Complete list of the EDIUS tutorial contents

Section 1 – Introduction

A complete edit

This section is a complete course in editing in EDIUS.  It covers importing footage, editing, trimming, adjusting sound levels and make a final Blu-ray or DVD disc, and a file for YouTube.  This is the best place to start your EDIUS training.

  1. Starting a project
    The first thing you need to do is choose your project settings – which do you choose any why?
  2. Choosing the project setting
    The first question is which project setting should you choose.
  3. The EDIUS X interface
    A quick look at EDIUS’ windows, how to arrange them and what they are all for.
  4. Importing footage
    The first step in any edit is bringing in the clips. In this chapter we bring in AVCHD footage using EDIUS’ source browser, which works for most card-based formats.
  5. Adding the first clip
    Having imported the footage we now need to look at it and add it to the timeline.
  6. Building the edit
    We now add all the other clips to the timeline
  7. The most important chapter
    The most important thing you should remember to do when editing – save the project.
  8. Trimming
    The clips are on the timeline, we now need to refine the edit..
  9. Insert and overwrite modes
    When you add clips to the timeline you either overwrite what is already there or move clips out of the way to make room by choosing to use either insert or overwrite mode.
  10. Split Edits
    Sometimes you have to have the audio start or stop at a different place to the video. The answer: a split edit, sometimes called an “L-cut” or a “J-cut”.
  11. Insert edit
    Now we want to drop a clip over some existing clips on the timeline to hide a bad cut – which used to be called an “insert edit” in the days of tape decks.
  12. Audio editing
    In this edit we just need to even out the sound levels and sort out the fact that some clips are only on one side and not the other..
  13. Audio fades
    We now add a fade in on the audio at the start and a fade out at the end.
  14. Titles
    Add a quick caption using EDIUS’ QuickTitler to identify the two speakers.
  15. Titles on video tracks
    Now we add a tile using a video track instead of EDIUS titling tracks, and discuss the differences.
  16. Other Titling options
    Some quick notes on other titling options with EDIUS such as add-on programs like VisTitle.
  17. Making a Blu-ray disc
    The edit is finished and we now want to make a Blu-ray disc of the results.
  18. Make a DVD
    Making a DVD is very much like making a Blu-ray disc – we explain how.
  19. Using the disc burner tool
    If you do not immediately burn a disc using the EDIUS disc creator you can burn a disc using the files you have already made and the EDIUS’ disc burner tool.
  20. Make a file
    You may also want to make a file to be shared with others or uploaded to YouTube, using EDIUS Print To File option

A tour of EDIUS

If you have worked through the complete edit you should now know the basics of EDIUS.  In this section we will take you through the different windows in EDIUS, what they are all for and different parts to keep an eye on, like the “hints on the bar”.

  1. A tour of EDIUS
    An introduction to all the different windows in EDIUS.
  2. Layouts
    You can customise the various windows and their positions inside EDIUS and then save the new arrangement as a layout that can be recalled when you need it.
  3. User profiles
    All your customised settings can be saved in a user profile which can be moved from machine to machine. You can have several of your own user profiles if you prefer and switch between them or different people using the same computer can have their own user profile which they load when editing.
  4. Buttons
    EDIUS’ buttons all follow the same basic logic and design, with clearly defined areas for where to click if you want to use the button. There are also a variety of different keyboard shortcuts that are very helpful to learn.
  5. Hints on the bar
    Various messages will pop up on the bottom of the EDIUS interface when editing so you know what the program is doing, and if there is a hesitation on operation it may tell you why.

Starting EDIUS 8 for the first time

If you have bought a DVC system it will all be installed and configured for you.  If not you will have to do some basic setting up before you can start editing.  In this section we explain all the basics of setting up EDIUS for the first time, and talk about loading our own DVC user presets and profiles which will have been included with this tutorial.

  1. Starting EDIUS for the first time
    When you start EDIUS for the first time it will prompt you to setup project presets and the default location for your projects. You must do this before you can start using EDIUS, even if you intend to change the information later.
  2. Setting up a Blackmagic preview device
    If you have a Blackmagic device you will need to install the drivers and set it to output the picture from EDIUS.
  3. Setting up a Blackmagic capture preset
    To capture from any device you need to set up a capture preset with various options.
  4. Setting up a DV capture preset
    If you have a DV device and FireWire card then you need to set up a DV capture preset, and also change some options if you would like to record back to tape.
  5. Setting up a Microphone
    To do voice over recordings you will need to set up a capture preset for a Microphone.
  6. Other Capture Settings
    There are a variety of other settings for capture that you may want to adjust.. In this chapter I also explain how to load my own DVC presets which are included with this tutorial.
  7. Other System settings
    There are a few other system settings which are worth adjusting to match the computer you are using.
  8. User Settings
    The user settings are generally a preferences for how you like EDIUS to work. I do have a couple of settings I prefer to the default one. In this chapter I also explain how to load my user settings into your computer.
  9. Windows Settings
    There are a few changes that I also make in Windows, including adding in QuickTime and enabling it in EDIUS and changing where backup project are saved.

Installing EDIUS X

This section explains how to install and activate EDIUS X. If you use the right installer this is simpler than installing EDIUS 9.

  1. Installing EDIUS X
    EDIUS X has its own installer program which will install not only EDIUS but all the additional plug-ins and Blackmagic drivers if needed..
  2. EDIUS ID
    If you own EDIUS Pro then you must have an EDIUS-ID which must be set up before you start the program. It is not essential for EDIUS Workgroup but still worth having.
  3. Project settings
    Next you are prompted top set up some project settings. These can all be changed at a later stage. All the project settings are explained in the settings part of this tutorial.
  4. Hardware settings
    Set up some capture presets for your Blackmagic or AJA card, and get the output working to a TV. This is explained in more depth under hardware settings
  5. Microphone setup
    To do voice over recordings you will need to set up a capture preset for a Microphone.

Section 2 – editing

In this section I look at everything to do with editing the picture.  I start with organising clips in the bin and adding them to the timeline, and then go into the different methods and modes of trimming.  I then have sections on specific types of editing such as editing multi-camera and stereoscopic projects. Finally, I have a section which is a round-up of other editing features such as field editing, pre-roll editing and using sequences in your project.


The bin window

The first part of this section looks at adding clips into the bin and organising them in various ways. We also look at was of importing and exporting bins and sequences, and subclips, which are very useful for cataloguing large clips.

  1. The bin window
    The bin window is where clips go before they are added to the project.
  2. Useful Columns in list view
    You can customise the columns viewable in list mode and there are some very useful ones you may like to have.
  3. Picons & Properties
    You can display clips in various ways, with different amounts of information, and can access and change different properties of the clips.
  4. Bin buttons
    The buttons across the top of the bin window access various useful functions.
  5. Search the bin
    You can search through all the folders in the bin for clips based on many different properties and can save the search as a new bin which constantly updates.
  6. Sequences
    The edit is laid out in a timeline or sequence. You can have many sequences in one project and make copies of them, if needed.
  7. Importing bins and projects
    You can import bins and sequences from other projects in a variety of ways.
  8. Subclips
    Subclips are useful to taking large clips and splitting them into smaller sections, saved in the bin, to find and use later.

