Off the bat, it’s important to note that Movie Edit Pro is a Windows-only program that requires an Internet connection during program installation for validation and one-time registration. Here is a list of minimum specifications needed to run the program:
- 64-bit Windows 7, 8 or 10
- 2.4 GHx processor
- 2GB of RAM
- Onboard graphics card with a minimum resolution of 1280 x 768
- 2GB of available HDD space
Of course, working with HD and 4K videos will need much more power. For that, you’ll want to upgrade your hardware considerably; starting with at least a 2.8 GHz or better quadcore processor and a dedicated GPU with at least 512MB of VRAM. RAM also needs to be bumped up from 2GB to 8GB.
Tools and Features
It’s not as easy to start as a complete beginner using Movie Edit Pro as it is with others–for example, iMovie or Wondershare Filmora–but what you get back from toughing it out just a little is more than worth it. MAGIX has done a lot over the years to improve on the first-time user experience. In this latest version, you’ll find a proliferation of templates and presets, as well as assistants and wizards for just about every feature.
Optimized for Ease of Use
It starts with Movie Edit Pro’s interface, which is designed for both control and flexibility. Based on your workflow, you can move, remove and even resize windowed elements until you’re satisfied and everything is just right.
After that, it’s time to import video and audio clips for editing. A handy import wizard allows you to organize, preview and select media of different file types from a range of sources. A universal timeline makes it possible for you to view different file formats simultaneously, without needing to convert anything. Movie Edit Pro then provides a total of 32 tracks for you to arrange your clips in; and if that’s not enough, it’s worth noting that you can combine video and audio from a single source into one track. You can also use a quick access feature if you want to trim video clips before importing them directly into your project’s timeline.
Many other improvements help speed up project editing; such as features to easily move and animate objects, and even interface redesigns with your work optimization in mind. Perhaps the best one is the Slideshow Maker, which automatically analyzes the footage you give it and creates a finished video–complete with transitions.
Functions and Effects
Suffering from shaky footage? Movie Edit Pro has professional grade image stabilization–the exact same technology is also available for VEGAS Pro, but only with the mid and high tiers–that will make unwanted movement a thing of the past. Perhaps the most well known video effect is the use of a green screen; the program offers that too. As long as you record footage in front of a solid and plain background, you can put in whatever background you want. You also have access to color controls that go way beyond basic options: correct hue problems, reset the white balance, and even change the image saturation. On top of this are a myriad of transitions, decorative features, movie templates, and over 250 different title templates.
OpenFX architecture has also now opened up Movie Edit Pro users to the possibility of multiple plug-ins for extra customizations to the program.
Not Just Video, but Audio, Too
Of course, Movie Edit Pro’s audio editing capabilities can’t compare to something like what VEGAS Pro offers, but for the price point, it’s definitely more than sufficient. You can automatically generate a custom soundtrack from a huge sound archive, specifically to punctuate important scenes in your videos. There’s also a function that normalizes audio levels within your project, evening out the sound and fixing portions that may be too loud or too quiet.
Plus and Premium Features
MAGIX offers three tiers of Movie Edit Pro; so far we’ve talked about the basic and lowest tier. Mid tier Movie Edit Pro Plus and highest tier Movie Edit Pro Premium are both more expensive and more feature-packed. Both support multicam editing–although this maxes out to only four camera angles–and offer 99 tracks to work with instead of 32. Both also have advanced effects, some of which are: secondary color corrections, blur and HDR effects, fisheye correction, effect masks, and more. There’s also room for stereo 3D support, more complicated key frame editing, proxy video editing and preview rendering. In terms of audio, both also offer a sound mastering suite and 5.1 capability.
Movie Edit Pro Premium has Vasco de Gama 9 Essential, which is a high quality, detailed travel route animator; as well as NewBlue Titler Pro Express, which gives you the ability to work with and animate–using drag and drop options–2D and 3D titles that you can either create from scratch or choose from over 60 templates.
Movie Edit Touch for Android
MAGIX offers a free mobile offering with optional premium features you can buy as in-app purchases. For most users, just the capability to start a project on the go–at work, while waiting in line at the bank, on vacation at the beach–is probably enough for them to download this app. You can either transfer these projects wireless from your Android smartphone to your desktop to finish using Movie Edit Pro, but the app is good enough for you to make simple edits right on your tablet or smartphone.
With Movie Edit Touch, you can arrange and trim video clips, add background music, and add transition effects–all for free. Tools you need to pay for separately include cinematic effects, image optimization, the ability to create titles and add text, and several additional transition effects. You can even purchase the ability to export your Movie Edit Touch-made videos in HD quality.
Movie Edit Pro–the most basic tier–is available for only $69.99, and is a really good deal for casual users and beginners. Mid tier Movie Edit Pro Plus is the bestseller, though, and usually considered the one that provides best value–at $99.99, the same price as the basic Roxio Creator NXT 5 offering–because it adds so much for only $30 more. It’s also a must if you plan do multicam editing.
Movie Edit Pro Premium adds $30 more on top of that–its price is a cool $129.99–and only offers two additional features that you won’t likely ever need to use unless you’re a professional video editor. That being said, if you’re a professional on a budget and in no real need for an exhaustive and complicated setup, Movie Edit Pro Premium could be right for you.
MAGIX has a relatively small but loyal user community, a slew of video tutorials, a Knowledge Base, and two kinds of company-provided support–tech and sales–backed up by telephone support, which you can contact during weekdays only.
A personal service area comes with creating a user account for the MAGIX Service Center, which you can only do after purchasing the software. Worth noting, though, that this avenue of support is where you can download current patches–which may address many tech-based problems and concerns.
What's the Verdict on MAGIX Movie Edit Pro?
MAGIX Movie Edit Pro Review 2020 – Conclusion
Movie Edit Pro is a great middle ground if you feel like very basic programs like iMovie and Wondershare Filmora don’t offer enough, while programs like Final Cut Pro X and VEGAS Pro are too expensive and complicated. It may feel like your workflow is a little slowed down at first, but it will pick up easily as you get the hang of Movie Edit Pro. The price is very affordable, and learning how to use the program is easy enough with the amount of wizards and assistants built into it; not to mention the available MAGIX-made video tutorials.