EDIUS X is new and there have been some changes since EDIUS 9. Below are some of the common questions I have been asked about the new version
- I have EDIUS plus how do I get EDIUS X?
If you have already got your EDIUS plus number and you want to install EDIUS X just download the installer and install it. You can find it here: https://www.edius.net/x/875-edius-x-download.html The EDIUS Plus number should mean that it will activate straight away.
- My Blackmagic device is not seen, why?
You will need to use some of the latest drivers. At the time of EDIUS X release the latest drivers are 11.6. I have had problems with analogue audio from a Blackmagic Intensity Pro 4K using 11.6 so I would recommend using 11.5.1. Visit this page https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/support/family/capture-and-playback and scroll down the list of drivers until you find 11.5.1, download, install and reboot. You cannot update Blackmagic drivers by going to Windows device manager and asking it to look for a better driver. You must download he set up from Blackmagic Design.
- What hardware is supported?
EDIUS X supports most current Blackmagic cards, some AJA cards and the Storm 3G & Storm Pro. There is a list of supported hardware here: http://www.dvctraining.co.uk/edius-x-features/. Some older Blackmagic hardware may work as they share the same drivers as current cards. For example, I have used a Blackmagic Intensity Pro (not 4K) and a USB Shuttle effectively. Matrox devices were supported in EDIUS 9 and will no longer work. Also EDIUS X no longer captures from DV or HDV devices and will not record back to tape. If you need DV capture and have EDIUS 9 I would suggest leaving EDIUS 9 installed to capture DV and HDV.
- Can I import my settings from EDIUS 9?
If you have EDIUS 9 installed EDIUS X should import these for you. You can export your user settings from EDIUS 9 if on a different machine and load them to EDIUS X or use my EDIUS 9 settings (I have yet to make some EDIUS X settings). However, sometimes using a user profile from an older version of EDIUS causes a problem in a newer version so be prepared to start the settings from scratch if you have problems.
- Where do I get NewBlue Titler Pro 7, Acorn audio plug-ins and ProDad Vitascene 4 from?
You can download them from here: https://www.ediusworld.com/ediusxbonuscontents.html
- I have heard that EDIUS X does not support QuickTime any more – does that mean I cannot load MOV files?
EDIUS X does load MOV files. What has happened is that it no longer uses QuickTime for Windows and instead MOV files are loaded using things directly written by Grass Valley. This does mean that some MOV files that would have loaded into EDIUS 9 may not load into EDIUS X. However, Grass Valley have written support for the most common codecs so most files will. I have also noticed that some files that would not load into EDIUS 9 will load into EDIUS X – such as CineForm Mov files.
The kind of QuickTime support in EDIUS X is basically the same as EDIUS 9 would be if you had not ticked “use QuickTime” in the importing settings.
- I cannot load Avid DNxHD MOV files..
One exception is that EDIUS Pro does not load DNxHD & DNxHR Move files in the first build of EDIUS-X. This is being investigated.
- Where is render and add to timeline?
This is not currently available in EDIUS X as all rendering is now done in an external application. It may or may not be added back in a future update.
- Why can I not capture from DV?
As mentioned above this ability has been removed in EDIUS X. you can capture DV with a free utility like Scenalyzer: http://www.scenalyzer.com/
- Has there been any change to the DVD writing?
No, this is essentially the same as in previous versions.
- Will my nVidia card accelerate EDIUS X in the same way as Quick Sync?
No. nVidia cards can now be used for H.265 encoding but they do not assist in playback of footage like H.264 & H.265 in the same way that Quick Sync does. The best option is to get a system with QuickSync and an up to date nVidia card.
- You say some nVidia cards can only make H.265 with I and P frames and some can make B frames, what does this mean?
This just refers to how the video is compressed. You get the best compression using IBP frames. I frames are whole frames, P frames save the differences between the I an P, not the whole frame and B frames save this differences between the previous frame and next frame. By saving less information you can make the file smaller and it still looks good.
The point of making an MP4 file is to make a smaller file than a nice “clean” file like a Grass Valley HQ AVI, which each frame is a whole picture. A GV AVI file will be very good quality but also very big. You can change the size of the MP4 file by changing the data rate – a smaller data rate means a smaller file. No B frames means at lower data rates it will look worse than the version that has B frames. So if you can make B frames you can make smaller files that look good. Since the point of using H.265 in an MP4 file is making smaller files than H.264 in am MP4 file, so it is important.
However, the other side of this is do you need to make small H.265 files? I don’t make them at all because no one I send files to can read them properly. As a result I have not compared the quality of files made with nVidia cards that make B frames and ones that don’t, or compared making H.265 files with nVidia and ones made with Quick Sync. I make H.264 for people, which is pretty much the same between EDIUS 9 and X.
Of course, this will change as the become more common and people can easily play them on a computer using a free program like VLC, as long as their processor is good enough so it may become important to me personally is some months/years. For other users this could be important right now. Smaller files means you can upload to the web or email to someone quicker than with a large file, for example.
Making H.265 MP4 files is the only way this “limitation” affects EDIUS. It does not affect other ways the nVidia card can be used – decoding certain video formats or helping play effects like the primary colour corrector or ProDad Vitascene. For this simply the better graphics card you have the more assist it will give.
- Can I keep EDIUS 9 on the same system?
Yes and it is probably worth doing so, especially with the first version of EDIUS X. Grass Valley is very good at making stable versions of the program but the first version of any software has the possibility of being “dodgy”.
- Can I open EDIUS X projects in EDIUS 9
For now you can. As EDIUS 10 gets updated and some of the new options promised emerge this may not be possible. When you do open an EDIUS X project in EDIUS 9, EDIUS X effects will be missing, of course – things like the new audio filters or ProDad effects. In the layouter any motion tracking information would be lost but scaling and position information would be saved.