 Adding clips to the timeline

In this section we look at adding clips to the timeline in various was and what happens to clips which are already there – do they move out of the way or get overwritten. We also talk about storyboarding and replacing clips, and advanced techniques such as 3 and 4 point editing.

  1. Using the player
    The bin window is where clips go before they are added to the project.
  2. The basics of the timeline
    Before you start adding some clips to the timeline we will go over some basics such as adding and deleting tracks and what the various parts all mean.
  3. Thumbnails
    The clips on the timeline can be represented as a picture or series of pictures called Thumbnails. There are various ways to adjust these, discussed here.
  4. Adding clips by dragging
    The easiest way to get clips on the timeline is to drag them from the source or the bin.
  5. The Mouse decides
    You can decide on which track the audio and video will land just by putting your mouse in different places on the timeline.
  6. Adding clips using buttons
    You can also overwrite and insert clips using buttons underneath the source, which can also be accessed using keyboard shortcuts. But how do you control on which tracks they will end up?
  7. Sync locks
    When you insert a clip on the timeline how does the program decide what happens to the clips on other tracks? It uses the sync locks you have defined.
  8. Insert and replace by dragging
    Instead of using buttons you can insert a clip simply by dragging it to the timeline. You also have the option to replace a clip or part of a clip when doing so…
  9. Storyboarding
    You can make a “storyboard” of the clips in the bin before adding them to the timeline.
  10. Zooming & snapping
    You can zoom into the timeline for a more accurate view in many ways. You can also get the playhead to jump to the ends of clips easily.
  11. Using in and out points
    When adding clips with buttons or keyboard shortcuts the in and out point on the timeline is very important.
  12. 3 & 4 point editing
    This chapter looks at different ways of adding clips when you have in and out points. A 4 point edit may even change the speed of your clip.

Trimming

This section explains everything about Trimming clips on the EDIUS’ timeline. EDIUS has many ways of trimming – none are the correct way of working, you should use which ever method suites you the best.

  1. Basic trimming
    The most basic form of trimming – grab the edge of the clip and drag
  2. Ripple mode
    Close spaces as you trim and insert clips easily, although be careful because sometimes clips can move when you don’t mean them to!
  3. Keyboard shortcuts and the trimming window
    Trim using the keyboard and you can do it quicker. There is also a window dedicated to trimming you can use, although you can achieve all the same things without using this window.
  4. Trimming with n and m
    A very easy way to chop the start and end off clips on the timeline.
  5. The extend edit
    Quickly extend an edit using a keyboard shortcut.
  6. Slipping and sliding
    Slipping and sliding are two less-used trimming features which let you do change the part of the clip you are using on the timeline easily.
  7. Trimming audio not video
    An option that many people miss. It is very easy to adjust just the audio or video on a clip without unlinking them.
  8. Select to end and closing holes
    A frequently asked question – how to you select all clips from the current position to the end of the timeline, or the start.
  9. Match frame
    This feature lets you put a clip from the timeline in the player and have it at exactly the point of the playhead on the timeline.
  10. Match frame options
    There are various other options with match frame including finding where a clip in the source window is on the timeline.
  11. Delete between in and out point
    Another way to trim is to add in and out points to the timeline and delete what is in between.
  12. Pre-roll editing
    A feature of EDIUS Workgroup which lets you “try out” an edit on the timeline before you commit to it.
  13. Markers
    Markers can be used to add note to the timeline or to a clip. They are also chapters in DVDs.
  14. Adding clip markers (EDIUS X ONLY)
    In EDIUS X you can add clip markers to clips which are already on the timeline.

Other editing options

This section contains details of all EDIUS’ other editing functions, including how to restore clips that have been lost and finishes with a round up of common keyboard shortcuts.

  1. Proxy mode
    Proxy mode lets you work with low resolution versions of your clips for better performance, and was updated in EDIUS 8.
  2. Proxy mode options
    There are various other options to do with making proxies which are covered here.
  3. Reduced resolution playback
    You can reduce the resolution of the timeline playback for complicated sequences. This option is available in the Workgroup version of EDIUS 9 and both Pro and Workgroup in EDIUS X.
  4. Dropped frames on Playback with EDIUS X
    Another way of getting the timeline to playback if your computer cannot do so in realtime was added in EDIUS X.
  5. Setting the sequence length
    You can tell EDIUS how long the sequence is allowed to be to make sure you get your edit within a certain amount of time.
  6. Linking and grouping
    Clips can either be linked or grouped and you can also make your own groups. What is the difference?
  7. Cutting & re-organising clips
    You can cut clips up and re-order them easily if you know the right settings.
  8. Copying clips
    It is very easy to copy clips in EDIUS and you can even do it without letting go of the mouse as you move the clip around.
  9. Field editing
    Field editing will let you take an entire project and copy a version onto a different computer. Later on you can “check in” with the original version and EDIUS will update the original project with any changes
  10. Restoring offline clips
    Your timeline opens with empty spaces. Here is how to re-link the missing files.
  11. Restore clips captured from tape
    If the missing files came from tape you can restore them easily from the original tapes.  You can only do this using a device to control your video deck, which for most people will only be possible with DV amd HDV cameras, therefore this option will not work with EDIUS X, which cannot capture from DV or HDV.
  12. Nesting sequences in EDIUS X
    In EDIUS X there are some useful little changes when one sequence is put inside another.
  13. Keyboard shortcut round up
    If you can use keyboard shortcuts then you will edit quicker. Here is a list of the most commonly used shortcuts in editing.
  14. Shortcut to change layouts (EDIUS X only)
  15. Shortcut to “larger slider” (EDIUS X only)

Multi-camera

EDIUS has an excellent Multi-camera option which lets you see up to 16 cameras at once and cut between them easily. Afterwards you can refine the edit, compress all the cameras into a single track and easily add colour correction, transitions and other effects to the result.

  1. Sync cameras
    The first part of any multi-camera edit is to sync up the cameras. We show you an easy way to do this on the timeline.
  2. Other ways of syncing
    There are ways to get EDIUS to line the cameras up for you – based on timecode, date and time of in points.
  3. Editing
    Now we get to the fun part – making the edit. You watch the multiple angles and make a rough cut between them. Then refine the joins and add other cuts.
  4. Colour correction
    The edit is complete. Now you want to match the colour of the various cameras. This may make the edit hard to playback in multicamera mode but there are many ways round this.
  5. Adding transitions
    Now we look at adding transitions to all the clips and compressing the entire edit to one timeline.
  6. 4K on an HD timeline
    Our footage was filmed on 3 cameras but we faked it to look like 4 angles because one of the cameras was a 4K camera. Here we see how to use the layouter to reframe 4K shots on an HD timeline.
  7. View options
    There are many ways to view the multi-camera edit – and a lot more if you have two computers screens of an output device like a Grass Valley or Blackmagic card.

