Grass Valley Edius 5.1

TV Technology by Michael Hanish

Edius is not among the most well known Windows based nonlinear editing applications, but this is not for lack of features, functionality, format support, or affordability. For several years now, Edius has been part of the Grass Valley/Thomson stable of products, acquired from original developer Canopus. It's often offered as a bundle with I/O hardware, such as HDStorm, HDSpark, or HDThunder. In this review, we are just considering the Edius 5.1 application and multifunctional software bundle.

FEATURES

Edius will run on an Intel or AMD CPU running at 3 GHz or faster, with multiple CPUs and multiple processors recommended. A minimum of 1 GB of RAM, 5 GB of hard drive space (for the software installation) are needed, along with suitably fast and generous media storage. You'll also need a graphics card running Direct3D 9.0c and PixelShader 3.0 or later, a WDM-supported sound card and Windows XP Home or Professional (SP2 or later, 32-bit) or Vista (any version SP1 or later, 32 or 64-bit). The application is protected by a USB key.

The Edius package is more of a wide-ranging bundle than an integrated suite, although there is some integration. The bundle includes: NewBlue video filters (Art, Film, and Motion effects); ProDAD video effects and image stabilization; Corel DVD MovieFactory (DVD and Blue-Ray authoring); iZotope VST Audio Effects, Restore, Mastering, and AGC suites of filters; Artbeats HD stock footage and graphics; and a trial version of SmartSound's SonicFire Pro soundtrack composition software. read more...

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