There are occasions when you look upon a new software application and instead of being surprised, annoyed or simply indifferent, your jaw gets loose and your eyes glaze upon the screen while your brain refuses to give the blink command. This reaction is usually associated when you first come across a professional application, such as sound editing, 2D or 3D creation, photo manipulation or in this case: high end video editing. EDIUS from company Grass Valley is being used by large spectrum of users from small video content creators to the now almost defunct media outlets.
Booting up, EDIUS has three main panels. The Clip panel is where you can view specific clips and also visualize the sequence output. This is also the main window where the menu bar is located. The second panel contains the sequence navigator, where different clips come together. here you can manage different sequences just as tabs in a web browser. A lot of tracks ensure that you can stuff in multiple video clips, sounds and effects to create a video as complex as you want. The third panel is the Bin window where you can organize your sequences and browse for effects. There are also other panels that can be switched on or off, depending on how many monitors you have and how wide each one is you may have everything on at once. However, despite EDIUS 8 being a modern and complex application, developers also thought about older generation computers. They made so that the interface does not hinder productivity on morally used rigs by also supporting lower screen resolutions.
EDIUS is cut up for many video editing tasks. Besides supporting a wide range of video formats (including 4K) you can easily convert from one format to another in real time. Color correction and film grain help you create cinema worthy picture effects. Motion tracking is also a good tool for touching up the camera work and instill a more natural feel to character or object movements.
EDIUS also benefits from keyframe animation. Visual elements can be positioned and re-positioned in a 3D manner, while saving these instances as keyes on the timeline, which will result in movement on the screen. This style of digital animation is very common and is the digital analogue to the stop-motion method of animating puppets.
3D editing is also present in EDIUS 8. You can perform stereoscopic pairing of the two concurrent clips and also edit them in minute detail through the wizardry of filters and effects. Keyframe editing is also present here.
What fans of DSLR filming will find attractive is that they will not need to perform any changes to their footage when importing it into EDIUS. They can simply copy the files from the memory card directly into the EDIUS timeline, with no conversion or scaling required. That means that you can work on the raw footage at the maximum detail possible.
EDIUS is clearly not something to be picked up and used casually. This is no Windows Movie Maker. Anybody searching for a serious video editing program can easily explore EDIUS for a month for free. The full package comes at a one time purchase. It's good to now that Grass Valley haven't taken the subscription route.