Stereoscopic editing

EDIUS has some of the best Stereoscopic editing abilities of any program. You can load all types of Stereo footage, convert two different camera files into a stereo clip, adjust the position of the camera in 3D space and export the results in various ways. EDIUS cannot do full quality 3D Blu-ray discs but can export the files for use in another program.

  1. Starting a Stereoscopic project
    The first step in a stereoscopic project is to start it with the right settings..
  2. Importing Stereo footage
    Stereoscopic footage can be filmed with two eyes in a single file, or as two separate files and in a variety of ways. EDIUS normally automatically chooses the right settings but if not these can be adjusted.
  3. Displaying Stereoscopic video
    There are various ways to view the footage – here we show the options in EDIUS.
  4. The Stereoscopic adjuster and effects
    You need to adjust the position of your pictures and effects in 3D space – use the stereoscopic adjuster.
  5. Stereoscopic output
    Having finished the edit you need to output the project. EDIUS can make Blu-ray discs with various stereo settings, although it cannot make a full quality 1920×1080 stereo disc. You can make full quality files which you can take to another program for authoring.

Section 3: Audio Editing

Ways of mixing, editing and generally getting the best out of your sound. This also includes details on how to deal with surround sound and multi-track audio and EDIUS audio mixer. It also includes chapters on the new audio filters included with EDIUS X. The update to this section was completed in Jan 2022

Volume, mixing and panning

In this section with deal with adjusting volume and panning using the “rubber bands” found on the timeline.

  1. Introduction
    An overview of everything to be covered in this course.
  2. Changing the volume
    A pretty obvious place to start – how to change the volume on a clip in the edit using the “rubber bands”
  3. Audio ducking
    A different way of changing the volume of a clip which is situated in the clip properties.
  4. V-mute
    An easy way to add a dip on a small bit of audio with on click.
  5. Using a filter to change volume
    A different way of changing the volume using a filter. This is handy as you can drag a filter preset onto lots of clips at once and get the same volume change on all of them.
  6. Log vs Linear
    There are two ways of displaying the sound – which should you use?
  7. Fades
    How to make the sound fade in and out
  8. Audio transitions
    Fading between two audio clips
  9. Normalising clips
    A simple way of taking a clip and making it as loud as possible without distorting.
  10. Normalise lots of clips at once
    A great feature if used wisely. You can select lots of clips and EDIUS will normalise them all.
  11. Panning clips
    Altering panning is very much like changing the volume. Audio will default to different channels depending on to which track it is added.
  12. Changing which channel is used
    You can change the channels used, and therefore how the audio is panned, in the clip properties.
  13. Using a filter for panning
    If you want to change the channels of the panning on many clips at once the fastest way is to use this filter.
  14. The channel map
    The channel map in the sequence settings has many uses – in this case I am looking at how to easily set the panning on a whole track.

The audio mixer

With EDIUS’ audio mixer you can change the volume level on a clip, record a mix live, or change the way audio is output from the source or program..

  1. The audio mixer
    The basics of how the EDIUS audio mixer works.
  2. Changing the clip volume
    You can use the mixer to change the entire volume of a clip without ever looking at the “rubber bands”.
  3. The buffer
    The buffer assists playback of complicated sections of the timeline – so why is it only 5 frames when using the mixer?
  4. Track volume
    Mostly you change the volume on the clip itself, but you can change the volume on the entire track
  5. Touch, latch and write
    You can record a sound mix live using the mixer, and these three modes decide what happens when you move the slider in the mixer.
  6. Gang and solo
    Gang locks two sliders together whereas solo lets you hear just one track when mixing.
  7. Panning with the audio mixer
    You can pan the clips with the mixer as well as changing the volume.
  8. Audio channel monitoring
    You can now use the mixer to change how the timeline channels are heard on your speakers. Imagine you have a surround sound timeline and only stereo speakers – how do you decide what you hear through the speakers? Just the left and right? Or mix all the channels down to these two speakers. This section explains how..

Other sound options

A round up of other sound options such as the channel map, editing and outputting surround sound, voice over and making a template project with your sound settings built in…

  1. Channel mapping
    EDIUS channel mapping decides where the sound on the timeline tracks is output. You can take one track and make sure it ends up on both stereo channels regardless of any panning settings, for example.
  2. Multi channel audio
    You will be used to dealing clip clips with 2 channels – normally a left and right channel, but some cameras can record a lot more.
  3. Exporting surround sound
    EDIUS cannot mix surround sound but you can add it to the timeline and output it to DVD, Blu-ray or an audio file if you get the settings correct.
  4. Project settings
    What sound options are in the project settings?
  5. Channel map for archive
    Used properly you can, for example, set the channel map to take all the audio on the odd numbered audio tracks and output them to the 1st channel of a stereo output file, and all the even numbered tracks to the second channel. Great for archiving.
  6. Voice over
    EDIUS has a lovely simple voice over tool.
  7. Loudness meter
    If you are producing video for broadcast the sound has to be within certain “loudness levels”. EDIUS Workgroup has a tool for analysing the timeline for loudness and can also automatically correct it on export if you are in a hurry.

EDIUS X audio effects

EDIUS X ships with 4 audio plug-ins from Accoustica to clean up and level your sound.

  1. Accoustica audio filters
    EDIUS Ships with 4 extra audio plug-ins from Accoustica and the way EDIUS handles audio has been revamped so plug-in work a lot better than in previous versions.
  2. Compressor
    A compressor can be used for “evening out” the sound – making the loud bit quieter and the quiet bits louder.
  3. Denoiser
    Clean up noisy audio – remove buzz, hiss and generally improve your sound, practically automatically
  4. Limiter
    Stop your sound going over a certain level
  5. Deverberator
    Reduce or remove echo in your sound

Section 4: Effects

In this section we look at everything to do with effects.  This includes picture in picture effects colour correction and grading, applying masks, slow motion and image stabilization.

The basics of effects -2 hrs 9 mins

In this section I look at the main features of applying and keyframing effects. I also include information on EDIUS’ downscaling options.

