EDIUS’ major strengths are the speed of the editing, its reliability and the realtime performance. It is probably true to say you could do a job faster and more reliably in EDIUS than any other editor.
EDIUS not only has excellent editing functionality but also has many advanced compositing features built in including animatable, feathered masks. Its realtime performance is also excellent, only matched by Adobe Premiere Pro and their MERCURY PLAYBACK ENGINE (which requires a specific graphic card, where as EDIUS’ performance is totally dependant on the CPU).
EDIUS is the fastest program for making Blu-ray discs or MP4 files because it supports Intel’s QUICK SYNC technology found on their Sandybridge, Ivybridge, Haswell & Skylake processors.
EDIUS 7 shipped in July 2013 and added support for third party devices from Blackmagic, and support for 4K formats. EDIUS 8 shipped at the end of June 2015. EDIUS 8 had a streamline interface, and a new program called MYNC for cataloging footage. Grass Valley have been adding more features to the program since it was released and will continue to do so until EDIUS 9 is available. We have not date for EDIUS 9 arriving as yet although it will probably be in the latter half of 2017.
Since EDIUS 8 was released Grass Valley have added a new colour correction filter, motion tracking in the mask filter and useful options like project templates. You can see information on this here: What’s new in EDIUS 8?
One of the biggest advantages for EDIUS is its stability. To say you will never have a crash is not something we would like to promise, however, many of our customers say just that!
EDIUS 8, and upgrades from EDIUS 7 to EDIUS 8 are freely available. EDIUS Pro 8 has almost the same feature set as EDIUS Pro 7, but a couple of features were removed. EDIUS Pro 8 also requires that your computer connects to the internet once a month to validate the licence. EDIUS Workgroup 8 has all the features of EDIUS Pro 7 and some additional features. See below for more information on the difference between EDIUS Workgroup and Pro.information.
The EDIUS licence lets you use EDIUS on one machine at a time. You are allowed to install it on two computers, but you are only supposed to use one machine at a time. If you are using your copy of EDIUS on two computers at the same time you are breaking the licence agreement; you should buy two copies if you are planning to use both at the same time. You can activate your copy of EDIUS twice and deactivate it twice in one month. This limitation was added in November 2013; previously you could only have two “active” activations but you could activate and deactivate as many times as you liked. If you loose all your activations because a computer has crashed or been re-installed then you will
need to contact Grass Valley support to get your serial number re-enabled.
Although we will do our best to help at DVC we have no control over the activation procedure.
This is fairly similar to other editing programs. Avid will only let you have one activation although you can activate/deactivate as much as you want; Premiere lets you have 2 activations, and with the Creative Cloud you can log in and out of the software when you need to.
EDIUS Pro 8 needs to connect to the internet once a month to validate the licence.
In previous versions of EDIUS you did not need to connect to the Internet at all. Even the activation could be done “offline”. With EDIUS 8 the Pro version has to check the licence once a month. If you do not do this the program will stop working until it can be validated. This does not cost any money and if your computer is on the internet permanently you may not even notice.
If you do not use your computer for 2 or 3 months this is not a problem. You will need to connect to the internet to reactivate EDIUS when you next start the computer but the fact that you did not use connect for a couple of months does not cause a problem.
If you do not want to connect your machine to the Internet or are not allowed to then you will need to buy the Workgroup version which never has to connect to be verified.
EDIUS Workgroup 8 does not need to connect to the internet
You can activate EDIUS Workgroup using the offline activation and then you never need to connect to the Internet with the EDIUS computer again.
There are definite advantages of connecting your machine to the Internet and making a Grass Valley user account to register and activate your software, but with the Workgroup version you do not need the EDIUS machine to be on the internet. There are quite a few differences between Workgroup and Pro which are mainly aimed at giving more broadcast-oriented features in the Workgroup version. The Internet activation requirements are the major practical difference which is not related to broadcast features, of which you need to be aware. You can see a video regarding the other differences here: an introduction to EDIUS 8.
You are not allowed to resell your copy of EDIUS to anyone else.