Like EDIUS 8 before it, EDIUS 9 will continue to be available to buy – i.e. once you have paid for it it will continue work indefinitely, and you only need to buy upgrades if they offer you something you want. There will be updates to EDIUS 9 which will be free to anyone who has bought the new version, until the next version of EDIUS arrives- which is likely to be towards the end of 2019, as Grass Valley tend to produce a new version every two years.
Here is a list of what has been added to EDIUS 9 so far:
Comprehensive HDR Work-flow:
- Support for HDR PQ and HLG
- Native support of HDR video sources (professional camcorders, drones, action cams and smartphones)
- Conversion of SDR and Log to HDR
- Mix of SDR and HDR on one timeline
- Real-time preview on HDR monitor when editing using some Blackmagic and AJA devices. (EDIUS does not automatically switch the TV to HDR mode so you need to select this on the TV)
- Export of HDR files for HDR LCD TVs and YouTube
- Export of HDR files in native XAVC format
Other new features in both EDIUS Pro and EDIUS Workgroup
Export of H.264 files with 10bit and 4:2:2
Traditional H.264 files are exported with 8 bit colour, now EDIUS can export them in 10 bit colour for better quality
Export of H.265 MP4 files
H.265 is a new format which is starting to be used by some cameras and used by some people to deliver video. The advantage over H.264 is that you can get the same picture quality into a smaller file – which is better for long-term storage and uploading. EDIUS 9.1 introduced H.265 encoding using Intel Quick Sync. This only works with the 6th (Skylake), 7th (Kaby Lake) and 9th (Coffee Lake) generation processors. The Kaby and Coffee Lake processor can export in 10 bit and 8 bit, the Skylake processors only export in 8 bit. You can see a full list of the processors which support Quick Sync here: https://www.edius.net/quicksync.html. We export H.265 export using software to be added in a future version, so you can export it with ANY processor. EDIUS was first able to import H.265 files in EIDUS 8.
The scopes, used in grading, have been redesigned so they are now scalable and Grass Vally have added two new scopes – the RGB parade and the histogram. This help considerably when grading. The scopes also support HDR as well as normal colour spaces.
- Support of the Cinema Raw Light Format of Canon C200
- Native 10bit Cinema DNG support
- General acceleration of EDIUS by faster program start and accelerated processing (even the installation of updates has been improved)
- The ability to customise the LUT list in the primarcu colour corrector and only show specific LUTS.
- Tweaks to the user interface, requested by users.
New features in EDIUS Workgroup
Nearly all the new features of EDIUS 9 are available in both versions. The main new feature that has been added only to the Workgroup version is the ability to monitor 4K & UHD footage through certain Blackmagic cards at 50 and 60P. In EDIUS 8 you could make 50 & 50P UHD projects but could not monitor them thorugh ANY hardware – you only had onscreen playback at this resolution.
Which hardware supports 50/60P UHD output?
The cheapest devices are from Blackmagic Design:
Decklink 4K Extreme – about £755+VAT
This car looks like it is being phased out by Blackmagic. It can handle UHD @ 50/60 through HDMI and SDI, although the output through HDMI is limited to 4:2:2 colour space. It is being replaced by the Decklink 4K Extreme 12G which is now cheaper, however the 4K Extreme is a 4 lane card and the Extreme 12G is an 8 lane card which means you may have issues getting the 12G to work in some systems without sharing resources. You can see more information here: https://www.holdan.co.uk/Blackmagic+Design/DeckLink+4K+Extreme
Decklink 4K Extreme 12G – about £685+VAT
This has recently had a price drop and does everything that the original 4K Extreme did with better SDI output. The biggest potential problem is that it is an 8 lane PCIe card. Even if you computer has two large PCIe slots (the kind into which you would normally put a graphics card) your computer may not be able to handle a graphics card and an 8 lane PCIe card without sharing resources, which may cause a problem. It does depend on your motherboard, processor and other devices inside your computer. You can read more about this card here: https://www.holdan.co.uk/Blackmagic+Design/DeckLink+4K+Extreme+12G
UltraStudio 4K – about £755+VAT
This device connects via Thunderbolt 2 and can output 4K@50 & 60P though SDI and HDMI in a reduced colour space. You can read more about this device here: https://www.holdan.co.uk/Blackmagic+Design/UltraStudio+4K
UltraStudio 4K Extreme and 4K Extreme 3 (about £2,275+VAT)
These two device are the same just one version uses Thunderbolt 2 and the other uses Thunderbolt 3. This device is also used by Avid as their DNxIO. They give better output that the UltraStudio 4K as they have HDMI 2.0 You can read more here: https://www.holdan.co.uk/Blackmagic+Design/UltraStudio+4K+Extreme+3.
New Features in Mync
Mync is Grass Valley’s media cataloguing program. Below are the new features added to Mync with version 9.
- The search function has been enhanced.
- You can now make subclips in the Storyboard.
- There have been improvements to the way you can search for offline files.
- An improved preview lets you preview multiple images.
Grass Valley are preparing a new version of EDIUS : EDIUS Cloud, which will run from an Amazon webspace entirely on the Cloud. You will be able to rent this with the computer space needed to variable periods. EDIUS Cloud is definitely NOT replacing the normal version of EDIUS and will be more expensive. However, it is being made available to those companies that need this kind of facility.
In the future EDIUS will also be available as a floating license for companies
What is planned for the future?
Grass Valley have not published a list of the new features they plan to add to EDIUS 9 and we will find out about these as they arrive. However, EDIUS.NET has published some information on a couple of new features that will be arriving sometime during the life of EDIUS 9
In both the Workgroup and Pro versions of EDIUS:
- The ability to synchronise clips for a multicamera edit using the audio of the clips.
- Support for high frame rate projects and 8K resolution.
Planned for the Workgroup version ONLY
- Support of integrated subtitles (Closed captions)
- Background rendering. For some people background rendering means that any effects on the timeline can be rendered without stopping using the program. For other it means they they can export files from the program whilst carrying on using the editing section. We will find out what this means for EDIUS when it arrives.
Even though the above has been posted on an official EDIUS website we do not know when they will arrive or how they will be implemented. Personally I always buy a new version of a program based on what it does NOW rather than what is promised for the future. If the only reason for you to upgrade is Closed captions, for example, I would wait until that is added to the program and make sure it does what you need before buying the program.
A complete list of all videos to do with the new features in EDIUS 9
The following playlist has all the video I have made about the new features of EDIUS 9 including the two above videos.