  1. An introduction to effects
    The best place to start learning about effects.
  2. The Basics of effects
    A quick run through on the basics of effects inside EDIUS, and an explanation of the different icons and where they appear in the interface.
  3. Applying Effects & the order of effects
    Applying an effect is simple but the different types go on different places. Also the order of effects is very important.
  4. Preferences
    Some important user settings
  5. The buffer
    The buffer uses your computer’s RAM to make complicated effects as EDIUS plays.
  6. Reduced resolution playback
    EDIUS has a feature where you can drop the resolution of the timeline if EDIUS cannot play it back properly – in EDIUS 9 this is only available in the Workgroup version.
  7. Dropped frames on Playback with EDIUS X
    Another way of getting the timeline to playback if your computer cannot do so in realtime was added in EDIUS X.
  8. Proxy mode
    If your computer cannot play the timeline you could use proxy mode instead.
  9. Rendering : timeline colours
    EDIUS adds colours to the top of the timeline to let you know what it can and cannot play.
  10. “Rendering” & Render and add to timeline
    Two different, very useful render options which make your clips up in a different way to standard rendering.
  11. Render format
    When rendering the footage is made up as a new file, but what format is the file saved in and where?
  12. Background rendering in EDIUS X
    Rendering works the same way in EDIUS X as in previous versions but you can carry on working while EDIUS renders
  13. Render and add to timeline in EDIUS-X
    In EDIUS X render and add to timeline is also a background process. The clips are also stored in a different location.
  14. Delete parts
    You can remove lots of effects from many clips at once easily.
  15. Replace a clip and keep effects
    You can replace a video clip and keep the effects on it, or replace all the effects on a clip with those from another clip, similar to “paste attributes” in other programs
  16. Adding effects to many clips at once
    You don’t have to add effects one at a time, but can add many effects to lots of clips at once.
  17. Paste Attributes in EDIUS X
    In EDIUS X there is a new way of copying effects from one clip to another – paste attributes.
  18. Effects presets
    If you have a setting you like, save it as a preset to use in future projects.
  19. Reorganising Effects folders
    Reorganise the folder list of effects and make your own folders.
  20. Keyframing
    To make an effect change over time you need to keyframe it.
  21. Blend effects
    Not all EDIUS’ effects can be keyframed. You can use blend effects to fade them up and down instead
  22. Combine effects
    Very useful in filters like the mask tool, you can combine several effects into one.
  23. 8 bit or 10 bit effects
    EDIUS will process effects in 8 bit and 10 but. What does this mean?
  24. Alpha channel
    EDIUS can output alpha channels with most effects and this is important when keying and exporting.
  25. Downscaling & resizing
    EDIUS can resize footage in various ways and uses some of he best methods available, called Lanczos. However, it has to be applied in the correct way to get the best results, particularly when downscaling a timeline, from HD to SD, for example.
  26. The OFX bridge
    There is a free add-on for EDIUS which lets you load OFX plug-ins – you need to buy the plug-in separately. If also gives you access to NewBlue Titler Pro 5. How to use Titler Pro is explained in the titling pages.

Grading/colour correction – 2 hrs 8 mins

Grading is the correct terminology for the topics in this section. Different ways to enhance, improve or even just rescue an image.

  1. An overview of grading
    EDIUS has a large range of grading filters. Where should you start?
  2. LUTs in the Primary Colour corrector
    Adding a LUT is the easiest way to change the look of an image. You can add a LUT to change footage filmed in RAW format into “normal” footage or just to add a look to your video easily.
  3. Adjustments in the Primary colour corrector
    You don’t have to use LUTS with the Primary colour corrector – you can do a lot with the filter on its own. In fact most of the type I just make individual adjustments using this effect.
  4. Adding a look using a LUT
    You can add a look to a clip or many clips using a LUT and can adjust the intensity of the look easily..
  5. Hardware settings for the primary colour corrector
    The Primary colour can use your graphic card to process the effect meaning you get better performance. Do not use the hardware enhancements if you have a Windows 7 system.
  6. Colour space conversion
    Colour space settings were added in EDIUS 9 – what do they mean and how to you use the Primary colour corrector to automatically adapt to the project setting colour space.
  7. The 3 way colour corrector
    One of quickest ways to colour correct your footage in EDIUS, which has been a standard filter for years. It may look daunting but correcting a shot could be as easy as making 3 clicks..
  8. Using a reference picture
    To match the colour of two shots you need to see both at once. The reference picture lets you do just that.
  9. YUV Curves
    The YUV curves effect is a great way to adjust the brightness of an image, gives you control over which parts of the image you change.
  10. Safe colour and Zebra Zones
    Some of the colour filters have a “safe colour” tick box. What is this and how can you use Zebra Zones to help?
  11. YUV Curves & keyframing
    Most effects can be keyframed. YUV curves can be keyframed but it does not work like everything else.
  12. Using Blend Modes for brightness
    Blend modes change the way one image will overlay on another and they can be used to quickly brighten an image.
  13. Using EDIUS’ scopes
    How do you judge if the colour is right? EDIUS 9 includes the waveform and vectorscope found in EDIUS 8 as well as a new histogram and RGB parade, all of which help to grade an image.
  14. Secondary colour correction
    With secondary colour correction you can choose to change a range of colours or brightness levels rather than the entire image
  15. Chrominance filter
    The chrominance filter also lets you adjust a particular range of colours but as it is based on chromakey produces different results to using secondary colour correction..
  16. Mirror Effect
    The mirror effect lets you flip an image easily – if you “crossed the line” accidentally when filming, for example.
  17. Other colour filters
    There are other filters in the colour folder – when would I use those over the primary CC, 3 way or YUV curve?
  18. Nesting
    If you want to add a look to a large number of clips the best option in nesting – putting one sequence inside another.
  19. The old movie filter
    Much more than just a gimmick the old movie filter can add a film grain and de-interlace and should really be called a “film looks” filter.
  20. Better de-interlacing using old movie
    EDIUS is not great at de-interlacing and the old movie filter can be used in a way to make slightly better results when exporting from an Interlace timeline. This is not perfect and definitely one to try yourself and see if you think it is better.

Titles -1 hr 25 mins

EDIUS’ built-in titler has many useful features and is good for simple titles. EDIUS 9 also lets you download and install a free version of NewBlue Titler Pro 5, which lets you do complicated animated titles.

  1. The basics of QuickTitler
    Make a title and design your type face. Quick and simple..
  2. Adding Words
    In this chapter we look at the basics of typing, formatting etc..
  3. Adding titles to the timeline
    You can add titles directly to the timeline in many ways, much quicker than in many programs.
  4. Title Background
    You can set a background to the title but normally you don’t see it on the timeline. Why? And how can you make it appear?
  5. Title tracks vs video tracks
    Titles can go on video tracks or their own dedicated title tracks. What at the advantages of each?
  6. Extra boxes
    There are some very useful extra dialogue boxes that you can bring up in QuickTitler..
  7. Drawing shapes
    QuickTitler lets you add shapes such as circles and rectangles, and has some nice alignment tools..
  8. Rolling titles
    You can make a long rolling credit list, or a crawling title move across screen
  9. Reusing titles
    You can reuse a title in the same project easily, as long as you know how, and reuse titles in other projects.
  10. Title styles
    You cannot save title templates in EDIUS but you can save a particular font and colour style.
  11. ETL vs ETL2
    You can save titles in two formats – ETL and ETL2. What is the difference and why is ETL2 not the default?
  12. NewBlue Titler Pro
    Installing NewBlue Titler Pro 5 in EDIUS 9
    With EDIUS 9 you can get a free version of NewBlue Titler Pro. It does not get installed by default, you have to download and install the OFX bridge, explained here.
  13. The basics of NewBlue Titler Pro 5
    This chapter covers a lot of basic operations in Titler Pro 5 which should help you get started.
  14. Making the tutorial titles in Titler Pro 5
    The best way to learn anything is to attempt a real project so I have made the title which appears at the beginning of each chapter of this tutorial in NewBlue Titler Pro 5. This section includes how to copy a NewBlue Title which is different from using EDIUS’ QuickTitler
    Adding boxes and text
    The first step in making the tutorial titles is to make the large rectangular shapes in the background.
    Animating the title
    The shapes and words all move on and off screen so how is this achieved in Titler Pro 5?
    Adding the lens flares
    The original title from VisTitle includes some lens flares, which are built into VisTitle. How can we add the same thing to NewBlue Titler Pro?
    Duplicating the title
    Copying a QuickTitle title or a VisTitle title is easy in EDIUS, but not so easy with Titler Pro 5. There is a difference in the way the EDIUS version of Titler Pro and the full titler Pro work when it comes to copies; if you look at tutorials on the NewBlue site you may well see options which are just not there in Titler Pro 5 for EDIUS. The way you copy a title to re-use the design for a new titles is also not so obvious and explained here.

