MAGIX Movie Edit Pro MX Premium 18

I tested the new version of MAGIX Movie Edit Pro MX Premium recently, version 18, and I was positively surprised. The application has played a good catch-up with Vegas Platinum and Premiere Elements.

The biggest new features in the new version are its stereo 3D support, full 24p support, and it has accelerated nVidia/AMD support for h.264 decoding & plugins. Three major third party video app developers added support for MAGIX too, proDAD VitaScene 2 (special effects), NewBlueFX Light Blends (transitions), and Red Giant Magic Bullet Quick Looks (color grading).

Other features include screen capturing, DVD/BD burning with various templates, multi-track, multi-cam, fast image stabilization, primary & secondary color correction, masks, good advanced modes in its exporting dialogs, and even Twixtor-like slow motion.

The app is not perfect though. Non-accelerated h.264 is not as fast as Sony Vegas’ plain decoding is, so you better start saving for an nVidia card. Then, the color correction plugins are not very versatile. Finally, the project properties dialog is missing some important setup options, compared to Vegas’.

On the other hand though, this app can do other things that Vegas can’t do, including 64bit support. Stability and overall speed were good while testing the app, although usability could use some touch-up.

Overall, I’d say that this version puts MAGIX on the top-3 of the consumer video editor market. It just needs more setup options in terms of flexibility, rather than more brand new advanced features (e.g. I’d like to tell my editor that my footage is interlaced, etc). But it seems to be getting there!

Rating: 8/10


Ivan wrote on December 2nd, 2011 at 3:59 AM PST:

After I fried my nvidia Geforce GT8800 graphics card last week, I rebuilt my system and bought a cheapo graphics card: msi GT520 1GB DDR3 for just 42 euro. It is very silent, is just a bit less powerful than my old card, but it is CUDA enabled, has DirectX 11, and with CUDA it does really good with Sony’s AVC codec.

Monty wrote on December 2nd, 2011 at 4:06 AM PST:

Thanks for the review Eugenia, always excited to hear about progress in making video editing more accessible to people.
I splurged in the last week for Movie Studio 10 Production Suite.. then for the full 11 Pro update. Total paid for 11 pro just a little over 300$ that way.

Ed wrote on December 11th, 2011 at 3:57 PM PST:

I have the Magix v. 17 product and liked it, except for not properly handling 24p. Other than that, it is a great and affordable video editor. I will have to check out the newest v. 18 release. Thank you for posting this!

I have been predominately a Final Cut Pro v. 7 user but find myself increasingly using Sony Vegas.


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