Magix Movie Edit Pro MX Plus review
The remaining new features are better than these questionable performance improvements. Dynamic Slow Motion allows footage to be slowed by up to four times, with extra frames generated through interpolation to create smooth motion. Unlike similar functions in other consumer editors, this one can be keyframed so that playback speed ramps up and down, complete with synchronised audio.
The travel route animation function has been revamped, and the editor for creating animated routes across the maps looks smart – as do the exported results. We weren’t so impressed with its map search function, though, which was unable to find postcodes or Stanstead Airport, even though it’s labelled on the map. There’s no control over export quality from this module; the WMV files’ fixed 1,676 x 944 resolution is an odd choice, and the low bit rate resulted in compression artefacts when we selected the Scroll Map option.
There are 15 movie templates, which include placeholders for long shots, close-ups, action shots and so on, and come complete with titles, transitions and music. It’s certainly quick to use, but because only the first couple of seconds of each clip is used, the most important parts of our footage weren’t shown. There are 12 new transitions, too, complete with sound effects, but for some reason it isn’t possible to apply two of these new transitions at either end of a clip.
It’s fair to say that this is an uninspiring update, but Movie Edit Pro has impressed us in the past with its responsive timeline controls and competitive features, including 99 tracks and capable 3D editing tools. However, there remain too many areas where attention to detail is sloppy. Applying certain effects adds an extra object on a separate timeline track, but these can clash with objects already on that track – the software simply drops them in regardless rather than creating a new track. Ripple editing behaves very oddly, and various features – including most of the new additions – are hard to find in the sprawling interface.
There are three versions available, with the entry-level Movie Edit Pro MX offering 32 tracks and lacking various advanced features. At the other end is MX Premium, which builds on MX Plus (reviewed here) with third-party effects from Red Giant, proDAD and NewBlue.
The prices for these three versions are fairly steep at £60, £80 and £100, although MX Plus is heavily discounted at Amazon. However, Magix’s lack of an upgrade price, along with its fast update schedule – this is the seventh in five years – mean it’s still an expensive choice. We’d much rather stick with the more refined, capable and cheaper Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11.
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