Transitions – 44 mins

EDIUS’ has a large range of 2D and 3D transitions apart from the most commonly used dissolve. They can all be thoroughly customised and even used as effects.

  1. An introduction to transitions
    A quick introduction to transitions.
  2. Adding transitions
    How you add a transition between two clips and customise it.
  3. Extend clips when adding a transition
    A very important thing to understand is that when you add in a transition it will add extra footage to the clips involved. You do have the option to automatically overlap them instead..
  4. Transitions on the transparency track
    You can use transitions on the transparency track as well as between clips. Doing this it is possible to mimic the old “A” and “B” found in old editing programs, as well as fade in and out clips and titles easily..
  5. Keyboard shortcuts and buttons
    You can add transitions with keyboard shortcuts and with buttons. What happens, whether audio has a transition as well as video etc can vary.
  6. Transitions as effects
    You can drag a transition out to cover an entire clip and then by customising the transition use it as an effect rather than a simple change between scenes.
  7. Different types of transitions
    EDIUS has a huge range of transitions including some powered by your computer’s graphics card – called GPU transitions. There is also a very flexible transition called an “Alpha custom matte”, which initially just looks like one transition. All can be extensively customised.
  8. Using an Alpha map as an image matte
    You can use the alpha map to cut a hole in a clip. This chapter also appears in the keying section of this tutorial.

The layouter – 1 hr 6 mins

EDIUS’ layouter is a filter which can be used for picture in picture, image pan and resize effects as well as the way to work out what happens when your video does not match the timeline.

  1. A basic introduction
    The layouter is on every clip and you use it for any resizing effect you need.
  2. The basics of the layouter
    The basics of all the functions found inside the layouter
  3. Cropping and the anchor point
    You can crop the edges of a clip, and the anchor point affects this as well as what happens when a clip is rotated
  4. Keyframing
    In the basics of effects we explained the simplest aspects of keyframing. Now we look further into the subject.
  5. Keyframe Interpolation
    The way a clip moves through keyframes is called keyframe interpolation. You can even customise it completely.
  6. Hold interpolation
    This is a special type of interpolation which makes images jump around screen.
  7. Keyframes are stuck in time
    It is important to understand what happens to keyframes when a clip is stretched or made smaller.
  8. Layouter Presets
    You can save regular EDIUS effects presets for the layouter but it has its own preset section as well. You can also set the default action for all clips.
  9. Motion tracking in the layouter
    In EDIUS X you can track objects in the layouter to may an effect stick to a subject or make your subject stay centre screen.
  10. The order of effects
    The layouter is normally the first effect on any clip but it can be moved up and down in a stack of effects. It is important that you get the effects in the right order.
  11. The transform filter
    The transform filter is another filter which appears to be just like the layouter. Why is there a transform and a layouter?
  12. Correcting aspect ratio & the layouter
    Dealing with clips with different aspect ratios to the timeline you are editing.
  13. Field order & de-interlacing
    You can change the field order of a clip and even set it up in a way to use a third party filter to deinterlace a clip.
  14. Resampling method
    Inside the layouter you can change the way the image is scaled for better quality. What are the best settings?

The mask filter – 53 mins

The mask filter can be used for a huge number of things. You can use it to “cut out” an area of an image or to focus a particular filter on just a single part of the video, or as a “witness protection” effect. You can also use this effect to automatically track objects across the screen.

  1. The basics of the mask filter
    How to apply the mask filter and a guide to all the controls and layout options.
  2. Cutting a hole
    You can use the Mask to cute a hole in an image and super-impose it over another clip.
  3. Rotoscoping
    Rotoscoping is the procedure for making a mask which follows an object on screen. You have to draw the shape and then animate that shape as it moves across the screen.
  4. Witness protection & motion tracking
    Use a mask to follow someone’s face as they move across the screen and blur or mosaic the face. EDIUS’ tracking can help follow the object automatically.
  5. Tracking and sharpening a face
    In this example we track a face and use this to selectively add sharpening to the face, rescuing an otherwise slightly out of focus shot. The same technique could be used to change the colour or brightness of an area.
  6. Tracking a car number plate
    In this tracking example we track a car number plate as it moves across screen and blur it.
  7. Other examples of motion tracking
    Another example showing track an object that moves behind a lamp post.
  8. Tracking a difficult shot
    In this example we are tracking a man wheeling a buggy across the screen, however, the tracker finds it very hard to track his shape as he moves in and out of shadow, so instead we track something easier and then adjust the results so it tracks what we want.
  9. Animating a shape
    You can add a mask to a solid background and cut out a shape – in this case a curved arrow – which then moves over time by keyframing the mask

Keyers – 43 mins

EDIUS has a specific part of the clip where you add “keyer” effects, These are any type of effect that will adjust the transparency of the clip – from the obvious chromakey and lumakey to the track matte and blend modes.

  1. Introduction to keyers
    Keyers are ways to see through one image to another below and go on to a special part of the clip, the keying or transparency track.
  2. Chromakey
    Chromakey will take a specific colour and make it transparent. Blue or green are the most commonly used but it can be any colour. EDIUS has great tools for Chromakey and a lot of possible refinement. This this first section we talk about choosing the key colour and refining it.
  3. Other keyers
    You can buy other keyers to be used with EDIUS from HitFilm, Boris and, probably the best of the lots, Robuskey.
  4. Limitations of the Chromakey
    The Chromakey filter works well but has not been updated in some time so there are a few limitations.
  5. Keyframing the chromakey
    There is an option to key frame the chromakey but it one changes the overall transparency of the result.
  6. Lumakey
    Keying on the brightness value of an image. Remove all the really bright white areas for example and replace them with a different image..
  7. Blend modes
    These will be familiar to users of paint programs – they are different way of combining the image with one below it..
  8. Track matte
    Take a clip and cut a hole in it based on a clip on a different track..
  9. Getting a better chromakey with a track matte
    A track matte can be anything. Try taking a copy of the image you want to key and making a silhouette using EDIUS filters like chrominance, mask and YUV filters.
  10. Using a transition as an image matte
    You can use an alpha custom matte and a still image to cut a hole in a clip, rather than using the track matte.

Speed and image stabilization – 48 mins

How to slow clips down and to achieve a ramp with the speed, as well as using EDIUS’ excellent image stabilizing filter.

