EDIUS X was released on the 15th of September 2020 and has a huge list of new features. As with both EDIUS 8 & 9 there will be more changes coming during the lifetime of EDIUS X which will be free to anyone who orders it now. Here is a brief summary of the new features:
- Background rendering
- Motion tracking in layouter
- 4 new audio filters – compressor, limiter, noise reduction & a filter to reduce echo.
- Titler Pro 7 included
- Vitascene 3 LE included
- Support for encoding H.265 using an nVidia card.
- VST plug-in supported improved so eliminate audio sync problems when using plug-ins.
- The ability to play the timeline in a lower resolution if it was too hard to play in realtime was added to EDIUS Pro (previously this was only in EDIUS Workgroup)
The current version is 10.10. The main update between EDIUS 10 and 10.10 was that the feature “render and add to timeline” was reinstated, after it was not included in EDIUS 10.
Has anything been removed?
As with any major update there are always some changes to the program which mean certain features have been removed
- Matrox cards and some older GV cards no longer supported. A list of supported cards is below.
- OHCI capture (DV & HDV) and playback to a DV camera are no longer supported – if you still use DV or HDV you will need to use a different program to capture – which could be EDIUS 9 if you own it. If not there are free options.
- QuickTime no longer supported; this does not mean you cannot load QuickTime files. EDIUS will load Quicktime files if it supports them natively – which it does for most types such as ProRes, H.264, and pretty much all the codecs that were supported in EDIUS 9. It will also load QuickTime Cineform files which it did not used to load. The only difference I have found is that EDIUS Pro will no longer load Avid DNxHD/HX files, and you can’t make it do so, unlike EDIUS 9 where you could install Avid’s free codecs to do this. EDIUS Workgroup will still load QuickTime DNX files. You are unlikely to be using Avid DNxHD unless you are using Avid.
- After Effects bridge removed – this had not been updated for years and is now removed. The OFX Bridge has been updated.
- You will probably need updated plug-ins from 3rd parties which they may pay for. As the background rendering is a completely new option it is likely 3rd parties will need to reprogram their plug-ins to adapt for which they may charge. So far all the plug-ins I own have had free updates but you should check with the manufacturers to see if their update is free or not.
- You can no longer rip video of DVDs, Blu-ray and CDs in the source browser. This only worked for non-copyright discs, of course, but EDIUS no longer supports this so you need to get the footage off in another way. I have found DVD Decryptor – a free program actually designed for piracy – works very well for taking footage from my own DVDs. For Blu-ray I can generally just copy the video files off the disc in windows and re-use them, assuming I am using a Blu-ray I have made as opposed to a commercial disc.
AJA Video Systems: KONA 5, Io 4K Plus, KONA 4, KONA 3G, KONA LHi, Io 4K, KONA 1
Note: KONA 5 and KONA 1 supports video capture (no Deck control)
EDIUS X System Requirements
Minimum System Requirements (standalone):
CPU: CPU with AVX2 support: Intel 4th Gen or newer or equivalent AMD CPU
Memory: 8 GB RAM or more | for 4K projects 16 GB or more
Hard Disk: 6 GB of hard disk space for installation, fast drive for video storage
Graphics Card: 1 GB VRAM or more | for 4K projects 2 GB or more
Sound Card: Sound card with WDM driver support
Network: Internet connection required for initial software license activation, thereafter once per month to maintain usage | Offline activation and usage possible for EDIUS X Workgroup
OS: Windows 10 64-bit version 1903 or later – EDIUS X wil only work on Windows 10
Changes can be made at any time without notice.
Supported Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Chinese traditional (Chinese simplified is available in the Chinese Version and Japanese in the Japanese Version of EDIUS X)
Processors supported by EDIUS X
EDIUS X will only with with a processor that has “AVX2” – a particular set if extensions that is found in only fairly recent processors. If you do not have a processor with this then EDIUS X will not even install.
Do I have AVX2?
You may be wondering whether your computer has AVX2, which we have just been told is required for using EDIUS X. According to Wikipedia the following processors have AVX2:
- Haswell processor (only Core branded), Q2 2013
- Haswell E processor (only Core branded), Q3 2014
- Broadwell processor (only Core branded), Q4 2014
- Broadwell E processor (only Core branded), Q3 2016
- Skylake processor (only Core branded), Q3 2015
- Kaby Lake processor (only Core branded), Q3 2016(ULV mobile)/Q1 2017(desktop/mobile)
- Skylake-X processor (only Core branded), Q2 2017
- Coffee Lake processor (only Core branded), Q4 2017
- Cannon Lake processor, Q2 2018
- Cascade Lake processor, Q2 2019
- Ice Lake processor, Q3 2019
- Comet Lake processor (only Core branded), Q3 2019
- Tiger Lake processor, 2020
- Nano QuadCore
- Eden X4
You can read more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Vector_Extensions#CPUs_with_AVX2
EDIUS X nVidia support
EDIUS X can also use an nVidia card to encode H.265. This is also found only on the more recent cards. For a list of nVidia cards which support H.265 encoding visit here: https://developer.nvidia.com/video-encode-decode-gpu-support-matrix
The latest card do necessarily support the most modes – even cards like the 1060, which is quite recent, do not support encoding to B frames, just I & P. Does IBP is more efficient so should be better for smaller files. As long as you don’t set the bit rate too low then just I & P frames should still give you very good quality. This is not an EDIUS limitation, but a limitation of the nVidia cards, and all editing programs will have the same limitations.