with video-in
• DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-RAM, or CD-R/RW burner
Supported import formats:
Video: AVI, DV-AVI, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MXV, MJPEG, QuickTime, WMV(HD)
Audio: WAV, MP3, OGG, WMA, MIDI, Dolby® Digital Stereo, Dolby® Digital 5.1
Images: JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIF, PNG, PSD, TGA
Supported export formats:
Video: AVI, DV-AVI, MJPEG, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, QuickTime, RealMedia, WMV(HD)
Audio: WAV, MP3, Dolby®Digital Stereo, Dolby®Digital 5.1
Graphics: JPEG, BMP
Introducing a new editor is not easy. I think Magix™ is smart in making the introduction a download only product for the time being. This will allow editors to test drive the product faster without having to make a commitment to it or wait for a box to arrive. (I assume there will be a trial version that you can purchase) Sony, Adobe & Avid users will find the interface different but should adapt quickly. Once you look under the hood you will find all the power and performance you would expect from a professional editing suite. Plus more, like a built in switcher and 3D titler!
Magix™ has a long history in the professional field with their audio editors, Samplitude™ and Sequoia™. You will find the same audio engine from these software giants in Pro X too, so you will also be getting a professional audio suite with the video editor! The keyframe editor enables extensive control over video effects in two steps: Quickly access object-based effects settings in the Media Pool and precisely edit Bézier curve control directly on the timeline as required.
Synchronize up to four camera recordings of events like weddings, concerts, or theatrical performances and change the perspective in real time with a mouse click. Another innovation allows you to automatically place video objects at the correct position on the timeline via a detailed audio analysis. You can resize and reposition the interface in any way you like even across multiple monitors. And customizable DVD menus with up to 8 audio tracks!
Full HD quality throughout the entire editing process, and then burn your projects on Blu-ray Disc with animated menus and 6-channel PCM Surround sound using the same functional scope as conventional DVD production (BDMV).
Personally I've been waiting a long time for this editor. I even suggested many of its functions. And I must admit I'm proud to see this software rise up to the level I have always known it could be. It's good to see it come of age. In todays technology market where products you buy are antiquated a few weeks after they are produced, there will be a video editor that can expand and develop along with future innovations. Your work flow will be much easier.
Continue to watch this blog for more news and information on Pro X. I will write reviews and continue to bring you the latest as I can get it from my sources.