  1. How to change the speed
    Adding a speed change to clip – either slow motion or fast..
  2. Optical flow, frame blending and nearest neighbour
    EDIUS has three ways of doing slow motion: Nearest neighbour, frame blending and optical flow. The latter generally gives the best results but not always as this section explains.
  3. Optical Flow Quality
    With EDIUS 9.3 there are various options for the quality of optical flow, at the expense of rendering time. Here I look at the different options.
  4. Default interpolation
    You can set a default speed interpolation but it is not the best idea to choose optical flow even though the latter generally gives the best results.
  5. Time remapping
    If you want to start the clip at one speed, then make it go faster, the slow down, maybe go backwards, then EDIUS’ time remapping is the thing you need.
  6. Freeze frame
    If you want to stop the motion dead the simplest thing is a freeze frame – EDIUS has a great and simple option for this.
  7. The image stabilizer
    Take wobbly footage and turn it into a steadycam shot with EDIUS’ easy to use image stabilizer.
  8. Rolling shutter correction
    Some single chip cameras can suffer from “wobbly vision” on fast panning shots where vertical lines before diagonal, caused by the movement of the camera and the single chip. You can use the EDIUS image stabiliser to cure this.

SECTION 5: IMPORTING

EDIUS’ slogan is “EDIT ANYTHING” and it can pretty much take any kind of footage. Some footage is best imported in specific way using the source browser.  EDIUS also comes with  a program called the Mync for cataloguing footage.

  1. General import options
    A look at all the important basic options for importing files including fixing problems in footage which EDIUS is not seeing correctly.
  2. Importing footage in to EDIUS
  3. There are many ways to bring footage into EDIUS and many options when doing so. You can also decide whether the footage is just linked to the original location or copied to the location of your project
  4. Add clip on the file menu
    You can add clips using a command on the file menu, however the results are slightly different to using the add clips button in the project window.
  5. Add clips from Explorer
    You can just drag clips into EDIUS from Windows normal file explorer. This is extremely useful and fast and even works on some card-based footage
  6. Fixing the aspect ratio
    Some clips do not appear correctly in EDIUS when imported. A common complaint is that the aspect ratio is incorrect – windscreen footage appears as 4×3 for example. This is easy to sort out…
  7. Fixing problems and wobbly footage
    There are other problems that can occur with imported footage including strange wobbles on clips caused by the incorrect field order settings. You can also change the frame rate.
  8. Importing projects into the bin window
    A new feature introduced in EDIUS 6.5 is that you can import projects into the Bin window instead of using the “import sequences” option on the file menu, and this has all sorts of advantages.

AVCHD and other footage

The best way to bring in most card based footage is using the EDIUS source browser. In this section we talk extensively about using AVCHD footage and also cover using the Grass Valley AVCHD2HQ converter, Canon XF footage and ripping audio off CDs and video off DVD & Blu-ray discs.

  1. The source browser & AVCHD
    The best way to bring in AVCHD is to use the source browser which will sort out potential problems like spanned clips.
  2. Importing AVCHD without the source browser
    You can bring in AVCHD by dragging from explorer and most of the time this works fine. You can even just drag in the MTS video files but this will cause problems with long clips.
  3. Deciding where the source browser puts clips
    The source browser can the clips from the card to a different place on the computer – normally the project folder although you can specify a different location..
  4. Converting AVCHD to something easier 
    In the early days of editing AVCHD the computer could not cope with this highly compressed footage. Now EDIUS and a modern PC can, but you if you have an older machine you may want to convert it to make it easier to use.
  5. Editing 1080 50P AVCHD footage 
    A common question is “I have filmed in 1080 50P how should I edit it? There is a similar chapter to this in our “how to..” Section.
  6. AVCHD2HQ converter
    Grass Valley do a free stand alone program which you can download from their support site and will convert AVCHD and other footage to the much-easier-to-use Grass Valley HQ format.
  7. Canon XF footage
    A quick look at using Canon XF footage – pretty much the same as using AVCHD or other card-based footage, imported using the source browser.
  8. Importing footage off DVDs
    EDIUS is one of the few programs which can rip footage back off DVDs for re-use in the project. It can do the same with non-copyright Blu-ray discs.
  9. Ripping Audio off CDs
    EDIUS can rip audio off CDS really easily using the source browser.
  10. Using proxy files
    If your computer cannot cope with the footage you are using you can make proxy files instead. Also very useful if you are making complicated effects.

Capture from tape

  1. EDIUS has an excellent tape capture utility which can do controlled batch capture through FireWire source or just be used for simple capture with an I/o device.
  2. With EDIUS X you cannot capture from FireWire – which is mainly what I am explaining in this section. You can capture if you have a Blackmagic or AJA device.
  3. Capture from tape
    EDIUS has a very good capture from tape option that works from DV or HDV sources provided you have a FireWire interface in your computer. We start with the basics of capturing from tape.
  4. Capture settings
    To capture you will need to have made a device preset. We looking at making a device preset for DV capture.
  5. Confirm file names on capture
    This useful option lets you name clips either before or after capture. If you choose to name them before capture you can easily decide where they are stored as well.
  6. Other settings
    A look at the other settings you find in the capture preferences
  7. Possible Capture problems
    The biggest thing that can go wrong when capturing is that a DV/HDV deck or camera will be seen as the wrong device, and changing the settings can even cause EDIUS to crash!
  8. Batch capture
    When you can control the camera you can do batch capture where the computer will start and stop the capture based on the position and timecode of the tape. EDIUS does this very well and has options for importing batch capture lists from other programs..

Mync

  1. What is MYNC?
  2. An overview of the Mync and its main uses.
  3. Catalogues
    Once footage has been registered to MYNC you can organise it in catalogues, add tags and search for footage based on these tags.
  4. Ways of viewing footage
    You can view footage in a window, full screen or take over a second screen if you have one with the preview.
  5. Saving a still
    As with EDIUS you can save a still from your footage easily.
  6. Integration with EDIUS
    Whatever is registered in MYNC also appears inside EDIUS making it very easy to use your smart catalogues as a way of importing footage.
  7. Importing and moving clips
    You can also move and copy footage using MYNC.
  8. Reduced Quality playback
    You can drop the playback quality of a clip if MYNC is struggling to play it back.
  9. Deleting clips
    You can delete footage with MYNC as well, although it is a two stage process – first you delete from MYNC, second you get MYNC to put the clips in Windows’ recycle bin.
  10. Restore offline clips
    MYNC only works on clips which are on the computer. What happens when they are moved and how do you tell MYNC where they have gone?
  11. Searching for duplicate clips
    Once clips are registered you can get MYNC to search for duplicate clips and delete them from your computer.
  12. Still Image sequences
    If you register a still image sequence in MYNC you can how it is displayed, from a collection of stills to a video clip.
  13. Where is the catalogue?
    MYNC has all of its information in a database. Where is this kept and how can you back it up?
  14. Tagging multiple clips
    In the version of Mync that comes with EDIUS 9 you can add tags to many clips at once, rather than one at a time, which speeds up the workflow.
  15. Previewing multiple clips
    In Mync you can now choose to preview multiple still images in one window.
  16. Subclips in Storyboard view
    You can make subclips in the storyboard, making it easier to deal with large clips.

