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 so far:
- Background rendering – make files while you carry on editing, render & add to timeline, convert files in the bin – all handled by a separate program in the background.
- Motion tracking in layouter – make a title or anything follow an object on screen.
- 4 new audio filters – compressor, limiter, noise reduction & a filter to reduce echo.
- VST plug-in supported improved so eliminate audio sync problems when using plug-ins.
- Export of MP3 files.
- Better support for ProRes Raw colour space.
- Thumbnail display in marker window.
- Titler Pro 7 included
- Vitascene 3 LE included
- Support for encoding H.265 & H.264 using an nVidia card.
- 8K timeline support in EDIUS Workgroup.
- 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)
- Support for Windows 11
- Automatic naming on export
- Better support for variable frame rate footage
- Waveforms on nested sequences
- Add markers to clips on the timeline
- Swap layouts with a keyboard shortcut
- Short cut to zoom player slider
- Paste attributes including audio keyframes, video and audio filters from one clip to another, with the option to stretch keyframes to kit and replace existing clips.
- Drop frames on playback if you cannot play in realtime
- H.265 software encoding in addition to NVidia and Quick Sync
The current version is 10.30.
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 – I use Scenalyzer for DV and HDVsplit for HDV.
- 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 cannot 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 (VisTitle, Neat Video, ProDad) 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 Decrypter – a free program which is actually designed for piracy, but this does not stop you using it for legitimate work – 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.
- Grass Valley :STORM 3G: 3G-SDI I/O + HDMI output + RS-422 control, STORM Pro: HD-SDI I/O + HDMI output.
Grass Valley have specific drivers for their cards so anything not on the list will not work.
- Blackmagic: Intensity Pro 4K, DeckLink SDI 4K, DeckLink Studio 4K, DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G, DeckLink Mini Monitor 4K, UltraStudio 4K Mini, DeckLink 8K Pro (Only supports video preview with EDIUS X Pro: up to 4K 30p, with EDIUS X Workgroup: up to 4K 60p.)
As Blackmagic use the same drivers for all their cards some devices not listed here may still work, but are not supported. For example, I have an old Intensity Pro (not 4K), a USB Intensity Shuttle and an old Mini Monitor, which all still work in EDIUS x, despite not being on the list.
- 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 will 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 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 & H.264. H.264 encoding is on many cards but H.265 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 only a few years old, do not support encoding to B frames, just I & P. Full IBP encoding 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.