The first preview video for EDIUS X has just aired on EDIUS.NET.
The main new features announced in this presentation are:
- Background rendering and exporting.
- Improved conversion of clips in the bin.
- Encoding to H.265 using an nVidia graphics card – this requires an nVidia 1050 GPU or higher, so one that has been released in the last couple of years.
- The draft preview option from EDIUS Workgroup will now be available in Pro.
- EDIUS Workgroup will handle projects up to 8K.
- EDIUS X is for Windows 10 ONLY – Windows 7 and 8 are not longer supported.
- EDIUS X requires a processor that has AVX2 instructions – which means a processor that is less than 8 years old. It will not install on an older computer. This is required to assist with the extra power needed for background rendering.
You can see the video here:
The next instalment, which they say will concentrate on EDIUS X new audio features, will be released around the same time in July.
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
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 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.