Section 6: Exporting clips

There are many ways of exporting clips from EDIUS using the print to file option.  Here I look at all of them.

  • Print to file
    In this section we look at some of the most common formats used when printing to file and all the basic options.
  • Introduction
    The basic options for print to file
  • The basics of print to file
    Make a list of different files and then process the list in one session.
  • What are all the different codecs?
    This is a fairly long chapter which explains the difference between the various codecs available and why you may use one rather than another.
  • How to export
    In the earlier chapters we had an overview of the options, now we export to a specific file type.
  • Batch Export
    You can add many timelines to a batch list and then encode them one after the other using this option..
  • The default format and in and out points
    You can set a default format for exporting. Also we talk about in and out points when batch exporting.
  • Export using the project format
    One of the batch export options is to use the project format. What is the project format & how & why do you change it..
  • Making presets
    You can make a preset of your favourite settings and also set a default format using a preset.
  • Enable conversion
    EDIUS will export in a size that matches your project format, unless you enable conversion and change the size, fields and frame rate.
  • Interlace to progressive
    With more and more videos going on the Internet you will probably need to export files which are progressive, rather than interlace, which is how a lot of video, even HD, is filmed.
  • Getting the best quality when resizing
    EDIUS can do very good downscaling. To make it work properly you need to change the project format from HD to SD and then check everything is working correctly.
  • Exporting with Alpha channels
    In EDIUS you can make part of a clip transparent and then export that file with the transparency intact – something you could not do with earlier versions.”

Other Export options

In addition to exporting to a variety of other formats in this section we look at specific options such as the plug-in packs you can buy to export to Avid DNxHD and Apple ProRes, as well as ways of exporting an EDIUS project to other programs using AAF export.

  1. Record to DV tape
    How to export back to DV tape.
  2. Saving a still
    EDIUS can easily take a snapshot from the timeline and de-interlace it and correct the aspect ratio in one go
  3. Saving sequence of stills
    You can save a sequences of stills off the timeline in various formats.
  4. How to get the best quality converting HD to SD
    We discuss this more in depth in the basics of effects but here we summarise the down-conversion options.
  5. Export to XDCAM-EX
    You can export from EDIUS back to a card which you can play from most XDCAM-EX cameras.
  6. Export to AVCHD cameras
    You can export to a camera SD card or hard drive of an AVCHD camera in a format which the camera can play.
  7. The Dolby professional plug-in
    An additional plug-in for EDIUS that lets you export Dolby sound using a professional plug-in.
  8. The Avid DNxHD plug-in
    Another new plug-in option that lets you export files in Avid’s own format for dropping straight into an Avid Media Folder.
  9. AAF Export to DaVinci Resolve
    Another new plug-in option that lets you export files in Avid’s own format for dropping straight into an Avid Media Folder.
  10. AAF export to Avid Media Composer
    Exporting an AAF to Avid has its own problems which we examine here and also look at the DNxHD plug-in option and why you would want this when dealing with Avid.
  11. Intel Quick Sync
    This encoding option lets you make H.264 format like MP4 & Blu-ray files quicker. It also works in the Burn to disc section or EDIUS.

SECTION 7: Burn to Disc

EDIUS can make DVD and Blu-ray discs off the timeline with this option.  Discs are simple with a main menu and a submenu with chapters you specify.  Menus are made using templates which can be thoroughly customised.  You can do a lot with EDIUS’ burn to disc if you know how…

  1. Starting and adding chapters
    The most basic parts of setting up your disc – how to access it and how to add in chapters using markers.
  2. An overview
    The entire burn to disc procedure to give you an overview of the process before we delve into the minutiae.
  3. The basic tab
    On the basic tab you choose the titles (timelines or video clips) you want to have on the disc, set up the order in which they play and some basic options about them.
  4. Chapters
    Every disc needs chapters even if you do not have a menu. Chapters can be linked to menu buttons, which EDIUS will do automatically.
  5. Adding chapters & comments in one click
    A chapter comment will become the label on the menu button for that chapter. You add comments in the marker menu in EDIUS but you can also customise EDIUS so that when you click the add chapter button you can type the comments automatically..
  6. Adding chapters every 5 minutes
    In a disc with no menus chapters are still useful you help you skip to different parts of the video easily. We like to add chapters every 5 minutes on any disc and with EDIUS you can make a chapter list and import it very easily and quickly.

Encoding options

You can encode to MPEG2 or H.264 using EDIUS. If making H.264 you have the option to use Intel Quick sync which can make these kind of files very quickly. You can also choose to encoding in Surround Sound if you set up EDIUS correctly

  1. Disc size
    A fairly obvious thing – make sure that your video fits on your disc. You can choose different disc sizes depending on whether you are making a Blu-ray or DVD disc
  2. About bit rates
    The bit rate determines the size and the quality of the final file. You also have variable and constant bit rates and different settings for DVDs and Blu-ray discs.
  3. Intel Quick sync
    EDIUS can make H.264 very quickly using Intel Quick sync hardware built into modern processors, if the system is correctly set up.
  4. MPEG & audio settings
    The audio can be compressed in different ways or can be uncompressed. What is the advantage of the different formats?
  5. 10. Surround sound
    EDIUS cannot mix surround sound but it can make Dolby Digital surround sound. If you want to see a video about the Dolby Pro plug-in please visit our print to file pages.
  6. 11. Prohibit operations
    With this option you can stop the remote control buttons working when playing back a disc and make people watch your video.
  7. 12. Display timecode
    You can print either source or edit timecode on the final video or print the date and time of filming onto the final DVD, burnt into the picture.

Menus

If you add a menu to your disc you need to choose a template and then customise it. Although EDIUS has quite a few limitations there are many ways you can customise the template and make the disc look exactly how you want. We also investigate how to change the EDIUS’ built-in templates, if you feel brave enough.

  1. How many buttons
    Start with a template for the menu, Different templates have different amounts of maximum buttons so you need to start with the right one.
  2. No chapter button & no title menu
    These two options let you just straight to the chapter menu of your DVD and decide whether you have chapter buttons for every title on the disc – even those without chapters.
  3. Highlight Style
    What highlights when you move across the menu and how can you customise it?
  4. The Edit tab
    Here you will take the template and customise the menu, changing the buttons and look of the menu
  5. Button routing order
    How do you know the order of the buttons on the menu? What happens when the use pressed the up, down, left and right buttons on their remote control?
  6. Customising the buttons
    You can change the look of a button, change from text to a picture and decide what thumbnail represents the image in the button.
  7. Changing the background
    You can change the background for a picture, a video clip or use a timeline in the project to make a moving background. You can then copy the style of the whole menu to another menu.
  8. Advanced customising menus
    Menu templates are simply a selection of picture with a text file that defines how they are positioned. With a bit of fiddling you can change some of the templates so that you can start with a menu a bit nearer to the style you want to use.
  9. Changing the default text style
    You can go further and edit the text file to make a menu with the type face and style you want but it does get complicated. Be warned that if you make a big mistake it could stop your burn to disc opening at all..

Burning and preview

EDIUS does not have the option to preview the disc but if you make up some temporary files in the correct way you can preview the disc from within Windows without burning a physical disc. Once you are happy with the disc you can burn your temporary files without having to wait for them to recompile.

  1. The output tab
    The final tab in the burn to disc section covers burning the disc and some other options for how the disc will playback.
  2. Temporary disc files
    When you make a disc EDIUS has to make several files on the computer first, which will take up space – may 50GB for a Blu-ray disc. These default to the programs drive which often will not have enough space. In any case files should be kept off the primary drive in principle!
  3. Preview a DVD
    You can make a DVD as a selection of files on the hard drive and then preview it with a media player program like Power DVD or even Windows Media Player (if you are using Windows 7). It can save you making another “coaster”.
  4. Writing the temporary files to disc
    Once you have checked out your temporary files you can burn them to disc without having to remake them in EDIUS using a tool on EDIUS’ tool menu.
  5. Preview a Blu-ray disc
    Many disc and media player programs will not preview a Blu-ray as a selection of files on a hard drive. Many people simply use a re-writable disc but there is a way to take EDIUS’ temporary files and play them without making a disc that may work with your preferred media player which involves making and image and “mounting” it.
  6. Authoring using a different program
    You may decide that you want to take your edit to a different program for authoring. What is the best way to do this with EDIUS?

Section 8 : Settings

System settings

The main settings for your system.  These settings are specific to your computer.

  1. Introduction
    An overview of the different settings in EDIUS.
  2. Application settings
    Many of the application settings have been covered in different parts of the tutorial in-depth so here I summarise many of them and explain where to look in the tutorial for more in-depth explanations.
  3. Project presets
    How to make, export, import and organise project presets.  For and in-depth look at what each of the items in a project preset mean see the project settings section.
  4. Project Templates
    You can make a project and use this as a basis for future projects, complete with multiple timelines, clips and everything laid out as you like it.
  5. User profiles
    What is a user profile and how to import and export.
  6. Hardware settings
    In the hardware settings you define what device you are using to preview the timeline and any capture device.  There is so much to cover that this heading has its own section.
  7. Different formats in Importer/exporter settings
    EDIUS can handle a huge variety of formats and it is increasing all the time.  This section deals with specific settings for formats like H.264 & H.265 plus other options for different formats.
  8. Saving stills
    One particular importer/export setting is how to save a still – specifically how to deal with interlaced and non-square pixel footage.
  9. Input controller
    A short explanation of what the input controller is for.

Hardware settings

In the hardware settings you choose how you preview and capture video.  You can use many different I/o cards with EDIUS including ones from Blackmagic, AJA and Grass Valley themselves, however, the usage is similar for all of them.

  1. Introduction
    On overview of the hardware settings
  2. Using device presets
    Once you have set up the device presets you need to select them in order to capture.  You can also add specific ones to the capture menu and assign keyboard shortcuts
  3. Setting the preview device
    The preview device is how you can see your edit when working on a proper output monitor using an I/O device
  4. Pulldown
    Pull down affects how EDIUS outputs progressive timelines and on some screens the only way to see video from a progressive timeline.
  5. Warning message
    This useful warning message actually causes lots of tech support phone calls!
  6. Conversion on output
    In EDIUS Workgroup you can get video output from a project even if your TV does not support it by converting output to something with which your TV can cope.
  7. Monitor control
    Another Workgroup-only feature – you can switch the output on certain screens to match the project colour space.
  8. I can’t hear any sound
    One of the most common problems with hardware – not hearing any sound when the video output is activated.  Here is how to solve it.

Project settings

In EDIUS’ project settings you decide on all the basic settings for your edit as well as the defaults for how new timelines will first appear.  You can change most things about the project settings after starting the project but not the frame rate.

  1. Project Wizard
    The first time you start EDIUS you will be prompted to make some project settings.  These can be changed and customised later..
  2. Size and aspect Ratio
    The different option for frame size and how to use the aspect ration to make your own project sizes – including square projects for places like Instagram.
  3. Frame rate and fields
    The next settings are what frame rate you would like and whether the project has fields or is progressive.
  4. Video and alpha channels
    Alpha channels is a way to make parts of the video transparent and if set wrong may be why you cannot see through something you should be able to.
  5. Video bit-depth
    8 bit or 10 bit?  What does it mean?
  6. Colour space
    With the advent of HDR colour space settings have been introduced so you can produce HDR and SDR from EDIUS.  This was introduced in EDIUS 9
  7. Audio
    Which audio settings should you choose.
  8. Render format
    The render format defines how effects are made when rendered and can have an effect on the final output.
  9. Overscan size
    The over scan size will chop a few pixels off the edge of the image for every effect. This was useful in the days when video had black lines down the edge (as with most DV footage) but not so useful now..
  10. Audio reference level & scaling
    The reference level tells EDIUS the level at which you want the sound to peak and is useful in many ways.  The scaling determines the quality of any clips which are resized in the project.
  11. Sequence and Track
    The final settings are the defaults for any new sequences.

User settings

All these settings represent the way you like to set up and use EDIUS and all can be changed at any time.  They are all saved as part of your user profile and can be moved from machine to machine.  In this section I also talk about changing project settings after you have started a project and sequence settings.

  1. An overview of User settings
    A quick run through of what each of the user settings sections are for.
  2. Application settings
    I have talked a lot about different user settings throughout other parts of the tutorial; this introduction discusses various options briefly and tells you where else to look in the tutorial for more info.
  3. Project save options
    This sections deals with the different settings you have for how and where EDIUS saves projects. I definitely recommend looking through this section at least as one day your backups will save you!
  4. Proxy
    I talk about Proxy mode and how to use it in the editing section.  There are a couple of user settings for this, discussed here.
  5. Preview
    The preview options inside EDIUS – including how to get a full screen preview of your edit on a second screen, if you do not have a Blackmagic or AJA device.
  6. User interface & Source
    These two sections just change how the interface looks and how imported clips are treated as a default.
  7. Changing Project settings after you have started a project
    The project settings heading under the project menu lets you change the project settings after you have started a project – with some limitations.

Sequence settings

A very simple section with only one chapter which explains the different sequence setting options.


How to..

In this section we have some videos which cover commonly asked questions and problems.  Some of them cover the subject completely, some will just point you to the correct place on the tutorial for the information you need..

    1. Restore offline clips
      You open a project and some clips are missing. How can you restore them and what kind of problems might you have?
    2. I can’t hear sound
      A common problem with people using an I/o device like a Blackmagic card, you can see the picture but not hear the sound. There is a simple solution..
    3. Image pan
      How to take a simple image and pan around it, and then copy the same movement to other images..
    4. How to make a file for YouTube
      The best way to do this is to make an MP4 file using EDIUS H.264 encoder..
    5. My picture does not fit!
      Your video image does not fit in your program window or even more bizarre, the source window does not show the entire image. It’s all down to settings in the layouter.
    6. How to edit HDR
      New in EDIUS 9 we can now handle HDR footage inside EDIUS and export HDR to various formats.
    7. How to draw a line on a map
      How to draw a line on a map which is animated and revealed using only the tools in EDIUS.